Dynamic Symmetry: The Foundation of Masterful Art

Dynamic Symmetry: The Foundation of Masterful Art

by Tavis Leaf Glover


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Serious visual artists can now easily understand and apply the secret geometry that masters used to create remarkable art. Superior mathematical skills aren’t required because there are hundreds of excellent step-by-step diagrams to explain everything with simplicity. Learn how the ancient and modern masters used dynamic symmetry to promote unity, movement, rhythm, and strength. These qualities, along with many others, allowed their art to have visual clarity, impact, and stand the test of time. This is an essential book for painters, photographers, sculptors, and cinematographers that hold composition and design with a high priority.

For far too long, artists have been stuck with the basic tools of artistic composition, like the rule of thirds and leading lines. Unfortunately, we’re incapable of reaching the master level if all we know are the basics. Powerful tools like dynamic symmetry and other composition techniques have been kept a secret from all of us. It’s time to learn of them, push past any plateau that stands in our way, and finally unlock our true potential!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733761246
Publisher: Ipox Studios
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Pages: 506
Sales rank: 593,744
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.44(d)

About the Author

Master painters kept composition and design techniques a secret because it gave their work vitality and longevity. It allowed them to communicate their visual message with clarity, giving them an edge over other artists. Some painters and photographers know of their secret techniques today, but the majority of artists are stuck with just the basic techniques, like leading lines and the rule of thirds. Tavis Leaf Glover wants to change this. He wants to share the long lost, secret techniques with more artists to help change the future of art.

At first, Tavis learned these techniques to apply to his own fine art photography. Yet, he knew that more serious artists deserved to know the same tools as the masters. Tavis started teaching through his blog in 2013, which now has over 530 articles based on composition and design. While this was being written, he created seven helpful videos based on powerful visual perception techniques (Gestalt psychology). He also authored "Canon of Design: Mastering Artistic Composition" for artists and "Photography Composition & Design: A Fun Approach for Serious Artists" for street and travel photographers.

His new book, "Dynamic Symmetry: The Foundation for Masterful Art," digs deep into the ancient geometry that master artists used. It's explained in a way that visual artists can fully understand without knowing advanced mathematics. It also shows excellent examples of how to apply dynamic symmetry in painting, photography, cinematography, and sculpting.

Table of Contents


Ch 1: Why We Need Dynamic Symmetry in Our Art

-The Thing About Old Wives’ Tales

-The Rule of Thirds: A Brief History Ch 2:

-The Golden Ratio and Dynamic Symmetry Timeline

Ch 3: Applying Dynamic Symmetry Intuitively

Ch 4: Demystifying the Grid

Ch 5: Constructing the Root and Phi Rectangles

Constructing Non-Root Rectangles

Ch 6: Understanding Rectangle Ratios

Ch 7: Constructing the Basic Armature

-The Reciprocal

Ch 8: Square Compositions

Ch 9: Breaking Down the Grids Further

Ch 10: The Armature’s Polar Point

Ch 11: Adding New Lines to Fit Our Needs

Ch 12: Baroque vs Sinister Diagonal

Ch 13: Building Grids Inside a Square

Ch 14: Building Complex Designs Inside a Square

Ch 15: Subdividing Shapes

-Adding a Reciprocal

-Subdivisions Within the Square

-Subdividing with the Basic Armature

-Compound Rectangle Nuances

-Creating Compound Rectangles

Ch 16: Overlapping Rectangles for Grid Variations

-Other Helpful Overlapping Rectangles

-Uneven Overlapping Divisions

-Overlapping in a Linear Fashion

Ch 17: Finding the Ratios of Overlapping Rectangles

-More Configurations with Simple Math

Ch 18: Rectangle Themes for Grid Variations

-Theme “X”

Ch 19: The Phi Ratio and More

-The Pythagorean Theorem and Phi

-The Root Phi Rectangle and Kepler Triangle

-Building the Great Pyramid of Giza Without Math

-Clearing Up Misconceptions About the Phi Ratio

-How Masters Used Phi Calipers

Ch 20: Techniques to Know Before Using the Grids


-Paralleling the Grid

-Dominant Diagonal

-90-Degree Angle


-Negative Space and Filling the Grid

-Figure-Ground Relationship

-Starting with One Line

Ch 21: Using Dynamic Symmetry in Drawing

-Using a Light Pad to Assist with Drawing

-Using Software to Assist with Drawing

-Master Copies

-Intricate Grid Designs

Ch 22: Using Dynamic Symmetry in Painting

-Squaring the Canvas to Transfer a Drawing

-How to Draw Grids Onto the Canvas with Simple Math

-Canvas Sizes Relating to the Grids

Ch 23: Using Dynamic Symmetry in Sculpting

Ch 24: Using Dynamic Symmetry in Cinematography

Ch 25: Using Dynamic Symmetry in Fine Art Photography

-Visualizing the Grid for Film Cameras

Ch 26: Analyzing Art: A Muscle Memory Exercise

-Finding the Rectangle by Using Ratios

Ratio Guide

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