15 February 2011
The almighty six steps can be found in the rhetorical analysis for Mr. Ben’s class. The first step would be the purpose of the essay, which is to prove whether McCloud proves the values of comics. The second step is the fact that the analysis is written in an essay structure, with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. The third step is the vocabulary we decide to use and explaining the genres of McCloud’s book. The fourth step would be the rough draft of the essay, which is where we decide what is good enough to make the final draft. The fifth step is finalizing the final draft and making sure is almost perfect. Of course, the sixth step of the rhetorical analysis is turning the final draft into Mr. Ben.
In my opinion chapter seven is beneficially. When it comes to writing, we are all the students and should be open to learn more because there is so much more to learn. The six steps helped me understand how I can improve my rhetorical analysis a little more. I also found how McCloud portrayed pre-historic humans to be extremely humorous. Again, chapter seven was enjoyable.
Instead of making art for money, McCloud explains how people use art to represent their individual identity. McCloud writes of three ways art is used to help people express themselves. The first is through exercise. Many play sports or games to relieve stress. Art also helps people with emotions. Art is good if someone has emotional imbalance. The last example of how art effects humanity is through invention. Art inspires creativity and new discoveries.
After explaining these three ways art helps humans express themselves, McCloud reveals his six steps to making art. Here is a bullet of the six steps to make it as clear as possible:
- Idea/Purpose-before you can start your work, you need to reflect on why you are doing what your doing. The purpose of your work.
- Form-This is where you decide what genre your art will take. Example include a book, chalk drawing, sculpture, or comic book.
- Idiom-Idiom can be described as your vocabulary and subject matter. Style of the genre is included.
- Structure-This is where you decided how to arrange your project. Composing your work.
- Craft-I could describe this as constructing your work and applying your art skills on you project.
- Surface-This is how your work looks when finished. Representation of the work.
It is very hard for everyone to walk step to step with these six rules. Many viewers of art do not see all six steps when looking at art. Many just see the finishing product or surface. Idea, form, idiom, structure, and craft are sometimes not fully recognized.
14 February 2011
At the end of this chapter McCloud talks about what happens after our art has undergone all six of the stages. He focuses on several different artists but finally narrows it down to the last. McCloud says that this artist has a difficult decision to make about his art: "Does this artist want to say something about life through his art or does he want to say something about art itself?" For this decision, the artist must go back and choose between the first or the second step. If he chooses Form, it could lead him to become a revolutionist. However, if he chooses Idea/Purpose, he can speak to the world through his work. And then, eventually the world comes back around and starts back at square one.
In all honesty I wasn't looking forward to reading this chapter at all. The first few pages didn't spark an interest. I did become interested once it started getting to where McCloud started describing each artist and the steps that he/she went through. Then I started thinking about all the work that I had been doing for each of my classes along with previous classes. Even when writing our rhetorical analysis paper do we use these steps. Idea and purpose were used for the content of our papers. Our form was the paper itself. Idiom is our vocabulary and subject matter along with structure being MLA format. Craft is used for our papers just by our will to "get the job done." Now surface in our paper is harder to put my thumb on. I don't really see how surface comes into a rhetorical analysis paper but I'm thinking that maybe it has to do with the way that the essay itself is presented. But, this chapter actually contains some valuable points in the pursuit of the understanding of comic value.
If artists didnt use these six steps, alot of art wouldnt have meaning that it does. If they only use Surface the piece of art would only be appealing to the eye. It wouldnt have "The impulses, the ideas, the emotions, the philosophies, the purposes of the work... the works content" no one would ever know the artists feelings or why they did this piece of art. When you draw a picture you might use these steps, maybe some or even all of them.
Scott McCloud's book, Understanding Comics The Invisible Art, is a comic book written on understanding comics an to show their deeper meaning. McCloud uses all six steps in creating this comic book. Number One, Idea/Purpose: His purpose is to shed a different light on comic books, a posistive one. Number Two, Form: it takes the form of a book. Number Three, Idiom: this book is a comic that talks about comics. Number Four, Structure: He talks about important things about comics which helps the reader understand his goal. Number Five, Craft: He made this whole book himself, wrote it and drew it. Number Six, This book is great!
Creating art requires six steps which are the idea/purpose, form, idiom, structure, craft and the surface. The first step, idea/purpose is the content of the art. The second step, form is the type of art it will be. The third step is idiom which is the genre the art will be. The fourth step is structure, in this step you will be composing the work. The fifth step is craft, which means constructing the work. The final step is the surface which means to finish and prefect the work. Scott McCloud explains that every step are important because "whats a good surface without a great core". Each step should help the final project be great from the core to the surface.
I used all of the these steps for writing our rhetorical analysis essay without even realizing it. I used "idea/purpose" for the content of my paper. I used the step "form" when I wrote the essay in MLA format. I used "idiom" when I did the genre of the work. I used the step of "structure" when I put my paper together. An example of this would be that I had to rearrange my paper multiple times to get my point across correctly. I also used "craft" while writing my paper. I had to apply all of my writing skills such as sentence structure, vocabulary and organization in order to complete the essay. I also used the sixth step which is "surface" to finish my work. To do this I went back to my paper and made sure everything was appealing the eye. I edited the paper again and made sure my paper was in MLA format.