Hello, I am Flex McCool, the primary admin of Echofour Studios. You may have noticed much of my art posted in the Studio Hub section of the E4 blog. While you may see a few reblogs in the future, most of my art will now be posted to a new blog I created specifically for this purpose. The reason I am separating my content from Echofour Studios is to remove confusion on what Echofour Studios is all about. Many people still think it is how I market myself. While I do contribute my own content now and again, the blog is primarily focused on art appreciation and the art of many, not just myself. So please follow my new blog and/or bookmark it to subscribe to my new and up to date personal content. Please do this because aren’t you curious about what I have up my sleeve?
Logo versus Brand: Know the Difference, Improve the Process
One thing I love learning is how bands come up with their names, especially when they are unusual or have no direct reference to the type of music the band creates. In my late middle school years, I was obsessed with the band Linkin Park (don’t judge me!).
One of my favorite interviews is their lead singer, Chester Bennington, discussing how the name Linkin Park came to be. I didn’t know it would be so relevant to me as I got older but there was something that Chester said that I later would keep as a mantra of sorts in my design process. He simply said,
“We wanted our music to define the name & not the name to define the music.”
I fell in love with this quote more when I found myself in art school because I realized that it summed up one of the most complex processes in graphic design: logo design.
You become what you think about all day long.
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