Doodle Bugs: Are You One? - Flex McCool
As of late I’ve found myself doodling a lot. Part of it is just I’m inspired by recent findings in my personal life. Part of it is that I want to expand my drawing skills but casually. And it’s also a good time killer for those rare occasions where I want to relax but also be productive. I saw something on TV the other day about doodling. Supposedly it frees your mind in certain ways that increases attention spans and can actually boost test scores. As crazy as it sounds, these casual drawings that have negative classroom stigmas aren’t actually a bad thing. Simply drawing off the top of our heads has some crazy inner workings with the human mind. At the same time I find I tend to doodle in patterns. I do a lot of robots for example. So here comes the questions for you to consider.
- Are you a doodle bug?
- What do you doodle? Is it thematic or random?
- What do the doodles say about your inner-self if anything?
- Has it helped you become more artistic?
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.
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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?