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"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."

- 1 John 4:7 (ESV)

Hello All,

Exactly a year ago, I was blessed to meet Sean and Steph Mayo(Siercon and Coral) at Brickfair 2011. Since that time, they have become very close friends of mine. Of all the things that God has done for me in the LEGO world, introducing me to Sean and Steph was the best gift of all.

I am finding it quite hard to put into words the appreciation and love that I have for these two. God has richly blessed them and the blessings seem to overflow from their life and into mine. As a "thank you" and a token of my love for them, I surprised them with this mosaic at Brickfair 2012 where it won Best Mosaic in the mosaic category.

God bless you, Sean and Steph.
SOLI DEO GLORIA!
-Blake


THE BUILD

The challenge in this mosaic was that it only has 2 colors. It was a technique that I saw last year at Brickfair(Clear over Black, by Douglas Hill), but I didn't think it was very well achieved so I wanted to play around with it. I had this idea for about 8 months, and began working on the build about 6 months ago. I ran out of trans plates but Sean managed to pick some up at the LEGO Store and shipped them up to me (this is just an example of the stuff they do for me).

I chose this technique for the greyscale because it gave me a much larger palette and therefore much more space for detail. If I were to rely just on the LEGO grey palette I would essentially have 4 colors (black, both greys, and white). Those of you who know mosaics know that the less colors you have, you generally have less room for detail. I chose this technique, then, because it gave me up to 12 different shades (9 of them were actually used).

Altogether, the mosaic uses close to 4000 pieces and took about 20 hours to construct.

Enjoy!






































Comments

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  October 19, 2013
Beyond excellence! The way you used the trans clear pieces is astounding! God has certainly given you a great gift! I'm sure that when you're older, God will put it to good use. Maybe even to share the Gospel with other people!
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  March 1, 2013
I like this build and it looks almost like a black and white photograph. By the way, LEGO actually made a small Mosaic line that had used gray scale plates to achieve a similar effect. However, with that being said, I do like your MOC and I have also made a few mosaics of my own, so if you have not checked them out yet, then you should do so when you have the time in your busy schedule.
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  August 28, 2012
I am at a loss for words. This simply incredible! Definitely one of the best mosaics I have seen and an even better "thank you!"
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  August 17, 2012
That's just awesome man! And it's always nice to meet true friends doing something you both love and share. Congrats! ~ Chris.
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  August 15, 2012
Well done Blake! This really shows that your talent goes far beyond that of the majority of TFOLs out there. It's not often you can find someone who can so deftly dabble in so many different styles. An impressive 'thank you' for sure.
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  August 15, 2012
No worries. BTW, here's a link to an article describing my other work with transparent plates for mosaics. http://mosaicbricks.blogspot.com/2011/12/gray-scale-mosaics.html But I'm sure you'd be more interested in this link which describes your moasic. :-) http://mosaicbricks.blogspot.com/2012/08/beloved.html
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  August 14, 2012
Quoting Douglas Hill Congratulations on a great mosaic. I like how it's sort of the opposite of my "transparent over black" mosaic. Yup, it was my mosaic you saw last year (and this year too!). By the way, when you borrow some one else's original technique, it's customary to respect the creativity that went into it by referencing it in your descriptions. For anyone who cares the original "transparent over black" mosaic is here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/281392
My apologies Douglas, this was not a blatant snubbing of your creativity in the technique, but the fact that I couldn't find your creation to link to it. However, I will gladly remedy that!
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  August 14, 2012
Congratulations on a great mosaic. I like how it's sort of the opposite of my "transparent over black" mosaic. Yup, it was my mosaic you saw last year (and this year too!). By the way, when you borrow some one else's original technique, it's customary to respect the creativity that went into it by referencing it in your descriptions. For anyone who cares the original "transparent over black" mosaic is here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/281392
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  August 13, 2012
That's really incredible! Great technique! It's amazing how much depth it adds!
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  August 12, 2012
Those close-up views are just mind-blowing. Just amazing.
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  August 12, 2012
This is brilliant Blake, the detail, and 3D effect looks amazing! I am sure Sean will love it, amongst many others!
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  August 12, 2012
That is a very touching dedication and great mosaic work.
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  August 11, 2012
Great work on this, having seen this in person, I can honestly say that this is one of the best mosaics I've ever seen. Brilliant work!
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  August 11, 2012
Very cool, Blake!!! Beautiful subtlety in the value transitions. Nice work!
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  August 11, 2012
WOW! This is just beautiful, worthy of a gallery. You are blessed with talent young man - keep it up.
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  August 11, 2012
WOW! This is just beautiful, worthy of a gallery. You are blessed with talent young man - keep it up.
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  August 11, 2012
Brilliant! This technic is purely stunning. WOW!!! The best result -in my opinion- appears on side-pics, where TCplates draw the the curves of the faces. WOnderful tribute.
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  August 10, 2012
Blake, Wonderful technique well executed. I like the sculptural feel to the finished product. Fitting tribute. ~Dave
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  August 10, 2012
Best mosaic I've ever seen!The usage of the 3D effect and trans plates gives an awesome shade to the sculpture.
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  August 10, 2012
Wow, this is so cool! The way you used the different layers of trans and black to make the textures and grays is phenomenal! 100/5!
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  August 10, 2012
Wow! It has a 3D effect to it as well. Excellent work!!!
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  August 10, 2012
Quoting Tim C Blake...My goodness, Blake, what a talent you have! I have been impressed with your castles and dragons ever since I first discovered this website, but this is above and beyond anything I thought you would turn out. Above and beyond a knack for putting LEGO bricks together in a skilled way. This looks like a pencil drawing. When I found that you achieved the different grades of the grayscale by stacking trans-clear, I was floored. I have spent about the last five minutes, (which is hours in MOCpages time), just gawking at this masterpiece. Be very proud of the gifts you have been given, and don't stop; it is a rare talent indeed that you posess, young sir. Very well done!
Hey Tim, Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment. The glory goes to God on this one. My talents are indeed gifts. :) Thanks for the comment!
 I like it 
  August 10, 2012
Blake...My goodness, Blake, what a talent you have! I have been impressed with your castles and dragons ever since I first discovered this website, but this is above and beyond anything I thought you would turn out. Above and beyond a knack for putting LEGO bricks together in a skilled way. This looks like a pencil drawing. When I found that you achieved the different grades of the grayscale by stacking trans-clear, I was floored. I have spent about the last five minutes, (which is hours in MOCpages time), just gawking at this masterpiece. Be very proud of the gifts you have been given, and don't stop; it is a rare talent indeed that you posess, young sir. Very well done!
 I made it 
  August 10, 2012
Quoting Ru Corder Aww, this is awesome! As are they :D I can't wait to hang out with you guys next year at Brickfair!
You have no idea how annoyed I was that you and Annie didn't make it this year. >:( Still, there is always next year.
 I like it 
  August 10, 2012
That is simply amazing, great technique and i love the layering of the bricks
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  August 10, 2012
That is a great idea! How many shades are in this? It would not look nearly as good (although it would be much more hardcore) at the resolution with just normal grays. Did you plan this from the beginning or was it an idea ou got while making it?
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  August 10, 2012
From the thumbnail it looks like the standard monochrome shades, but seeing that its layering of trans clear on strait black is brilliant. Well done here Blake, and congrats on your two MOCie awards :) God Bless! ~Thoy
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  August 10, 2012
A true inspiration! Congrats!
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  August 10, 2012
I hate to admit but I don't think I could build something like this. It's a true talent you got, my respect!
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  August 9, 2012
Wow Blake, that is truly awesome. Such a great gift. I wished I could have seen their reaction. -LB Senior
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  August 9, 2012
WOW, great job. I could never do that!!!
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  August 9, 2012
Excellent! And a great backstory. Now one of my favorite mosaics on MOCpages. Great, great work!
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  August 9, 2012
Wow, amazing work! Good color palette too!
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  August 9, 2012
This is awesome Blake!! Keep it up!!!! When I first saw this, I thought it was done by Sean Kenney!!! Great job Blake!!!!!
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  August 9, 2012
Fantastic job Blake!
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  August 9, 2012
This is an amazing build build!!!!5/5
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  August 9, 2012
Great technique used to good effect.
  August 9, 2012
Layers of trans-white 1x1 plates to create the proper shade against a black background? That's just plain brilliant. At first I didn't believe that it was just two colors of brick used! And the non-LEGO-related things you said were also very inspirational as well.
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  August 9, 2012
Quoting SuperSpy X This is stunning! When I first looked at it, I thought you used several shades of gray. The layering makes it look superb! It would've been nice, though, to see a real-life picture of Sean and Steph, to compare.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/legocy/7252723592/in/photosof-legocy/
 I like it 
  August 9, 2012
The technique is rather clever, but even the best technique is nothing without a good builder. You did an awesome job, Blake, creating not only a stunning mosaic, but also a relief. --- And congrats on winning 2 MOCie Awards.
 I like it 
  August 9, 2012
This is stunning! When I first looked at it, I thought you used several shades of gray. The layering makes it look superb! It would've been nice, though, to see a real-life picture of Sean and Steph, to compare.
 I like it 
  August 9, 2012
That's very nice of you. Excellent mosaic. :)
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  August 9, 2012
Stunning technique and build!
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  August 9, 2012
Lovely work Blake!
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  August 9, 2012
Wow...I can't say I've ever been to intruiged by LEGO mosaics but, this is just amazing! Very good job :)
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  August 9, 2012
Wow! That is an incredible Mosaic! The texturing is fantastic! I'll bet they were thrilled! Great Job Blake! :D
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  August 9, 2012
Beautiful MOC. To God be the glory, always.
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  August 9, 2012
Wow, that's impressive. It seems that with every MOC you become more like Sean Kenney, it wouldn't surprise me at all if you end up working for TLG. You used an uncommon technique spectacularly, and it especially looks good from an angle. I'm sure that Mr. and Mrs. Mayo were thrilled, this is a real masterpiece. Oh, and congratulations on your well-deserved MOCie wins.
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  August 9, 2012
what an awesome thing to do!
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  August 9, 2012
Lovely.
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  August 9, 2012
Well done and congrats on your Brickee. I dig the technique, the complexity of depth and gray-scale in a binary color is pretty amazing.
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  August 9, 2012
Cool!
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  August 9, 2012
A lovely gesture and build using my favorite type of mosaic, one with relief. :)
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  August 9, 2012
Wow. Immensely clever, and such a good result.
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  August 9, 2012
Aww, this is awesome! As are they :D I can't wait to hang out with you guys next year at Brickfair!
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  August 9, 2012
Beautiful!
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  August 9, 2012
Ugh, MOCpages apparently thinks a plain white background should be turned into graph paper. WHY?!?
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  August 9, 2012
Great job Blake! The detail is superb!
 
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