LEGO Mosaics

Bert, Side-Scroller Wannabe

Who is Bert? Okay, bit of a long story here. We’re going to take a trip back to the late ’80’s. Yes, I’m a child of he 80’s. Okay, born in 1976, but Ronald Reagan is still the first president I remember. And a good one at that. But that’s not what we’re here for…

Do you remember, “A Different World” — that Cosby Show spinoff that ran in the late 80’s and early 90’s? There was an episode where one of the main characters Dwayne Wayne was talking about how he was goingย  to be a famous video game designer. The running gag throughout

The LEGO Life

USPS delivers my Bricklink orders

Imagine my surprise to pull into the parking lot at our condo complex and see a strange shadowy shape next to my front door. USPS decided to get a bit creative when delivering my packages. Note that there are two doors in the view; the brown door is our front door; the tan door to the left goes to an open-air front storage area attached to the front of the unit. Most of the times when anyone delivers (UPS, Fed-Ex, DHL, USPS) they just leave the box behind that door.

LEGO Portraits

LEGO Portrait: Baby Kristina

Admiring the Finished Product

Here is Kristina getting a first good look at the hardest LEGO Mosaic I’ll ever do. Why the hardest? That’s easy: it was my first. Many are the lessons I learned through the six month process. Six months?! Yes. Tina was a little over six months old when I decided to embark on the journey of me converting some of my creative energy into artwork through one of my life-long favorite artistic mediums: LEGO bricks.

When I first started the project I decided to work from my existing collection of bricks. If you keep in mind the fact that I acquired most of my childhood collection of bricks before the brick separator tool had been invented, you will understand part of why this was a mistake. That, and the fact that, since LEGO went to their new process of producing LEGO bricks a few years ago, there is quite a color difference in several of the colors (particularly grey and brown) — and since those colors were the ones that predominantly made up my mosaic…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The LEGO Life

Background for a Duck and His Plastic Bricks

A brief history of me and LEGOs…

I have always been a LEGO lover. Some of my earliest memories involve waking up in the morning eager to see what Dad had built with my Lego bricks overnight. He didn’t make something every night, but when he did, it was usually a house, using those red slopes for the roof. Whenever I tried to reproduce the effect (at the ripe age of 5) it didn’t work as well.

Another memory, (this time a sad one), was the first Christmas I didn’t get any new Lego sets. It occurred to me that my parents believed me to have “grown up” at that point. I let them know otherwise. ๐Ÿ™‚

And as I continued to “grow up” and we got rid of toys (yes, I still can’t believe I donated my Star Wars figures to our school’s annual fund-raiser yard sale ๐Ÿ™ ), I never got rid of my barrel of Lego. Through college and grad school I would still buy a small set from time to time.

Even after I got married, I’d pull out my Lego barrel from time to time and build something. I’ve always continued to want to do something a little more, though.

Fast forward a few more years. I’ve been married for nine years. We have four kids. Our oldest is almost 6 and started getting Lego (no longer the bigger, Duplo type) sets this past Christmas. Actually, he inherited, from my cousin, a couple big boxes of sets with some of my favorite types … the pirate sets, ones that started coming out right about the time my folks quit buying them for me. ๐Ÿ™

I did a little stint a year ago where I was buying Lego lots on eBay, rebuilding some of the more popular sets (Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc.) and reselling them for about a 500% profit. On the cash value, that is. When I compared it with the amount of time I was spending sorting, checking piece inventories, building, taking pictures, posting on eBay, etc., I was really only just playing. That fact *really* sunk in when I picked up a 55 pound lot. I still haven’t finished sorting through it. And at this point I’ve just been cannibalizing parts there for other projects.

So, what am I up to now? Well, I’ve been inspired by the online community of AFOLs. Also, there are a number of adults out there that make a living (or at least as a part-time job) creating and selling LEGO art, particularly sculptures and LEGO mosaics done by converting a photograph into a LEGO representation of the image. Now this, I thought, is exactly the sort of thing I’d love to do. So, combine my love for LEGOS, my savvy with computers (making use of various open-source and otherwise software packages that allow you to design with LEGOs), and my growing work in web design, and voila! Out came the start of a new website.

As I finish up various mosaics, and other MOCs, I’ll post and blog. I’d also like to start cataloging various building techniques.

LEGO Portraits

LEGO Portrait: Darth Maul

What’s not to love about a guy that gets chopped in half by Obi Wan Kenobi?

Anyhow, this bad boy measures in at 20″x30″ (64×96 LEGO pixels) and is comprised of eleven colors: black, light bluish grey, dark blue, dark bluish grey, dark pink, orange,ย  red, reddish brown, sand green, tan, and yellow.

I found a decent picture on Wookiepedia to use as a reference starting point. I loved the characteristic Darth Maul snarl and figured it would make for a good portrait. Darth Maul’s distinct and easily recognizable facial markings also make for good subject matter — especially when the primary colors of the makeup are two of the five basic colors of LEGO: red and black (the others being blue, yellow, and white). The background in the reference picture was pretty blank so I used tan and grey to be reminiscent of Tatooine, where the Sith Apprentice first reveals himself to Obi Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn.