The latest from Great Art Quotes (@GreatArtQuotes). Great quotes about art by great artists
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Creativity comes not from the heart or head, but rather from that mysterious gap between knowing and caring.
Don’t be afraid to be different…Be afraid to be the same.
How Did Western Comics & Manga Become So Big? - Flex McCool
So I was looking at some old things I was influenced by as a kid and a thought passed my mind. In the USA (and other parts of the world) comic books are very centered around Superheroes and action based subjects. In Japan, a different kind of comic series arose and it had its own unique style that is distinctly different from traditional western styled comics. This Japanese medium is known as manga (anime being the TV variations of manga). Now western comics and mangas do seem to share a lot of the same elements as well as many differences. The interesting thing is that both mediums, at the time of their debut really boomed in popularity. Marvel Comics became a major player around the time of the 1950s. They exploded and reached the end of their peak some 20 to 30 years later in the 1970s when popularity died down. The manga/anime sensation is arguably still going strong but it first began being in the 1970s (I think) and really only started to get widely popularized as its own genre sometime in the 1980s. At the same time western comics has seen its own popularity revival through many superhero and graphic novel inspired movies. So is this a pattern and is there some element that caused both genres to boom independently or is the culture of western comics feeding into the culture of manga in a way that they both are sustainably popular, perhaps because of the age of “hype”? Or perhaps its quite likely that there’s some other reason for the popularity of these genres? What do you think?
Tumblr VS deviantART- Flex McCool
Ok so here’s the question I have to ponder. I can’t help but notice that a heck of a lot of artists on deviantART also have tumblr blogs. So does this mean that tumblr can act as a good complimentary resource to deviantART and/or vice versa? Or is it some other reason that deviantART users are also frequently tumblr users? Something to think about….
Inspirational Flexisms & Quotes Vol. 4
This is a summary of posts and quotes from around the internet I (Flex McCool) have found or made. I’m posting these because every now and again artists and creative minds need something to motivate them.
Flexisms (quotes by me)
- You know, there comes a time in every artist’s career where you just stand there and say, “Why the heck am I not Salvador Dali yet?”
- God is a designer. I am the art.
- They say every time you step through a doorway you enter another world. I say every time you step through one you’re free to make your own.
- When it rains for an artist, it only rains watercolor.
- Every building has its bullet holes.
- We shape the world like a sculptor shapes marble.
- Our world is but a tiny island adrift in an endless ocean of stars and we are just the castaways who survived.
- We all have walls we’ve built. What we need is more ladders to get over these things.
- Bravery is being able to pick up a pencil and not knowing what to draw next.
- If you see rain, expect a storm.
- Even if you lose your mind, keep your brain nearby.
- Enjoy simplicity, celebrate complexity.
- I am a designer. When I go to war I load my printer not my guns.
- Creativity takes courage. - Henri Matisse
- "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh
- "What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?" - Vincent Van Gogh
- “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” - Plato
- “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” - Salvador Dali
- "Those who wish to sing, always find a song." - Swedish proverb
- "Bad is never good until worse happens." - Danish proverb
- "There are a lot of things in my life that I thought were real and ended up being fake." - Accepted (2006)
- "When you’re rich, you’re not crazy. You’re eccentric." - Lionel Luther (Smallville)
- "Sometimes I swear the lyrics write me." - Icon For Hire
- "Sometimes before it gets better, the darkness gets bigger, the person that you’d take a bullet for is behind the trigger." - Fall Out Boy
- "Your eyes still remind me of angels that hover above, with eyes that can change from blind to blue." - Foo Fighters
Who said these quotes:
- "I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun."
A) Thomas Edison
D) Emma Watson
- "One man in the right makes a majority."
A) Henry Ford
B) Benjamin Franklin
C) Salvador Dali
D) Abraham Lincoln
Cracking The Artistic Code - Flex McCool
In one episode of Big Bang Theory, the character Sheldon tries to develop a scientific universal equation for comedy. Everybody thought it was impossible as comedy isn’t based on math but is rather something a bit more human. Ironically I wrote a post up a while ago about comedy as an art (click here to see it). So my brother and I later had a big debate about art being the result of a fixed mental algorithm or not. I argued that there’s a possible system we’re born with to figure out aesthetics but that system changes through our experiences and is likely altered over time. He argued there was some unchanging magic equation that exists in all of us that determines what defines good art.
His argument included:
- Art theory has to come from somewhere
- Human beings are too similar to not have common ground
- An equation that versatile is unlikely to exist
My argument included:
- Art theory is rather loose and not mathematical, it revolves around elements and rules that can very easily be broken (see outsider artists for a good example)
- People have very different tastes visually and are not as similar as some people like to think
- The human mind is adaptive not fixed so any equation it has must be versatile
In the end I stand by my perspective and he by his. However, this is a question that I think many people will take their own stance on. So who do you think is right in this debate or is there an alternative option that the two of us may not have considered? That is a question for you to decide.
Logbook Hub Update - Identity Crisis - Flex McCool
So despite being around for as long as it has, the Logbook Hub blog has been the weakest link in the Echofour Studios world of social media featuring less followers than expected. So, to address this issue let me first explain what has happened so far.
The Logbook Hub has always had an identity crisis. It started as a place that me and one other person could post more casually to and to discuss inspirations in our daily lives. After they bailed on me, that plan became useless. After that it became more of a place that contrasts the Article Hub Basically the Article Hub aims to inspire by being a place for the information of content around the internet. The Logbook Hub accomplishes this inspiration through thoughts and ideas and sometimes even discussion. Still, it is unusual that the popularity difference is so drastic. So the question as to why it is this way is something that I now need to address.
The reason for the lack of popularity, I have deducted is that the Logbook Hub is not visual enough. Tumblr is largely built on its visuals so adding more images with posts is a must. At the same time, it is harder to generate content in the Logbook Hub so this may open the doors for more experimental and less formulaic posts to bridge the gap. Expect some changes in the near future.
Q:How did you get interested in graphic design?
I originally wanted to do game design but after taking a class at UW-Manitowoc I really started to feel that graphic design was my calling.
Basically I’m now a resident of planet design and I’m here to stay.