Friday, August 26, 2011

Design Focus Friday - Proportion and Scale


 As I was thinking about proportion and scale, I started thinking about three dimensional work and the importance of getting the scale correct in a sculptural piece. One of the hardest things when I first started needle felting was getting the scale correct in a figure.

 This is from the class that I took over a year ago and you can see that the proportions of a figure make a difference on the outcome. What size is the head as compared to the body? Are both arms or legs the same size. It is fairly easy for us to see if something is out of proportion because we compare it in our minds to the human figure.
Even if you don't do three dimensional work, you can still compare what you are representing in your work to the human scale. If there is a very large person in the foreground and the landscape in the distance is small, then the scale of the human figure will indicate how far distant the landscape is in comparison.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back in September when I start discussing Rhythm. September will be the last month in the Design Focus Friday series. I can't believe it's been a year since I started Design Focus Fridays.  I hope you've enjoyed the discussions and learned a bit about design.

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