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Leda and the Swan
2011 MOCAthalon entry for category "Old Master" by team "Moist Towelettes".
About this creation
Moist Towelettes entry for "Old Master" in the 2011 MocAthalon.


Leonardo da Vinci's Leda and the Swan (after Cesare da Sesto's copy from the lost original).





Next to the real thing. The referenced work is executed in brunaille, which combined with the dark shading is brutal to do in Lego at small resolutions. A larger rendering was contraindicated by the time constraints. The chief pain is the lack of brightness resolution near black (unlike white which has very light gray, light gray, tan, and dark tan within a stone's throw).




I extensively used two tiers of plates in an effort to bring in dark brown and old brown,
at possibly small resolutions which are not made or accessible in those colors. Large plates of the rare colors are placed below and are selectively covered by small plates
of common colors. Needless to say, making a change requires a lot more shuffling, and my fingers hurt now. So thanks for THAT Hans. (Teach me to listen to you and join the MOCA.)


Note this is not the entire work, shown below. For this entry, I zoomed in on the content most appropriate for this community.




This was indeed produced by hand, and, as with my first mosaic, I did not enjoy it. Never want to do another. I went for this category first to get it over with, and hopefully enjoy the rest of the month. Grrr...


Muchas gracias to the judges and Sterlings for organizing this finger numbing shindig.



Comments

 I like it 
  July 22, 2011
since this does imply bestiality, though not strongly, I would greatly appreciate it if this had a parental warning on it. thank you. ~Nitro
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  July 3, 2011
My son really liked this as we went through the nominations. That-a-boy! Congrats on the nominations, and good luck, Chief!
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  March 9, 2011
Very very nice piece of art it is very cool and it looks alot like the real painting you should see my place i have a swat truck its sweat and you should join the group Custom Creations its stuff like that cool lego Creations nice painting its wonderful XD!!!!!
 I like it 
  March 8, 2011
A literally work of (Lego)art.
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  March 5, 2011
Beautiful!!
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  March 5, 2011
IT'S AWESOMEEEEE (in high-pitched nasal voice)!-Sevens
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  March 5, 2011
its muy :3
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  March 4, 2011
you freak!
  March 4, 2011
i still like the lady
 I like it 
  March 4, 2011
Our second perfect score! Congrats
 I made it 
  March 4, 2011
With apologies to Cesare da Sesto, I'd like to correct my comment below. If this painting is darker than Da Vinci intended, it is almost surely because of time and suboptimal storage conditions provided by its caretakers over the years.
  March 4, 2011
As brilliant as the original! Simply: Score = 5
Tom Simon
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Country Biscuit
  March 3, 2011
*speachless*
Tom Simon
LEGO Lord
  March 3, 2011
Interesting. I'm not a fan of LEGO mosaics but nevertheless... interesting.
Tom Simon
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Brendan Dore
  March 3, 2011
You sir, are a god.
Tom Simon
Keith Goldman
  March 3, 2011
Nice one Tom! Did you consider framing it with tile or plate?, it might have put it over the top. I'm sure you won't need it in terms of score, just wondering. Great subject matter.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
I'm not a very big fan of classical art (I'm too stupid to appreciate it:), but I gotta say, this looks absolutely beautiful! BTW, don't listen to anyone talking about PG-13 stuff: this is not some vulgar creation; it's ART!
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
That must have been difficult. Congratulations! 5/5.
 I made it 
  March 3, 2011
Quoting Cody G Your mosaics are unmatched for accuracy by everyone except maybe Sean Kenney himself.
Now that comparison is a compliment, and I thank you kindly.
 I made it 
  March 3, 2011
Quoting paul mc keever they lady is very pretty :p'''
The swan is Zeus in disguise, and he only pursues the loveliest. One of their 4 offspring is Helen of Troy. You know, the one the unit of beauty, the milliHelen, is named for. (A milliHelen is the amount of beauty required to launch 1 ship.)
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Nice! Your mosaics are unmatched for accuracy by everyone except maybe Sean Kenney himself.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Very well done.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Impeccable rendering of the painting's shading. A beautiful work of art in its actual and LEGO forms.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
they lady is very pretty :p'''
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
You can't get much for perfect than this in creating a mosaic, extremely accurate. I've never seen the painting, so I entered the page with a really different idea of what it was going to be.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
really nice.. what a beautiful mosaic :)
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  March 3, 2011
Superb mosaic work Tom, and smart to get a grueling category out of the way so soon. Now go do something fun - i am, it's watching the Mocathlon!
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
This painting is the reason I am called Leda. Thank you so much for turning my favourite painting of all time into a true masterpiece in my favourite medium of all time Lego. Stunning work, if only we could give higher than 5... 5 very well deserved points. Now go dip those precious fingers in some warm oil and look after them!
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Beautiful job! Not an easy subject to tackle, but you handled it well. Here's hoping the other categories are more fun and less "work!"
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
An Old Master on the pages.. I mean the painting - superb.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Incredible work Tom!!! this is the best Lego painting that i ever seen!!! 10 smile!!! Bravissimo!
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Only a master such as yourself could pull this off so...uh...masterfully! Beautiful work. I'm sure Leda Kat will get a kick out of the title:)
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
No tricks! Birth of Venus maybe? Any sort of naked art stuff is cool!
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
This is Tomtastic! Nice to see that da Vinci is so popular here on the pages. Brilliant work.
 I made it 
  March 3, 2011
Quoting El Barto ! Let's see more!
That would get me banned. What are you trying to trick me into?
 I made it 
  March 3, 2011
Quoting Blake Baer Agreeing with W. Mark down there that it does seem a little dim. Any idea whether the actual painting was a fresco?
I did not take the time now to read the full story, but it does seem interesting. The original, which was a painting, was lost. One never knows what happened in translation by the copier, who I'm sure was also a gifted painter, if not a master.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Leonardo of Lego! You've captured the feminine outline perfectly. I think you've missed your calling--Let's see more!
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Brilliant MOC. Complete presentation. Layering the plates for full effect is over the top. >> 5 points <<
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Great work Tom. Agreeing with W. Mark down there that it does seem a little dim. Any idea whether the actual painting was a fresco? That might explain the dimness on the actual painting. Excellent work over all. The texturing on the face is really nicely done. I must say that you beat me to the mosaic. I have been working on one for a couple months now. Leave it to you to beat me to the punch. Fantastic work.
 I made it 
  March 3, 2011
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD Remind me to NEVER talk you into doing anything ever again. I will now accept your apology for underestimating yourself. Masterfully done.~H
I humbly apologize and ask your forgiveness. I just hope I have the stamina for the other categories. This is grueling, and I'm too old for this.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Remind me to NEVER talk you into doing anything ever again. I will now accept your apology for underestimating yourself. Masterfully done.~H
 I made it 
  March 3, 2011
I should clarify that while it seems tan would suit Leda more (both hue and brightness), tan and dark tan alone are not enough resolution. The grays have more flexibility, but also impose on the outcome.
 I made it 
  March 3, 2011
Quoting W. Mark It does seem a bit dimmer than the original, but otherwise every detail seems perfect.
That was required in order to equalize the contrast between the lighter and darker sections. A fundamental limit of low res lego mosaics.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor You may want to make it PG-13 for the holy rollers though. Don't want to see this beautiful MOC suffer from lack of tolerance.
This CFOL, at least, has a respect for art. This is a wonderful mosaic conversion of a great painting. It does seem a bit dimmer than the original, but otherwise every detail seems perfect.
  March 3, 2011
Art, the fruit of the creative mind. I love this!
 I made it 
  March 3, 2011
Quoting Keith Goldman Nice one Tom! Did you consider framing it with tile or plate?, it might have put it over the top. I'm sure you won't need it in terms of score, just wondering. Great subject matter.
That is something I would do if it was not the MOCA. Putting things "over the top" is the least of my problems here. I have been explicitely warned to tone back my builds here as a strategic, resource allocation, matter. Thanks for the comment.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Take a stand brother, I'm all for it. Will back you 150%.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Like Bones said, too bad we can't give you more points! I'm sorry that 5 is all I have to give. ~ Chris.
 I made it 
  March 3, 2011
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor Trying to make us all look like fools, eh Tom?! Man, this is gorgeous!! I can't stand making mosaics either, but dude you took off like a rocket with it!! You may want to make it PG-13 for the holy rollers though. Don't want to see this beautiful MOC suffer from lack of tolerance.
Actually, right now, I cannot imagine a bigger fool than myself. I am also going to rarely break form and be serious for just 1 moment. I will definitely NOT PG13 a classic work of art. If this is done for me, I will delete my account. I am actually presuming that Sean does not need me to make this point or be patronising about it. Apologies in any case.
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Can I give you a 6? No, then it must be....5 points!
 I like it 
  March 3, 2011
Now this is one impressive build and one huge load of bricks! And the painting? Whoa....
  March 3, 2011
Trying to make us all look like fools, eh Tom?! Man, this is gorgeous!! I can't stand making mosaics either, but dude you took off like a rocket with it!! You may want to make it PG-13 for the holy rollers though. Don't want to see this beautiful MOC suffer from lack of tolerance.
 
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