Re: Left Side RIght Side Match


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Posted by Maureen on October 27, 2002 at 03:57:36:

In reply to: Left Side RIght Side Match posted by Gloria on October 22, 2002 at 11:10:25:

Hi Gloria,

Probably a few things at work here that you want to consider when
trying to get a design that looks fairly identical on hands or feet
or right and left sides of the body or both legs, etc.

First, we are not really symmetrical. One hand can be wider or
longer than the other. The mounds on one hand can be more pronounced
than on the other. In other words, you need to deal with them as
different canvases and make the adjustment to the design and your own
positioning and placement. Example would be if you want the designs
to be the exact same size. If one hand is larger than the other,
then putting a design of the exact same size on both hands is likely
to make one design actually appear to be smaller than the other and
placed in a different location on one hand than the placement on the
other. Also, the hand is not a truly flat surface, so when laying
down lines, you have to compensate for those mounds when placing the
design. One hand that is more meaty and with more pronounced mounds
will can make a line you drew as straight look crooked. While the
same straight line appears more straight on a hand that is less meaty
with less pronounced mounds. So sometimes what you have to work
towards is drawing the line in such a way that it is read as a
straight line by the eye rather than making sure that the line is
absolutely ruler straight as you draw it.

Second, your perspective plays a big role when laying down a design.
The perspective you have of the right hand is very different from the
perspective you have of the left. You will want to shift and
position yourself and the hand of your child such that you are
getting as close to the same perspective as possible as you work on
each hand. Sketching or at least laying out some sort of grid for
the design first helps a lot. Checking out the sketched design or
grid from a variety of perspectives prior to committing the design
with the paste is really helpful when a design is meant to be "read"
from one perspective rather than another. A lot of symbols fall into
this category and can actually have one sort of meaning and
interpretation when read from one perspective and another sort of
meaning and interpretation with read from another.

Third, any individual you are applying henna to will have more
flexibility in one hand than the other...may naturally hold one hand
flat and the other more curled up. It is like putting a design on a
flat saucer and then putting the exact design on the inside of a
cup. They can tend to be read by the eye as different.

Another thing to consider is that it is easier for some people to
render a symetrical design and manage to have symetrical designs read
as identical than it sometimes is with an assymetrical design. That
has to do with the things mentioned above as well as the necessity to
actually "flip" the assymetrical design when wanting the designs on
both hands to actually match up and "read" as identical. Example: A
small butterfly placed on the upper right side of the left hand
beneath the first finger is on the upper left side of the right hand
beneath the first finger. Sometimes the problem that has to be
solved when working with assymetrical designs is in the placement of
the central part of the design that the rest of the design is
constructed around. A lot of people who have not drawn or painted a
lot tend to work better in one direction...left to right or from
right to left. Doing a matching assymetrical design can force one to
work in the nonhibitual direction. Anytime we are forced to do the
nonhibitual, we tend to have less control. And sometimes just the
difference between the lines of a design we work with more
sponteniety will look more fluid while lines of designs that are more
controlled can look more rigid. It can make the identical design
read differently when viewed.

So, I would just suggest looking at what adjustments you may need to
make to have the designs on the two hands "read" more as a match
rather than to work at getting them truly identical.

Also, remember, the most important thing is if the owner of the hands
is happy. The average person is oblivious to all of the technical
stuff we keep trying to workout to perfect the design and rendering.

Hope this helps some.

Maureen

 


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