Although McCloud says every piece of art follows this same path, that doesn't mean that every artist realizes the path that they are following. Many artists are so focused on the finished product or the surface that they neglect the other steps. All six steps are still present no matter what, however they may be underdeveloped which would create a lack of depth in the artwork. The more the artist focuses on the beginning steps, idea/purpose and form, the better developed and more meaningful the piece of art becomes. Comics are no different than any other form of art. Comic artists follow this same path to create their masterpieces. It is through these six steps that comic artists, or any artist, can put their ideas together and transport them far and wide throughout the earth.
I really enjoyed this chapter. I have never payed any attention to the depth of art. I am one of those uneducated people who hardly ever looks past the surface when looking at a piece of art. This helped me realize that there is a lot more to comics and any art than just the pictures and words on the page. You can take any piece of art and pick out these six steps. For example look at this painting of Christ.
In this painting, you can pick out that the idea/purpose the artist has is to show Christ's agony on
the cross and to portray him still looking to God through all of his agony. The form is a painting. The idiom is a religious genre. The structure is how the artist put together and arranges all the details to show his purpose. The craft is the skills the artist has in order to get this painting done. And the structure is the finished product. With every work of art, these same steps can be applied, however not every person will receive the artwork the same way. For example the idea or purpose of this painting may not be what I said it was, the artist may have had a different idea in mind. But this is the glory of art, everyone can perceive the same artwork differently. This concept ties back into closure, that everyone can see the same thing a little bit differently.