Asymmetrical Drawing & Lettering with the Golden Ratio

Chris Heath, Writer | Designer | Illustrator

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10 Videos (22m)
    • Asymmetrical Drawing & Lettering with the Golden Ratio

      1:53
    • Introduction to Asymmetry

      0:54
    • Drawing Tools

      0:30
    • Abstract Lines

      1:53
    • Abstract Rectangles

      1:39
    • Swiss Style Numerals

      2:56
    • Roman Style Letters

      2:59
    • Dividing a Line by the Golden Ratio

      3:08
    • Grid Setup

      4:42
    • What's Next?

      1:04
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About This Class

Have you ever wondered how to use the golden ratio?

Let's face it; it's not the easiest thing to wrap your head around. The math may seem mind-boggling, but here's the thing — it's actually quite simple for artists, designers and architects to use.

In this class we explore, through a series of simple drawing exercises, one of the golden ratio's special properties. This property can best be described as balanced asymmetry. The golden ratio is one of a number of useful proportions that can be used to introduce asymmetry into our work, and to do this in a harmonious way.

Symmetry is easy. Asymmetry is just as easy if you know where to begin.

All you need for this class is:

  • to print the grids that you can download from this class
  • some pens and pencils
  • an eraser, and
  • a straight edge, e.g., a ruler

So lets get started...

14 of 15 students recommendSee All

I enjoyed learning from this class, instructions are clear and there are sufficient examples to illustrate the concept. Also, Chris is a pleasure to listen to. It's a great class for adding structure to randomness.
Mira Metzler

Mixed Media Artist

What a useful and easy to use tool by Chris Heath! I recommend this class to any experienced or aspiring artist.
Chris V

Artist, Designer, Maker

Very interesting class! I would have liked to see more examples as I'm exploring geometric pattern design. By the way could you recommend any book to study about geometric pattern design? Thank you, Chris!

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Chris Heath

Writer | Designer | Illustrator


Chris Heath is a writer, designer and illustrator based in 'Art Deco' Napier, New Zealand.

With a thesis about the role of geometry in architecture under his belt, Chris pursued a career as a decorative artist for many years. In addition to faux paint finishes, his work involved designing stencil patterns for furniture, walls and floors, and reinstating historic stencil patterns in some of Auckland's historic buildings.

He's never been great with mental arithmetic, n...

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