10.0 Creating a focal point

rhythm-of-two-systems6-rev2A focal point is the single most active area in a composition. It’s the first place a viewer would go; you could call it a visual entry point. Not all compositions have one and that’s okay. It’s pretty dynamic when they do however. On the other hand, using more than one obvious focal point begins to create confusion.

A focal point can be created by some form of distinguishing event: contrast of color, size, value, texture, pattern, location, containment, etc.

It’s your turn! Create your own version, any type of sequencing involving at least 2 elements, and with a focal point through the medium of your choosing: photography, painting, drawing, digital tools, mixed media, etc. Below are some examples applied to real projects. Check the Pinterest board on Rhythm and find even more examples.

When you’re done, post your exercises to Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.

 

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An example of the exercise applied. Collage by Juan Casini. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/488077678338487437/

 

 

 

 

 

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