3) Understanding Comics Chapters 7+8
-Art, defined in this book, is any human activity which doesn’t grow out of either of our species’ two basic instincts: Survival and reproduction.
-We can’t just spend every waking hour eating and having sex
-There’s always going to be a time where there’s not a thing to do
-Art is a way to assert our identities as individuals and break out of the narrow roles nature assigned us.
-These factors, too, have their own uses from an evolutionary standpoint
- Provides exercise for the mind and body
- Provide an outlet for emotional imbalances, assisting in mental survival
- Often leads to useful discoveries
-Some things never change, seeing as survival and reproduction still hold the upper hand
-It’s rare to find a person or an artist who cares nothing for success.
*The creation of any art in any medium follows a specific path
-This path consists of 6 steps:
- Idea/Purpose : The work’’s “CONTENT”
- Form: Will it be a book? Sculpture? Comic book?
- Idiom: The genre in which the work will belong to
- Structure: Putting it all together; What to include or take out. The overall composition
- Craft: Constructing the work and applying skills; Getting the job done
- Surface: Production values; Most apparent feature at first sight.
-When art becomes a job, the potential for confusing one’s goals goes up.
*All works begin with a purpose.
-Color has been a powerful and predominant concern throughout history.
-Some believed colors could have profound physical and emotional effects on people.
-Red, blue and green: additive because they literally added up to pure white light.
-Cyan, magenta and yellow: mix to produce any hue in the visible spectrum.
-Color comics in newspapers boosted sales
-To stand out from the competition, costumed heroes were clad in bright, primary colors.
-No one color dominated in comics.
-Flat colors have a tendency of emphasizing the shape of objects.
-Colors objectify the subject
-Flat colors were a preference, not a necessity
-Colors could express a dominant mood
-Tones and modelling could add depth
-A comic being in black-and-white or in color can affect every level of the reading experience.
-Color comics seem more “real” at first glance