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    Are Square Art Bad?

    Most artwork I see are in landscape or portrait aspect ratio. Only a few are square or near-square. Why is that so? Are square art evil? I'm asking because I'm thinking of doing something square now...

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    huh?? yes 8) no
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    ...You should just remove that Feng Zhu pic from your site instead of giving this kind of well-rounded answers

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    a square has 4 even sides, thus it is less dynamic than rectangles. It makes the entire picture a bit bland. That's one reason why they are shunned upon

    But some people have used it to great effect

    It's ok to break the rules, just know what you're doing

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    The golden mean has kind of destroyed "square" graphics and images imo. The closer a picture is to the golden mean, the more dynamic and appealing. The golden mean is a rectangle where 2 sides are 1.5x the size of the other 2 sides. It can be vertical or horizontal I think. Ghad I love the golden mean. =)

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    I usually start all of my digital paintings in a square 3000 x 3000 pixels and crop as I see fit. Really, to answer your question definitively is impossible. It really depends entirely on how your composition utilizes the demensions. For a square piece, I imagine that the best composition would be something very central and balanced not only horizontally but vertically as well. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. I guess the best answer to your question is that it's not bad as long as you can make it work.

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    if whatever's in the pic is headed straight at the viewer it'd be pretty dynamic.
    Most of the time the rectangular layout is just a direction for the eye to follow...if you want your center of focus to be at the middle, square is probably the way to go.

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    ...You should just remove that Feng Zhu pic from your site instead of giving this kind of well-rounded answers
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

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    Thanks for all your advice. I think I'll stick to landscape after all, since the focus of my planned pic won't be at the center .

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