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					Balance
Visual vs. Actual Weight

• Actual – what something
  actually weighs, can be
  measured in pounds
• Visual – the apparent
  “heaviness” or “lightness” of
  forms in an arrangement.
Balance

• When two sides of a flat surface
  have the same visual weight,
  the composition is in balance.
Weight in 2-D Art

• Large objects tend to “weigh”
  more than small objects.
• Dark objects “weigh” more than
  lighter objects.
• Center of painting is like a
  fulcrum (center of seesaw) that
  signals balance in work.
Fulcrum
Types of balance

• Three types of balance
  • Symmetrical
  • Asymmetrical
  • Radial
Symmetrical Balance

• Forms in the two halves of a
  composition correspond to one
  another in size, shape, and
  placement.
• Does not have to be a mirror
  image (close but not exact).
Asymmetrical Balance

• Informal balance
• Balanced, but not do not match.




    Remember the rules of balance!!!
Radial Balance

• Elements of the composition
  radiate outward from a central
  point.
• Works best with a circular
  format
• Focuses all attention on central
  point.

				
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