Creating a more dynamic rhythm. Let’s return to the example shown in exercise 1.0. This time start removing one circle at a time in order to create an implied horizontal line. How many circles did you end up removing until the line finally fell apart? Five? Six? More?
Notice how the line or sequence seems to continue despite the fact that some of its circles are missing. (FYI, this effect is called Closure. Find out more in the video on Unity.)
The main point is that the interruptions create their own rhythm among the remaining dots. The missing circles (aka, open or negative space) now affect their own sort of pacing or rhythm as well. Swiss cheese is noted for its flavor and its holes. Shouldn’t open space have its own dynamic as well?
It’s your turn! Create your own version of an interrupted sequence through the medium of your choosing: photography, painting, drawing, digital tools, mixed media, etc. Check the Pinterest board on Rhythm and find even more examples.
Below are examples of interrupted sequences. Click through each image to find relevant Pinterest details.