Re: Left Side RIght Side Match

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Posted by Gloria on October 28, 2002 at 11:51:09:

In reply to: Re: Left Side RIght Side Match posted by Maureen on October 27, 2002 at 03:57:36:

Wow, thanks!

: 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
: 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
: positioning and placement. Example would be if you want the
: 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
: 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
: other. Also, the hand is not a truly flat surface, so when laying
: down lines, you have to compensate for those mounds when placing
: design. One hand that is more meaty and with more pronounced
: 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
: 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
: The perspective you have of the right hand is very different from
: 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
: 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
: 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
: as identical than it sometimes is with an assymetrical design.
: has to do with the things mentioned above as well as the necessity
: actually "flip" the assymetrical design when wanting the designs on
: both hands to actually match up and "read" as identical. Example:
: 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
: beneath the first finger. Sometimes the problem that has to be
: solved when working with assymetrical designs is in the placement
: 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
: lot tend to work better in one direction...left to right or from
: right to left. Doing a matching assymetrical design can force one
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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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