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"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are
Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You
become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

--The Velveteen Rabbit
Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud…

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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ButtSensei Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic conceptual work! 
ztlawton Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What program did you use to for your User ID image, and "Dawnshield in a Box"?
DawnPaladin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
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.
ztlawton Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Any tips for getting over the curve?
DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a bit early, but happy birthday.
Ratrien Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional General Artist

P.S: stories. are. awesome.
namesAsh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav
BobbyWilliamson Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Your signature and works are good and unique. Keep it up . I love all of them. - Dan Sciscente
aque-mizuhara Featured By Owner 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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