I have been toying with the Golden Proportion (also called the Golden Mean, Golden Ratio, Golden Rectangle) a little bit these days. Nothing worhwhile has come out of it yet, though. So I looked for it on Pencil Jammers and found nothing. I was intrigued and decided to post something about it.

Put very simply: The ratio of 1:1.618 OR 1:0.618 seems to have magical properties. For some reason, things whose lengths and widths are in this ratio appeals to the human eye (mind?). This proportion also appears in nature with uncanny regularity. Starting from the proportions in the shell of the Nautilus to the Greek Parthenon and the Roman Colosseum, it is found in innumerable natural and man made objects. Seurat's “The Circus Sideshow” for instance is full of it and so are Mondrains paintings. Not that it has to be exactly these numbers. 1:1.6 is also a good enough approximation.

So here is a link to a good site on the subject. If you are not comfortable with a lot of numbers and arithmetic, forget them numbers and remember only the ratio and see if it makes sense to you while you compose a picture.

Do explore it!

This may be your starting point too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio

If you just google with Golden and any other word you are likely to come across some interesting thing about this.

Intriguingly, the ratio between any two consecutive numbers from the Fibonacci Series is also close to the Golden Ratio.

Have a Golden time!

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Comment by J L Anil Kumar on December 11, 2010 at 7:30am

Thanks Prabhu,


Read your post. A long one. :-) Very interesting.



Comment by Prabhugsp on December 10, 2010 at 8:38pm

This is an interesting post Anil.. Thanks for sharing!

I had posted a similar aritcle in my blog after reading "The DaVinciCode" by Dan brown.. http://pencilsketchin.blogspot.com/2009/01/progress-in-my-sketching...

Comment by J L Anil Kumar on December 10, 2010 at 6:19pm

Thanks George! The links in the comment are open in other tabs and I read them after this.

The gold you have added are 24 carat.

More in person.

Comment by George Supreeth on December 10, 2010 at 11:32am

Wonderful post Anil!

And if beauty can have a formula...sigh, it's all true, what Ben said is being validated even more. Free will isn't what everyone thinks it is.

Also on arelated topic, articles of interest.


Also. i've added some Gold to our video section now.



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