Saturday, December 31, 2011
These mosaics can also be found on flickr.
Also, I wish you all a very happy New Year!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I love the layering of elements to make a more detailed picture. Very festive!
Monday, December 19, 2011
I post this also to show different ways that LEGO creations can develop. A lot of times, a builder will think of what they want their final product to be, and then work on the techniques that they need to make it. Other times, a builder might learn certain techniques and then try to figure out what can be made using those techniques.
For example, the "Eye of Sauron" mosaic above originally looked like this:
I had been trying out different possible patterns that could be designed with cheese slopes. When I posted this mosaic, people thought that it looked a bit like the eye of Sauron. So then I re-did it with different colors and lighting. Thus the technique led to the product, instead of the product leading to the technique.
I suppose that most people use some combination of both methods. I can see advantages and disadvantages to both approaches. I usually find a technique and then see what I can do with it. This has given me the freedom to explore with a lot of different techniques and sometimes find novel ways of doing things. But I feel very limited in my ability to build a wide variety of different MOCs. It's not easy for me to have someone tell me to build something specific and achieve successful results.
What approach do you use?
Sunday, December 18, 2011
If you'd like to check out more exciting Lord of the Rings, There and Back Again/The Hobbit, and Tolkien Lego creations, be sure to check out Bruce N H's new blog, entitled TolkienBricks (and while you're there, check out his other great blogs too!).
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Milan Bikics' cathedral does this beautifully. It is very eye-catching, and one of its most striking features is the intricately mosaicked roof.
Some other good shots of the beautiful roof can be found here and here , and throughout the majority of his photostream. Last I heard, the cathedral is still a work in progress. Once Milan said that his goal was to acquire one of every kind of LEGO piece ever made and to use them all in his cathedral. While I tend to focus on a limited palette of pieces, I think the "more-the-merrier" technique is quite effective here.
(I am fairly confident that Casey hasn't posted about this already, but if he has, I will just say that it certainly deserves a second look.)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
As part of his prize, he won a professionally designed and framed mosaic of his design, made to look like a postage stamp:
It's a MOC of a MOC. Now we just need someone to make a MOC of this, and we'll have nesting MOCs, just like the nesting piggy banks. Silliness aside, it's a lovely prize for a well-deserving entry. Congratulations!
There are apparently grand prize winners for the US and the UK, too. I'll have to look around to see if I can find those entries and prizes, too.
Monday, December 12, 2011
The first that I saw was this Rainbow Dash at BrickCon. I'm not sure if it's a mosaic in the strictest sense of the term, but it's definitely meant to be viewed as a two-dimensional creation.
According to the BrickCon MOC card, this was made by Dani Dougherty and Thomas Michon and "needs to be about 20% cooler".
Then there is this rendition of Derpy Hooves, done by Andrew Somers:
Andrew also used Derpy in a parody entitled, "Call of Derpy: Modern Horsefare", dressing her up as a soldier and re-writing the My Little Pony theme song. You can find that parody here.
I found a few more pony mosaics and mosaic-like creations, although the image sharing has been disabled for those photographs.
Natron77 made mosaics of Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle which he hung on his cubicle at work.
And finally, JK Animation made Rainbow Dash, Derpy Hooves, and Apple Jack, which you can see here.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I see that DJ Baggadonuts has come up with several interesting mosaic techniques. One of them is to stack headlight bricks into columns, and then stick jewels into the holes. Light will shine through from the back of the mosaic, creating an interesting effect. If the backlight is strong enough, it will light up, "sort of like a LEGO LiteBrite," as Mr. Baggadonuts says in his blog. (The blog archive is worth a look; in it you can find links to all sorts of entries explaining how he accomplishes his different mosaics.)
Here are two examples of this jewels-inserted-into-headlight bricks technique:
The stability of the mosaics can cause a problem, as they are made of columns of headlight bricks and have very little cross-bracing (which only occurs in the black sections). But with persistence, it can be done.
Mr. Baggadonuts has several other interesting techniques that I would like to cover in future posts. ;-)
(Yes, yes, I love to use smileys. I can't help it! Everything seems so very serious without them. ;-) )
He says it was based on the cover of A Clockwork Orange. You can read his discussion of this mosaic on his blog.
A similar technique that I've seen is to use axles instead of light sabers, as Linus (minkowsky) does here:
Linus devised a mechanism to make the axles "wave" at him, as can be seen in the video here, with a behind-the-scenes glimpse here.
Friday, December 9, 2011
And since we're on the topic of Mariann's mosaics, here is another small one that uses five different shades of blue to create the impression of a Wyland ocean painting:
When Mariann writes about this picture in her blog, she talks about how she has to simplify the details in order to make it come out correctly. I hope she won't mind me quoting her wholesale here, but here is the paragraph:
"And here’s a Model Building Tip for you: Generally when I am doing a mosaic, especially when it is small like this one, I have to simplify the image and take away some of the details without losing the general look. Trying to do all the lines or shadings is almost impossible at this size, so you have to pick and choose what you keep in and what you take out. Sometimes that is easier to say than do. "
I'm not really sure how to accomplish these kinds of detailed mosaics like Mariann does; it might be worth asking her about sometime. ;-)
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I'm very impressed by the complicated techniques used to render this image. There are plates and bricks heading in all sorts of directions, which allows a greater amount of detail to be used. Mariann said this took her 100 hours to make this, and I'm not surprised.
I first saw this mosaic on Mariann's blog, Model Building Secrets. You can find her original write-up on it here.