Saturday, December 29, 2012

Quick Tips: Managing Stress Levels

You might want to be more productive, but remember not to run yourself down. Here are a few things that will help keep your energy up, and anxiety levels low:
  • Drink little to no coffee and limit yourself to certain kinds of tea (switch to camomille for example)
  • Exercise for 20 mins in the morning. Try a minimum of three times a week.
  • Have a carrot orange cucumber shake or other vegetable mix instead of twinkies
  • Limit your intake in high fructose corn syrup
  • Sit for five minutes and do nothing (fine, 'meditation' sounds fancier)
  • Go swimming
  • Drink lots of water
  • Plant something
  • Adopt a snail
  • Make a toothpick sculpture
  • Make a card sculpture
  • Go for a ride in the middle of nowhere
  • Go for a walk in the middle of somewhere
  • Obtain one of these weird therapy lamps
  • Read a book
  • Turn off the news
  • Make a fort out of pillows and blankets, then sit under it at night with a flashlight. If anyone asks about the makeshift hideout in the middle of your living room, don't explain.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Write and Receive Critiques

Would you like to get your artwork critiqued? Comment on the main Stick Men Creation website, and have your work appear on the critique blog, so that viewers, artists and the website may give you constructive criticism. Every first week of the month, anyone is free to 'sign up' (by simply providing Stick Men with a link to their work) for one piece to be critiqued. This new functionality is designed to give all creators access to information, personal assistance and progress. We hope you enjoy writing, and receiving. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Art Lessons Online

News from Stick Men Creation:

Access lessons online under the new archives section! Just as we were speaking of alternative learning methods, Stick Men finished it's most recent feature. Seeing how the Applied Arts course summary (parts one and two), although exclusively in french, was such a big hit, there have been plans to offer a similar experience in english with individual categories. A first lesson has been published, focusing on Futurism.

Plans for future lessons:
- More art movements
- Methods and practices
- Comments section and ratings for each lesson
- More downloadable files so readers can correct or add information

Next in line:
- The Tutorials section for tips, how to's and the like
- A new piece of artwork up for critique

Friday, November 9, 2012

A new way to learn

Perhaps you have heard about it already, perhaps you haven't, but Khan Academy is rapidly become the new way to learn. Browse through hundreds of video lessons in domains such as science, math and economics. Practice your skills with interactive activities, and receive help from the online community whenever you get stuck. Here, just have a look at founder Salman Khan's TED talk:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Are you afraid of Americans?

Interview with AJ Strout, of Letter A Films, regarding their new feature film

Independent film company, Letter A Films, is concocting a new project. "This Is Not Your Movie" is a drama which tackles social and political issues in America, delving head first into a critical subject. Well armed AJ Strout has agreed to tell us about her newest creation, before its release:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Art and books: Jacques Pyon/ Le Monte-En-L'Air

One more reason to love rainy days in Paris: bookstores are even more inviting. At 71 Rue Ménilmontant in the 20th/ Paris, not far from Belleville (metro line 2), you'll find Le Monte-En-L'Air, which is both a bookstore and art gallery. Nice combination indeed. From the 12th to the 24th of October, Jacques Pyon's work will be showcased, so be sure to check out this selection of austere, frenzied abstraction, ranging from colorfully nauseating to a palette of grim monotony.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The "Lord of the Logos"

Interview with Cristophe Szpajdel

Born in Belgium in 1970, Cristophe Szpajdel, logo designer, lived there until 2000, before moving to Exeter in the UK. Currently working as a retail assistant, he continues to create hand drawn designs for bands, photography firms, people and even dogs. Making an entry through the black metal scene in the 80s, his work has become somewhat iconic. He has agreed to speak with us here:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

"You have to be ruthless if you want to build a team of A players. It's too easy, as a team grows, to put up with a few B players, and then attract a few more B players, and soon, you will even have some C players. (...) A players like to work only with other A players, which means you can't indulge B players."

Steve Jobs - Apple (co-)founder

Saturday, September 15, 2012

It all makes sense now

JG Quintel (the guy who created Regular Show, and even worked on Adventure Time as well as the Misadventures of Flapjack) animated this short back at CalArts. It looks like his Cartoon Network hit basically stemmed from one short candy coated acid trip. For those of you who watch the show, this explains a lot of things:

// 2 in the AM PM:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sneak Peek!

Stick Men Creation is being rebuilt and is providing a glimpse backstage:

Any thoughts on this quicker than quick glance? Should we spit at the developers or give them treats?



The Editor

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Rent a space/ Espace à Louer

Just as we were talking about working spaces (desks and seats), La Fausse Boutique popped up with a space for rent. If you're an artist, and have been searching for a nice area to share your work, consider this:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dear dirty hipsters

Brave New Voices 2012 - Couldn't have said it better. Listen to these girls:

Saturday, July 28, 2012

City dwellers with snarky humor

Interview with Robert Tritthardt, the artist behind Writhe & Shine and Overcast with a Chance of Doom

Writhe and Shine was a web comic that started out in the late 90s, featuring the life of a DJ and his friends at the 'Bastille', a Goth club in New Orleans. The strips evolved along with the characters, but after over 100 of them, made an abrupt stop. Where is the artist now? He's moved onto brand new projects and, in addition to this, began reposting his old work on Yep, that's right! Robert Tritthardt is back. Read all about his journey and future aspirations below:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Stickazine Tumblr

Yep, we're in social media territory now. Check out the Stickazine's Tumblr at  A little clarification: we do not intend on joining Twitter, Facebook or any of the like but you can connect with us via this blog about a blog.

For any questions feel free to contact the zine or Stick Men creation.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"In many ways the physical world is disappearing" 

Harry Allen - designer

Dealing with the heat

So, in most countries it's really hot right now, and unless you're located far up North, you're probably battling the weather. Now I don't know about you guys, but this has basically rendered my emotions down to one giant cluster of sluggishness. What do you say we all just hibernate? I'm going to take this moment to share a series of hibernating occupations with you:

  • Listening to Killing Joke
  • Reading Stephen King short stories (Everything's Eventual and Skeleton Crew)
  • Watching Spongebob the Movie and The Day After
  • Eating too much fruit
  • Writing wit typos evrywere
  • Cringing at old work
  • Going on a Halloween (franchise) marathon
  • Counting down the days until Halloween
  • Laying around doing nothing, but thinking about doing something
  • Being redundant
  • Being redundant
  • Eating ice-cream
  • The usual inking, researching and typing


The Editor

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Designer Workspace (Lighting and seats)

The continuation to Designer Workspace (Desks). We are now going to take a look at two other essential elements in the work area: lighting and seats.

The B&B Italia line of chairs offers some confortable, yet modern choices of furniture, that basically say "I am the boss". The above seems to be of the most ergonomically structured, but keep in mind that many high-end contemporary designers are primarily after aesthetics.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Computer History

The rise of the PC industry has influenced just about every move we make today. A nostalgic 1996 documentary, "Triumph of the Nerds", brings us back to this era, into the world of IBM, Microsoft and Apple, when personal computers started out as a myth.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Heads up

You may have noticed the new "layout" (more along the lines of color scheme and description), and would like to inform all viewers that the little spot of yellow you once saw is now black. Perhaps you have an opinion regarding this minor change? If so, comment away.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

"In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable, and help to change it."

                                 Ernst Fischer - writer

Designer Workspace (Desks)

Work areas don't necessarily have to be a means of ostentatiously expressing your taste in design, but sometimes it's nice to walk into your office (if you have one) and think "Hey, this place looks pretty damned good!". Now, there is plenty of  furniture and miscellaneous house objects out there, some more useful than others. Here's a selection of designer artifacts:

More than just a plank of wood with legs - although, considering design these days, it might as well be - a desk is just one of those things you want to get right, especially if you're sitting at it most of the day. It's pretty much the central piece in your space, so be picky (picky, not fickle), and choose well.

Simple, minimalistic, esthetically stark, but an original shape nonetheless... we all know the drill: it's a cool desk despite the lack of much storage space. For those who work on the computer, this is probably a good choice.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Here's your bizarre video for the day

Chances are if you don't know Xavier Renegade from Adult Swim, you're probably not aware as to how weird this is. Now, I've seen a lot of strange things, but this is seriously trippy. How does this even fit correctly in the blog? I don't know, it doesn't really seem to fit under anything at all. Well, have fun watching, kids (unless your sensitive to nonsense. Also, epilepsy warning):


The Editor

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Information Age

What Is Your Dangerous Idea? edited by John Brockman (editor of What We Believe but Cannot Prove) provides us with a series of great scientist's, and thinker's, gut-wrenching hypotheses on our world's past, present and future.

As the book was first published four years ago, it is possible that some of these ideas have, in fact, become truths. A mere four years may not sound like much, but in this day and age, life in general goes way past the speed limit. With everything due by yesterday, it seems that the tools used to create no longer adapt to us, but make us adapt to them. Let's have a look at a brief section from the book:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Submit your article online

There's a lot to be heard when it comes to art, but do you have something to say? Remember that written work can be submitted to the zine on the submissions page:

Simply send your article with your name or pseudonyme, select the appropriate category, and it will be reviewed. Published articles are credited, and if desired, contain a footnote with the author's information/personal comments. When submitting your article, select one of the following categories in which it fits best:
- Education (school related, tutorials, essays, lectures...etc)
- Entertainment (television, films, events...etc)
- Personal (stories, experiences...etc)

Note: If an artist wishes to write about their own work, it must go under the "Personal" category.

Reviews, interviews, reports, autobiographical texts, tutorials, essays and miscellaneous texts of informative purposes are accepted. All submissions are read, reviewed and taken into consideration before being published. Please keep in mind that most spelling, grammatical and syntax errors are corrected by the editor.

So, why not submit now?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Maintaining your mental health

It is widely known that many artists suffer  from one or several mental illnesses. They may be difficult to live through, but the key is to have as much information as possible on what's going on in your head. Here are a few helpful links:

- The Help Guide offers a good selection of simple information on emotional health, how it works, where to get help, and how to make progress. The perks are mainly that it also covers topics such as every day stress, relationships and sleep...etc providing the reader with easy to understand articles, and case examples.

- The official website for the Mayo Clinic has a good search system, and a well constructed definition of what a mental illness is. It also harbors blogs covering depression and stress.

- Go beyond the myths of self injury with this excellent article, which explains how both adults and children suffer from certain mental states, causing them to wrongly act on the situation. For more information on this, and how to get help visit the source article.

Feel free to post your own links in the comments, and remember that our mailbox is always open so you can contact us to talk or ask questions.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cours d'ATC: Sommaire Terminale STIAA - partie 2 (French)

Voici la deuxième partie du sommaire d'ATC, qui se concentre sur les mouvements du XIXe au XXe siècle avec les artistes principaux. Cliquer sur "read more" pour lire le cours.

Sources: notes et consultations variées; Histoire de l'Art de E.H. Gombrich

Monday, June 11, 2012

"I've never had tastes of people my own age. All of my friends when I was 15 were in their 40s. I'm not actually mature, just very self-conscious around people my own age because I feel like I'm supposed to act the same way they act and I don't know how."
                             Jesse Eisenberg - actor

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Cours d'ATC: sommaire Terminale STIAA (French)

Voici un résumé du cours d'histoire de l'art (de terminale arts appliquées), comportant plusieurs points importants sur l'analyse de portraits, et la composition d'une oeuvre. Vous retrouverez ici la première partie de ce cours "condensé", pour des révisions rapides avant le bac. La deuxième partie se concentrera sur les artistes et mouvements clés à partir du XIXe siècle.

Fiches de cours illustrés  (fichier Word 2Mb)

> Le cours est disponible sans images ci-dessous.

(Note: the bac is a french exam taken at the end of every senior year, determining whether or not the student will graduate high school.)

Sources: notes et consultations variées; Lire la Peinture- Tome 1: Dans l'intimité des oeuvres de Nadeije Laneyrie-Dagen 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"I don't do drugs, I am drugs."
                                            Salvador Dalì - surrealist

Monday, May 28, 2012

Edvard Munch and the Google Art Project

The Google Art Project has spread out onto Youtube, as many of you may already know, and seems to be targeting just about every art student/ collector/ professor/ practitioner on the internet. Surely the search engine giant and co are planning something a little bigger than just these two projects.

Here's the first video that came up under Edvard Munch:

Edvard Munch (1863 - 1944),  Norwegian artist best known for the scream, entered a competition in 1909 to decorate murals for the Festical Hall at the Oslo University. His nine fifteen feet high canvases were selected among the other contestants, and he gives his thoughts on them here.

Now the first thing that shows up under this famous artist are "specifics", meaning mainly videos promoting exhibits. There is no actual presentation of who he is, nor do they supply the viewer with very many videos. (On a side note, the back button does not function on the channel.) One would assume that the project is intended for those with a minimum amount of historical/ artistic knowledge. Only, when searching for Oskar Kokoschka for example, nothing shows up. The database is still being constructed, so all of this is understandable, but there must be some way Google can further enhance their project. Any suggestions for them? Do you have an idea for additional features or ways they could improve? What art project do you think this is building up to?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Replenishing tea

If you're feeling stressed and your hands are sore from typing/ drawing, try this quick beverage instead of coffee. It will help calm your nerves and take you away from work for a minute.
  • Beetroot skin
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • Pre-cut mint leaves (can be found in spice section, or just dice fresh ones)
Boil water and add ingredients.


The Editor

Shopping for art supplies in Paris

Two main stores come to mind when searching for quality art supplies in Paris: "Passage Clouté" and "Graphigro".

Graphigro has a discount for art students and a particularly large selection of material especially when it comes to illustrative articles (excellent markers and pens). It is recommended that you visit the Graphigro on boulevard Voltaire (adress below) as it is larger and more heavily stocked. On the other hand, Passage Clouté offers just about the same articles for cheaper although they do not offer a student discount. Canvases, paper, POSCAs, paintbrushes, art bags...etc are best bought there. They're also a little slower when it comes to stocking up, but you still save a substantial amount of pennies if you're not a student or don't have a big shopping list.

Where to find Graphigro:

157/159 rue Lecourbe
75015 PARIS
Tel: 01 42 50 45 49

207, boulevard Voltaire
75011 PARIS
Tel: 01 43 48 23 57 

13/15 boulevard des Filles du Calvaire
75003 PARIS
Tel: 01 44 54 81 00

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Easy Morning breakfast

Before hopping off for a regular art supplies run, you might want to get some breakfast. Here's a quick recipe for fruit salad and green tea that will get you through the day.

Get your hands on:

  • 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 1/2 and apple
  • banana chips of any kind (although Trader Joe's vacuum fried banana chips work best due to their extra crisp)
  • nutmeg
  • green tea (in a bag)
  • a pain au chocolat is served here, but toast, english muffins or blinis work just fine.
Begin scooping out grapefruit flesh into a bowl without removing too much juice.

Dice apples, then mix them into bowl with grapefruit..

Crush bananas and add them to fruit: do not mix them in.
Sprinkle a small amount of nutmeg on fruit.

Squeeze the remaining juice out of the grapefruit half into a glass, then place green tea and let sit for 2-3 minutes.
And voilà. Just add the pain au chocolat or bread of your choice and you're set!


The Editor

Friday, May 11, 2012

Energy food

Keeping up with the daily hype and finding enough motivation to work can be difficult! As an artist it's important to eat and exercise regularly. Here's a sample lunch:

- Carrot salad with eggs and vinaigrette
- 4 thin slices of organic tofu
- one apple
- a square of 90% dark chocolate
- a fresh glass of water

I ate it at 12:45 PM and felt  pretty good throughout the rest of the day. What it needed: whole grain bread, wheat or some sort of starch. What I needed: more sleep during the week.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Recommended reading

Will you believe it? The second article on today's stickazine is business related. Well, as matter of fact business is essential to anyone who wants to not only attain an economic standard of 'success', but also publish their ideas to the world. If whatever you create happens to expand, that knowledge will have to proportionately increase. Jim Collins' "Good to Great", considered a prequel to "Built To Last",  expresses why some mediocre companies have come so far and, most importantly, how.

Purchase Good to Great on:
Barnes & Noble


The Editor

The online art zine

As many of you may have noticed Stick Men Creation has been a little inactive. Due to recent changes the site is being completely rebuilt and will be back in the next several months or so. Meanwhile, please take the time to enjoy our new "Stickazine", an online paper providing you with art related news, information and tips! Sounds familiar doesn't it? Harboring features similar to those on the site, the Stickazine hosts critique events, contests and debates. Think of it as staying at the "Stick Men hotel" while the site's campus is undergoing renovations.

More on the Stickazine.