Posts Tagged ‘artist’

Vitruvian Minifig

August 30, 2012

You might know that Kevin Hinkle, the North American Community Coordinator for LEGO, is an AFOL at heart. What you might not know is that he is also a talented artist

Vitruvian Minifig

Kevin’s Vitruvian Minifig pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man but it reminds me more of one of my most favorite decorated LEGO tiles from 2001–

I hope Kevin shares more of his artistic abilities with us. 🙂

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 4

December 6, 2010

Although Series 3 has just hit the shelves and Series 2 is still readily available, there is already buzz about Series 4 which is scheduled to come out in March or April of 2011.

8804 Minifigures Series 4

I wasn’t as excited about Series 3, but now that I have gotten a full set, I really like them. 🙂

The figures are as follows (not official names):

Hockey Player
Bio Hazard Suit Guy
Punk Rocker
Frankenstein Monster
Surfer Girl
Garden Gnome
Geisha (Kimono Girl)
Navy Sailor
Mad Scientist
Football (Soccer) Player
Ice Skater

Just by looking at the pictures of Series 4 I know that I am going to want multiples of several figures and the new elements are amazing! I love the ice skates, the erlenmeyer flask, the silver trophy, fan, mo-hawk . . . well you get the idea. 😉

8804 Minifigures Series 4

Its really hard to even say one that I don’t like in this set, maybe the skateboarder but even he has a new torso print. Some are saying this is the best series so far and I’d have to agree with them.

LEGO World Shows of the 80s

April 19, 2010 has a new section on their website showcasing the LEGO World Shows that took place in the 80s. Long before LEGOLAND was anywhere other than in Denmark these touring shows inspired a generation of LEGO fans on just what could be done with the brick.

Although not as fantastic as modern LEGO models these earlier sculptures were the precursor to them. Children like me saw these models and have turned into the Master Model Builders, Architects and Artists of today. Who knows what future generations will come up with. 😉

The “Love” of LEGO

March 6, 2009

LEGO, Robert Indiana Style, originally uploaded by Bill Ward’s Brickpile.

Bill Ward created this wonderful take on Robert Indiana’s 1970 LOVE sculpture.


On his blog he writes:

The only hard part design-wise was coming up with a “G” design that matched the other letters, since “LOVE” already provided me with a design for “L,” “E,” and “O.” But structurally, I found it to be much more of a challenge to build the “LEGO” sculpture, largely because the round letters on the bottom didn’t provide nearly as good support for the top letters as the “VE” in “LOVE” did. However, thanks to some very long bricks (1×16 and 2×10) I was able to make it work.

My wife and I discussed the color scheme extensively before we finally decided on the one you see here. I wanted to keep blue and green apart from each other, and I wanted to keep red on the right hand side in case it is displayed next to the “LOVE” sculpture. (Sadly, I don’t have any good photographs of the two together – I didn’t have any place big enough that didn’t have a horrible background – but hopefully I can update later to add one.)

You can see both this sculpture, and the one that inspired it on Flickr.

Wyland Mosaic

November 18, 2008

I made this little mosaic a few years ago when I was still at LEGOLAND. It was actually made for Wyland, the artist that does all those ocean paintings.

Wyland mosaic

The really tricky thing was getting the right look since Wyland uses dozens of different shades of blue to paint a majority of his pictures. That is why I settled on doing this image. It uses 5 shades of blue: sand blue, medium blue, blue, dark blue, and Maersk blue. I’m sure a lot of you are shocked that I’d use Maersk but in the Model Shop we had a pretty nice supply in a lot of different shapes. I also used white and clear bricks.

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. 😉