Weight in your composition

I have an interesting thing for you today.

See this photo?

two chemicals

two chemicals

That is a two part epoxy glue that I use all the time. You are supposed to squirt out a small puddle of liquid from Part A which is clear, and then squirt out the same amount of Part B (on the right), which is amber colored.

So, notice how the levels are not the same? It is because of an illusion.

I squirt out small puddles of this stuff all the time. I do my best to make sure the puddles are the same size. You can see the difference in the levels which shows I am not equal at all.

This is why. The amber colored liquid looks heavier because of the darker color, so my mind adjusts, and pours a smaller puddle of amber. The darker liquid holds more weight in my mind. When I try to pour two exact same sized puddles, I always will unconsciously pour a smaller puddle of the darker liquid.

This is a great concept for your artwork, or film composition. A darker color on one side of your photo image, or artwork can be balanced with more light color on the opposite side. A white square on one side of your painting is not going to balance out a black square. If you are trying to balance your composition, you have to take in to account that darker colors weigh more in our minds. A larger volume of lighter color will be needed to balance out the darker color.

I also notice this effect when I am mixing blue putty with light yellow putty. I always use more light yellow even though I try to mix them equally.

Go ahead, make some art, have some fun.

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One response to “Weight in your composition

  1. The real problem is that one of them is thicker than the other and the thinner one spreads to a larger puddle even when you’ve dispensed a lesser amount.

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