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When you loose a friend.
Somewhere in the outer reaches a spaceman falls.
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  March 8, 2014
Madness to come on an idea first. very well
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  December 11, 2012
after reading the comments, I could see how many ways this could be interpreted, as I played with those young, I still remember how inapropriate the face could be in certain situations, funny how I now use it as sarcasm in my present pieces, as if like figs are totally emotionnally detached from any situation, [of course] and NOTHING impresses or frighten them lol! it is for that very reason I decided on having gf soldiers as clones with that face and...the classic space story connection, the build is simple, but, clean, and effective!
  December 8, 2012
hi david not a comment on this moc but just a reply to your invite to join your group i have declined to join as i am not a space fan as such but i will gladly comment on them agian thanks for your invite
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  December 3, 2012
Being French... It's pretty hard to get all the subtle meanings of your build. I think that is very "ambiguous". And I do not think I get the play on word between "loose" and "lose" of your titles. But I've seen there are lots of comments. So I will some time to read everything. Anyway, to be ambiguous, it had to be expressive: clearly, it is. When Lego reaches Art...
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  November 29, 2012
A nice idea, I like how you did the shadow, reflecting the man's rage and hurt. Now i'm going to comment on how well this is built, not wheat its representing,as, I'm not analytical enough. I love how you made the shadow, as well as just how smooth, but fitting the whole build looks.
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  November 29, 2012
Quoting Tim C You've done it again, David. Was this a LEGO depiction of another of your paintings? I love the feel that I get from it. I'm wondering if "loose" is a play on words...and, with that question in mind, who's the friend? The white spaceman or the shadow? Is the shadow a statement of emotion to the fallen friend, or is this a "devil made me do it" type of build, and one spaceman was struck down by the other, the shadow representing an inner psycho? It certainly leaves itself open to many interpretations. But doesn't all great art? The shadow as an emotion is starting to pop up in more of your MOCs these days and it's an amazing effect. This one is better than the last, I think. I love how you used the sloped bricks to angle the shadow up onto the wall, and of course moving it up to such an imposing size that it looms over the whole MOC is a stroke of artistic genius. Nice use of the cheeses for the eyes, an art I have not figured out yet. I know I've said this before, but I really dig seeing all the different directions that your MOCs go. Great work, David. Can't wait to see what's next.
You are the first to note the use of 'loose' in the title, and yes this was intentional - in the sense that you use the word loose as in let go, or as in looses a shot or arrow, rather than just saying lose, which only allows a more sensitive reading of loss. Ambiguity and double reading of events was the main purpose of the moc. I think people in general got this, but I'm not sure how many people know how obsessed I am about the use of words. When I say a spaceman falls, for me I also mean falls from grace, i.e the red spaceman falls, just as much as the white spaceman falls as in a fallen brother. I also used the term fall to mean the existential sense of falling as you find in Heidegger - but that one was more of a self-reference for me. Sometimes I only write one sentence to describe a build, but often it is very considered.
  November 29, 2012
You've done it again, David. Was this a LEGO depiction of another of your paintings? I love the feel that I get from it. I'm wondering if "loose" is a play on words...and, with that question in mind, who's the friend? The white spaceman or the shadow? Is the shadow a statement of emotion to the fallen friend, or is this a "devil made me do it" type of build, and one spaceman was struck down by the other, the shadow representing an inner psycho? It certainly leaves itself open to many interpretations. But doesn't all great art? The shadow as an emotion is starting to pop up in more of your MOCs these days and it's an amazing effect. This one is better than the last, I think. I love how you used the sloped bricks to angle the shadow up onto the wall, and of course moving it up to such an imposing size that it looms over the whole MOC is a stroke of artistic genius. Nice use of the cheeses for the eyes, an art I have not figured out yet. I know I've said this before, but I really dig seeing all the different directions that your MOCs go. Great work, David. Can't wait to see what's next.
David Alexander Smith
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Chris Melby
  November 28, 2012
Don't try to figure out that silly EMO Mime's comments Dave, its simple really, seeing a fallen comrade provokes rage, anger, and a bit of sadness.... One can only hope that the white spaceman made his last seconds as a meaningful piece of plastic count ;) Nice one bro. Z
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  November 27, 2012
Quoting Justin M Very neat!
Thanks Justin!
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  November 26, 2012
Very neat!
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  November 25, 2012
Quoting Stuart Delahay Does it tell us more about the viewer how they interpret this? Because I'm afraid to say i saw the sinister in this before i thought about a more pleasant interpretation! The expression on the shadow's face and the style are making me think of some animation or comic art i've seen but I can't quite recall exactly what memories it's stirring - there's a touch of Disney and Tim Burton but something else too. Lovely SNOT work to integrate that shadow seamlessly too. Great job!
There's a little bit of the black rabbit from Watership Down, but I don't think that was the animation you were thinking of.
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  November 25, 2012
Maybe you shadows come up behind you and rip your helmet off! Looks great!
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  November 25, 2012
Does it tell us more about the viewer how they interpret this? Because I'm afraid to say i saw the sinister in this before i thought about a more pleasant interpretation! The expression on the shadow's face and the style are making me think of some animation or comic art i've seen but I can't quite recall exactly what memories it's stirring - there's a touch of Disney and Tim Burton but something else too. Lovely SNOT work to integrate that shadow seamlessly too. Great job!
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  November 25, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Wonderfully ambiguous, and another fine piece of art.
Thanks nick.
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  November 24, 2012
Wonderfully ambiguous, and another fine piece of art.
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  November 24, 2012
Quoting Tom Remy Beautiful! I'm starting to understand your work better! I have the feeling the shadow is the red spaceman's guardian angel who turned to black after... whatever happened. Very mysterious and rather expressionist! Oh, and interesting paintings and drawings, by the way!
Thanks Tom. I'm so glad all these different interpretations are coming out, that was absolutely what I hoped for.
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  November 24, 2012
Very intriguing! That shadow is extremely well-executed.
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  November 24, 2012
Beautiful! I'm starting to understand your work better! I have the feeling the shadow is the red spaceman's guardian angel who turned to black after... whatever happened. Very mysterious and rather expressionist! Oh, and interesting paintings and drawings, by the way!
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  November 24, 2012
Quoting Dragonflame 847 Wow, really nice vig here. I could never make something as awesome as this. To be honest, I think either possibility as to Red's part in this could be correct, but I would like to point out that the title is 'when you lose a friend.' Aargh, but maybe that means that the white guy lost the red guy to the darkness of evil and... I'm so confused. Great build!
Depending on intonation you can say 'friend' in many ways.
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  November 24, 2012
Quoting FatBear ... This is pretty cool! Behind the smile of the red spaceman, his true dark side is revealed in the form of that shadow. awesome work!
There are plenty of jokes on here about the classic spaceman's rictus smile, I thought I'd see if I could play with that in a more subversive way.
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  November 24, 2012
Quoting Kayla Rhodes Cool! I really like the shadow behind the red spaceman. I've never seen that technique before.
The challenge was matching natural shadow with built shadow, you see this at work in the corner where the shadow meets the wall on the left.
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  November 24, 2012
Quoting Mihai Marius Mihu Fantastic job David. You have a great talent to transform bricks into works of art. This is a an amazing and expressive work!
Thanks, your comments always mean a lot.
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  November 24, 2012
Quoting Norrak The Last Toa Its a Vashta Nerada!!! Cool =)
Being a life long dr Who Fan I'm glad someone made this reference.
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  November 24, 2012
Wow, really nice vig here. I could never make something as awesome as this. To be honest, I think either possibility as to Red's part in this could be correct, but I would like to point out that the title is 'when you lose a friend.' Aargh, but maybe that means that the white guy lost the red guy to the darkness of evil and... I'm so confused. Great build!
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  November 23, 2012
This is pretty cool! Behind the smile of the red spaceman, his true dark side is revealed in the form of that shadow. awesome work!
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  November 23, 2012
Cool! I really like the shadow behind the red spaceman. I've never seen that technique before.
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  November 23, 2012
Very cool! I like the seriousness of the topic presented. Why does the red space man have a smile on his face?
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  November 23, 2012
Brilliant! The shadow is just perfect.
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  November 23, 2012
Fantastic job David. You have a great talent to transform bricks into works of art. This is a an amazing and expressive work!
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  November 23, 2012
Its a Vashta Nerada!!! Cool =)
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  November 23, 2012
i agree with Nils O - the tar monster from TNG!
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  November 23, 2012
Shadow is really well done!!!I love it!!!is a fantastic idea
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting Riccardo Zangelmi My friend i really like the shadow,it is brilliant. I really like it stretches on the floor, really great WOW
Thanks, I might upload the concept art for this one over on my Flickr stream. Everything stemmed from the angle on the shadow.
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  November 23, 2012
Yes, the contrasting smile of the fig vs the sneer of the shadow...Interesting!
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting Jon B Thoroughly creepy! I think the shadow is angry at the red guy, "What did you do that for?!?"... whatever it was he did... Cracking MOC, technique and subject.
I like that interpretation - the exasperated shadow.
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  November 23, 2012
Thoroughly creepy! I think the shadow is angry at the red guy, "What did you do that for?!?"... whatever it was he did... Cracking MOC, technique and subject.
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  November 23, 2012
My friend i really like the shadow,it is brilliant. I really like it stretches on the floor, really great WOW
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  November 23, 2012
very good creation love the shadow well done
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting Mastermind Wow amazing SNOT work here! And I agree; that shadow was pretty realistic! Unfortunately that red spaceman is looking rather cheerful that his friend died isn't he?
Oh, but you can read a spaceman's smile in so many ways.
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  November 23, 2012
Wow amazing SNOT work here! And I agree; that shadow was pretty realistic! Unfortunately that red spaceman is looking rather cheerful that his friend died isn't he?
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting Gerald F. How you did the scenery is wonderful!! It took time for me to notice that shade in the floor was actually made of bricks. I mean... When I saw this the shade on the floor looked like a real shadow!!!! Excellent job that shadow creature looks awesomely wicked!
That's a real compliment. There is some subtle snot work in the shadow. Some obvious, and some less so.
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting David Roberts Just the thumbnail in the e-mail made me shudder a bit. It's the black shadow again, although this one isn't quite as menacing as the last one. This shadow looks angry and agressive, rather than devious like the previous version. I think that the red spaceman is still smiling because you've caught him just as he is turning round to notice his friend on the floor. A second later and he will see the white body, be angry with grief and the shadow will be upon him. Again, using the childhood palette of Lego, and Lego in it's basic colours, is very unsettling in the context of the subject. I think that the build itself is brilliantly thought out, especially how you've smoothly integrated the shadow into the floor and wall. Last thing, Capt. Picard was on the Infinite Monkey Cage this week and mentioned the death of Tasha Yar. Great work and very unsettling. Time to look at happy spaceships again!
I'll have to get the podcast of Monkey Cage then - I listen occasionally. Ideally I wanted to create a strange hybrid between my art and CS that might end up a bit like Solaris (the Tarkovsky original mind).
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting Senator Chinchilla . But the real question is... How did the red-shirt survive? =P
The deals you make when you're all alone deep in the Venusian wilderness.
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  November 23, 2012
But the real question is... How did the red-shirt survive? =P
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  November 23, 2012
How you did the scenery is wonderful!! It took time for me to notice that shade in the floor was actually made of bricks. I mean... When I saw this the shade on the floor looked like a real shadow!!!! Excellent job that shadow creature looks awesomely wicked!
 I like it 
  November 23, 2012
Just the thumbnail in the e-mail made me shudder a bit. It's the black shadow again, although this one isn't quite as menacing as the last one. This shadow looks angry and agressive, rather than devious like the previous version. I think that the red spaceman is still smiling because you've caught him just as he is turning round to notice his friend on the floor. A second later and he will see the white body, be angry with grief and the shadow will be upon him. Again, using the childhood palette of Lego, and Lego in it's basic colours, is very unsettling in the context of the subject. I think that the build itself is brilliantly thought out, especially how you've smoothly integrated the shadow into the floor and wall. Last thing, Capt. Picard was on the Infinite Monkey Cage this week and mentioned the death of Tasha Yar. Great work and very unsettling. Time to look at happy spaceships again!
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting Nils O. Whoa, how creepy! The shadow almost looks like the strange oil swamp monster that killed Tasha Yar in Star Trek Next Generation :-// Cool, cool, cool - Great job! :-))
I remember that episode, and yes could be.
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting Gale Winthrope Hmmm, I'm going to be honest. It seems to me that our intrepid spaceman killed his "friend" and the evil thoughts on his mind have manifested themselves in his shadow. Interesting work, and quite thought provoking. Well done David :)
It would be interesting at the end to tally up the votes at the end and see whether red is guilty or not!
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  November 23, 2012
Whoa, how creepy! The shadow almost looks like the strange oil swamp monster that killed Tasha Yar in Star Trek Next Generation :-// Cool, cool, cool - Great job! :-))
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  November 23, 2012
Hmmm, I'm going to be honest. It seems to me that our intrepid spaceman killed his "friend" and the evil thoughts on his mind have manifested themselves in his shadow. Interesting work, and quite thought provoking. Well done David :)
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting Garett Smith I love the shadow! Great job.
Thanks!
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  November 23, 2012
It's the same sense that you find in the million ways a classic spaceman can smile.
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  November 23, 2012
Quoting Topsy Creatori(StoveTop nomore!) That is just how the shadow should look if one looses a friend unsuspectedly and without warning! But... Time will help him heal. :)
Or is it a guilty conscience... I wanted the setting to be quite ambiguous. You are right, in that if you read 'friend' positively, this is a MOC about grief and loss, but there are other ways of saying 'friend'. Is this a murder mystery or a tragic bromance????? Enjoy!
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  November 23, 2012
That is just how the shadow should look if one looses a friend unsuspectedly and without warning! But... Time will help him heal. :)
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  November 23, 2012
I love the shadow! Great job.
 
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