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MO Round 4: Ian Spacek vs. Heath Flor
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Category: Mosaics: We're going to leave this one open a bit. We want you to paint an ORIGINAL piece of art using Lego. 2D only please.

My opponent's entry.

2012 MocOlympics

I present my first (and possibly last) mosaic. Having finally done a fair sized one, my respect for mosaic builders has sky-rocketed. Though seemingly simple in technique, I'd argue that mosaics are among the hardest, most tedious, things to create from Lego.

I call this piece: "The Silent Girl"







Challenge: Create an ORIGINAL Lego mosaic.
Problem: Ian needs a reference picture.
Solution: Take an original reference picture (photographed by yours truly on 10/27/12) and turn it into a Lego mosaic with a bit of an artistic twist.

Thanks for stopping by, and Soli Deo Gloria!



Comments

  April 6, 2013
I like the use of grille tiles for shading! That's something to take note of.
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  December 5, 2012
For some reason this reminds me of the graveyard scene in Phantom of The Opera... Weird... Anyways fantastic job here, Ian! You have inspired me to try my hand at mosaics! I Especially like the red background.
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  December 1, 2012
The way you turned a seemingly innocuous picture into something more powerful with the addition of red pieces was a stroke of genius on your part. Definitely one of your best creations!
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  November 18, 2012
Great one Ian!
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  November 14, 2012
This is a great piece of Lego art! The expression is rather unsettling, as are the red sky and skeletal looking tree. I'm not the most experienced in mosaics, and most likely will never do one, but this is most certainly pleasing to the common eye. Incidentally, would you mind giving some of my MOC's a comment (and like if you like it)? My main stuff is mainly medieval type builds, although I put a Ninjago (yes, the official brand) twist to my biggest thing. EDIT: silly me, I made a typo ;)
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  November 13, 2012
Great work on this, mosaics are really hard and yours looks like a great piece of art sitting there on the shelf. Sorry to see you didn't get through!
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  November 9, 2012
Fantastic work Ian! Bummer you didn't get through, but all the same this is awesome. The use of grill pieces is quite effective, and I like the creepy atmosphere you gave it. Great job!
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  November 7, 2012
Its unfortunate you didn't get through, especially under such controversial circumstances. However, I for one really liked your mosaic! Having done my first mosaic not too long ago, I can say that you really need to have done a mosaic to appreciate the detailing and difficulty involved. Either way, hold your head high at having whipped out a quality creation.
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  November 7, 2012
Wow! For your first shot at a mosaic this is beyond good. As has been stated, the atmosphere is awesome and you totally nailed the aspect of Halloween-esque creepiness, while still showing marvelous technique. Great job!
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  November 7, 2012
Quoting Shannon Ocean Sorry mate my vote went to Heath. I like your mosaic, especially for it’s Halloween feel! But I think a couple of Heath’s builds worked better. Mosaics are hard, you are right about that! I think the trick is to choose an image that works best in blocky, graphic, bold colours. The photo you took looks very 3D and that’s one of the hardest things to capture in a mosaic. Thanks for playing so well and getting this far in the mocolympics!!
Oh well, thanks for the work you've put into judging the MocOlympics this year.
  November 7, 2012
Sorry mate my vote went to Heath. I like your mosaic, especially for it’s Halloween feel! But I think a couple of Heath’s builds worked better. Mosaics are hard, you are right about that! I think the trick is to choose an image that works best in blocky, graphic, bold colours. The photo you took looks very 3D and that’s one of the hardest things to capture in a mosaic. Thanks for playing so well and getting this far in the mocolympics!!
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  November 7, 2012
Quoting Cody G Very good build, you've earned my vote!
Thank you Cody.
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  November 6, 2012
Very good build, you've earned my vote!
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  November 6, 2012
Epic build Ian! I hope you get to round 5!
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  November 6, 2012
Very well done!
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  November 6, 2012
Quoting Chris Roach
Then I of course respect and accept your decision. The wording of your previous comment just seemed to put equal weight on "mind games" and build. Thanks for clarifying and for the work you've put into judging this contest. Considering that Heath beat me last year, it never crossed my mind to underestimate him. Like everyone else, I was only under the impression that he'd run out of time.
Ian Spacek
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White Knight
  November 5, 2012
Very Clever !>....well done
  November 5, 2012
not supportive of the tactic, I voted on the merit of the build(s), not the mind game aspect - but you may have underestimated him, just my friendly opinion.
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  November 5, 2012
Quoting Chris Roach
I'll begin by saying that, as you're a judge, you are unquestionably entitled to your opinion. And as far as builds are concerned, Heath produced several excellent pieces of art, and on that account is a fair contender for your vote. I'm a little surprised, however, that you're supportive of the "mind games" aspect (I did not know that "mind games" were part of the judging criteria). As far as I'm aware, that's never been done before in the games and is not characteristic of the Olympics. As such, I don't think your comment about me "letting my guard down" is justified. I maintained my vision, even after seeing Heath's first entry.
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  November 5, 2012
Perhaps the red background added to the creepiness. The face is well-composed!
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  November 5, 2012
Very well done Ian, I think you did a fairly good job, as far as mosaics go.
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  November 5, 2012
IMO your opponent beat you with both mind games and 1 x 1 plates! Never let your guard down in a competition! My vote goes to your opponent!Sorry dude!
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  November 5, 2012
Very impressive artistic abilities here. It's a great job to have made that mosaic from the photo, with all of it's different shades on the face. I like how you've used those grille parts to add different textures and the red background really makes the face stand out.
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  November 5, 2012
Choosing a red sky was a brilliant idea, Ian. This could have been also a nice Halloween post. I also like the grille tiles you used to create shades.
  November 5, 2012
Very nicely done for a first! I've been wanting to do something like this for a while now. Mosaics here on MOCpages seem always to be underrated. It's great to see builders start to explore in that style of building. -LB Senior
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  November 5, 2012
Amazing how little plates chosen with the right color and placed in the right position can transform into a picture with a definite eerie surrealness! BesT of LucK! :)
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  November 5, 2012
Nice one, Ian. I love the diverse textures you used. You and Heath have both built excellent mosaics. This'll be a tough one for your judges.
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  November 5, 2012
Amazing!
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  November 5, 2012
Creepy!!! Wonderful job Ian and best of luck!
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  November 5, 2012
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor Hey Ian, no worries on the comments. Sorry for the sneak attack, but no one said pirates were honorable when on dry land. :P In all seriousness, you did an excellent job in a category that is really not a desirable one! LOL If you don't make it this round, I will be seriously frightened with what you have in store for me the next time we face off! You're an excellent builder, and no matter what the outcome you should be fiercely proud of dipping your toes in unfamiliar territory and pulling off a fantastic MOC for your portfolio!
Thanks for the kind words Heath. :)
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  November 5, 2012
Quoting Thoy Bradley Intentional eh? Well then I guess my feedback about its creepiness, while thinking it wasn't intentional, only proves how well you accomplished your goal :)
Didn't mention the "artistic twist" for no reason! :) And in all honesty (here Ian goes again...feel free to chuckle) "creepy" was not--as you rightly assumed--my initial approach. The eyes, for instance, were originally a mixture of dark blay and black. Once I'd tried all black though, I was tickled by the slightly "unsettling" appearance of the thing, and with Halloween hanging 'round...you get the picture. So yeah...there's an unasked for, full blown, over-the-top description presenting the evolution of my mosaic. Yep. Think I'm gonna' go write a book now. Thanks for putting up with me Thoy! Glad you at least got a laugh or two out of it (I know I'm overly earnest). ;) I'll tune in and calm down someday, but judging by this ridiculously long response, probably not anytime soon.
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  November 5, 2012
Very good mosaic! I like your work with depth, shadows and volumes. But what I like the most is the "artistic twist" ;) This is truely a work of art. Good luck to you!
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  November 5, 2012
Hey Ian, no worries on the comments. Sorry for the sneak attack, but no one said pirates were honorable when on dry land. :P In all seriousness, you did an excellent job in a category that is really not a desirable one! LOL If you don't make it this round, I will be seriously frightened with what you have in store for me the next time we face off! You're an excellent builder, and no matter what the outcome you should be fiercely proud of dipping your toes in unfamiliar territory and pulling off a fantastic MOC for your portfolio!
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  November 5, 2012
Wow, this is so cool! Great work.
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  November 4, 2012
Intentional eh? Well then I guess my feedback about its creepiness, while thinking it wasn't intentional, only proves how well you accomplished your goal :)
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  November 4, 2012
Quoting Liam Covey This is actually really well done. I would have gone with a more muted background color, but otherwise, this is a really fantastic piece. Very inspiring. We'd love to see it added to this group - http://mocpages.com/group.php/21694 Again, awesome build!
Liam, thank you very much for the invite, I'm most honored. However, I simply don't join groups all that much, so I think I'll pass. Nothing personal dude, I'd say the same to most people. Thanks again for thinking of me though, and for your kind comment! Cheers! ~Ian
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  November 4, 2012
This is actually really well done. I would have gone with a more muted background color, but otherwise, this is a really fantastic piece. Very inspiring. We'd love to see it added to this group - http://mocpages.com/group.php/21694 Again, awesome build!
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  November 4, 2012
Nice Ian! Looks great! The red sky really makes it I think, as well as the shading in her neck. Best of luck!
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  November 4, 2012
Dont... Blink... Sorry, had to make that Doctor Who reference :P Awesome job Ian!
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  November 4, 2012
Dramatic and creepy. But cool at the same time. Nice job!
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  November 4, 2012
Wow Ian, that is amazing! One of the best mosaics that I have seen! I love how you used different colors for the face. Good luck!
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  November 4, 2012
Yes, quite dramatic and eerie. Would make a great horror book cover. Good luck!
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  November 4, 2012
Very nice work of art here. I really like the black eyes, very creepy and the skeleton tree branches behind her. Well done and good luck.
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  November 4, 2012
Quoting Thoy Bradley The lack of Lego shades available have turned what looks like a statue of a smiling lady, into an almost creepy horror picture. I think its the eyes, though after comparing the mosaic to the photo, I couldn't think of any other way myself - they just give it such a hollow look. The black tree branches and the red background only add to the creepiness feel. Overall a really cool mosaic, while the effect is probably un-intentional I think it also adds another level of atmosphere to the image. Well done! ~Thoy
It actually was rather intentional, taking into account the time of year and all. I played with several Halloween ideas. The title: "The Silent Girl" was intended to add to that effect. As for shades (unrelated to the creepiness factor), I used 1x2 grille tiles to try and create a few more. Thanks for the comment Thoy.
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  November 4, 2012
The lack of Lego shades available have turned what looks like a statue of a smiling lady, into an almost creepy horror picture. I think its the eyes, though after comparing the mosaic to the photo, I couldn't think of any other way myself - they just give it such a hollow look. The black tree branches and the red background only add to the creepiness feel. Overall a really cool mosaic, while the effect is probably un-intentional I think it also adds another level of atmosphere to the image. Well done! ~Thoy
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  November 4, 2012
Amazing... I'm just plain BAD at mosaics, so I'm simply stunned by the quality of this piece of art! Keep up the great work!!!
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  November 4, 2012
Wow, Ian. You have this one in the bag for sure. Some real top-notch stuff. Nice work!
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  November 4, 2012
And just when I though Heath had it in the bag. Oh well. I think you're putting up quite a fight this time. Nice job.
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  November 4, 2012
awesome job Ian!!! really like the lighting in the mosaic.
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  November 4, 2012
Wow! Great one Ian! :D Looks really good! Heath has his work cut out for him. :)
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  November 4, 2012
Quoting Zabou =) Wow! For a first, it's very well done and very accurate to the original! Congratulations! Best of luck with your judges! Ps:I've got an AFOL at home and he is still in the race. Can you find who he is? You've some clues on my page... =)
Did my homework, and...Tom Remy? :)
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  November 4, 2012
Quoting Deus Otiosus Not bad... Did you use any computer program to make a sketch?
Good question, yes I did. I studied how the the professionals go about creating their mosaics. As a result, I designed a reference graph in GIMP to help me get the gist of the statue's color scheme and proportions. Thanks for the comment!
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  November 4, 2012
Not bad... Did you use any computer program to make a sketch?
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  November 4, 2012
I've made mosaics before and they are HARD! You've done well. Good luck!
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  November 4, 2012
Wow! For a first, it's very well done and very accurate to the original! Congratulations! Best of luck with your judges! Ps:I've got an AFOL at home and he is still in the race. Can you find who he is? You've some clues on my page... =)
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  November 4, 2012
Great job Ian! The color-scheme is great, can't believe that that's your first mosaic, good luck! 5/5 ~Brandon
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  November 4, 2012
amazing! that's so hard to create
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  November 4, 2012
Ooooh, you're against Heath, that's a tough match right there :O But I'm still rooting for you ;) Good Luck, Great Mosaic!
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  November 4, 2012
Good job. Nice chiaroscuro. Maybe I'm odd, but I would have loved to have got this category.
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  November 4, 2012
wowo! so fantastic! great job!
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  November 4, 2012
Oh dear. So glad that theme went out of my way, mosaics really are a skill. Looks like you pulled it off great: the eyes reveal a bit of perspective. I wonder what Heath produced; good luck with your judges!
 
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