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What Is Considered Art? Part 2

Unaccepted  Forms of Art

The forms of art listed below were not found in any of the research I have done. Also through my own experiences I have found that these are either not widely known, or not as of yet accepted by the art community at large.

Comic Books

Different forms of writing such as prose and poetry are accepted art forms, and have been for hundreds of years. Comic books are a new form of art compared to those, and are (at least in my opinion) still looked down on by most people in the mainstream art community. Although in the last few years developments such as web comics, and the abundance of internet sites selling them comic books have become more accessiable causing their popularity to grow drastically.

They deserve to be accepted by the mainstream art community, because they are composed of two accepted forms of art, those being writing and drawing (illustration). You must be competent in both of  these forms of art  to successfully create a comic book, which is no easy task. Readers need to be able to understand the meaning behind your drawings, but you also have to include enough dialogue to progress the story forward without going overboad. In other words you have to find a balance between both attributes of drawing and writing. This is difficult because writing is more of a left brain activity while drawing focuses more on the right brain, but they both require the use of imagination.

3D Modeling

3D  modeling consists of programs such as Maya from Autodesk, Solidworks by Dassault Systèmes, and Blender by the Blender Foundation. It is identical to sculpting, wherein you must consider the dimensions of length, width, and height that form the object in 3D space. You must envision the subject in its entirety, but when drawing you only have to envision the perspective from which you are viewing the subject, The one difference is the medium being digital data, rather than the physical medium of clay.

This is where the debate starts, many do not believe digital data is a true medium because they think you simply have to know how to manipulate the data to get the results you want, with no talent needed. In truth if you do not understand the basic principles of composition, such as shape, negative space, lighting, and color theory your compisition will look lifeless no matter what medium is used to create it.

Video Games

One that many do not even consider when discussing art forms are video games. They are thought of as a mere form of entertainment, when in truth there is a lot of artwork done concerning video games, however most of it is done behind the scenes in the developmental stages.The only artwork you see on the finished product is on the packaging and the advertising materials.When developing a game all the characters and environments must first be conceptualized by a team of artists. This is accomplished by creating simple rough sketches , along with better quality finished pieces which are shown to the development team for approval before game development can proceed. It is not to say that video games could not be made without artists, but it would be a more arduous and time consuming path.

The different look and feel of each game can be considered a form of art in and of itself, some are photorealistic while others are more abstract, or cartoony like the different styles that exist in other forms of art. The game environment itself is also interactive, it would be similar to going to a gallery and being able to walk around inside a painting. In the end video games are original, interactive, works of art not just a mere form of entertainment.

Audience Participation

Here is an outline of the unaccepted forms of art mentioned above, so look it over and if you can think of any I might of missed, or disagree with any of the ones I included feel free to comment.

Unaccepted Forms of Art

  1. comic books
  2. 3D modeling
  3. videogames


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What Is Considered Art?

What Is Considered Art?

What do you consider to be a form of art? There are many accepted forms of art in the mainstream art community with drawing, painting, photography, and music being the four main categories. That being said, there are a vast array of other forms of art being used as we speak that are not accepted by this same community, including but not limited to 3D modeling, comic books, and video games.

Accepted Forms of Art

The forms of art that are currently accepted by the mainstream art community fall under the two main categories of fine arts and applied arts, which are then sub-categorized into the component art forms of each category.

Fine Arts

The first category is fine arts, it can be defined as “a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture.”  and “Historically, the five main fine arts were painting, sculpture, architecture, music and poetry, with performing arts including theater and dance. Today, the fine arts commonly include additional forms, such as film, photography, conceptual art, and printmaking. However, in some institutes of learning or in museums, fine art and frequently the term fine arts (pl.) as well, are associated exclusively with visual art forms.” Along the same lines as poetry there is writing which includes, verse, and prose. Prose can be further sub-categorized into short stories, novellas, and novels.

Applied Arts

The second category is the applied arts, which “are the application of design and decoration to everyday objects to make them aesthetically pleasing. The term is applied in distinction to the fine arts which aims to produce objects which are beautiful and/or provide intellectual stimulation. In practice, the two often overlap.The fields of industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and the decorative arts are considered applied arts. In a creative and/or abstract context, the fields of architecture and photography are also considered applied arts.”

Next time I will discuss the  unaccepted forms of art.

Audience Participation

Here is an outline of the accepted forms of art mentioned above, so look it over and if you can think of any I might of missed, or disagree with any of the ones I included feel free to comment.

Fine Arts

  1. painting
  2. sculpture
  3. drawing
  4. watercolor
  5. graphics
  6. architecture
  7. music
  8. poetry
  9. writing
    1. verse
    2. prose
      1. short stories
      2. novellas
      3. novels.
  10. performing arts
    1. theater
    2. dance
  11. film
  12. photography
  13. conceptual art
  14. printmaking

Applied Arts

  1. industrial design
  2. graphic design
  3. fashion design
  4. interior design
  5. the decorative arts



  • Matthew Dickun


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My Art Career Path

I’m grateful for many things in my life, among them, the fact that I did not get a job in the CAD field that I went to school for. It may seem counter productive to go to the Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) for two years , graduate with an Associates in Science Degree, and be grateful not to get a job! In retrospect If this had not occurred I would never of realized that being a professional artist was my true career path.

To help you better understand my stance on this issue, let me start from beginning.

Right out of high school, in 2009, I decided to go to the Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) and enrolled in the two-year CAD program. I attended both years and graduated with an Associates in Science Degree. Prior to graduation all students were required to complete a six-week internship at the company of their choosing, I ended up interning at Siemens. Throughout this experience I learned many lessons including the value of a good work ethic, time management skills, and that a nine to five job does not agree with me.When school life was over and the internship ended, with no job offer, I had to venture into the real world to find a job. After about twelve months of searching I could not get hired anywhere due to my “lack of experience”. After all the failures, and frustrations of job searching I finally said to myself “This is ridiculous, I quit!”, and decided to take a different career path. I decided to go down the path of a professional artist.

In life the goals you set for yourself are not set in stone, but rather they are fluid and forever changing, I discovered this in my own life. Rewriting my goals was the best choice I ever made. Now I am happily running my website/blog I am not currently making any income from this venture, but as Theodore Roosevelt said “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” To me this means if I work hard enough, and long enough my goals will eventually come true.


  • Matthew Dickun
  • Theodore Roosevelt

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