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ABE #6: A Visual Lesson

March 28, 2013 in Art Block Execution



Art Block Execution #6:
 A visual Lesson

Writing and Art have gone hand to hand since the beginning of creating. Books become adapted to movies, Childrens stories are beautifully illustrated, and songs are can be twisted and changed many times by just transforming the lyrics.

With this week’s ABE, we’d like for you to take writing that inspires you and create art for it. It can be literal, like an actual illustration, or a creation that was brought to life by the emotions behind the writing.

We’re leaning more towards small stories , such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes or Aesop’s Fables, but any writing will do.

We feel this ABE is more open and expressive and we hope it inspires you as much as it did us. We cant wait to see what you come up with!

Difficulty: 3/5

How Does it Kill Art Block? : Changing our artistic scenery such as reading a book or listening to different music than we’re used to helps us find inspiration in unlikely places.

We love to see your completed ABEs! 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. If you don’t have a tumblr, you can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic!

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ABE #5: Your Imaginary Friend

March 20, 2013 in Art Block Execution


Art Block Execution Project #5: Your Imaginary Friend

Almost everyone had one in their childhood: They filled the extra space beside you on the bus after school and needed the nightlight on to kill their fears [because you were totally not scared of the dark ] . It’s your imaginary friend. Someone that kept you company when no one else would.

Now its time to pay homage to them. Draw your imaginary friend! What did he/she/it looked like? What was his/her/it’s name? When and how did you two meet?  What did you guys like to do when you were younger? Tell us about them!

Bonus points and a fast forward – How does your imaginary friend look like now that you’re older? What are they doing? Do they still keep in touch? How much did they grow?

Difficulty: 4/5. Makes you think and pull out childhood memories.

How does it kill art block?: Our Imaginary Friends were, in many ways, truly inspired- Kids have a kind of imagination that most of us adults only dream of, and it’s worth it to go back and play with what’s left from those days.

We love to see your completed ABEs! 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. If you don’t have a tumblr, you can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic!

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ABE #4: Expression Mirror

March 6, 2013 in Art Block Execution



Art Block Execution #4: Expression Mirror

Draw the same cookie-cutter smiles or blank faces? Let’s change that!

Find a spot that you’re comfortable in and have good light. Then take pictures of yourself practicing different expressions! How do you look when you smile really wide? Do you /really/ look angry when you’re angry? Give a goofy look! But don’t forget to try a few blank, hollow or sad faces too. Exercise those cheeks and try your best!

Then, when you’re done, upload up to 10 photos and post them! just pick your top 10!

Congratulations! You have some expression references! Admire how unique your face is and challenge others to do the same. Get your friends to try the ABE with you. They don’t have to be artists… they just need to love the camera!

The more people you get to  try out the ABE the more expression references you’ll have!

Difficulty: 1/5 . You take pictures of your mug and post it online. You do that all the time on your facebook, right?
How does it kill art block?: Two ways! 1. It helps you pay attention to the expressions you and others around you make and gives you something to apply to your art and/or writing. 2 People’s head shapes affect how their expressions look. You can learn to admire and embrace different facial structures.

Here are the memes Tix and Roo used for their ABE, But you’re welcome to look online and try others.

The 25 Essential Expressions  by napalmnancey

The Tumblr Expressions Meme by quarterbeck.

We love to see your completed ABEs! 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. If you don’t have a tumblr, you can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic!