The Fibonacci Spiral created from the Golden Ratio.
Aka. “The Golden Mean”, “Divine Proportions”, “Fibonacci Spiral”, and the list goes on. This shape is created from a mathematical formula known for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. It can be found naturally in many things like earlobes, flowers and nautilus shells. Also used to design artificial objects like the iPod. The more commonly used rule of thirds (which I go over in Navigation & Orientation) is a simplification derived from this equation.
In this post I’ll go in depth to show how it can be used to make your image more effective.
Here's a scene where I used the golden ratio to create a more dynamic image.
The narrative of the scene is of an adventurer who overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles to make it to a new fantastical land.
After that I had a finished scene!
The golden ratio is definitely a bit more advanced than most other compositional guides out there, but that doesn't necessarily make it the best. This just happened to help support the experience I wanted to deliver in this environment.
If you’re learning how to use composition in your scenes I highly recommend studying composition for photography and environmental design. There’s a lot of well written documentation for that and hopefully in the near future we’ll get more stuff that’s geared towards building game environments.