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!


July 31, 2013 in News


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


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!