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?
By Flex McCool
Rik “is a 22 year old self-taught Dutch freelance artist, designer and art director”. Rik has made designs for “some of the biggest brands in the world including Nike, Mazda, ESPN and Viacom" His work seems to have no boundaries in terms of what he is capable of. His often vibrant artwork and design falls between the line that separate the abstract and formless from the surreally structured. Check out Rik’s deviantART and website. It is cool stuff you don’t want to miss.
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Fantastic Lord of the Rings Book Cover Concepts For China
By Flex McCool
This incredible work of art was created as an entry for a contest hosted by WenJing Publishing, a leading publisher in China. For this entry, the Lord of the Rings has been beautifully reimagined in an oriental style for the a different cultural audience. The trilogy looks incredible as ever in this cover art so check out the page of its creator, breathing2004 on deviantART.
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?”
Chocolates by Flex McCool
Chocolates Cover Photos by Flex McCool
Updates On The Echofour Studios Sub-blogs - Flex McCool
Some updates have been posted in the sub-blogs or “hubs” for Echofour Studios. Some of the posts address concerns about blog growth and content limitations. Some of them have good news. Anyway you can click on each link below to read into it more. The only thing to announce here that isn’t covered in the links is that there will be a greater focus on weekend posts as opposed to weekdays. This is subject to changer later on but right now expect this is the way things are. If you have any additional feedback please send a message in the ask box. It would be greatly appreciated.
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.
Poster Gift For Cammie Bowen by Flex McCool
The content of this poster is really an inside reference between me and her. This was given to her for Christmas 2013. We are no longer in a relationship, however, I am still proud of my work.
Cammie is on the image to the left holding the final poster product.
Doctor Who Design Tribute by Flex McCool
A few references were used for making the design of the TARDIS more accurate (mainly the text). They are listed below:
Amazing Carefully Planned Sketches Of App Icons
By Flex McCool
deviantART user Ramotion has post several concept sketches of app icons in pencil. There are several pages of things posted and they have been drawn with pinpoint detail. Ramotion has designed apps for everything from Macs to iPhones. Check out the sketches plus more in their deviantART gallery.
Check out this impressive artistic animation featuring "The Best Logos Of The 20th Century".
Product Design - Superhero Energy Drink
Greek designerMike Karolos of Smirap Designs has created an impressive concept for a superhero branded energy drink. The cans feature minimalistic designs which are easily distinguishable as superheroes from the DC and Marvel Comics universes. The use of vibrant colors for these drinks gives them a sense of energy so using the flashy colors of superhero costumes in combination with them makes perfect sense. Plus who doesn’t want to feel like a superhero on any given day? These sleek drinks certainly look good enough to sell but surprisingly they’re only concepts at the moment.