Essay on Gothic Style and Its Influence on Modern Day Concept Arts

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SEMESTER II SESSION 2012/2013
GKA 2043 Research Methodology

Title:
The Study of Gothic Style and Its Influence on Modern Day Concept Arts

Introduction:
Gothic art flourished from the 12th century to the 16th century in Europe in response of the Byzantine and Romanesque tradition. Although Gothic is associated with arts, its most prominent use is in architecture, mainly for its pointed arch and flying buttress. To this day, the Gothic style is taken as a ‘label’ for visual arts such as concept art designs, yet the meaning stray from the original context, thus becoming rarely accurate.
In this study, one of the objectives is to discover how a concept artist conveys moods through gothic style and the feels in his or her concept art
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Gothic art is distinguished from its predecessors by an increasing naturalism in the shape and posture of the figures, and an expressive use of line, pattern and color, allowing the artist more freedom of interpretation. Gothic art started in 13th century Italy and developed throughout Europe until the 15th century.
The term ‘Gothic’, originally related to the barbarity of the Gothic tribes (the Ostrogoths and Visigoths) in their destruction of the art of Ancient Rome. It was first coined by 16th century Italian Renaissance critics as a term of abuse for various developments in medieval art and architecture up to the start of the 14th century.
Over the centuries, Gothic art style is practiced among artists and each of them has their own idea of what and how Gothic should be represented in their masterpieces. Due to this, Gothic art went through a series of changes, where the changes lead to what we call evolution of style, while maintaining the essential principles and disciplines.
On the other hand, what is concept art? Concept art is an initial design where ideas are generated. Artists spend their time brainstorming and producing sketches based on the ideas they have generated. The sketches are then sifted and the best sketches are chosen to be illustrated. Concept art is an essential pre-production stage for games, films, and comics to allow the audience to get a clear picture of what the final artwork should be.

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