What is the Rule of Thirds?

The rule of thirds is a rule used by artists and photographers in relation to composition.  How does it work?  Divide your paper into thirds as shown and place your subject in the area of the one of the circles indicated below:

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The Rule of Thirds

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What is Composition?

Composition means combining various elements of a drawing or painting into a satisfactory whole.  A good composition will hold the viewers interest and will encourage the viewer to look around the piece and notice all the details after the initial impact.  So what makes a good composition?

There is a theory called the ‘Rule of Thirds’ which I have explained in another post What is the Rule of Thirds?.  This idea is that subjects should be placed in one of the thirds of the piece to create interest.  Subjects in the middle of an artwork are thought to be less interesting.

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