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ABE #13: The Alignment Switcharoo

July 31, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #13 : The Alignment Switcharoo

There are times where its painstakingly easy to tell a character’s alignment early on in a story. Good Guys are portrayed with perfect, friendly features, bright color schemes and benevolent physical qualities. A bad guy would be riddled with angles [sharp teeth, sharp noses ] and just leak with a dark and sick presence.

In fact, this is so hardwired into our brains that its a big surpise when we find out that a character is on the other side. [ Seriously, I flipped my shit when I found out about Snape. I cant be the only one ] .

This ABE gives you a chance to toy, tease, and twist with the alliance spectrum.

Take a character [ it doesn’t have to be your own ] and force them to switch alliance. If they’re a good guy, what would they look like as a bad guy? If theyre a villian… how much work would it take to make him/her look super good?

[ This is open to non-visual artists as well. Feel free to write a good story with your newly shifted character .. .or maybe even create a new theme song! ]

Difficulty: 3/5. Once you have your character picked you may have to figure out just how much they would change when they switch to the dark side [or to the light! ] .

How will this kill art block: It opens you up to a parallel universe you can play and tease to your liking .After all, if this one character has changed, who would be the one to take his or her place?

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!

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July 31, 2013 in News

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Hey fellow Creators!

So, Roo and I have been kinda running around playing a funny little game called LIFE. we wont get into details , but it has left us short when it comes to posting ABES. we have a few ready for everyone [ As well as an upcoming Podcast ] but we haven’t taken the time to actually post anything.

And for that, we’re sorry.

But A new ABE is scheduled to be posted tonight. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

Be mighty out there!

-Twix and Occoris

ABE #12: No Tool Like the Old Tool

July 4, 2013 in Art Block Execution

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Art Block Execution #12: No Tool Like the Old Tool

MmmmmmOST of us were doing something like our current art in elementary school/primary school/grammar school/whatever you call it. Sometimes it was for school, but if you’re anything like us, probably you were arting at home, too. It is highly likely that it was also all over the walls.

Today’s challenge is to CREATE using the tool you used the most when you were young- ten or younger. If your history doesn’t go back that far (it might not!) just use the first one you remember using. (For most of us, this is probably crayons and cheap markers.)

Mix the techniques you used then with techniques you’ve learned now. It doesn’t need to look like a kid did it (although it can, if that’s what gets your creativity going!)

For Non-Visual Artists: Musicians: You’ve probably gotten more complex over the years. Go find the FIRST instrument you learned to play and make a short song with JUST THAT (and maybe your voice, too, if you like.) Writers- this one might be a little more difficult for you, because the tools probably haven’t changed too much. (Roo started with a pen and paper and still prefers it to the computer.)

Difficulty: 2/5 For real, the hardest thing should be needing to go to the store to buy crayons.

How Does This Kill Art Block? Mostly, it’s just for fun, which can be enough to get you going again sometimes.

Bonus Points: Make it a creature or thing that you used to draw a lot. Don’t re-do an old picture though- that’s another ABE for another day!

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!

P&M 002: The Awesome Thing In Your Head

June 29, 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.

Melanie Herring’s Color Tutorial.

Lulie Tanett’s Secret to Composition (includes a lot of other useful links, PERUSE THEM!)

How to Draw Clothes by Lora Innes

Figure and Gesture Drawing: Tools for Self-Educating Artists

Sketchup, and the 3d Warehouse

I forgot to mention this IN the podcast but I’ve heard more than a few times of people having some luck modeling in MInecraft and using that as a starting point.

Here is my original sketch for my larger Elemental Mix-Up picture.

Found some models in the Warehouse that approximated what I was going for, arranged them accordingly and put the camera where I wanted it.

Still not perfect, but a LOT better. I go a little more in-depth over at my blog, so if you’re interested in the WHOLE process, please click on through!

ABE #11: Animal Mechanicalism

June 26, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #11: Animal Mechanicalism

Apophenia: the experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.

It’s human nature to find connections in things where there is no logic to be found- there are lots of examples. Today we’re working specifically with Pareidolia, which causes us, most commonly, to see faces or animals (and sometimes Jesus) in our Cardboard Boxes, Clouds, and Toast.

Us, we look at cars and we see animals. Sometimes. This is entirely normal, and it happens when the design is being put together- it’s on a subconscious level, though. We as humans tend toward familiar shapes when we create, and car designers are no exception.

SO! take a look at a car- maybe the car you have, maybe one you want, doesn’t matter what.

Does it remind you of an animal? A real one, or something that doesn’t quite exist?

Only thing? Try to avoid just drawing the animal if the car shares a name with an animal. Some Jaguars DO kinda look like big cats, but Mustangs don’t remind darn near ANYBODY of horses- don’t cheat, this is about grabbing your brain by the horns and making it form something concrete out of a vague notion.

Difficulty: 4/5 This can get pretty hard. A lot of times the vehicle will give you an idea for just the head of a creature, and leave you hanging on the body.

How Does This Kill Art Block: Mostly it’s a distraction, but learning to reinterpret design is an excellent skill to have.

Bonus Points: Draw the car, too!

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!

ABE #10: Movie Madness

June 12, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #10: Movie Madness

And you WILL go mad, especially if you don’t have very many potential canvasses, or if you tend to be OCD about finishing movies.

This is a learning tool more than an Art-Block-Killer per-se, BUT it’ll give you tools to help you work through your future art block, and it’s an ABE that we can legitimately suggest you do more than once.

Watch a movie- any movie- and when a scene comes up that is really, very visually striking or powerful . . . pause the movie. Paint that scene. We suggest you do this traditionally, if possible, and small, because that keeps you from noodling in the details- you want to be looking at overall composition. You can do this more than once during a movie, and if you’ve got some other local artist friends (or long-distance ones you can watch movies with) we suggest you make it a group thing!

For Non-Visual Artists: Musicians, do the same as the above- but locate a particularly striking part of the score and recreate its basic melody. the goal is the same- broad strokes. What’s the bare minimum it would take to get the point across? Writers are much the same, but focus more on moving moments in the story.

Difficulty: 3/5 Trying to pick and pause the movie can be difficult, and this ABE can be sort of time-intensive and easy to get distracted during.

How Does This Kill Art Block? Well, movies can be a treasure trove of creative inspiration (why else would there be so many super-excitable fandoms?) but also (and most especially) because it can be really useful to see how things are done in other media. Basic compositional rules are in effect in all media, and stuff that made it all the way to the big screen tends to be pretty well composed, whether you personally enjoy it or not. (and often times even if it didn’t go that far you might still like it.) A big part of getting past art block is simply having the tools to compose even when you’re not feeling it- so study what somebody else did right!

Bonus Points: Write an essay (a little one, mostly for yourself) about why the shot you chose worked and how you might work that into your art.

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!

(And, for the curious, Roo painted two scenes from The Prestige, in actylic on 3×3 and 2.5×3.5 canvas.)

ABE #9: Single Sentence Selfie

June 6, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #9 : Simple Sentence Selfie

Continuing with our celebration of Selfies this week, we ask you to think of a sentence, phrase, lyric, quote.. anything, that somehow embodies you. A phrase you say, a particular part of a song that always hits you right in the gut, anything that SUMS YOU UP, and draw a picture of yourself, based on or inspired by that line.

It can be anything- really! And we know that sometimes this phrase will change based on how you’re feeling. Sometimes stuff resonates with us more than at other times, and as a result, we have a Bonus challenge this week: If the sentence that really hits home changes, especially as a result of an overall mood change, positively or negatively, do this ABE again!

Difficulty: 3/5 . Probably the hardest part will be picking a single phrase, but you probably already have one in mind, and the rest of it is all up to your technical skill.

How does this kill art block?: Let’s face it, we love to talk about ourselves! We’re giving you permission to do that, and as always, our goal is just to get you moving, no matter how! As an added bonus(?) this ABE should also give you some insight into yourself- who you wan to be, who you are, or how you’re feeling, which can be a huge help in de-blocking yourself.

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!

P&M 001: Introduction

May 31, 2013 in Procrastination and Motivation

Episode 1: Introduction

In this first Episode, Roo Introduces Tix-N-Roo and talks a little bit on what we’re about and why.

We’d like to hear from you guys! If you have any input, especially about depression or long term chronic illness, and how they relate to your motivation, please give us a call!

You can leave a message at +1 (858) 859-3256, or email us at podcast@tix-n-roo.com. Be sure to let us know if we can use your name and website address, and remember: if you don’t want us to play or read it on the podcast, don’t send it in!

ABE #8: Self Representation Remix

May 22, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #8 : Self Representation Remix

One small secret that’s known between artists is that a piece of us shows in our art all the time. Be it a physical trait, personality in a character, a  quirk, or the way they handle situations….an artists blooms and blossoms in their work.

Sometimes more obvious than most.

For this ABE, we’d like for you to draw* yourself. We know we have some Alter Egos we may be more comfortable drawing, but we’d like for you to pull up pictures [a good time to try out our fourth ABE if you don’t have any ] or grab a mirror, and draw you…

AT LEAST Three times.

The first drawing can be your usual style.. but the other two styles should be different. It can mimmick your favorite artists, or maybe you want to try something less/more detailed…

You may want to try a different medium , or different positions..

You may want to just to take this chance to improve your current style. But the challenge  is to step out of the norm.

* If you do not draw [sculpt, write , sing , etc ] then practice in other styles that isnt yours. BE CREATIVE.

Difficulty: 4/5 . if you’re so used to drawing in one way/ using one medium, this will be a little tricky. But don’t be scared! Practice!

How does this kill art block? : It pushes you out the box.

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!

ABE #7: Interpretive Jams

May 1, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #7: Interpretive Jams

Music inspires us. A LOT. It inspires us as writers, illustrators, and musicians. Sometimes it helps motivate us with what we’re already doing. Sometimes it gives us new ideas…

And sometimes, we just want to re-create the song. It happens to all of us. We want to cover it, but the way we would have done it, in our style.
We want to write a story exactly about this song.
We MUST illustrate it, or make a comic out of the lyrics.

So that’s what we’ll be doing this week.

Pick a song, one that inspires you, and recreate it however you like. You do not need to reference the music or lyrics exactly, and it may be as divergent from the original as you like, so long as, once you tell the audience what song it is, they can nod and say “Yeah, I can see that.”

Difficulty: 2/5 The hardest part should be picking a song.

How does it kill art block? : Taking time to work on something that inspires you is a great way to get the juices flowing again.

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!