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MHNJ #1: Your Happy List

April 4, 2013 in Mental Health no Jutsu


Mental Health no Jutsu #1:
 Your Happy List

It’s human nature for us to think. We sometimes focus our brainpower on the future, the past, our regrets, or worries , and our “going-to-dos” that we forget about the little things that bring joy into our life. This is the same for our art — we focus so much on the little detail that we get overwhelmed, slam our pens down and forget about the big picture.

For this ABE, please  work out on your happy lists. What, small, simple , “in the moment” pleasures do you have that make you feel good? What kind of mood do you find yourself in when you want to create? Any art-related things on your happy list?

We’d really like you to think about it.  Dont just take a few minutes .. .work on it for days. Put it down, enjoy life, and then come back to it. See how many you can come up with by the end of the week.

Bonus points if you create something from an item on your list.

A big shout out and pimpage to Ze Frank. He’s such an inspiration.

Difficulty: 3/5. Not too tricky. But it will make you think.

How does it kill art block? : Boosts your moods and gives you some ideas to integrate into your creativity.

We love to see your completed MHNJ projects, but we understand that they can be a little personal! If you are comfortable sharing them with us, there are a few ways you can do it. If you have a tumblr, you can post your Happy List there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #MHNJ, #TixNRoo, and #Mental Health no Jutsu. If you don’t have a tumblr, you can email them to us at abe@tix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! 

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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!

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ABE #3: Elemental Mix-Up

February 27, 2013 in Art Block Execution


Art Block Execution Project #3: 
Elemental Mix-Up.

Natural Elements have been the subject of art since the beginning of time. Mystical Forests and Mountains, Crashing Tidal Waves and Fearsome Fires have been depicted beautifully in Paintings and Photographs.

But how much would it affect our lives in our elements suddenly decided to switch their normal duties?

Try and come up with art where ONE element is treated or performs like another:

Fire and Nature [grass , trees, bushes, moss, etc ] have switched their duties! So did Water and Air! For Air you’re welcome to use Oxygen’s lighter sisters , Helium and Hydrogen as well [Think of all the Balloons you can fill! ] !

How would fireplaces [now bushplaces] look like now? Would your voice go up every time you drank a bottle of water? What would forests look like during different seasons? The possibilities are endless!

Difficulty: 3/5 . It may take some time to think about because there’s so many ways things could go.

How does it kill Art block? It forces you to think outside of the box. Sometimes switching up possibilities is all thats needed to spark your creativity.

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 #2: Scaly Pet Deposit

February 8, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution Project #2: Scaly Pet Deposit

Dragons are a very adaptable. They’re are tons of different species of dragons that vary from all over the world, from England’s Wevyrns to the Aztec’s Quetzalcoatl. There are dragons that live in the sea, high on mountains, in valleys, underground, and even in lakes of fire.

But what about a dragon that can live in the concrete jungle?

For this project, you are to design a dragon that can be kept as a pet. But not just any pet.. this is a pet dragon that is suitable for apartment living. For the sake of saving argument, we’ll just say the weight limit for this  pet policy is 50 pounds.
We’d like to know your dragon species’ size, weight, what it likes to eat and temperament. We want to make sure that it would get along with Mr. Tiggles in apartment 2B without wanting to make him into a snack.

Another added twist is that your pet dragon must have a characteristic or quirk of another well known domesticated pet. … thats not scaly. Does your dragon wag it’s tail when its happy? Parakeet feathers? How about cat-like purring?

Difficulty: 5/5. This might take a while.

How does this project help?: A bit of inspiration and a practice of character design. This project should take a bit of time, because you can research all different kinds of dragons in folklore and get to make your own.

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 #1: Color Me Mine

February 2, 2013 in Art Block Execution



Art Block Execution Challenge #1:
Color Me Mine.

For your project, pick a color. It doesn’t have to be your favorite color though it may be the easiest and most pleasant to work with.

Then, research on it. My favorite reference is completely colorful on Tumblr but you can always just use Google image search.

Look at all the pictures, designs, and patterns that come up from the search engine. Then, come up with a colored image of your own!

The rule is you’re only allowed to use different shades of your chosen color, black, white, and a neutral earth tone [brown, tan ] . You’re not allowed to use other colors.

Difficulty:
 3/5

How does it kill art block?: It gives you limitations to work with- your brain comes up with all kinds of crazy ideas when it doesn’t have a lot of options.

Bonus points: Go on a field trip. Walk through town/ countryside/ forest/ places other than your house and take pictures of things that are your chosen color. Who knows what you may have overlooked before.

Then, use it for 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!