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MocOlympics 2013 Round 2 - Topsy C vs Justin K: Capturing a Smile!
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The entrance into Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop & your entry into his world of wonder!
About this creation
So, with a smile on my face, I present my entry for Round 2 in the Category-Eureka! for the 2013 MocOlympics. It is based on a theory that Leonardo da Vinci projected Lisa’s image onto a screen/canvas using a camera obscura, traced the image (some even propose he used photo-sensitive washes making a crude ‘photograph’), and then used his multi-layered glaze/oil paint technique to complete an earlier version of the famous masterpiece. The Mona Lisa that hangs in the Louvre is painted on poplar wood not canvas, if you are interested in learning about the physical testing done to confirm this earlier portrait painted on canvas, go to this LINK and check it out!

The terrifically talented Justin Knelsen has posted his entry HERE.

Now, Lisa’s fussing & fidgeting was making it difficult for Leonardo to capture a smile!


Impertinent girl! Was she not aware of all his technical experimentation, studies, and preparations for painting her portrait? We would expect no less from such a multi-talented man! For many months… years even… preceding this sitting, Leonardo had been involved in anatomical dissections and analyses of cadavers’ heads, faces, and eyes with their associated musculature, experimentation with a multi-layer oil/glaze paint technique using his own secret color formulas, and perhaps even… alchemical studies with photo-sensitive chemical washes for the camera’s projection screen/canvas and perhaps the poplar wood?!

Leonardo's Wonderous Workshop!


And, known only to fellow Illuminati, da Vinci’s secret engineering of a…

Hinge-operated, wall-mounted Smilerator!

Perhaps this contraption allowed him to take measurements to obtain his famous circular arch lengths found in so many of his works? Many claim these are related to sacred geometry!

Sacred geometry or not, let’s view the outside of Leonardo’s workshop from a different… ha, ha, ha… angle!

What’s this, West wall witches peddling herbals and nostrums?

Perhaps they have something that can relax the fair Lisa?

Looks like Leonardo and his assistant are exasperated with the lady!

Will they plan some scheme to soothe her impatience?
Wait… Could that pooch be a Great Pyrenees known for its rescuing abilities?

Because back inside the workshop Lisa is fussing and still not smiling!
Alas… all may be doomed!

And they accuse artists of being temperamental! What about their models?


Yet wait…
The friendly pooch and those flowers may have tempered the lady and made her…

Smile! EUREKA… All is well and peaceful in Leonardo’s world of wonders!


4th wall:
#1
I tried to give the workshop a feeling of chaotic order in which, I think, would be the atmosphere the multi-faceted Leonardo, would work on many projects at the same time.
#2 I also tried to give the atmosphere a sense of magic, as I am sure all inventors during this time period where thought of as being wizards! I recall reading about the Scottish mathematician, John Napier, who invented logarithms and "Napier's bones" living and working isolated in his ancestral castle. The common folk of the times did not understand what he was doing and thought his strange behavior was that of a madman or wizard!
#3 Of course, I added my touch of color, because da Vinci was a painter and would have appreciated it!
#4 Finally, I must tell you the truth. The Smilerator is a fictional device, but certainly something da Vinci could have made… right?! :)



Comments

 I made it 
  October 8, 2013
Quoting Delatron 3000 Colour, whimsy, chaos, humour - i can find so much to enjoy in this it's a real shame you arn't moving onwards in the contest. Tough luck, but nonetheless an enjoyable build.
Oh well, I was all reved up and inspired for building. I really seemed to be on a creative high with all kinds of brick ideas and now... total blah! Anyhoo, thanks for taking the time to write a lovely comment! :)
 I like it 
  October 8, 2013
Colour, whimsy, chaos, humour - i can find so much to enjoy in this it's a real shame you arn't moving onwards in the contest. Tough luck, but nonetheless an enjoyable build.
 I made it 
  October 3, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith This one was the hardest for me to judge yet, both you and Justin are builders I follow and without exception provide me with builds I enjoy. The difficulty is your styles are so far apart, finding common ground was a challenge. I think people underestimate your style because it never aims at the sort realism or model making skills common to many builders; humour, eccentric colour mix, inspired piece selection, and normally a clever subtext are what makes a Topsy build tick. Anyway this is a long-winded way of saying I made a choice in the end based on how far you and Justin had pushed your individual styles, and I came to the conclusion your build inched it by the smallest margins.
Well, naturally I think you made the right choice, if that helps... hee, hee! And you are correct, I did push myself with this, and I had a lot of fun building it and following thru with my idea. And yet, I wonder if it was the original idea that led me away from a chance at the win? Will never know... on with building. :)
 I made it 
  October 3, 2013
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist While I enjoy the humour of your entry, I feel that Justin's more concisely represents the invention. He gets my vote, but you still earned a smile from me. ;)
Luke, I just wonder if the smile idea came from a certain game we both were just involved with, hee, hee! ;)
 I made it 
  October 3, 2013
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy This is also a tough choice. Both entries are clever, funny and match the category. I have to go with building techniques, therefore my vote goes to Justin. Sorry, Topsy. Notwithstanding the above, I like that your entry looks a bit like an early Harry Potter set. Good luck with the other judges, Topsy.
Funny you should mention HP as I never was a follower of that LEGO line, although I did use the door and windows from one of my daughter's sets. I don't think that I even had HP in my mind when I built? But, we all see different things in builds and that is what is cool about any kind of art. I know I can say this to you and you will take it kindly... What I DID have in my mind was winning this round! Cheers! And thanks for the time you are taking from real life to judge! :)
 I made it 
  October 3, 2013
Quoting Justin Knelsen It was a great round Topsy and lots of fun! Too bad both of us could not advance it was an honor to be your opponent. :)
Hey, but I'm the one who gets to have the time to dismantle, sort pieces, and tidy up my workplace! Aren't you jealous... hee, hee! :)
 I like it 
  October 3, 2013
It was a great round Topsy and lots of fun! Too bad both of us could not advance it was an honor to be your opponent. :)
 I made it 
  October 2, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas Another build absolutely full of fun - I love the chaotic order you managed to create in the workshop. Too bad you didn't progress but well done anyway, this is a MOC to be proud of!
Thanks, for the kind words. And, again congrats on your advancement to round 3! :)
 I like it 
  October 2, 2013
Another build absolutely full of fun - I love the chaotic order you managed to create in the workshop. Too bad you didn't progress but well done anyway, this is a MOC to be proud of!
 I made it 
  October 1, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 lol, I agree! you make me regret not buying more hippies, it s hair looks great on girls, my fav part is the bush and mushrooms, quite an intricate and colorful piece Topsy! I miss Dandy almost everyday! [late dog]
The hippie is a fun fig. Funny,I acquired mine by accident. The person I bought some items from mixed my package up with someone else's! I liked the hippie & since she had more she let me keep it! I don't know tho, after this fiasco in round 2, perhaps I should have sent it back! ;/ Anyhoo, yes... our pets certainly leave their mark in our hearts! :)
 I made it 
  October 1, 2013
Quoting Andrew the Jedi Ninja Nice workshop!
Thanks, Andrew! :)
 I like it 
  October 1, 2013
This one was the hardest for me to judge yet, both you and Justin are builders I follow and without exception provide me with builds I enjoy. The difficulty is your styles are so far apart, finding common ground was a challenge. I think people underestimate your style because it never aims at the sort realism or model making skills common to many builders; humour, eccentric colour mix, inspired piece selection, and normally a clever subtext are what makes a Topsy build tick. Anyway this is a long-winded way of saying I made a choice in the end based on how far you and Justin had pushed your individual styles, and I came to the conclusion your build inched it by the smallest margins.
 I like it 
  October 1, 2013
While I enjoy the humour of your entry, I feel that Justin's more concisely represents the invention. He gets my vote, but you still earned a smile from me. ;)
 I like it 
  October 1, 2013
lol, I agree! you make me regret not buying more hippies, it s hair looks great on girls, my fav part is the bush and mushrooms, quite an intricate and colorful piece Topsy! I miss Dandy almost everyday! [late dog]
 I like it 
  October 1, 2013
This is also a tough choice. Both entries are clever, funny and match the category. I have to go with building techniques, therefore my vote goes to Justin. Sorry, Topsy. Notwithstanding the above, I like that your entry looks a bit like an early Harry Potter set. Good luck with the other judges, Topsy.
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Nice workshop!
 I made it 
  September 30, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! It was like watching an episode on the History Channel! Minus that guy with the whacky hair. Great looking set here, Topsy, and good luck with the judges!
Yes, why is there always a guy with whacky hair?! Perhaps, you should add him to BSG or Ludgonious could have Doog interview him! But wait... you've just introduced a 'guy' with a really whacky head! Thanks Bart! :)
 I made it 
  September 30, 2013
Quoting Josh Walter Topsy, once again your color pallet astounds, and your build amazes! Great stuff here...I even learned a few things :)
Josh, after your own entry to round 1, you can't hide behind that grey in your 2nd! Hee, hee! I actually tried to comment on it already! But it got lost (and not in moderation). I have to return to try again! I'll be there! I haven't forgotten! :)
 I made it 
  September 30, 2013
Quoting Justin Knelsen Wow! This certainly brought a smile to my face :). Love the colorful workshop and the creativity put in this creation. This will be an interesting match for sure, Good luck!
Hee, hee... I've never smiled so much over a category! We certainly lucked out with ours! Again, good luck! :) :) :)
 I made it 
  September 30, 2013
Quoting Tom Remy Your Merlin-ish Leonardo is great. I wish I knew how to mix colors so well... The smilerator is excellent! Good luck to you!
But Tom, you have a lovely color sense. It shows in all your moc's! As for myself, I worked for some time in dental polymers and developed a sense of color shading in that work! Also, some analytical tests in chemistry are based on color intensity/wavelenghts, and my work in that area also has helped me along. :)
 I made it 
  September 30, 2013
Quoting Mark McPeek Fantastic work! Like Alex said, your MOCs really stick out! Amazing as always!
I do like to work in color! I am also very interested in and read alot about the history of science, math, and engineering; that ususally shows up in some form in my builds! Thanks for the lovely comment! :)
 I made it 
  September 30, 2013
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Beautiful colors and great layout. Cool story, too!
Thanks! I began the build with no red, only the dark red in the ground on the entry side. But I got the idea to use the dragon horse head armor and only had red ones, although I have all the technic parts I used in many colors. So I had to figure out a way to add little bits of red throughout the build to complement the red in the door overhead! I am trying to stick to my original plan of working with pieces I alredy have! :)
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Topsy, once again your color pallet astounds, and your build amazes! Great stuff here...I even learned a few things :)
 I like it 
  September 29, 2013
It was like watching an episode on the History Channel! Minus that guy with the whacky hair. Great looking set here, Topsy, and good luck with the judges!
 I like it 
  September 29, 2013
Wow! This certainly brought a smile to my face :). Love the colorful workshop and the creativity put in this creation. This will be an interesting match for sure, Good luck!
 I like it 
  September 29, 2013
Your Merlin-ish Leonardo is great. I wish I knew how to mix colors so well... The smilerator is excellent! Good luck to you!
 I like it 
  September 28, 2013
Fantastic work! Like Alex said, your MOCs really stick out! Amazing as always!
 I like it 
  September 28, 2013
Beautiful colors and great layout. Cool story, too!
 I made it 
  September 28, 2013
Quoting Alex Rode Just like your other builds, this is extremely eye-catching. Wow, the colors stand out a lot. The quality and uniqueness, I hope, will earn you a spot in round 3. Well done.
Thanks for your kind words Alex! :)
 I made it 
  September 28, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett I can well imagine Leonardo enjoying some colourful, whimsical not-quite-chaos. This certainly made me smile :-) Good luck!
Nick, I think you can imagine anything and build it in a grand way! And... that makes me smile, thinking about the wonderful mocs we all will be treated to from you! :)
 I like it 
  September 28, 2013
Just like your other builds, this is extremely eye-catching. Wow, the colors stand out a lot. The quality and uniqueness, I hope, will earn you a spot in round 3. Well done.
 I like it 
  September 28, 2013
I can well imagine Leonardo enjoying some colourful, whimsical not-quite-chaos. This certainly made me smile :-) Good luck!
 I made it 
  September 28, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Another fantastical build. This contest is bringing out the best in you me thinks. Love the Smilerater and the chaos of the workshop.
Thanks Joe! I have purposely stepped away from Bionicle for awhile to try my hand at System. I think the lure of Bionicle for me, being a woman, was the doll-like quality of the builds! :)
 I made it 
  September 28, 2013
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi All sorts of neat details! Nice work!
Thanks David! When is there too much color and when is there too much stuff? That's what I am experimenting with! :)
 I like it 
  September 28, 2013
Another fantastical build. This contest is bringing out the best in you me thinks. Love the Smilerater and the chaos of the workshop.
 I made it 
  September 28, 2013
Quoting David Roberts The "smilerator" is great fun and I love the extra pink bits. I can just imagine Leonardo climbing the ladder and moving the smile and asking La Gioconda to copy it. Perhaps that's why her smile is so enigmatic? The background information and speculations were fascinating.
Thanks David! In my view of LEGO building there is always room for some pink bits! Yes, I find all the theories and speculation fascinating too! Now, I just hope the judges think so tooooo! :)
 I like it 
  September 28, 2013
All sorts of neat details! Nice work!
 I like it 
  September 28, 2013
The "smilerator" is great fun and I love the extra pink bits. I can just imagine Leonardo climbing the ladder and moving the smile and asking La Gioconda to copy it. Perhaps that's why her smile is so enigmatic? The background information and speculations were fascinating.
 I made it 
  September 28, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee No less than pure Topsy! Excellent detail and fantastic color, brings a smile to my face. ;) Love the ordered chaos. Francis Bacon said, "Chaos breeds images", he was right. This is truly flavorful fun! And, of course, dogs always make smiles happen, it's what they do best. Good luck to you!
Thanks, Matt! Ah, the great Francis Bacon, you quote him well. I suppose the dog aspect in this is due to the recent deaths of our aging pets. I do not have a dog right now, and although I am enjoying not having that responsibility, I miss having one! They do make one smile! :)
 I made it 
  September 28, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Fascinating build. very colorful, in the topsy style! I feel like I'm witnessing the actual painting of the Mona Lisa as it happened. Most impressive!
Thanks, Clayton! I have absolutely no idea why or how doing a moc with Leonardo came into my mind?! It's not that I have read/seen something recently on him. I have been interested in him and read/seen stuff about him in the past though... perhaps it made more of an impression on me than I realized!? :)
 I like it 
  September 27, 2013
No less than pure Topsy! Excellent detail and fantastic color, brings a smile to my face. ;) Love the ordered chaos. Francis Bacon said, "Chaos breeds images", he was right. This is truly flavorful fun! And, of course, dogs always make smiles happen, it's what they do best. Good luck to you!
 I like it 
  September 27, 2013
Fascinating build. very colorful, in the topsy style! I feel like I'm witnessing the actual painting of the Mona Lisa as it happened. Most impressive!
 I made it 
  September 27, 2013
Quoting Stormjay Rider The most interesting part for me is the other lady... I'm assuming Leo's former model... who got killed and stripped.
Sooo many stories and theories exist, that, unfortunately, we will never know the real truth! :)
  September 27, 2013
The most interesting part for me is the other lady... I'm assuming Leo's former model... who got killed and stripped.
 
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