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ABE #22: Creative Space

May 21, 2014 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #22: Creative Space

The space you create in is pretty important. You spend a lot of time there.

We want you to show it to us- in whatever way you like.

Set up a microphone and record the ambient sound of your space. Or maybe write a song that you think captures the mood of your creative space.

Draw a picture of what your ideal creative space would be, or what you think your brain would look like if it were a place, instead of an organ.

Take a picture of your space, or of a place that makes you feel inspired.

If you don’t work in any one place, show us the tools you always carry with you!

Difficulty: 1/5

How Does This Kill Art Block: It’s one of those things that is mostly a warm-up, but hopefully it has a few positive side-effects, too. Maybe showing your space will result in you organizing it a little bit, making things easier to find and quicker to make. Maybe it’ll give you ideas to make your space more conducive to the way you work, or maybe it’ll help you figure out what you like about your space, which will make it easier to work effectively in other places, too!

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

Whoops

May 9, 2014 in News

Roo Says: Hey Everybody. Tix Says: How You Doin?

Alright so

we have been

very gone.

January, we were

Uh

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Busy. It was the beginning of the year (which is bad enough just on its own,) but Roo took over part- ownership of the Family business at the beginning of the year, AND that was also the month of Further Confusion (which is fairly stressful, when you’re a couple of introverts,) AND this year we went to a Welcome to Night Vale live show which was.. REALLY awesome, but surrounded by a whole big travel adventure/nightmare.

February. . .

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Was mostly spent recovering from January.

March

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Roo had a class that ate up a week and then Tix had one of their friends over from Australia for a couple weeks,

and April, we’ve just been trying to pull ourselves back together!

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So We have more or less gotten our booties together so now it’s time to start updating again! The plan is more or less as follows:

ABES:

Will be posted once a month. Originally our goal was every week, but that is clearly not happening, and we think that this will be a little more do-able for us. The goal is to do it the second or third week of the month, depending on how many weeks the month has.
We would also like to put out a call for ABE ideas! We had a book of them but we can’t find them. We have a couple right now, so we’re alright for a few months, but if you have any warm-ups that you always do, or any things that you use to help pull yourself out of an art slump, please email it to us at abe@tix-n-roo.com, with the subject line “ABE Submission,” and one of us will get back to you with how to continue from there!

P+M:

Will continue to be theoretically monthly, on the last Friday of the month- except now we should have Both of us hosting, instead of just Roo!

Mental Health No Jutsu:

Is a new category that we just introduced… actually in January. Roo went back and turned some old ABEs into MHNJ posts and anything in the ABE and P+M tags that also fits in there has been added to that tag. We will post little mental health or self-care ideas and snippets also once a month- theoretically the first week of the month, but we’ll see.

If nothing else, we would like to try to update at least ONE of these things ONCE a month. That is definitely the minimum that you can expect from us!

Resources page

WE MADE A RESOURCES PAGE! It’s pretty small right now but we’re trying to make it better! If you could do us a favor and go on over there and help us fill in the gaps, we’d much appreciate it! There are instructions on what we’re trying to accomplish and how you can help on that page.

Thank you very much for bearing with us and we hope that you will continue to Create Without Fear!

Roo

P+M 006: Noodles are for Eating

February 21, 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.

Sirius LaGrange’s Soundcloud

Chris Oatley’s Website (I could not find the set of videos I referenced in the podcast, so here’s the whole site, instead.)

Paper Wings Podcast

Noodle List for Musicians
Noodle List for Writers
Noodle List for Illustrators

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Roo

ABE #21: Mythical Reproduction

February 12, 2014 in Art Block Execution


Art Block Execution #21: Mythical Reproduction

We’re not sure how to introduce this ABE, so we’re not even going to try.

Pretty much, the idea is to pick a made-up creature- from Mythical creatures to B-Movie Monsters- and draw or write out the gestational period. How is babby formed?

We aren’t super interested in the do the parents do to make the kidlets (unless it’s something particularly unusual or exciting) but how do the babies develop? Think as far outside the box as possible!

Difficulty: 4/5

How Does This Kill Art Block: It’s partly a distraction thing, and partly a warm-up exercise! The goal is to get your brain moving in unusual ways, and hopefully if helps you out of the rut you’re in.

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

January 19, 2014 in News

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Someone put googly eyes on our ABE binder.

We are 100% okay with that.

Roo

Further Confusion 2014!

January 16, 2014 in News

Hey Fluffbuckets!

If you’re here right now it’s PROBABLY because you ran into us, or our flyers, or our ABE Binder at Further Confusion!

And that’s pretty rad, we’re glad to see you!

If you’re new here, you might want to check out our primary tags-

Art Block Execution, Procrastination and Motivation, and Mental Health no Jutsu.

We have a lot of things planned and in the works- the next episode of P+M is currently being edited and should hopefully be up by February. ABEs post roughly every Wednesday, and should be resuming soon.

Our primary goal is to help artists get out of their funks and back on the ball, but we don’t pretend to know or think of everything, so if you have any techniques or distractions you use to help get your mojo back, send us an email to abe@tix-n-roo.com, and we’ll get it set up to be ab Art Block Execution Challenge/Technique.

We’re also looking for input about both depression and chronic illness and how they interact with Motivation- you can get a little bit more info on what we’re looking for here.

We hope you have/had a fun and safe convention!

 

Roo

ABE #20: Stop Putting it Off

December 18, 2013 in Art Block Execution

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Art Block Execution #26: Stop Putting it Off

This is advice that sounds sort of obvious- and it really is advice more than it is an actual ABE.

Those tools you bought last year that you haven’t used yet?

The supplies you got thinking I COULD MAKE SOMETHING WITH THIS.

That thing you acquired from the garage sale because I HAVE THE BEST IDEA.

The things that have been sitting around your house, taking up valuable storage or floor space when they were supposed to be used for something amazing AGES ago.

You know the ones.

Get those out, and finally do with them what you’d been planning.

Difficulty: 2/5

How Does This Kill Art Block: This is pretty much just a form of productive procrastination, to be entirely honest. (Plus, Roo finds that he’s most motivated to work on what he SHOULD be working on when he’s doing something else.)

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

ABE #19: BS Diary

December 4, 2013 in Art Block Execution, Mental Health no Jutsu

ABE #19: BS Diary

Roo works with a lot of people during his day job- not nearly as many as Tix does, but still a lot. He also goes a lot of places in the county, and as a result, ends up with a lot of small, frustrated stories. So he started keeping a BS Diary- Little things that happened that weren’t cool.
And as he continued to do it, he discovered that increasingly, the things worth writing down were not always- or even usually- the result of irritation or miscommunication.
They were also funny, or heartwarming, or just surprising- but He’d already committed to calling it the BS diary, so there’s  no going back now.

The BS Diary also doubled as a really good way to do warm-up sketches. This Week’s ABE is to take something that’s happened to you in the last week or so- something really frustrating, or surprising, or funny, or otherwise memorable, and write it down. At LEAST write it down. Maybe also make a jingle out of it, or a small comic, or however else you want to express the event.

How Does This Kill Art Block? It is, first and foremost, a warm-up exercise. (a lot of ABES are, honestly) but it doubles as taking stock of experiences- the stuff worth writing down and remembering (good or bad) is also worth drawing from when you create, and it’s not a bad thing to have reference available for those things.

Difficulty: 1/5

Bonus Points: Start keeping a regular, ongoing BS Diary

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

P+M 005: Habit Loops

November 29, 2013 in Mental Health no Jutsu, 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 Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

How Companies Learn Your Secrets

Charles Duhigg and Terry Gross Discuss Habits on Fresh Air

Also: some apologies. The dogs were chewing on some things in the other room and I didn’t even notice until I was editing out all of my “ums”

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Roo

ABE #18: Inside the Box

November 27, 2013 in Art Block Execution


Art Block Execution #18: Inside the Box

Too many options can make things difficult- a good way to spark creativity can be to limit the tools and options available to you, and work only with what you have. Thinking Inside the Box can be, often, easier and much more useful than thinking outside of it.

Illustrators, Painters, Traditional kernoodlers: Get your two favorite colors- you can use any medium, you can use any additional tools, but only the two colors, any colors made from mixing the two, and any color that shows through from the paper/canvas.

Digital Painters: Same, but remember: two exact colors.You may NOT use any of the additional saturations or values within a given hue, but you MAY use any colors you can make by mixing, or layering, and you may use special layers.

Sculptors: Use your one favorite tool

Musicians: You might have two favorite chords and a rhythm pattern you’ve always meant to try- combine those two things now. You may use any individual notes found in the chords and you may use them in any octave.

Writers: Your two favorite but little-used character archetypes, in the situation of your choosing- for the purposes of this abe, make it at least 500 words, and no additional characters.

Difficulty: 3/5

How Does This Kill Art Block? Like it says at the top! The human brain makes decisions easier when it has fewer options. if this ABE doesn’t look like your cup of tea, set your own limitations and give it a go!

Bonus Points: Once you have your minimalist framework, save that by itself, then set new limits and finish the creation!

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!