Definitions: Scale and Proportion in the Creation of Cute

July 25, 2014


Above: Quick sketch before bed, and a short discussion with Dick about how scale impacts our perception of cute. Staedtler Pigment liner, pink and white Montana acrylic markers, red and yellow Bienfang Watercolor Brush pens, and the Pentel Pocket Brush pen for the text; all in a Japanese Lined Notebook.

I started a new category today: Definitions. It's not really "definitions" but an exploration of the essence of things, very Humpty Dumptyesque, with definitions meaning what I want them to mean, no more, no less, but I thought people would be more likely to find the series if I had a one word category title.

“When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that’s all.”
—Lewis Carroll in Alice Through the Looking Glass.

  1. Reply

    HAHA! I love it! In baby- product design there were some ‘formulas’ for cute:
    If it has a big head proportionally- it might be cute!
    If is is wider that it is tall- it might be cute!
    If the eyes are bigger and placed lower on the face- it might be cute!
    If the arms are too short and chubby- it might be cute!
    If it is rounded softly w/o hard edges- it might be cute!

    These pears are inDEED CUTE!

    • Julana
    • July 27, 2014

    I have been trying to sketch Sophie Ryder’s Dancing Hares, an outdoor art installation on a hill above spouting fountains, a mile or two from where I live. Large and cute.

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