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.
by PJ Brunet.
by PJ Brunet.