You might not know his name, but you have almost certainly seen his designs.
This is the first segment in a new series where we highlight the content creators that make the Fortnite community so special.
His most recent post came just nine days ago with this GTA-inspired loading screen:
Clearly that was a hit, but what is crazy about his designs is that they are all hits. Looking at his post history is basically like looking at the top posts of the subreddit.
Here are his most recent posts not including the loading screen above:
He achieved an average post score of 8.6k over those six posts, something incredibly hard to pull off.
We talked with Easkate about what motivates him to make those designs, where he draws inspiration from and what he wants to do in the future:
Interview With One of Fortnite’s Most Creative Community Members
Q: Who is the person behind these designs?
A: My name is Jacob Jaz, I’m 20 and live in the countryside in England. I started playing with the Adobe Suite when I was 12 and still in school, and picked it up pretty quickly. By the time I was 14, I was helping my Graphics and Photography teachers with Photoshop, which kind of inspired me to take it up as a career!
Q: What was your first experience with Fortnite?
A: My first experience with Fortnite was the day it went public in September 2017! I was super hyped for PUBG to release on Xbox back in December of that year, and Fortnite kind of snuck it’s release in beforehand to fill that void, and ended up being way more fun. PUBG’s release came and went, and I don’t think I played more than 10 matches of it. The building mechanics and skill gap in Fortnite have kept me coming back no matter what’s out there.
Q: What was the first thing you designed?
A: The first thing I remember designing that I had spent some time on, was a remake of Shepard Fairey’s 2008 “Hope” poster for the Obama campaign. I remade it with Disney’s Chicken Little replacing Obama (I wish I knew why I thought this would look good), it was for a Movie Promotion project when I was 12 in school.
It was hilariously shitty. I didn’t know about any advanced tools in Photoshop or Illustrator, so I drew the whole thing using the brush tool and a mouse. Yikes.
While most of his work focuses on UI, he’s also received attention from Epic for jokes like this one:
Q: What is your background in UI work?
A: My background in UI work is super minimal, since leaving college 3 years ago, I’ve been focusing on building design skills that translate well to a professional environment, and UI/UX is a great example of that. Every product needs a UI! I’ve spent this time designing for anyone that’ll take me, and trying to start a brand.
Q: How do you manage to match your designs with Fortnite’s actual look so closely?
A: I’ve spent a good amount of time playing Fortnite, and an even longer amount of time with video games in general, and general rules of UI design begin to become fairly apparent over time, so where you should place elements in a HUD or menu etc become sort of second-nature.
You can just kind of tell when something is in the right place, you know? So I take a small reference like Fortnite’s main menu for example, and use that to build out a color palette, then I pay attention to the basic shapes being used, and try to take all of that, mix a little of my own process and style in, and create something that looks like it belongs in-game!
Here are some great examples of his work that looks like it could be seamlessly integrated into Fortnite tomorrow:
The In-game Menu Overhaul! This would allow for full customization of menu elements to suit individual player needs and preferences! What do you think? [UI] from r/FortNiteBR
Q: Would you want to work for Epic Games one day helping on Fortnite? If yes, what would you want to be doing? If no, what are your career goals instead?
A: I’d love to work with Epic games one day, but unfortunately they’re based in North Carolina and there’s a pretty big ocean between us! It’d be a pretty long swim to work every day, so I’m not necessarily expecting to ever work there, but maybe the pieces could fall into place and something could happen.
I know if I lived over there I’d be knocking on the office door every day asking for a job! Either way, for now I’m just building my portfolio, and trying to build a ‘brand’ around my work, it’s all going well but I’m definitely a little overwhelmed with where to go, however I think I’m making the right moves. At least I hope so!
Q: How does it feel seeing your suggestions basically universally supported by the Fortnite community?
A: Seeing my suggestions universally accepted is awesome! Sometimes I really doubt my own work as any designer does, so to have this loud group of people encouraging you and giving you props when you post is really motivating, and has pretty much pushed me into overdrive in terms of how much I work!
If I’m not busy with life, I’m designing. I wake up, and start designing, or writing ideas, and don’t stop until I’m sleeping! I even draw on my phone while I’m in bed trying to sleep. Whenever ideas happen, I have to act on them super fast or else I’ll lose what got me excited about the idea in the first place!
I wouldn’t ever be this motivated without all the encouraging comments and messages I’ve received, people have been genuinely awesome! I even had one of the UI artists from Epic (Bryan Rathman) reach out in private to give me props on my designs, which was a huge boost of confidence and motivation. To know the guys in the office have their eyes on my work is a big reason to strive for perfection.
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Fortnite Concept Royale adds community-made skins to the game
Fortnite Concept Royale is a new competition with two first place winners getting their original skin concepts immortalized in-game.
The Fortnite Concept Royale is a new competition from Epic Games that promises to add two community-made skins to the game this Winter.
Fortnite has thousands of cosmetic items that players can customize their characters with. From outfits to Back Blings, pickaxes to gliders, the number of style combinations is seemingly endless. For some players, it is their dream to have their own skin concepts brought to life inside of Fortnite.
Some lucky fans have had the honor of having their concepts immortalized in-game already. To see all of the community made concepts already in Fortnite, check out Fortnite Intel’s official list. Some skin designers have had multiple skins put into the game, but now it’s time for new designers to show off their skills.
Concept Royale brings your art to life
Fortnite Concept Royale was announced and starts today, June 15. Epic Games stated, “Send us your most festive, frosty, and fun designs to bundle up in this holiday season.” Players are to design and submit their one original Winter-themed Fortnite skins on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ConceptRoyaleContest. These submissions need to be made by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 11.
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Epic Games will then pick two winners who will have their concepts brought to life as actual skins in Fortnite. The winners will also receive $2,500 each. The winning skins will make their Fortnite debut this December during Fortnite’s Winter 2021 event.
Participants must be at least 13 years old. All Fortnite Concept Royale entries must be submitted during the contest period. Entrants are limited to one contest entry. This means contestants will need to submit their best skin concept as they can’t submit multiple skins. There is no restriction on the medium used to design a character as long as a digital photo is uploaded to either Twitter or Instagram.
If you’ve been wishing to have one of your skin designs in Fortnite, now is your chance. Get to drawing, sculpting, or rendering and post your imaginative designs with the #ConceptRoyaleContest. If you aren’t interested in designing skins, visit the hashtag and show some love to your favorite designs.
Every community-made Fortnite skin that made it into the game
The Fortnite community has grown to house a number of creative subcommunities from map makers to concept artists. Some community-made Fortnite skin concepts are so good, Epic Games couldn’t help but put them in the game.
Of the hundreds of skins that are in Fortnite, over 20 of them originated from a design made by a fan of the game. These outfits aren’t like the Icon Series which are made to look like a certain personality. Instead, the designer is credited with the creation of the skin and their work is shared on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Fortnite concept artists are found all over the internet from Reddit to Twitter to Instagram. And community-made Fortnite skins have been trickling into the game over the seasons. With a recent survey revealing more community-made skins that Epic Games is considering, it seems this trend is one Fortnite is going to continue.
Aura & Guild – Fantasyfull
Perhaps two of the most iconic skins in Fortnite, Aura and Guild were both concept skins created by Reddit user Fantasyfull. Guild isn’t as frequently used as his counterpart, but Aura is known to be one of the sweatiest skins in Fortnite. They also have a winter variant also designed by Fantasyfull.
Boxer & Boxy – Sharktoofs
Boxer and Boxy belong to the Cardboard Crew set, and they were both designed by Reddit user Sharktoofs. They were also given a Scare Package variant to celebrate the 2020 Fortnitemares event.
Britestorm Bomber – SweetRabbitFN
Britestorm Bomber is a community-made take on the Brite Bomber skin from Chapter 1. This skin was designed by SweetRabbitFN on Twitter and comes with a dark Cloudburst Bomber variant.
Comfy Chopms & Cozy Chomps – Sharktoofs
Another concept designed by Sharktoofs, the Comfy/Cozy Chomps skins are part of the Feeding Frenzy set. These two outfits feature both a male and a female character wearing full-body shark pajamas.
Dark Rex – Nollobandz
Dark Rex is a dark variant of the Rex skin, but is sold as a separate skin. This corrupted take on a prehistoric classic was created by Reddit user Nollobandz.
Eco – Nollobandz
Another concept skin created by Nollobands, Eco’s entire body features easter eggs relating to the Season 1 map.
Etheria – Aestheticdemon
Etheria is one of the latest community-made concept skins to make it into Fortnite. Twitter user Aestheticdemon‘s Etheria concept was introduced in Chapter 2 Season 6.
Isabelle – D3NNI_YT
Isabelle is one of the concept skins made by Twitter user D3NNI_YT. This skin is part of the Oakwitch Academy set and comes with four different style variants.
Lyra – Nollobandz
A skin that has yet to be released, Lyra is another concept created by Nollobandz. She resembles a 21st century Medusa and is part of a real-money purchasable pack. She also comes with her own set of quests.
Marigold – Kitsunexkitsu
Marigold is the female counterpart to the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 level 100 skin Midas. This community-made Fortnite skin was created by Twitter user Kitsunexkitsu and was sold as a real-money bundle with her own set of challenges.
Marius – Easkateconcepts
Marius is a double-agent that works for both Team Ghost and Team Shadow, the two teams introduced in Chapter 2 Season 2. As such, the skins created by Easkateconcepts come with a black and a white variant.
Meowscles – Rexsadio
Meowscles is a fan-favorite skin from Chapter 2 Season 2, and was a long time coming. A small headshot of Meowscles appeared in a loading screen in Chapter 1 Season 7, and Reddit user Rexsadio developed a skin concept from the headshot. The concept was then turned into the buff cat we know and love today.
Mystify – Jazzibean
Mystify is the female counterpart to Cryptic. Both are reskins of Teknique and Abstrakt which were introduced as a part of the Chapter 1 Season 4 Battle Pass. Mystify’s concept art was created by former Reddit user JazziBean.
Patch – BeefSans
The pumpkin-wearing female skin Patch debuted during the Fortnitemares event in 2020. Patch was designed by former Twitter user BeefSans.
Pinkie – Fantasyfull
Pinkie is another concept skin made by the creator of Aura and Guild. Fantasyfull’s design was debuted around Valentine’s Day 2020.
Rapscallion & Scoundrel – Rexsadio
Another skin duo designed by Rexsadio, the Rapscallion and Scoundrel outfits are part of the Jailbird set. Introduced in Chapter 1 Season 4, this pair is one of the oldest community-made concepts to make it into Fortnite.
Snowbell – D3NNI_YT
D3NNI_YT’s first concept skin made it into Fortnite earlier this year. Snowbell is a holiday-themed outfit that acts as the female counterpart to the Codename E.L.F skin.
Tender Defender – Tfoust10’s son
Tender Defender is one of the most ludicrous skins in Fortnite, and that’s because it was designed by an 8-year-old. Reddit user Tfoust10’s son requested that he post the artwork on Reddit in hopes of it getting in the game. To his surprise, it actually worked.
Tomatohead – Tursuboi
Tomatohead is an iconic community-made Fortnite skin for many reasons, but mainly because of his frequent appearances in Fortnite promotional art. The concept art for this skin was posted to Reddit by user Tursuboi roughly three months before its appearance in-game.
Brilliant Fortnite concept brings back the Rift-To-Go in a unique way
With the rumored return of the Rift-To-Go, this concept fits the current Fortnite chapter, perfectly.
Rifts are appearing more and more frequently around the map in Chapter 2 Season 4. The beginning of the season featured no rifts, but that number has now grown to the double-digits after the introduction of Marvel POIs and the implementation of Fortnitemares.
It seems like rifts are, slowly but surely, making their way back into the Fortnite meta. This could usher-in a fan-favorite returning item in the Rift-To-Go, which most fans would love to see in the game.
The Rift-To-Go was the Ace-in-the-hole during a Fortnite battle. In over you head? No problem, just hit the Rift-To-Go and reposition yourself. In competitive play, the Rift-To-Go was a must-carry for rotational purposes. All around, it was one of the best mobility items in Fortnite and few players would have anything bad to say about it.
We think that a return of the Rift-To-Go is more than likely in the near future, but Epic have an opportunity to but a Cheaper 2 spin on the classic item, What if you could catch a Rift in the same way that you catch Fireflies? That’s what Reddit user u/Star_Wyse is proposing.
With Chapter 2’s implementation of foraged items, Epic allowed players to pick up Mushrooms, Apples, and more to save them for later. A similar mechanic for Rifts would make a lot of sense.
Most of the Fortnite concepts that we see are far-fetched or too good to be true. This one isn’t and seems to fit exactly in-line with what Epic have been doing, lately.
Will the Rift-To-Go return for Fortnite Season 5? Only time will tell. If it does, we hope to see some mechanic like this play a role in its return.
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