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MocAthalon 2013 Team Bricks for Breakfast - (Black and White 'Batman at the Graveside')
About this creation
Category: 10. Black and White.
Create a moc that uses two and only two different Lego colours.

Team: Bricks for Breakfast
Link to the MocAthalon here

For my build I thought about tackling Batman at the grave of his parents Thomas and Martha Wayne. The yellow flower was supposed to be the only colour other than black and echo the bat insignia. The hardest part of the build was getting Batman's head to slightly incline. My other reference was Victorian silhouette portraiture.






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  April 5, 2014
I can see the emotion in batman's body! Great work
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  September 15, 2013
Great! You are very able! If you like Batman please look my creations...
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  July 13, 2013
Wow this is outstanding . I never discuss my feelings and I'm not starting now but this piece really hits deep I'll leave it at that . Fantastic piece.
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  March 31, 2013
Very moving, and awesome shaping. The most emotional creation I've seen for a while.
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  March 27, 2013
This is awesome! The details on this are great, for having only two colors! I could tell this was Batman as soon as I saw the opening image! Great job! ~Sarge
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  March 15, 2013
Thanks everyone, can't believe I made it onto the across section. This now becomes officially my most successful build.
David Alexander Smith
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Crystal Knight
  March 14, 2013
Very effective !>.....silhouette well done
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  March 14, 2013
deep.
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  March 14, 2013
you carry the feeling well, I remember the comic s illustrations, and you re dead-on! well done david!
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  March 13, 2013
Wow, nice!
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  March 13, 2013
Congrats on making it onto the 'accross MOCpages' bit!
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  March 13, 2013
A finely designed as well as executed portrayal of the Dark Knight's darkest moment. Worthy of the praise you have earned. I don't know if this would of made any difference with the judges but perhaps if there was a second flower to increase the two color concept you might of earned a couple of extra points. Also I'm sure it looks way better in real life (it always does) but I had a hard time making out the bat on top of the tombstone. Hopefully these ideas help with the contest. It's always a challenge to match personal style to what they're looking for.
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  March 13, 2013
*sniff*...THE FEELS.
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  March 13, 2013
Congrats getting on Across MOCpages with this beauty, David. Well deserved.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas Great concept & execution - touching and evocative. Well done! I like the restricted use of the yellow for emphasis, I think it's really effective.
Yes the single yellow flower was a very carefully planned touch. It seems to have divided the judges though - oh well, I certainly wouldn't change it.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Parrington Levens WOW!
Thanks - always nice to get a short comment like this.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Chris Phipson 4 points ~ Chris.
Thanks Chris.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Justin M Stellar job. The angles are awesome.
The neck tilting was very tricky. Thanks Justin.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting LEGO Family So simple, yet lovely ... Mad skills as usual. :)
Mad skills! I like that.
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  March 11, 2013
Great concept & execution - touching and evocative. Well done! I like the restricted use of the yellow for emphasis, I think it's really effective.
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  March 11, 2013
WOW!
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  March 10, 2013
4 points ~ Chris.
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  March 10, 2013
Stellar job. The angles are awesome.
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  March 10, 2013
The first Moc I can see since one week... A pleasure to comment!! And this one is a pleasure to watch. GO for next round.
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  March 10, 2013
So simple, yet lovely ... Mad skills as usual. :)
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  March 10, 2013
Quoting Ru Corder While I understand the limited use of the yellow, the build portrays a more monochrome feel (which I do love) than the two color contrast the category was after. The illusion of perspective on Batman's mask makes this a strong 4 though.
Thanks Ru, I'll settle for a strong 4. Glad you liked him.
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  March 10, 2013
Quoting Ru Corder While I understand the limited use of the yellow, the build portrays a more monochrome feel (which I do love) than the two color contrast the category was after. The illusion of perspective on Batman's mask makes this a strong 4 though.
Thanks Ru, I'll settle for a strong 4. Glad you liked him.
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  March 10, 2013
Quoting Tim C I know I'm jumping ahead here, but I have to comment on this one now. What a striking piece of work, David. It always amazes me how your work sometimes takes LEGO, which is largely a play thing, to such a solemn level. This MOC feels like there should be a moment of silence while viewing it. That is not me making a joke. I mean that. ORRT is fun, but this type of build is definitely your signature. I also don't see anyone else taking on such a genre. It takes a lot of courage to work in one dimension with expectations of bringing life to the work, but then again, art without courage is just doodling in the margins. Am I right? Another fine work, David, and good luck in the MA.
Thanks Tim, I'm finding more and more fun in these types of build. My dream is to amass a lot more pieces so I can really scale this type of build up.
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  March 3, 2013
I know I'm jumping ahead here, but I have to comment on this one now. What a striking piece of work, David. It always amazes me how your work sometimes takes LEGO, which is largely a play thing, to such a solemn level. This MOC feels like there should be a moment of silence while viewing it. That is not me making a joke. I mean that. ORRT is fun, but this type of build is definitely your signature. I also don't see anyone else taking on such a genre. It takes a lot of courage to work in one dimension with expectations of bringing life to the work, but then again, art without courage is just doodling in the margins. Am I right? Another fine work, David, and good luck in the MA.
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  March 3, 2013
While I understand the limited use of the yellow, the build portrays a more monochrome feel (which I do love) than the two color contrast the category was after. The illusion of perspective on Batman's mask makes this a strong 4 though.
  March 3, 2013
Where is my comment? Brother here, you have outdone yourself, I think that's one of your best work. This Batman seems to be alive. Congrats a Lego art work. :)
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  March 3, 2013
pure art ...pure epicnes
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  March 3, 2013
Quoting Kevin J. Walter Score = 3
Thanks Kevin, I take a 3 off you as a very good mark.
  March 3, 2013
Score = 3
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  March 3, 2013
Quoting Garett Smith This is looking very good for our team. I love the way Batmans head is slightly turned down. It gives it more emotion.
Getting that neck joint right was the key to the build.
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  March 3, 2013
Quoting Lando L. Jackson The silhouette is phenomenally done, you did a great job of creating a very detailed outline. I hope to get my inn done sometime tomorrow, but we'll just have to see how fast I can build.
Thanks Lando, I'm trying to develop this style of drawing with LEGO.
David Alexander Smith
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Thoy Bradley
  March 2, 2013
The effect of the silhouette is fantastic, the scene in general evokes fantastic emotion. I personally would have liked to see more use of the second colour. I think the white background clashing with the black took the focus off the yellow. Still a solid 4 points from me. ~Thoy
David Alexander Smith
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Emerald Knight
  March 2, 2013
Superb !>.....well done
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  March 2, 2013
The silhouette is phenomenally done, you did a great job of creating a very detailed outline. I hope to get my inn done sometime tomorrow, but we'll just have to see how fast I can build.
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  March 2, 2013
This is looking very good for our team. I love the way Batmans head is slightly turned down. It gives it more emotion.
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  March 2, 2013
Simple and beautifully poignant.
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  March 2, 2013
Great work, I especially like how you used such simple design to present the emotion of this MOC ;D
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting M<0><0>DSWIM ! Brilliant work! I really like this silhouette style.
Thanks
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Fantastic build here, Dude! This should be a big hit!
I hope so.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Thoy Bradley The effect of the silhouette is fantastic, the scene in general evokes fantastic emotion. I personally would have liked to see more use of the second colour. I think the white background clashing with the black took the focus off the yellow. Still a solid 4 points from me. ~Thoy
Thanks Thoy, 4 is a great core. Just to say, I really considered only one yellow element both symbolically and aesthetically.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Wes Pitter Overall a very pleasing silhouette. Batman's face in particular is very realistic. If I had to pick at the presentation, I would say that it's hard to tell if he's kneeling or standing, the bat symbol on the grave lacks clarity, and the flower doesn't stand out. It defintely sends a clear message. 4 points.
Thanks Wes, really happy with a 4.
 I like it 
  March 2, 2013
Brilliant work! I really like this silhouette style.
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  March 2, 2013
Fantastic build here, Dude! This should be a big hit!
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  March 2, 2013
Overall a very pleasing silhouette. Batman's face in particular is very realistic. If I had to pick at the presentation, I would say that it's hard to tell if he's kneeling or standing, the bat symbol on the grave lacks clarity, and the flower doesn't stand out. It defintely sends a clear message. 4 points.
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  March 2, 2013
great build! this should get good marks!
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  March 2, 2013
Really well done! Awesome!
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Paul Romano I apologize about my previous statement; I'm sure it was a very challenging build. What I meant to say, was while the creation itself is a very simple idea (Batman standing by his parent's grave), the emotion behind the creation is what really gives it its depth it. Again, I apologize...I didn't mean to criticize.
no offender taken at all. I deliberately hid some of the building techniques, to make the outline work better.
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  March 2, 2013
I apologize about my previous statement; I'm sure it was a very challenging build. What I meant to say, was while the creation itself is a very simple idea (Batman standing by his parent's grave), the emotion behind the creation is what really gives it its depth it. Again, I apologize...I didn't mean to criticize.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Mihai Marius Mihu A really effective and artistic build, great work David. Good luck!
Always an honour to receive a comment like that from you.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Ooh, its Batman! Great work, the use of the little bit of gold on black is very effective, and like you said it matches the Batman look. As usual, very powerful stuff, fantastic build!
Thanks, the yellow and black is pure Batman isn't it.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Ian Spacek I instantly knew it was Batman, just from the thumbnail. :)
Like Vadar, Batman has a beautiful and recognisable shape.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Nick Brick Clearly this category was perfect for your style. This build would have been a 4 but your powerful display of emotion in this gives you a 5. It's amazing to see such high quality entries this early in the MocAthalon; keep it up, guys! 5 points
Thanks Nick, a 5, I'm made up.
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  March 2, 2013
Clearly this category was perfect for your style. This build would have been a 4 but your powerful display of emotion in this gives you a 5. It's amazing to see such high quality entries this early in the MocAthalon; keep it up, guys! 5 points
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  March 2, 2013
A really effective and artistic build, great work David. Good luck!
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  March 2, 2013
I instantly knew it was Batman, just from the thumbnail. :)
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  March 2, 2013
Ooh, its Batman! Great work, the use of the little bit of gold on black is very effective, and like you said it matches the Batman look. As usual, very powerful stuff, fantastic build!
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  March 2, 2013
Poor Batsy.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Jared . Wow, quite an incredible piece of work! So much emotion conveyed in such a brilliant build... nothing but the best as usual! Fantastic job!
High praise indeed, thanks Jared.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Paul Romano This is amazing! Even though the creation itself is somewhat simply constructed, the emotion behind it is far more powerful. Well done!
I can assure you the interlocking cheeses, hinges and angle bricks on his neck is anything but simple. Glad you like it though.
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  March 2, 2013
This is amazing! Even though the creation itself is somewhat simply constructed, the emotion behind it is far more powerful. Well done!
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  March 2, 2013
Wow, quite an incredible piece of work! So much emotion conveyed in such a brilliant build... nothing but the best as usual! Fantastic job!
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Superb! You captured the intensity of his contemplation perfectly! Your brick artestry at its finest! :)
Melancholy contemplation was the mood I was after. Thanks Topsy.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Jon Blackford What I said on Flickr ;-) You're fast becoming master of the LEGO silhouette.
That means a lot coming from the king of greebles.
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  March 2, 2013
Superb! You captured the intensity of his contemplation perfectly! Your brick artestry at its finest! :)
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  March 2, 2013
What I said on Flickr ;-) You're fast becoming master of the LEGO silhouette.
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  March 2, 2013
Nice!
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  March 2, 2013
Awesome!
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree The most wonderful thing here is instant recognition as well as complete emotional connection. Pretty much everyone on the planet knows the story, but to be able to explain the entire reason for it in a single, solemn image with one color is TRUE ART. Depth in a silhouette = Extremely impressive. My only criticism regards the flower. It looked more like an instrument or tool. Pehaps white, like a Lily, and a bit of curvature to the stem, mimicking Batmans semi-sunken shoulders and bowed head may give the flower more of a lifelike appearance and stand out in a photograph easier in the black. BTW, sincerely, one of your best to date! Kudos.
This type of build is extremely difficult composition-wise. Every line matters, and there is nowhere to hide any errors. You might be right about the flower.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Emerald Knight Superb !>.....well done
Thanks.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting David Roberts A brilliant shillouette: very realistic. I also like some of the small things, such as the cheese leaves on the flower.
Thanks David, I tried quite a few subtle touches throughout, just to give it that extra graphic quality.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Chris Roach you have truley captured the silhouette of the character and the emotion of this scene!
I wanted an motion all rather than an action sequence, I think it carries some pathos.
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  March 2, 2013
The most wonderful thing here is instant recognition as well as complete emotional connection. Pretty much everyone on the planet knows the story, but to be able to explain the entire reason for it in a single, solemn image with one color is TRUE ART. Depth in a silhouette = Extremely impressive. My only criticism regards the flower. It looked more like an instrument or tool. Pehaps white, like a Lily, and a bit of curvature to the stem, mimicking Batmans semi-sunken shoulders and bowed head may give the flower more of a lifelike appearance and stand out in a photograph easier in the black. BTW, sincerely, one of your best to date! Kudos.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett A work of art - the effect is mesmerizing.
Thanks Nick. I was hoping it would entice people to see the work as a whole rather than as bricks - isn't that the mark of a lot of great LEGO builds? Rest assured there are some difficult slope and cheese interlockings around the neck area, which hopefully you don't even notice.
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  March 2, 2013
A brilliant shillouette: very realistic. I also like some of the small things, such as the cheese leaves on the flower.
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  March 2, 2013
you have truley captured the silhouette of the character and the emotion of this scene!
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  March 2, 2013
A work of art - the effect is mesmerizing.
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Brilliant. I disagree, the yellow flower works really well. Great entry DAS.
Thanks Joe, let's hope the judges agree:)
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  March 2, 2013
Quoting gid617 (Kai NRG) Excellent job with Batman! However, I'm not sure about the flower - in the front picture especially, it looks more like gold than yellow. The gravestone looks a bit too small (Batman seems to be almost kneeling, so that would put the gravestone at knee-level and they're usually a bit higher if I remember correctly.) You've got some great touches going there with the stuff sticking up around the grave though. Good work!
The flower has lost some of its vibrancy, this was kind of inevitable if the photography was going to capture the black as dark and as uniformly as I wanted. I guess I decided to go for the greater aesthetic impact - shame you can't see it in real life where your eyes helpfully mediate the two. You might be right about the grave, although I've visited graves with headstones this size before, a Gotham gravestone might be a little more austere. My collection of black bricks is also an issue here - it might not be technically possible to do without a complete rebuild, which makes Bats smaller - hmm quandaries.
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  March 2, 2013
Brilliant. I disagree, the yellow flower works really well. Great entry DAS.
  March 2, 2013
Excellent job with Batman! However, I'm not sure about the flower - in the front picture especially, it looks more like gold than yellow. The gravestone looks a bit too small (Batman seems to be almost kneeling, so that would put the gravestone at knee-level and they're usually a bit higher if I remember correctly.) You've got some great touches going there with the stuff sticking up around the grave though. Good work!
 
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