13 February 2012

Chapter 7, Six Not So Unfamiliar Steps

In chapter 7 of Scott McCould's, Understanding Comics The Invisible Art, his readers get an introduction to the 6 steps of any artistic creation, and what he considers art to be. McCloud defines art as any human activity that doesn't revolve around fornicating and survival. He relates back to the prehistoric times and shows a caveman chasing a women with the intentions to reproduce, he then goes on to show a group of people during this time. There is no way that humans can spend 24/7 worrying about sex and gorging themselves, let alone acting it out. Art is created all the time without much thought, but it is for a purpose. The simple things are art: a man making beat, a woman carelessly drawing, a child singing. Art allows humans to cast away from basic instincts, it allows the mind and body to receive outside stimulus, express ourselves emotionally, and to adapt by making new discoveries. McCloud defines pure art as art that is created for no means of materialistic recognition, instead it is used as a medium to convey a message, it has purpose. There are six steps that all good art abides by: Idea/Purpose, Form, Idiom, Structure, Craft, and Surface. Step one focuses on content, two decides what form of work will be produced, three focuses on the genre, four focuses on what should stay and what should go, five focuses on the authors personal preferences and creativity, and six is the creators ability to make the work mass producible. Artists that are able to understand all six concepts and apply them to their work will have better art than those that don't. When it comes to the six steps, most artists have a tough time with 1 and 2, they take you down different routes. 1 is more for artists who want to be great story tellers, meanwhile 2 is focused on artists who like the idea of shaking things up- straying from the ordinary.

Chapter Seven, The Six Steps, takes a walk down a road that is very familiar to humanity, even if it subconsciously known. When people look at different forms of art they compare it to something else they have seen or heard. For example, we can hear 2 different versions of a song, one with the original beat and one with a different beat(lets go with dubstep), we will automatically notice the difference and compare them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJXKZkf8V_E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaIZ0mUJzr0&feature=related
Some might prefer the original while others might prefer the drastic remake. This is similar to that of the six steps, one and two that focus on idea and form. The people that pick the original song would more likely focus on step one in art they create than step 2, they are traditional and do not like straying from what is normal. Art is produced all the time, sometimes the art is pointless and has no real meaning, right? Wrong. All art is created with a purpose, its the viewers responsibility to understand the meaning. It is true that humans do have basic needs to reproduce and survive, but we also have instincts to explore, create, and question. When we do these things, this is when real art is created.

1 comment:

  1. "Fornicating" doesn't exactly mean what you think it means :-)

    I'm not sure I understand your analysis of the 6 steps in the two songs. And in the future, just embed the videos straight into your blog.

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