Hello contestants! This thread will just be for judges' comments, so if you're looking for more smack or trying to ask a burning question, look elsewhere.
But as you all begin to jam out those Lego creations for the first round, I'm going use this post to outline something of a personal rubric of what I'm going to be looking for as I judge your creations in this round and all subsequent. The other judges might have little different preferences or quirks, but for me, I'm looking for five specific things:
1. Topicality and relevance to the category/Creativity and personal expression in the category. This one's kind of straight forward, but to use this first round's category for an example, the theme is "Song Titles." I'd love to see some people take one of the songs given, and really use their MOC to interpret not only the title, but perhaps the lyrics as well. Delve deep into the category. Show me that you really thought about it.
2. Part usage. Also pretty straight forward. When I look at MOCs, I like to see innovation. Take a unique element and use it in a way that has never been done before. Don't look at Lego tires and only see them used on the bottom of a car. Look at the tire and imagine it being turned into the body of an octopus. That will certainly get you more points from me.
3. Presentation. This one is a pet peeve of mine. Even if you don't have the best camera, or your lighting set-up really stinks, I want to see some thought put into the presentation of your MOC. Perhaps this means shooting it on a clean white background, or taking a picture of it in a place that has significance to the model. Whatever it is, avoid setting the creation on your desk and shooting one, poorly framed, blurry photograph and using that as your main picture. Not only does this make your creation no fun to look at, it will get points deducted in my score.
4. Technique. This is somewhat like part usage, but not quite. Good technique is not just stacking bricks on top of one another. Good technique is using SNOTwork appropriately, angular building techniques, good use of offsets, texturing (which includes studded and studless builds), and things like rockwork, brickwork, vegetation, and greebling.
5. Composition. This one has a lot to do with how you arrange your baseplate, or framework, and it's far more subjective than the rest of these tips. It delves into artsy things like weight balance, color consistency, and focal points. Perhaps use a 3D derivation of "the rule of thirds" when you place things in your creation. Compose your MOC like you were drawing a picture or framing a photograph.
So that's it for me! Follow these tips and you're sure to get an awesome score from me!
Also, I'm sure all the judges would love to have you guys pander to us personally in your MOCs. Will our sig figs get any cameos? Permalink