Posts Tagged ‘Brickfair’

BrickCon is almost here

September 7, 2013

There is less than a month till BrickCon is upon us and even less if you want to register as a full attendee. The cut-off date is September 18th if you want all the benefits — goody bag, chance for door prizes, presentations, games, etc. For all you get, its well worth the $55 USD price.

But if you’re not as much of an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), there’s always the Public Days on Saturday and Sunday. Of course if you weren’t a fan of LEGO you wouldn’t be reading my blog. πŸ˜€

There is a policy change this year, anyone under the age of 14 is no longer allowed as a full attendee

β€œBrickCon is a convention for Adult Lego Hobbyists. Its focus is on building friendships and community through the sharing of time, ideas, building techniques and unique creations.”

You can read full details on BrickCon.com.

And don’t forget the epic struggle between Pigs versus Cows! Who will win in the battle across all themes?

I will be there of course, both as a presenter and as a vendor. I’ll have a bunch of my jewelry, keychains, and stickers for sale and Guy Himber will be on hand with Pig and Cow heads if you want to stock up and make your own bovine or swine army.

And of course I’ll be posting about BrickCon for those of you who can’t go. I know, I know. I still haven’t covered BrickFair or Bricks by the Bay. I’ll get around to it one of these days. πŸ˜‰

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Iridescent Flight

August 21, 2013

Iridescent Flight

Jaw dropping. That was my first thought after seeing this. Sean and Steph Mayo just keep getting better and better.

You have to look at the image in a larger format to really appreciate the size, scope and detail of this model.

Even the paints and brushes are cool
Lego Paint Brushes

Somehow I’ve still not met Sean and Steph, even though I’ve been at two LEGO Cons (BrickWorld and BrickFair Virgina) with them. Even so, I did get to see some of their models up close and in person. Pictures just don’t do their models justice. I really hope I get to see this one in person in the future.

This takes mosaics and sculptures to a new level of cool.

Current Mosaic Teaser

July 3, 2013

Mosaic Teaser Photo

So, this is what I’ve been staring at off and on for the last month. And its part of the reason I’ve been less than active in posting here — that and the infernal heat wave that has thankfully broken.

Believe it or not, there’s a mosaic in there, or there will be when I get finished. Each of those letters stand for a color:

T– Tan
Blk / B — Black
DO — Dark Orange
etc.

People often ask what program I use for my mosaics. And although I do use Photoshop, Illustrator, and Bricksaic — a freeware LEGO mosaic program created by Bob Kojima, who also created BrickShirts — they all only get me to my starting point. Which is pretty much the same starting point I’ve used for the past 10 years — the picture, brick paper and a pencil.

Cheese Slopes Image via: BrickSet.com

Now of course, they didn’t have cheese slopes in all the lovely colors that it comes in now, dark tan double cheese which I’m using for the first time in this mosaic is new this year and makes a huge difference in the shading of the image. I couldn’t even conceive of making the mosaics I’m doing now when I started so many years ago. And the more cheese the better in my opinion. πŸ˜€

Because of the cheese slopes, and my tendency to turn bricks sideways a lot, I can’t use any one program. I’ve yet to see a program that can account for all variables that I constantly throw in so the design still needs to be done by hand.But that’s half the fun — building is the other. πŸ˜‰

I see my mosaics as a puzzle, evolving on paper and then through the bricks. And sure, I’ve done dozens of mosaics (I’ve lost count to be honest), but a lot of the basic logos just aren’t all that challenging anymore so I have to find more interesting images to stimulate my creative side.

Thus bringing me to my current project — a set of 4 mosaics. The teaser photo is only of the first one, my goal is to get at least this one and maybe the second one before BrickFair Virginia in August. They will all be about the same size as my Baby Colby mosaic and all but one of them is a portrait mosaic.

Intrigued yet? I’ll be unveiling the mosaic in due time. And if you are going to either BrickFair or Bricks by the Bay in August as an attendee, I’ll be doing a more in depth presentation on how I do my mosaics — “Mosaics — SNOT what you think.”

2012 LEGO Model Review

January 1, 2013

2012 Model Review

Happy New Year Everyone! As I reflect on this past year of 2012 I decided to make a compilation of all the models I created this year. To be totally honest, this isn’t all of them. I made over 30 wedding cake toppers and literally hundreds of earrings, necklaces and key chains. But this gives you a pretty good idea.

This has been a whirlwind of a year. I went to ten Conventions this year — five LEGO Conventions, three Comic Conventions, the McDonald’s Worldwide Convention and Focus 12 Convention. I had six large project (even if one of them was microscale) — 3 ft x 3 ft Statoil logo mosaic, 4 ft long McDonald’s building, a giant Harting Connector (the big black thing on the left), a 2 1/2 ft microscale replica of a home, 4 ft x 2 ft John Hancock logo and 10 giant bricks, and a 5 ft x 5 ft Google Chrome logo. I flew to Portland, Orlando, Chicago, Virginia, and Seattle. I drove to northern California twice, Phoenix and Vegas — while building the top of the Harting model the whole way in the car (I wasn’t driving πŸ˜‰ ).

Who knows what I’ll be building next year. I’m certainly excited. πŸ™‚

Hopefully you had a wonderful 2012 and welcome 2013!

LEGO Buildings at the National Building Museum

August 25, 2011

During the end of my BrickFair Trip (after the convention) I was able to visit Washington D.C. for a couple of day. It just happened that Adam Reed Tucker — LEGO Certified Professional, designer of the LEGO Architecture sets, and founder of BrickWorld in Chicago, has a display of LEGO Architecture (what a surprise πŸ˜€ ) at the National Building Museum.

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So since I was in the area, I decided I’d check it out. πŸ™‚

The first thing I saw when I walked in was the donation box, a replica of the museum.
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There’s even a model of the model in the model, how meta.
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A huge banner showed some of the models
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Adam made the famous “Corncob” Marina City apartments of Chicago.
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Jin Moa Tower (and a building I can’t remember the name of)
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Falling Water (without the water πŸ˜‰ )
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The models are on display till September 9th. But unfortunately during the recent earthquake on the East Coast a couple of the models suffered minor damage.

Unlike most of my buildings, Adam’s models are all unglued. But, since they are LEGO they “can and will be repaired.” πŸ˜‰

If you can’t get to D.C. you can see all of the models on my Baltimore and D.C. set on Flickr.

BrickFair 2011 Recap

August 15, 2011

Well, I’ve now gotten another LEGO Convention under my belt. This was the farthest one for me, I can’t go any further, at least not in the Continental U.S.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this one. My first impression — big! As BrickFair is held at a convention center rather than a hotel, there was a lot more space. Its not nearly in the realm of Comic Con of course, but still, there was plenty of space. Speaking of Space, that was the theme of the convention. πŸ˜‰

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What I loved about coming to BrickFair was that I got to meet a whole new set of AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO). Some of them I knew online, but not in real life.

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LEGO premiered the Winter Post Office. It was really nice to see it in person and made me want to get it that much more. I like the printed banjo tile, the details of the Post Office, and all the fun elements.

There were some really impressive models that stood out to me. In no particular order:
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Temple of Tan Tiger by Infomaniac

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Bionicle Seahorse by Mike Nieves

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We Rule by Sabrina Gravatt

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Serpent Ruins by Seircon and Coral

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Sorcerer Mickey by Mark Staffa

I took a whole bunch of photos at this one, over 800, which I still haven’t fully gone through. Feel free to check out the full BrickFair set on Flickr.

I’m already planning on going back next year. And I just booked my flight to BrickCon. I don’t know if I can do more than 4 LEGO Cons a year. I’d love to check out all of them, but I honestly don’t know how Jim Foulds does it. Just going to these four, on top of all my regular work (if you can call what I do regular) was certainly a stretch on my time and energy. As far as I can tell BrickCon is the last one for this year, but each year there seems to be more and more.

Even with the lack of sleep, I love going to LEGO Cons and BrickFair was certainly a wonderful trip! πŸ˜€

BrickFair here I come

August 2, 2011

Well here I go on to another LEGO Convention. It will be my first time to BrickFair and I look forward to meeting all the East Coast AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) that I haven’t met yet and seeing all my friends. πŸ™‚

The full BrickFair runs from August 4th-7th, with public days on Saturday and Sunday.

Unfortunately I am not bringing any MOCs to display, but I will be bringing my products for sale and I will also be doing two presentations.

If you are going to BrickFair come and stop by, I’ll be sharing a table with BrickShirts once again so come on over and say hi. πŸ˜‰

Vayland Dragon

September 18, 2010

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This model just oozes coolness! Patrick Biggs created this model originally 2 years ago, but was never satisfied with the original, so he revamped it and this is the result.

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BrickFair 2010

August 4, 2010

BrickFair is starting tomorrow at the Dulles Expo Center in Northern Virginia. The attendee event runs from Aug. 5th-8th while the public hours are Aug. 7th and 8th 11am-4pm. As I will not be attending this year, I can only view the event from pictures. 😦

But don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be having fun at the LEGOLAND Star Wars Days. πŸ™‚ And maybe I can make it next year.

For all those who are going, have fun and hopefully I’ll see you at the next LEGO Convention.

BrickJournal — The (MOC) Store

August 27, 2009

Sometimes with all the running around and picture taking he does, we forget that Joe Meno (creator of BrickJournal magazine also builds too. I present to you his latest creation –The BrickJournal (MOC) Store. (Pun intended) πŸ˜€

Joe says:

This is the second MOC I built for Brickfair – it is simply a massive ego stroke for me:-). Actually it’s a shop for a town layout, with printed bricks and tiles by Tommy Armstrong.

He even has a section of the store to view his website.

I’m surprised he doesn’t have a long line of customers waiting to purchase their very own copies of BrickJournal. πŸ™‚

Great job Joe! I’m glad to see that you are building again. πŸ˜‰