An attempt to understand myself, nature, and the world at large.
28 January 2009
Link of the day: Scott McCloud on understanding comics
While watching a different TED talk, I came across a talk by Scott McCloud called "Understanding Comics." McCloud is an advocate of comics as a legitimate art form. The first part of the talk connects his experiences growing up with a blind father and the idea of creative vision.
According to McCloud, the principles of creative vision are
Learn from everyone
Follow no one
Watch for patterns
Work like hell
In the world of art, he divides creative approach roughly into
Formalist (thinking, form)
Classicist (sensation, beauty)
Animist (intuition, content)
Iconoclast (feeling, truth)
The second half focuses on comics in the past and future. McCloud doesn't bother talking about comics in the present, assuming that the audience is already familiar with it. The presentation makes the first and second halves feel disconnected; maybe he was cramming too much into the short time frame. The brevity of the talk (17 minutes) made it difficult for him to delve deeply into his topic. I need to go read McCloud's book, also called Understanding Comics.