Posts Tagged ‘Sean Kenney’

“Building a winning business” at Focus 12 Conference

August 28, 2012

I know, I’ve been MIA yet again on my blog. That seems to be happening more and more this year. I can’t really complain though, getting more large commissions is a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So any how. The reason I’ve been offline is I’ve been too busy building. I was contacted by the John Hancock company to do their logo a a financial conference called Focus 12 here in San Diego. The reason they wanted a LEGO model was because their theme was “building a winning business.”

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The trickiest thing about this mosaic was the fact that it was in cursive and I decided to make it as “studless” as possible — in other words, showing as few studs as I could. Of course making it studless and using normal (well normal for me ๐Ÿ˜€ ) twisting and turning techniques made the model much more complicated than it could have been. But it looks sooooo much better because of that.

Here’s a close-up
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And for those that are wondering the model is 4 feet long and 2 feet tall.

They also asked me to build some giant LEGO bricks with words on them
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The 2×4 giant brick is 11 inches long x 5 inches wide x 4 inches tall. The small black bricks with their logo on it are clone bricks with printing on them.

The funny thing was that because of the theme, not only John Hancock wanted LEGO at their booth. I was contacted by a second company, Deutsche Bank, thanks to LEGO and asked if I could help them with their LEGO mystery mosaic building event.

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Now obviously I couldn’t be in two places at once so I did the next best thing and recruited my brother Mike Asanuma. It may be hard to believe, but I’m not the only master model builder in my family. Mike creates special effects models and does illustrations and toy design up in Los Angeles, California. He just happened to be available for the weekend.

DSC01321 That’s Mike if you can’t see the family resemblance.

A fun bonus of working the convention was a private Journey concert!!!!
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And a total surprise was seeing LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney
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Sean was hired by Wells Fargo to create a San Diego Trolley. It was kind of funny because I got an email from him on the second day of the event and he mentioned my John Hancock mosaic in the email saying

“Nice job so far! I’m across the aisle at wells Fargo ๐Ÿ™‚ “

We’ve emailed back and forth and we keep in contact through Facebook but I hadn’t seen him in person for about 10 years! So it was nice to actually chat in person with him for a few hours.

So last weekend was pretty cool. It was so funny that there were three LEGO models at the convention and that Sean, Mike and I were able be involved.

And on the heals of that event, I’ve got another one coming up next week. I’ll be posting about that one a little later. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sean’s Lifesize Bike

May 11, 2011

BrickMagic 2011

I’m a little bit late on mentioning BrickMagic which happened Mother’s Day weekend. I couldn’t attend unfortunately, but one of the special guests was LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney. Sean created a lifesized lime green bicycle while attendees were encouraged to create the most congested traffic jam around the bike.

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There are lots of pictures of BrickMagic on Brickapolis’ photostream set and of course on Joe Meno’s photostream (founder of BrickJournal and BrickMagic)

I have to say, one of my favorites is of Joe dressed as a LEGO Stormtrooper ๐Ÿ˜€
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Creations for Charity 2010

November 4, 2010

Announcing Creations for Charity 2010!

Well, Nannan of Brothers Brick has started it again. His second annual Creations for Charity is already underway.

From now until early December, you can buy a custom Lego creation made by Lego fans from around the world. All proceeds will be used to give Lego sets to underprivileged children during the holidays. This is an annual opportunity where Lego enthusiasts use their creative hobby to support a great cause. As buyers, you can own the original creations from a diverse array of builders and customizers, several of whom are among the best at what they do.

We accept creations for the fundraiser until December 1st. We also accept monetary donations at the store. For either form of donation over $50, you will receive an engraved Creations for Charity 2010 keychain assembled and glued by LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney and topped with a real gold-plated Lego brick from ChromeBricks. I sincerely hope youโ€™ll take part in this event and help us set a new record. You make a lot of kids happy. Merry Christmas!

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So go on over and check out all the wonderful creations made by your fellow AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO). I was going to mention the two creations I donated, but they have already been sold. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sean Kenney’s Wildlife

March 31, 2010

LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney has several Wildlife LEGO models on display at the Philadelphia Zoo called Creatures of Habitat.

Just from the small glimpses they show in the video and the very impressive picture of the Polar Bear it looks like this is worth a visit. So if you are in the Philadelphia area between April 10th and October 31st I’d recommend checking it out. ๐Ÿ˜‰