What is that orange thing with wavy lines?

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. Continue reading “LEGO Art: Really Simple Syndication, anyone?”


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. Continue reading “LEGO Portrait: Christopher”


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.
Continue reading “LEGO Portrait: Bob and Larry”


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 Continue reading “Bert, Side-Scroller Wannabe”


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,  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. Continue reading “LEGO Portrait: Darth Maul”