This symbol appears ubiquitously on the world wide web. It’s supposed to be an easy concept, but for many, “really simple syndication” may seem not so simple. Most explanations that I read when I was first getting my feet wet in the concept made it sound a lot more difficult than it really needs to be. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
This is my son, Christopher. He is six and very proud of having lost two teeth in recent months. The mosaic doesn’t actually portray him minus two teeth, though that might be a fun one to try. The photo I used was taken a few months ago, and I’d actually done a lot of the preliminary work for the mosaic (cropping, converting it to a plan in PicToBrick and Photoshop), but I’ve had several other projects going on as well.
A Few Quick Facts:
Size: 30″ x 30″
Pieces used: 4,212 (1×1’s, 1×2’s, 1×3’s, 1×4’s, 1×6’s, 1×8’s, 2×2’s, 2×3’s, 2×4’s)
Colors used: 15 (Black, Blue, Brown, Dark Blue, Dark Grey (dk. bley), Lime, Light Blue, Green, Light Grey (lt. bley), Orange, Pink, Red, Tan, White, Yellow)
The inspiration for this portrait mosaic
After the great way my Duckingham cartoon character turned out in a previous post, I wanted to do another, just for fun. The boys have watched Jonah 3 or 4 times in the last week, and Patrick keeps asking to see it again.
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 going to be a famous video game designer. The running gag throughout
This mosaic has a storied past. (Does that mean that my 3-year-old son Patrick, hiding behind Duckingham’s mosaic, is symbolizing that storied past? …nah.) Several years ago I decided that I wanted to become a website developer. I was near the beginning of my mid-life crisis (a running joke I have, referring to my previous multiple years in the food service industry and my realization that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in that industry, despite the fact that I love people and food (but never people as food!)) Also, I had a friend who, with very little prior knowledge of running a website, had started one, and turned out a decent quality product. So, how hard could it be…heh, heh.
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, 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.