Objects or characters in a composition don't have to be equal in size or mass to balance a picture. Artists can use the principle of the fulcrum lever in compositions to create a feeling of balance, even though the objects are two different sizes. A fulcrum lever is like a teeter-totter, as shown in Figure 6.35.
The center of the teeter-totter is the fulcrum. A heavier person can teeter-totter with a lighter person by moving closer to the fulcrum or having the lighter person move farther away from the fulcrum. By placing a larger object or character near the center of the picture and placing the smaller object farther from the center, the picture will have a sense of balance. This approach to balance can add more drama to a picture.
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