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The Power of Scale – Small-Scale Studies Achieve Large-Scale Success

This “doodle” is estimated to be worth over 20 million dollars. Because as artists, we know you need small-scale studies (that Edward Hopper is known for) to achieve large-scale success.

Do not belittle your small work, because it’s just as important as your larger work, all the same rules apply.

You’re not a “doodler” if you take the time to educate yourself and do the work. The difference between a doodle and fine art is a matter of education and experience. This video explains how that works.

The quality of the video isn’t great because I’m testing a new app that will let me draw on top of the paintings, which is a feature that’s important for me to show you how a composition is working, or not working. I put this together quickly without much planning because I literally had the idea while driving home from getting groceries, along with a dozen more ideas for more videos, so I was in a rush to get this created.

I did get some feedback about this video already, and maybe in the next video I’ll talk a little bit about this particular composition, about Edward Hopper’s rigidly complex compositions, and why I picked him to discuss scale.

PS: Here’s the book that I mentioned regarding the “art bonfire”

As I started to explain in the last video, the value of your small-scale study is in the composition. If art was food, your shapes are the ingredients, and how you combine those shape-flavors, that’s the structure, the composition, the arrangement, aka the “shape science” and it offers artists a lot of entertaining possibilities.

To “the viewer” (average Joe) it just looks nice, but that hard-to-describe artistic quality is actually the result of a lot of training, thinking and planning, resulting in deliberate “moves” that play out like a game of chess. Understanding shape interactions, this is half of your job as an artist. The other half is color, which we’ll get to later.