09 February 2012

The six amazing steps of purpose

The Six Steps
                Artistic styles are a matter of self-explanation or purpose and in chapter 7; McCloud explains this by distinguishing six steps that lead down a path for artists to follow. Before McCloud reaches the point of no return, (meaning the end of the sixth step), he uses an example of cave men, to explain his perspective. He claims, that “art is any human activity which doesn’t grow out of either of our species but with two basic instincts, survival and reproduction”. He then shows a caveman chasing a female but she gets away and then a saber tooth tiger comes out to eat him, so he runs for dear life but somehow uses his instincts to survive. Concepts like these are a way to plug in the comic world with reality in a sense that gives a person to understand thoroughly. Even in the cavemen days, reproduction, and survival aren’t the only things that were important, they would be bored, and in some sort had to entertain themselves. So they would make up sounds, or draw randomly, or do any sort of exercise routine. Just by doing these alone they figured out exercise for minds and bodies receiving outside stimulus than provide an outlet for emotional imbalances in the race’s mental survival and finally the most important, such random activities lead to useful discoveries.
                McCloud may explain that some artists may do art for money or fame but some do it for the love of the creations. Any certain type of medium or artistic work will always follow a path and that is the six steps. The first step is ideas/purpose which explains the emotions, philosophies and purpose of the work or the content. The second step is form, which gives a mind what they may want out of there art work or what they want their audience to understand. The third step is Idiom, which is the genre that work belongs to or maybe a genre of its own. The fourth step is structure, by piecing together the creations or composing the work. The fifth step is craft, by constructing skills, practical knowledge, and invention, problem solving or getting the job done. The sixth step is surface, which is finishing the values or aspects most apparent on first superficial exposure to the work. He explains that this cycle begins all over the world in the genre of comics. Some people may often find comics interesting than progress love for them and eventually try for themselves to be an artist, but then very few really try to make it to where they want to be. Over time they eventually may lose interest or they may settle to be a part of the process by becoming an assistant to the assistant (in a sense of saying lower class employer to comic Industries). Some may want more, so they try to get there work published somewhere and decide to make a good living but that’s it and then there may be the ones that want to make it big, but realize there work may be of big use but there audiences may not know what their art work really stands for, or a purpose to it. There are very few who would like to really go beyond the boundaries of artistic, to the point where they want their audience to notice there purpose in there piece of art. They must first know what they want out of that, and so ideas determine the outcome of comics and as McCloud explains, “the cycle can begin again”.
                McCloud knows that art is a part of comics, and as of what I’ve noticed in Chapter 7, it can really have of a big effect on you. If comic artists show there true purpose than maybe comics could be seen as of value, and to add this on to the definition of comics, it could really work. It could open the doors to broaden its genre or expect the extraordinary….


  1. This was a good summary. I also think that you could have talked a little more about how every work of art uses the six steps even if the artist didn't realize it. And that the more the artist develops all six steps, the better the artwork is.

  2. I agree with Marci. You really set it up too:

    "If comic artists show there true purpose than maybe comics could be seen as of value, and to add this on to the definition of comics, it could really work. It could open the doors to broaden its genre or expect the extraordinary..."

    All you had to do was follow-up with WHY :-)

  3. I really enjoyed this summary I thought it contained appropriate information, and hit the main points that were talked about in chapter 7. I think that the summary was a bit to detailed at points but overall it was a pretty good summary. Good job.

  4. You have done a great job by defining all the Six steps.
    However, you should have elaborated more by describing them.
    Great work.
    I see you've quoted him too, Excellent!