14 February 2012

The six steps that lead to something big

Art can be found in almost anything do and see. But what is art? Almost everyone has a different view on art, some being very narrow, excluding a lot of small and basic pieces of work, and some being very broad, considering almost everything that they see as art. Scott McCloud’s definition of art is “any human activity that does not grow out of our basic instincts: survival and reproduction.” The example that McCloud gives to support his definition are panels that show bored cavemen doing regular activities such as tapping a rock against another, drawing on the dirt with a stick and kicking around pebbles on the floor out of anger. All of the actions that the cavemen are doing are in fact some form of art.
            Later in the 7th chapter of Scott McCloud’s book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, he states that the creation of any kind of work will always follow a path of six steps. The first step is the idea or purpose of the work followed by the form, meaning what the piece of work may be such as a painting, drawing, comic, song and so on. The third step is the idiom or the genre. The structure of the work is the forth step and craft is the fifth. The last step of the “path” is the finished product, the surface. Each step plays an important role in any kind of art, however everyone is most interested in the surface or end product and do not pay much attention to the first few steps. McCloud explains that every artist uses these six steps sometimes without realizing it and that each follows their own order of the path (usually starting from end to the beginning) but in the end the order of the steps are “innate” and when brought together will fall into their place.
            In McCloud’s 7th chapter, I thought he did a good job at explaining the six steps that every artwork follows. He made them very easy to understand and his point of everyone usually just focusing on the surface made me realize that it is true. You never really hear people discussing about the process of how the artwork came to be. I also liked his examples that showed how simple activities could be art. I feel that people should not be as close-minded when it comes to art.

1 comment:

  1. Good summary, Nancy, but where's your response to the chapter?