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.)