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The Art of War
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My entry for Sean and Steph Mayo's Art of War Contest. A master samurai destroys his hooded assailants using the art of deception. Enjoy confusing yourself with the Penrose Triangle!

For more detials, be sure to watch the video (also found below), complete with original music!



Soli Deo Gloria!



Comments

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  April 4, 2014
Absolutely outstanding!
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  February 4, 2014
I see how you did it! Very well done!
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  January 18, 2014
Wow amazing work, never would have guessed that's how you would have created it. It's a brilliant piece of art for sure :)
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  December 7, 2013
ahhhh! that's how it's done! fantastic work, thanks for uncovering the genius being this illusion.
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  November 14, 2013
Miraculous illusion! You are one of those artists who have divine capabilities!
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  October 28, 2013
Quoting Chris Bulliner May I include this build in a magazine I am making for a school assignment?
Go for it! :)
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  October 28, 2013
Wow this is really awesome. You are an incredible artist. May I include this build in a magazine I am making for a school assignment? The magazine will not be published it is just a school assignment.
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  October 19, 2013
Quoting Stephen Boe A question, how do you make your music?
Hi there Stephen, I've composed my music using various software. The first song in the video (above) was composed using mostly EastWest sample libraries. EastWest is high-end equipment and I don't normally have access to it. If you're familiar with the cinematic music group Two Steps from Hell, they're the developers of EastWest (they've also used it in their music). I had the privilege of attending a music technology class, where I orchestrated that first piece in EastWest (I'd already composed the melody). The second song in the video was composed/orchestrated using Yamaha keyboard synthesizers. It is actually one of my very first orchestral scores. I'm not overly thrilled with it, but it fit the length of film nicely. Until quite recently, the Yamaha synthesizers were my main method of composing orchestral scores. A few months ago I received Sibelius 7 composing software, which I'm gradually switching over to (though I still use the keyboard for sketches). With the exception of the EastWest piece, I generally mix my music in Audacity or Sibelius 7. I hope that answers your question!
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  October 18, 2013
A question, how do you make your music?
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  September 17, 2013
Inspiring! Loved every bit of it, congrats!
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  August 30, 2013
oh wow! this piece really is much more than it seemed! in many ways too, the design and concept is fantastic! the techniques amazing, and a message with a lot of deapt, the music is well composed for it too, bravo!
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  August 27, 2013
This is stunning!!
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  August 24, 2013
Interesting! By the way, could you check out my vig I made?
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  August 23, 2013
Wow, quite a lot of MOTD's for you!
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  August 22, 2013
Very comical poses! Clever! :D 5/5
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  August 22, 2013
Wooow...that is amazing. I cannot figure it out.
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  August 22, 2013
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/368207 as a fellow Inheritance fan I would like some C and C from you.
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  August 21, 2013
I watched the Video that's impressive. I'm amazed. I could not figure it out.
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  August 21, 2013
omg i finnaly figured it out!!!:)
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  August 21, 2013
Are you a wizard?
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  August 21, 2013
Awesome work man! Epic!
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  August 21, 2013
Thanks guys!
Quoting Sean Vredevoogd how did you do that
Watch the video.
Quoting Mihai Marius Mihu
Thanks for the advice! I'll keep it in mind.
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  August 21, 2013
how did you do that
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  August 20, 2013
If you plan to buy EWQLSO, I recomend buying the Gold edition, its worth every penny. It has a lot more articulations than the Silver edition and at a great price. I love it, it's a great deal and you can come up with stunning realistic results. Symphonic Choirs is also a must have, it blends perfectly with EWQLSO and it has a word builder tool so you can easily type in the letters and build your own phrases for the choir to sing. Not sure about Stormdrum, I don't know if its related to EW Godzilla, but its another fantastic product for sure. I've heard some demos and its a really great tool but from my point of view it's not worth it because I have all the percusiion I need in EWQLSO Gold. Keep on composing, your music sounds really nice. Cheers!
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  August 20, 2013
Quoting Mihai Marius Mihu I hear some EWQLSO in there, do you use Stormdrum aswell?
Thanks for the comment! I composed the first song at a music technology camp I attended, so unfortunately I don't actually own any of the samples (though I hope to someday!). You're right, I used East West. I'm not sure about Stormdrum though. Is Stormdrum related to the EW godzilla percussion kit? As for the second song, it was composed using Yamaha keyboard synthesizers. Would I be right in guessing that you're a fellow composer and Two Steps fan?
  August 20, 2013
Nice MOC and music. I hear some EWQLSO in there, do you use Stormdrum aswell?
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  August 17, 2013
My eyes hurt from trying to make sense of the triangle! great job
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  August 17, 2013
Penrose triangles + Samuri + Legos = Awesome!
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  August 17, 2013
Awesome Ian! Great build! I like how you posed the minifigures!
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  August 15, 2013
This is brilliant!!!!!
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  August 15, 2013
Awesome scene, I love that triangle.
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  August 15, 2013
This my friend, is fantastic!
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  August 15, 2013
Cool build and nice presentation (and music too).
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  August 13, 2013
Awesome! Clever idea and video!
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  August 13, 2013
amazing! I love the illusion!
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  August 13, 2013
A really, really nice MOC and simply spectacular presentation! Brilliant work with the Penrose triangle, I had to watch the video to figure out how you got the top corner to look right. Great minifig poses and composition too (both music and scenery!) I bet you do well in the contest...
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  August 12, 2013
Thanks for the nice comments everybody!
Quoting Mark Erickson You make my entry look like a pitiful five minute attempt. ;) Oh, wait...
Gratzi, Mark! Five minutes, eh? Well I have to say I'm pretty darn impressed. That cliff looks gargantuan!
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Thanks for the comment Luke. I like the symbolic approach you brought to the contest too.
Quoting Chris Phipson
Thanks Chris, glad you like it!
 I like it 
  August 12, 2013
Even though I watched the video (more then once) I still can't believe how you've achieved such an illusion. A stroke of brilliance, this build. :)
  August 12, 2013
Love this, optical illusions in Lego aren't easy. I've been working on one for a while, but its not getting posted till its perfected.
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  August 12, 2013
Clever build, Chief! Good luck in the contest!
  August 12, 2013
Awesome, awesome job Ian! :D So many sweet details! You make my entry look like a pitiful five minute attempt. ;) Oh, wait...
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  August 12, 2013
Great idea! The presentation was superb! :)
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  August 12, 2013
Cool idea!
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  August 12, 2013
Brilliant! I like how you chose to use the Penrose Triangle to symbolize art rather than actually positioning the minifigs in a battle, it's like a battle of wits. (Which reminds me of your Darth Vader vs. Spock creation, hopefully this one's as successful!) Great landscape as well. Complex enough to be interesting, but simple enough to let the triangle stand out.
Ian Spacek
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Dr. Monster
  August 11, 2013
Very well done! Great use of perspective. I really like your cape shaping.
Ian Spacek
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C N
  August 11, 2013
WOOAAHHH!!! Love this moc; and the tree, and the figs.... The music, how did you compose it?
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  August 11, 2013
A great build of a classic illusion! Nice one Ian! ~ Chris.
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  August 11, 2013
Quoting BioniClone 55 No matter how hard I try, I can never understand it, nor how it was built.
Watch the video, it might be enlightening!
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  August 11, 2013
That cursed triangle. No matter how hard I try, I can never understand it, nor how it was built. Good job, though!
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  August 11, 2013
Yes! Yes! Yes! Perfect execution! Good luck in the contest! (Not like you'll need it.)
  August 11, 2013
Quoting A M Hey! :P
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  August 11, 2013
I sat here for half an hour staring at this thing in every position it could be stared at before I watched the video, and all of my theories of how it was achieved were wrong. :| Great work Ian, inspirational stuff. :D
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  August 11, 2013
My mind...it hurts...so bad... Lol, good job!
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  August 11, 2013
awesome!
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  August 11, 2013
A cleverly designed build that looks good too! I really enjoyed the video and was impressed by all of the quotes and how they fitted the pictures.
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  August 11, 2013
Many thanks everyone!
Quoting Stephen Boe I have to comment again! I watched your video and I love the music! It sounds like something Hans Zimmer would make! Edit: I just noticed the water is shaped like a man in a fighting pose.
Thanks! The first song actually happens to be called Zimmerism! I'm a big fan of Mr. Zimmer's soundtracks. Also, interesting observation about the water. That bit definitely wasn't intentional!
Quoting A M
Thanks for the comment! I appreciate your vote of confidence, but I still feel I've got some pretty stiff competition. We'll see!
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  August 11, 2013
Love all of the hidden details in it; its brilliant!
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  August 11, 2013
I have to comment again! I watched your video and I love the music! It sounds like something Hans Zimmer would make! Edit: I just noticed the water is shaped like a man in a fighting pose.
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  August 11, 2013
Absolutely brilliant, based on the entries I've seen I'll be shocked if you don't win! Everything here is brilliant--I love the simple yet elegant tree, the figs and their poses are spot-on, and the illusion is, of course, stunning. Nice addition with the lights and miniscene below, too!
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  August 11, 2013
:( I post mine here and get five likes in like 10 days you get more then five in one hour :( Great Job though!
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  August 11, 2013
Very cleaver, excellent job! Love how you posed the warrior jumping very cool
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  August 11, 2013
Agh! My eyes hurt! Not sure if it's from the penrose triangle or the beautiful diorama. ;D
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  August 11, 2013
Wow! That is just amazing!
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  August 11, 2013
Quoting Stephen Boe How did you make the triangle?!?
I just followed the instructions: http://www.brothers-brick.com/2009/01/10/build-your-own-penrose-triangle/ But all jokes aside, watch the video for the big reveal.
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  August 11, 2013
That's amazing! How did you make the triangle?!?
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  August 11, 2013
Nice work, Ian!
 
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