[Process] Divine Divisions

Today I'm going to keep it pretty simple and show some more examples of how the proportions of a rectangle can (and often do) influence our compositional choices - whether we intend them to or not. All of the paintings below were composed without any conscious thought given to how they would fit into the "armature" of the space. But after overlaying the diagram, you can see pretty clearly how the rectangle influenced some of the choices I made, whether by creating certain directions for eye movement, or constrictions of space. In some ways, these paintings might have been more successful had I actually given thought to where I was placing certain lines and objects.

For anyone who's interested in exploring further, I've provided a digital armature for download below. You can use it for composing your own work, or just to overlay on everyone else's to study further. You can also find a more in-depth description of how it works in my self-portrait posts from November.


-- Art and Ramblings: Self Portrait Process 1 - Drawing and Compostion
-- "Classical Painting Atelier" by Juliette Aristides
-- Digital Composition Armature Download