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Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud www.amazon.com/Understanding-C…

I've suffered through more Art History classes than I care to recall. They taught me a great deal about what's been done before, but the great questions of why does art exist was largely left to our speculation. Likewise, the practical question of why one would choose one art style over another was always attributed purely to the philosophies of the artists through time, reacting to their environment and the work of the artists before them. This did not imbue me with a great deal of respect for art.

I really wish my Art History teacher had assigned this book. Scott McCloud talks more clearly about what art is, what it's good for, and how it functions effectively than the three semesters of lecture I had about what's gone before. It seems like practitioners of Art History talk about art almost exclusively through writing, but writing is a visual, emotional medium, and you lose a lot approaching it exclusively through text. By writing comics about art, McCloud integrates show and tell in a way that seems like this is how art was always meant to be discussed.

Anyone learning about art or design should prioritize reading this book. Suddenly, art makes sense!

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ztlawton Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What program did you use to for your User ID image, and "Dawnshield in a Box"?
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My avatar and the paper for "Dawnshield in a Box" were both made in Adobe Illustrator. That program has quite a learning curve, but once you figure it out it's unmatched at making vector art, in my experience.
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ztlawton Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Any tips for getting over the curve?
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flamewarflipsides Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a bit early, but happy birthday.
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Ratrien Apr 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
:nuu: THANK YOU FOR THE FAVE, GOOD SIR!

P.S: stories. are. awesome.
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namesAsh Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav
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Your signature and works are good and unique. Keep it up . I love all of them. - Dan Sciscente
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aque-mizuhara Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Have I ever told you that you have some amazing ideas? The posters about story tropes are great! <3
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Aeon-Lux Jun 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for faving my artwork... I appreciate your support ;)
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