Finding and creating balance in your art is so essential not only for the art itself to thrive, but equally also for the viewer. An unbalanced piece of art causes tension and confusion amongst the elements involved. The viewer's eye will forcefully be drawn to the more weighted areas which ruins the flow and overall composition of the piece. On the other hand, a well- balanced piece of art is defined by a clean, open, and well-constructed composition. The viewer’s eye moves easily and effortlessly from one area to the next, allowing them to pause on certain areas of interest as they wish, and while not inadvertently being forced to a particular focus by an unstable and or disproportionate composition.
When thinking about considering balance in relation to a piece of art, it is best to always keep in mind that you can’t alter one area without a cascade effect into another. Each stroke, pencil line, and mark making will be in a relationship with all the others. The beauty of achieving good balance is that once the elements are working together and complimenting one another, the result can be impactful and impressive. The key part of learning how to create and maintain balance is learning to recognize the moment when every section can stand alone while simultaneously forming a cohesive whole.