The Importance of Scale and Contrast in Art


Scale is a ratio that establishes the relative importance of a feature within a larger whole. For example, when drawing a circle, a scale is important to help the artist understand how large or small it should be.

While this review found distinct psychometric limitations reported for scale development, future research should seek to develop initial items through deductive and inductive methods with theoretical support and the opinions of members of the target population (e.g., interview or focus group).


Scale is a term used to describe the relative size of an object or image. Depending on the context, it can mean anything from a musical scale (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti) to a map scale (one inch on a map equals one mile in real life).

In terms of art, artists use scale to create realistic representations of objects and landscapes that are proportionally accurate to their original sizes. To do this, they often calculate a ratio of size called a scale factor.

This ratio allows designers and architects to create drawings of large objects that can fit on a piece of paper, or shrink them down so they can be handled by machinists. It also helps us to visualize landscape plans before constructing them on the ground. We can also use scale to make comparisons between two geometric figures.


A scale is an important part of how we understand the information we’re given. Each of the four common measurement scales — nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio — provide a different kind of information, based on how data points are categorised.

Nominal data has specific characteristics and defines the identity of a variable. It can be classified into categories but cannot be multiplied, divided, added or subtracted from each other. Examples of nominal data include a person’s height, weight and age.

Interval data points are grouped together in a set and can be added, divided, added and subtracted from each other. The scale of a piano keyboard is an example of an interval scale.

Ratio data has properties of all four of the scales of measurement – it’s nominal and defined by an identity, it has an ordered set with equal intervals and can be broken down to exact value. Height and weight are examples of ratio variables.


Contrast is the element of design that draws attention to a particular part of a visual. This can be done in a number of ways, such as by using complementary colors or contrasting shapes and sizes. Contrast can also be used to create a sense of balance and proportion within an artwork.

One example of scale is when a piece of art accurately depicts the size of an object, such as a statue or landscape. Another way to use scale is by experimenting with compositional proportion. This is where the artist intentionally uses certain proportions to create a specific effect, such as making a figure seem bigger than a nearby building.

The artist’s decision on which scale to use in their work is based on the represented motifs, cultural traditions and message that they want to convey. In addition, the artistic use of scale is also related to the use of other principles such as emphasis, unity and balance.


The use of scale in art is important for creating contrast between various components within a work. For example, a statue may have varying sizes of the different parts of a human body, such as arms, legs, head and torso. This relationship is known as proportion. It is also important for highlighting the importance of an event or message.

The goal of this study was to identify and assess the main limitations reported in the literature on current practices in scale development. Ten limitations were identified, including the lack of a theoretical foundation for the new measure, inadequate psychometric procedures, limited sample size, loss of items during the psychometric process (DeVellis 2003), an overemphasis on certain aspects of the construct, missing data and social desirability bias.

In the area of step 1, most studies employed deductive methods for item generation, which is a good practice when constructing new measures (Clark and Watson 1995; Kapuscinski and Masters 2010). Most authors also used EFA or CFA to verify construct validity, which is an important method in scale construction. However, several studies lost more than 50% of their initial item pool during the psychometric process.

What Are Measures?


A measure is a classification of raw data such as numbers and values. They include items such as sales, profits and customer satisfaction. These measures help a business understand their strengths and weaknesses.

In mathematics, a measure is a function of a set such that all intervals in the corresponding metric space are invariant under translation. It is also a fundamental concept in integration theory.


Units are a reference point that can be used to compare other measures. For example, a leg of a chair must be the same length as all the other legs, or it will topple over when you sit in it. If you measure a leg in inches, and then measure the same leg in meters, you need to know how much longer or shorter the second measurement is in order to be confident that the first one was accurate.

The rapid advances in science and technology of the 19th and 20th centuries spurred many different systems of units to develop as scientists improvised to meet the practical needs of their disciplines. To reduce this confusion, an international system was created called the metre-kilogram-second (MKS) system.

This system consists of seven base units and 22 coherent derived units with special names and symbols. It also contains twenty-four prefixes that, when added to the name and symbol of a coherent unit, produce non-coherent units that are decimal-based multipliers or sub-multiples of the base unit.


Uncertainty, as the name suggests, is the amount of doubt that is inherent in any measurement. It may stem from calibration error, environmental factors, resolution of the measuring device and so on. Regardless of the source of uncertainty, it is important to know and understand because measurements are used to make decisions every day in all types of industries. Without accurate measurement results decisions can be risky and costly. For example, a faulty calibration in an oil and gas pipeline could lead to catastrophic failure resulting in environmental damage, financial cost, loss of reputation or even loss of life.

The good news is that it is possible to quantify uncertainty and it is not as complex as it may seem. One way to do this is through the use of uncertainty intervals, which are a set of bounds around a measured value that indicate the probability that any new measurement will lie within those bounds.


Scales are the building blocks of music and a critical component of constructing melodies, riffs, harmonies and solos. They are a way to organize notes so that they sound melodic and coherent together. A scale consists of different notes that belong to the same family and are grouped together by their pitch. They are usually octave-repeating, with the same pattern of notes repeated in each octave.

Each scale has its own unique sound, due to the pattern of intervals it uses. A major scale, for example, consists of seven different notes grouped in a particular order. Each note is a certain pitch and each interval has a specific name. For example, the distance between two adjacent notes is called a semitone (also known as a tone).

A key is the name given to a particular scale and is used to distinguish it from others. It also identifies the starting point for modulation to another scale. Examples of this would be moving from a diatonic major scale to a dominant major scale or a chromatic scale.