Art deals with our two natural instincts. Survival, and reproduction. Art is found everywhere and in everything that we do. For example, in the book Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud gives an example of art by explaining that there is an old woman that is sitting down and making lines in the dirt. Today, she had a stomachache and in her lines, you could see that they were tight and angular. But yesterday, she didn't have a stomachache, and her lines were much more open and curved. As you can see, art is found everywhere.
There are three evolutionary standpoints. The first is where they provides exercise for minds and bodies that are not receiving outside stimulus. The second is where they provide an outlet for emotional imbalances that help the mental survival. Lastly, the third is where activities lead to useful discoveries. If you look at it, art is a discovery, and tells nothing but the truth. No matter whether a person says that something is art or not, it is, in one way or another.
Along with explaining about art, McCloud presents a path of six steps that readers begin to follow when they discover comics. The first step is known as the idea/purpose. This is the idea of the and purpose of the work. The second step is the form. This is to decide what form the work is going to be in (such as a song, a book, a comic book, etc.) The third step is the idiom, and this is where the genre of the work belongs to. The fourth step is the structure. This is how the arrangement of the work is composed. The fifth step is craft. This is where fixing all the work comes into place. Lastly, the sixth step is known as surface. This is where the aspects are most apparent in the work. Every person that follows these steps may discover them in any order but no matter what, when they are brought together, everything will always fall into place.
Chapter seven is a very informative chapter. It gives the many examples of understanding comics in the many different ways. Personally, I think that McCloud does a great job in explaining everything in this chapter, but I wish he could have explained a little more into depth when talking about the evolutionary standpoints. I can understand most of the information that is given, but part of it confuses me.