13 February 2012

The Ideas and Guide Lines of Art: Chapter 7

In the book Understanding comics by Scoot McCloud, he explains into depth the six steps in which an art can be developed in order to become a well versed and well structured type of art. Mr. McCloud shows us that art is not only in paintings, comic books, or films. He clearly explains that art can be anything as along as it has meaning behind it or tells a story. Art is not only in paintings as our mind is made to understand it. We don't see a pot or the simple taps on a rock as art because our society or genres we are in affects our understanding of art. Mr. McClould makes comparisons and points out some good points one of which is that art has and will be the same in decades to come. The basics of art do not change instead they become more and more complex instead; Throughout the years, as new and old artists come and go art evolves into a picture that best fits our society. He compares survival and reproduction with art stating that when the age of art begun it was only very straight forward and expands into saying ,with only the use on the drawn picture on page 167, that art is the same ,but it has however become much more complex such as reproducing where in the past there were no conversations nor dates.  Reproduction and survival throughout time makes one adapt to the society and creates a huge difference between  per historic time art to current time art in all aspects some in which involve art. Mr. McCloud also comes up with the theory that we did not invent art ,but instead that per historic men and women did. He explains why and how it was possible to occur. He does this by telling us that although survival and reproduction are the main concerns that there comes a time when we don't have anything to do ,and in those cases we find ways to entertain ourselves and one of those moments begun the creation or art. He also explains that any type of art whether paintings, writings, films, sculpture, or any other forms of art all follow the same foundation in structure and development. This foundation and development follow these six steps and always fall into order. The development of any type of art follow the following criteria (1.) Idea/purpose, (2.) Form, (3.) Idiom, (4.) Structure, (5.) Craft ,and (6.) Surface.

    This chapter explains how and why art was created. Choosing this chapter to blog on was mainly due to the idea and concepts that it consist on why art came about and how it can teach us and even relive guilt. This chapter set a different view on what I had to say about artists such as Shakespeare. Knowing that all art is based on  six simple guide lines makes it very possible to understand complex plays or stories such as past artists. Art does not only come in one kind of form. It comes in a variety of ways and that's the beauty of it art. All this is possible even when following these six steps.      


  1. I don't understand what you mean when you say that art came about and how it can relive guilt? Other than that, I agree with you on everything else!

  2. I like your point about our society keeping us from identifying a pot or taps on a rock as art. I hadn't given much thought to our society's affect on our perception of art. Good post.

  3. The idea of critiquing art based on the 6 steps is very interesting. Nice job, here.