Snupped City by shabuegah
M&Ms Packaging Redesigned For A More Sophisticated Audience
By Flex McCool
Stephanie is a "recent grad and young graphic designer" who a few years back partook in a project to redesign the M&Ms packaging. Using pillow folds and a cleaner sharper look, she designed the new product in a way that makes it more sophisticated. Because this product appeals to a classy new audience, the concept certainly seems marketable. Below is some info from the description on the image from deviantART:
"The overall slogan is "Little Bits of Mayhem." The 3 color combinations are: brisk exhilaration, lingering audacity, and playful madness.
Which madness do you choose?”
Text Source & Image Source: m+m’s packaging redesign by lovelydawn
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?
SPIDER-MANga by theCHAMBA
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….
Image Source: Fem DA and Tumblr by Jon-Lock
Technical Illustrator Creates Intricate Cutaway Images Of Aircraft
By Flex McCool
Tim Hall has used his experience in the british army and his background as a mechanic to create incredible cutaway images of various aircraft for various clients. His work covers a variety of subjects such as helicopters, jet engines and airliners. He’s also tackled locomotive concepts and even nuclear power stations too. To see his portfolio(produced jointly with Michael Badrocke) check out his website at Flightline Arts. It contains only a fraction of the 200+ illustrations that he has completed but it is still impressive work.
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.
Neuron Spike Train by neutrix
Ochrest | Michael Carini | Acrylic on Canvas | 12” x 12” | 2013