Art and Design

R- Rule of One Third in Art of Composition

There are some rules in art. Although I am a believer in breaking the rules or saying there are no rules to art.

Perhaps, walking through my artistic journey I am coming across some of the aspects of use- that won’t harm your drawing process. So why not learn and apply them?

Today, I will enlighten you with one such rule and that is the rule of one-third in art composition.

What is a one-third rule:

The one-third rule is a composition technique that helps artists create a balanced and visually appealing composition. It is based on the rule of thirds, which is a principle used in photography, design, and other visual arts. The rule of thirds states that an image should be divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines.

The focal point or subject of your artwork should be placed on one of the four intersections of the dividing lines.

The one-third rule can be applied to various types of artwork, such as drawings, paintings, and photographs. It can be used to create a balanced composition by placing the subject off-center, creating a sense of movement and visual interest.

When applying the one-third rule, it is essential to consider the negative space around the subject. Negative space is the area around the subject that is not occupied by any elements. The negative space should also be divided into three parts, with the subject placed on one of the intersections of the dividing lines.

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How to Apply the One-Third Rule in Your Own Drawings

Applying the one-third rule to your drawing is a simple process that can be broken down into a few steps.

  1. First, determine the focal point or subject of your artwork. This can be a person, object, or scene that you want to draw attention to.
  2. Next, divide your drawing into three horizontal and three vertical parts, resulting in nine equal parts.
  3. Place your subject on one of the four intersections of the dividing lines. This will create a balanced composition and draw the viewer’s attention to the focal point of the artwork.
  4. Consider the negative space around the subject and divide it into three parts, with the subject placed on one of the intersections of the dividing lines.
  5. Finally, adjust the composition as needed to achieve the desired balance and visual interest.

With practice and experimentation, artists can master the technique and create unique and visually appealing compositions.

That is it for today.

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Note: I don’t do portrait painting, but I do portrait digital illustrations.

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My Name is Nazish and I am from Mumbai, India. I was born and I grew up in Mumbai. I am a writer and have been blogging since 2013. I am here to put my feelings, share stories and try my words to rhyme in the form of poems. I am a passionate writer who dreams of writing inspiring stories some day and becoming a storyteller. Till then I hope you enjoy my blog posts and get inspired by them… My ultimate goal is to keep myself sane through writing and by sharing my views and also to inspire at least one reader out there if not all. So I hope you enjoy my write-ups and get along with me on my writing journey. Happy Reading.

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