What Is Visual Balance?

This short video was created for Dianne’s August, 2023 YouTube Chat. If you want to watch the replay of the chat, go HERE. Otherwise, enjoy the little video.

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13 thoughts on “What Is Visual Balance?”

  1. When I am looking at a painting or picture, it is easy to see it is out of balance..something just isn’t right, but it isn’t always easy for me to see how to balance. This has been very helpful with realizing the different visual weights and how to offset them to achieve balance. Knowing the factors that have more weight (darkness, near edge, larger size, warmer volors, isolation in the area, and angles showing direction) and where to place the axis makes it possible to decide how to balance the weight to create a pleasing balance.

  2. I thought I had uploaded my lesson response, but must not have…but after the comments I don’t see any other way to complete/upload lesson. Please help

  3. This is one of those videos that the more you watch the more it makes sense. Initially it is overwhelming to learn about all the different elements of visual balance (value, color, neat edge, size, warm, cool colors, angles, isolation, etc. ), but with practice I will definitively be able to create visual balance.

  4. Such a valuable video! It is the rare teacher who is able to translate a “feeling” into a structure that can help us figure out and create a balanced composition, and you have done that. I agree that dark values carry more weight than light. Would it be fair to say that greater contrast also affects the balance by pulling attention there? I am learning about notan and as you point out, dark doesn’t exist without light, and vice versa. Thank you for your continued dedication to teaching the tools that will help us create from the “I am.”

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