What is balance in art?
(noun) – As a basic principle of art (specifically of design), the definition of balance refers to the ways in which the elements (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) of a piece are arranged.

There are 3 balances in art. Balance refers to the feeling of equilibrium or stability of a work of art. There are three types of balances: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial.

With symmetrical balance, you could draw a line down (or across) the middle of the project to create a mirror image. This perfect bilateral symmetry feels elegant, formal, and conservative.

Asymmetrical balance creates tension through contrast and is much more visually interesting. Because it’s abstract, there is no symmetry; there are no perfect mirror images. Instead, you’re arranging elements of all different visual weights in such a way that each side is still balanced out. The “heavier” elements will jump forward and catch the eye more than the “lighter” ones, which will recede. This type of balance feels more casual, free, and energetic.

In radial balance, elements radiate out (in a circular shape) from one main center point. If you’re looking to create a strong focal point, radial balance is an effective technique because your eyes are naturally drawn inwards to the center.

In your life you want balance. You want peace and harmony every day. Balance comes in many forms. You have physical forms, emotional forms and spiritual ones as well. Being in balance can mean one thing to you and something else entirely to your friend, or your sister.

The balance in your life today may not be the balance that you need tomorrow, or next week or even ever because what you find important one day isn’t necessarily going to be important tomorrow. You know you are balanced by the ‘feeling of accomplishment and happiness’ you are experiencing very day.

Do I want balance in my life? Of course I do. I think everyone does. But for me sometimes being off balance makes me look at things closer in order to resolve the unbalance. Or ask questions I wouldn’t normally ask. Or even see things I don’t see even though I have walked by it every day for who knows how long.

Do I want balance in my art? Although I am sure that a lot of serious artists do want balance in order to make their art more attractive, palatable, etc. I will purposefully unbalance something just to drive myself crazy wondering if what I stuck out there in the middle of nowhere should actually be there. It probably shouldn’t be there according to someone else’s eye but I diligently ink it in and there it stays because I have a perverse need to keep my head unbalanced until I can become comfortable with what I am looking at whether it is in a drawing book or in my life.

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