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ABE #16: Out of the Box

August 30, 2013 in Art Block Execution


Art Block Execution #16: Out of the Box

Okay so, for this one, we want you to learn a new skill. Whatever it is you normally do- writing, sculpting, music, painting- drop it. (just for now of course.)

Pick a different kind of art- as far removed from your usual medium as interests you. It should require mostly skills that you don’t have, but if you have a particular kind of art you’ve been MEANING to do and haven’t gotten around to yet, do that!

Make something. It does not have to be perfect- in fact, it probably shouldn’t be. You don’t even need to finish it- just start a small project and learn something new!

Difficulty: 5/5 The difficulty depends almost entirely on what new medium you pick and how hard it is to wrap your brain around it.

How Does This Kill Art Block: This is another one of those “lets you think about something else for awhile” kinds of art block killers, and a big part of this ABE is remembering that the result does NOT have to be perfect- and perfectionism can ruin an otherwise productive artist. (plus, it’s a good brain exercise.)

Bonus Points: Finish it!

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!

Roo

ABE #15: Animal Mechanicalism, Part 2

August 21, 2013 in Art Block Execution

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Art Block Execution #15: Animal Mechanicalism, Part 2

Like the First Animal Mechanicalism, this ABE is also about creating a creature based on or inspired by a machine or function- but unlike the last ABE, it doesn’t need to be inspired by or function as a motor vehicle- and it doesn’t need to look like the object it’s replacing, either.

What we’re doing today is creating a creature that serves a specific purpose, preferably around the house. It can be a Can Opener, a Blender, a Lamp, Toothbrush, whatever! It does not need to look like or be based on a specific item, and it does not even need to serve a function we already have a robot for- if you can think of another small chore that you’d LOVE a piece of hardware to take care of for you, create an animal to serve that function!

Difficulty: 2/5 I dunno, these difficulty numbers are mostly arbitrary. It depends a lot on if you’re designing a creature from scratch or retrofitting an existing animal.

How Does This Kill Art Block? Mostly it’s just fun- though thinking about what features can serve what function can be a great knowledge-building and outside-the-box-thinking exercise.

Bonus Points if the name of the creature is some sort of pun!

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!

Roo

ABE #14: Remastered, Digitally or Otherwise

August 14, 2013 in Art Block Execution


Art Block Execution #14: Remastered, Digitally or Otherwise

This one is pretty simple. Is there anything that you made a very long time ago, when you were just starting, that you honestly still kind of like? Anything you’ve always sort of wanted to re-do? If yes, go see if you can find it, and make it again, with your new skills! (If not, just go find some old things, as old as possible, and pick one.)

It doesn’t need to be the same medium. this isn’t a tool exercise like ABE #14- this is about showing yourself how much better you’ve gotten- and you have! It’s hard to spend that many years working on a skill and NOT get better, we just can’t see it sometimes.

Difficulty: 2/5 I suspect that you have an old creation in mind already. This is just a technical update!

How Does This Kill Art Block? If you’re anything like Roo, you’ve been meaning to do this for awhile and never came up with an excuse to do it. Well, we’re giving you one- you have our full permission to go back and update a really old creation. It’s also a hell of a confidence booster, seeing how much has changed!

Bonus Points: Tell us about how old you were the first time you attempted this particular image/song/story. Do you remember anything about it, or was it just cool?

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!

Roo

P&M 003: The Middle. Part 1. Probably.

August 3, 2013 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, as they relate to motivation and the tendency to procrastinate.

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