Archive for the ‘Barack Obama’ Category

Going Bald (Eagle that is)

March 24, 2009

Bald Eagle 1

After creating such a huge Barack Obama mosaic I wanted to build something a little smaller. As always I like to challenge myself to build something I haven’t tried before.

I’d never built a LEGO bird yet (except in Miniland scale) and I thought I’d give it a go. I decided to build a life-size Bald Eagle bust.

The trickiest part was designing the eyes. In both animal and people LEGO models the eyes are the most important part. They are what makes them seem most alive. My solution was to use a 2×2 radar dish (or parabola in the offcial Model Shop terms) in transparent neon yellow. It seems like a strange choice, but bald eagle’s eyes are actually yellow. I thought about trying regular yellow, but it didn’t have the right effect.

Bald Eagle 2

Another aspect when designing a real animal is the organic shape. That is sometimes a difficult effect in LEGO — to get the hard, sharp bricks to look like feathers, fur, or hair. Sometimes its a matter of using special elements or specific parts to make the animal more realistic. If you’ll notice, I used tiles on the beak and a 1×1 cheese slope at the tip for that very reason.

Hope of Obama

March 20, 2009


Hope of Obama, originally uploaded by Model Gal.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve probably been wondering what I have been up to in the way of LEGO building lately.

Late last night I finally finished my latest LEGO creation. I call it the Hope of Obama. I was inspired by Shepard Fairey’s original, and wanted to see if I could do it out of LEGO.

To do it properly, I decided that I would use the colors that were closest too the original. That meant using a whole bunch of Medium and Dark Blue, not the most common of LEGO colors. In fact, I used almost all of my Dark Blue bricks and plates just to finish this model.

It is 28 inches tall and 19 inches wide. I used a lot of SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques to get all the details right.

This model took me a lot longer than I’d originally thought it would. Also, it was a lot harder to make because I used less common LEGO colors. But in the end it was all worth it! πŸ˜‰

LEGOLAND gets real — sort of

January 27, 2009

I know I already mentioned this on my blog, but I felt it needed an update.

To more accurately depict the actual Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, the Master Model Builders at LEGOLAND California have rebuilt the first family. Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama now have the actual outfits (or as close as LEGO can get) that they wore on Jan 20th.

They also changed Aretha Franklin’s dress from blue to gray and slimmed her down a bit in the process — man I wish it was that easy in real life! πŸ˜‰

Patriotically Petite

January 24, 2009

With the Presidential Inauguration still fresh in mind, I’m feeling patriotic. Well known for his multitude of LEGO landmarks Arthur Gugick’s United States Capitol Building is a great example of what you can do in Microscale.

Brick Obama

January 20, 2009

Like most of America today, I watched Barack Obama become the 44th President of the United States. Michael Fortress commemorates this historic event with his take on Shepard Fairey’s iconic painting.

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I think that Barack looks pretty good as a Minifig. Hail to the Chief! πŸ˜‰