It’s a Matter of Scale

by Alex Castro



As I perused the Internet I was amazed to see the number of commercially available scales, as opposed to when I started 30 years ago the choices where limited.

It’s my opinion that in painting a figures/statues it’s essential to master the larger scale, which requires knowledge, ability and technique. As the scale size decreases then one has to rely on technique and effect more.
Some beginners or inexperienced painters are intimidated by the larger scale because of the technical difficulties. I am of the position that the figure painter should learn to paint the larger scales and then make adjustments for the smaller scales. The larger scale encompasses the entire process. The most unforgiving part of working on a small figure is that it can become grotesque and distorted looking faster than the bigger scales. On the other hand, larger scales are less forgiving and immediately reveal ones level of depth, ability and techniques. As the scale and size decreases then one has to rely more on technique and effect, however, the underlining core principles and concepts should always be present.

Another point here is that it is difficult to apply the small scale techniques to the larger scale. However, the reverse is true; one can apply the techniques of the larger scale to the smaller ones.

Scale is a mind set. It does not depend on the size of one’s hands or the size of one’s brush. To paint for every scale would require a painting system for each scale. I am recommending a system that can be modified to accommodate all scales.

Emphasis here should be placed on concept and approach not scale.

Written by Alex Castro (c)

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