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About this creation
2013 MOCAthalon
Team: Clutch Builders
Category: "Black and White"

My parents' thirtieth anniversary for their first date was last Tuesday, so I thought I would surprise them with this creation as a belated gift! When I saw this category last year, I knew that (if I was a contestant) I would have built another mosaic like the one that I did for Sean and Steph Mayo. Seeing this category again this year, and the fact that I have had this idea for a long time, gave me some motivation to get it done.

As you can see, the creation only employs two colors, black and transparent clear, despite the fact that the mosaic uses a total of 10 different shades of grey.

Definitely the largest challenges with these mosaics is the photography. I absolutely butchered any semblance to the real life image, but I think I can show you how volatile it can be. The transparent plates sometimes catch an edge of light, and can portray their subjects a bit better than at other angles. Its quite interesting, but notice the difference in the lighting in the following pictures.

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoy it! Thanks for the support.
SOLI DEO GLORIA!
-Blake





This picture shows the "catching the edge that I was talking about. The transparent plates are much fuller have a more desired light spectrum.


Clutch 3

PS Thank you judges! Having been in your shoes last year, I know the sacrifice that you guys are making for the community. It is truly a gift.



Comments

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  July 2, 2013
Thats just fascinating. What greyt piece useage! (Haha GREYt, great grey haha ha.. Ha.... Yeah) But seriously thats just spectacular. Blake Baer strikes again!
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  April 18, 2013
Wow, that is so cool! That grey scale is fabulous...and you did it all with one color too! Neato! If you get a chance, check out this mosaic: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/358475 Thanks!
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  April 10, 2013
Incredibly original design and implementation! I'm working on a very personal mosaic right now, and this creation has really opened my eyes to some great techniques!
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  March 31, 2013
Spectacular.
  March 28, 2013
This totally blew my mind!
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  March 19, 2013
Blake my friend... WHAT are we going to do with you?! 2 colours to make 10 shades? I couldn't care less about what picture you chose, it was always going to be a 5. What a great way to honour your parents :) ~Thoy
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  March 12, 2013
This makes me want to get married and become your friend so that you can make a mosaic of me and my wife.
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  March 12, 2013
Beautiful job Blake.
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  March 11, 2013
Yowza. Not only touching but masterful. Parents and judges will be inspired alike, methinks. ;) Great mosaic!
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  March 11, 2013
Well done, what a fantastic gift!
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  March 11, 2013
That's really cool of you, man. I don't think I've done anything for my parents' anniversary in the past forever. :/
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  March 11, 2013
I can only give five right? Oh well, you'll have to settle I guess. 5 points! ~ Chris.
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  March 10, 2013
Lovely build and such a sweet idea .... I missed the MOCathalon this year, having had to move to Copenhagen ... To bad for me :(
 I like it 
  March 4, 2013
Lovely job with the shading and detailing.
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  March 4, 2013
This is truly an amazing build!
Blake Baer
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Emerald Knight
  March 3, 2013
So Clever !!>.....well done
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  March 3, 2013
I have a feeling that if I ever tried this, I'd find out how hard it truly is. Do you accept this 5?
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  March 3, 2013
A wonderful build for an even better surprise and purpose! Great job Blake!
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  March 3, 2013
Great build and a better gift!
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  March 3, 2013
Oh no..I'm dead!
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  March 3, 2013
First off, the fact that you've managed to whip this up in just a few days is simply mind blowing. Secondly, what a beautiful thing to do for your parents! :) Also, cool effect with the black boarder bleeding into the picture. I won't be surprised if this pulls out a straight line of fives.
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  March 3, 2013
Umm, yeah. 5 points.
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  March 3, 2013
As usual, you never fail to impress. The level of detailing and skill with which you execute such a difficult endeavor is inspiring. Mosaics are amongst the hardest of subjects to pull off well in Lego, and you do it with flying colors (admittedly, only two ;D)
 I like it 
  March 3, 2013
It has been a long time since I have seen such an interesting technique coupled with this degree of masterful execution.
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  March 3, 2013
Crafty build! Congrats to the 'rents!
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  March 3, 2013
Heh, 10 shades of grey... I think it would look better with 50.
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  March 3, 2013
I'm still stunned by this mosaic technique. 5 points
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  March 3, 2013
Amazing!
  March 3, 2013
Score = 4
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  March 3, 2013
I said this on flickr, but its seriously true... lol "Ours is very precious, and is literally the FIRST thing people notice in our lego room often beating the Faerie Forest. Fabulous job again :D"
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  March 3, 2013
amazing
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  March 3, 2013
That is an innovative technique and a great sentiment.
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  March 3, 2013
I love it Blake! What a great gift! I love how the trans plates create that desired shaded effect!
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  March 3, 2013
Outstanding work, once again! This kind of mosaic is truly mind-boggling! What a gift!
 
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