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ABE #26: Stamps

October 15, 2014 in Art Block Execution

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Art Block Execution #26: Stamps

This is an exercise in simplicity! Make a very small illustration, no more than 1×2 inches (or at least something that’s around the size of a Postage Stamp wherever you are in the world.)

If you don’t do visual art: Keep It Simple, Silly is more or less the goal and rule here. Make it short, make it small, don’t try to cram a lot of detail into the thing.
Moviemakers: Make a vine. as an extra challenge, what can you accomplish in three seconds?
Writers, what can you do in 200 words? What about 140 Characters? or 6 words?

Difficulty: 3/5

How Does This Kill Art Block: This one is a mix of warm-up and learning! It’ll either get your juices flowing orit’ll force you to learn how to make something work at that size- which should help you in the future with planning larger pieces. (Thumbnailing and blocking are important!)

We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

Have an idea for an ABE? Submit it to us!

 

Roo

MHNJ #9: Secondhand Grief

October 6, 2014 in Mental Health no Jutsu

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Mental health no Jutsu 9: Secondhand Grief

This is one of those issues where there is definitely not a one-size-fits-all answer, but this is the one that seems to be working best for Roo, so far.

If you have any thoughts, you should definitely tell us about them in the comments below, or If you have a tumblr or a twitter, you can share it with us there! We are on twitter @tixnroo and our tumblr tags are #mhnj #mental health no jutsu, and #TixnRoo

Roo

ABE #25: Take the First Step

August 26, 2014 in Art Block Execution

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Art Block Execution #25: Take the First Step

This ABE is all about getting started. Laying the groundwork for the Thing you want to make.

Where other ABEs have been warm-ups, or exercises, or distractions, this one is a Challenge.

We challenge you to take whatever it is you’ve been putting off, and commit the first few lines to paper.

That’s it. You don’t need to finish it- you just need to break the ice.

Put something down, start roughing out a layout. Write a bunch of cusswords on the page so that it’s not blank anymore.

Ideally, get it complete enough that you’d feel okay calling it a First Draft.

And then relax a little, because you got over the first hurdle. The Blank Page cannot defeat you.

Difficulty: 4/5

How Does This Kill Art Block: Like it says on the tin. It’s all about gaining momentum.

We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

Have an idea for an ABE? Submit it to us!

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MHNJ #8: Hunkering Down for the Rain

August 6, 2014 in Mental Health no Jutsu

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Mental Health No Jutsu 8: Hunkering Down for the Rain

[ Tix ] It has been a rough summer for me.

I am currently dealing with two heaping scoopfuls of grief . One I have been preparing for — a family member that has grown terminally ill…

And another, who passed away suddenly in an accident just a couple of weeks ago.

Although they are both reaching the same destination, they both feel different. The Kubler-Ross Stages of grief be damned, I fluctuate between depression and anger, confusion and betrayal.

All the while trying to keep a straight face and go through my busy schedule of life.

But through all the fake smiles, the “i’m okay”s and the pained laughter I realized that I was not following the most important rule of this [and many] emotions.

Grief is what you feel. Mourning is what you do and how you act from it. *

I didnt allow myself to do either.. and I suffered hard from it. I didnt talk about it to anyone and I would feel sick. I would try and keep up with my friends when they wanted to go out and I felt more lethargic than ever.  I would try and follow my routine and I would wonder why I was losing my temper a lot faster than I normally do.

My grief was showing in other unhealthy ways.

So, with all that said , I say this to you … allow yourself to grieve and mourn. Allow yourself to cry to sad songs, make vent art, take naps and just talk.

You’ll find that over time you will start to feel like your old self again. The rain will past and leave blossoms of joy behind.

However, if you find yourself growing unhealthy habits after a long period of time [ Emotional Eating, undereating, Alchoholism, Actions of Self Harm ] then please seek the help you need and deserve. Mourning sometimes have us do crazy things and go through bad cycles. Dont allow yourself to drown in your grief.

* While this speaks about the loss I’m going through we havent forgotten the different kind of loss you can experience. Break-Ups, Losing a Job, Losing a friend, even losing something materialistic can bring up feelings of grief. I hope this MHNJ helps as well. 

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ABE #24: Remix Your Style

July 16, 2014 in Art Block Execution



Art Block Execution # 24 Remix Your Style

It’s a well known fact that every artists have a style.  From different shapes and colors, to how people punctuate notes in a song.

Now its time to try a different style.

Take a character you own [ or a character you like ] and redraw them in different styles.  Create a different style of your own. Mimmick, twist,  reduex. Always fond of simple storybook styles? How about a lot of detail? what was your favorite thing to look at/ read growing up?

 This is similar to our 8th ABE. But instead of drawing yourself, you’re drawing someone/something else.

Again, if you do not draw you’re welcome to practice other styles in your medium!

Difficulty: 4/5 Breaking out of the box can be hard if you’re used to sticking to one style.  But we believe in you!

How does this kill art block?: Think of it as stretching a muscle you didnt know you had! It helps you push out of your normal box and see the artistic world through rose colored lenses! Also, trying out different styles gives you a chance to admire what makes your style so unique!

Sites of Suggestion 

Character Design Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/characterdesigh/

Art of Animation: http://theartofanimation.tumblr.com/

We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

Have an idea for an ABE? Submit it to us!

Roo

MHNJ #7: Affirmation

July 7, 2014 in Mental Health no Jutsu

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Here is what we want you to do:

Make a list. Make a list of between 3 to 5 things that fit into one or more of the following catagories:

A: Things that you want to be/can be/dont feel like you are

B: Things that you like about yourself

C: Things that you know are true about yourself, but you have a hard time remembering.

And then put those things somewhere you will see them.

Roo had a friend once whose therapist prescribed a similar thing, and she had little rocks on her dresser that said things like “Beautiful” and “Strong” on them, and she was supposed to look at them everyday.

You can do something like that, or something like the poster Roo made, or something unique to you!

What This is Trying to Achieve:

The idea is that you have traits you like, but that maybe you forget about, and having them around you (or maybe not having them around you, but just working on something that reminds you of them for a few hours) will help you gain more self-confidence in what you already have going for you!

We know that positive self-talk doesn’t work for everyone, though- and that for some people it’s actually counter-productive! If you have a technique that accomplishes the same basic thing that this does, but in a different way, we would love to hear or see  it!

We really like to see your participation, but we understand that the MHNJ projects can be sort of personal! If you feel like sharing your Note To Self, you can post a picture in the comments. If you have a tumblr or a twitter, you can share it with us there! We are on twitter @tixnroo and our tumblr tags are #mhnj #mental health no jutsu, and #TixnRoo

Roo

P+M 007: The Delicious Taste of Failure

June 27, 2014 in Procrastination and Motivation

You can call and leave a message at +1 (858) 859-3256, email us with a voice clip or text at podcast@tix-n-roo.com, or leave a comment on this post! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode (anything you’d like to add!) and we’re still looking for input about depression and long term chronic illness, they relate to motivation and the tendency to procrastinate.

The Perfectionism Cure – Daily Bright

It’s a great day to make a mistake

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Tix-N-Roo’s Artter*Pop Sale!

June 25, 2014 in News

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ARTTER POP SALE ONLY ON ETSY! 

Inspired by the inexpensive frozen treats the dynamic duo are selling away their works for cheap! High Quality Prints, Bottle Cap Pins and ATCs [ art trading cards ] are available on their Etsy shop! Go check it out!

Tix’s Print List. 

Roo’s Print List.

Roo

ABE #23: Make Some Fan-Art

June 18, 2014 in Art Block Execution

 


Art Block Execution #23: Make Some Fan-Art

Okay, listen. You like things. That is SUPER COOL.

Actually you don’t just like things.

You LOVE THINGS, and the only reasonable way to express your love of those things is to make some art of them, or write a story, or record a song, or cosplay aggressively.

Except you’re super busy. You have way better and more important things to do.

We are giving you permission to make some fanart.

If you’re having trouble justifying it to yourself, use an excuse like “I’m going to practice a new technique!” or “but i’m trying something new!”

Or see how fast you can make something that you don’t think is terrible! Or do it because you want to show a small creator how much you like their Thing!

And if you don’t need an excuse to let yourself make something not specifically for your own projects- that is also great!

Difficulty: 3/5

How Does This Kill Art Block: A lot of art block comes from working on things that you’re not enthusiastic about- do that long enough and it can keep you down for a long, long time. So let’s work on something that you’re DEFINITELY enthusiastic about, and THEN get back to what’s causing you trouble

We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

Have an idea for an ABE? Submit it to us!

Roo

MHNJ #6: Will This Make Me Happy?

June 2, 2014 in Mental Health no Jutsu

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Roo spent a lot of time trying to decide what the first MHNJ should be after the couple month hiatus. We have a lot of things in the works, but none of them felt right- or they would take too much effort, or any number of other excuses.

And one day on the way home he was talking to a friend on kik and complaining about how he wanted to go get a philly cheesesteak sandwich but it was late and not exactly on the way home, and his friend asked one really frustratingly simple question.

“Would it make you happy?”

And the answer- the honest answer, no matter how delicious Suzie Burger makes their sandwiches, was “No.”

And this reminded Roo of a thing that he had done a few years ago and really, really liked.

Here’s how this works:

We want you to write “Will This Make Me Happy?” on something. A piece of paper, a whiteboard- anywhere that makes sense. (Bonus Points if it is somewhere that you will see it often!)

Then, Take a picture of it. Preferably with your phone, because that’ll be fastest, but a webcam or a Real, Fancy Camera will also work.

Now, set it as your Lock Screen. Or your computer/phone wallpaper. Or print it out and hang it on a bulletin board near your desk- wherever works for you, but, again, preferably somewhere you’ll see it often, or somewhere that you tend to be when you are making decisions.

What this is trying to achieve:

The goal here is not immediate happiness, necessarily. The goal is to make you be honest with yourself when making decisions. Especially small ones that can have big, out of proportion consequences, like hamburgers or commenting on a YouTube video.

Asking “Will this make me happy?” will hopefully do the following two things:

1: Make you consider if the thing you are about to do is something you actually want to be doing right now.

2: Make you wonder about the long-term effects of a thing you are deciding on.

And hopefully, it will help you make better decisions.

We really like to see participation, but we understand that the MHNJ projects can be sort of personal! If you feel like sharing your Note To Self, you can post a picture in the comments. If you have a tumblr or a twitter, you can share it with us there! We are on twitter @tixnroo and our tumblr tags are #mhnj #mental health no jutsu, and #TixnRoo