Hello, readers! I wanted to post sooner, but I’ve been recovering from camp, so I haven’t really felt like writing until now. Today I wanted to give you a “Dec” of tips on building from sources. I’m going to have them for different uses, however, such as sharing (S), fun (F), and professional/ Lego® Ideas (PI). So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
1. Don’t choose too obscure if from IP’s. (S or PI)
Okay, so it’s all good and find if you build something that has a minor role, such as Max from Star Wars. However, I wouldn’t recommend choosing a character that’s standing around in the background while the antagonist and protagonist are dueling in the foreground. The issue is that nobody will likely recognize it. However, even small, noticeable rolls can be possibly recognized. Just don’t pick too obscure.
2. Build Something You Love. (F)
Let’s face it- if you are a Star Wars fan, are you going to have as much fun building a lightsaber as a famous building (we’ll assume you hate architecture)? Most likely, you’ll choose the lightsaber. Of course you can build anything you want, but it is usually more fun to build something that you enjoy. A recent endeavor I had with this is the recent Rebrick Architecture Contest. I tried to build something for it, but I wasn’t really enjoying it. So, I skipped doing it. In conclusion, pick to build something you think will be enjoyable.
3. Continuously Check You Source. (All)
The key to making a model based off an IP or other source is to look at what your building. Just google what your building and select images. Then, make sure throughout the build your model is true to the original.
4. Look for Pieces that Work. (All)
For a Yoda’s lightsaber project (seen in the collage), I looked at the source first. The primary thing that stood out to me was the igniter/button. What stood out is tat it looked like a 2x4x1 slope. So, I used that part for it, then built around it. Using this technique helps with scale, as you get to use the piece you really want, yet still keep the scale.
5. Build in Your Style (All)
For building Michael the Hippo, I decided to apply the cuteness aspect of Brickheadz to him. I built a standard Brickheadz form, then modified it into a sitting position. Wala! The Hippo was done. The point I’m trying to make is that you should build in your style- Brickheadz, micro, mosaic, or whatever else!
6. When Building From Sources, Make Sure to Include the Major Parts. (All)
The reason that this tip is important is that it makes your model recognizable. For example, Gandalf above needed a beard, staff, and grey cloak, cape, and hat for him to be recognizable. The same goes for any IP. Look for what makes the source distinct, and put extra care into those parts- like the face of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro or the curve of Count Dooku’s lightsaber.
7. Don’t Give Up. (All)
Let’s face it- building an IP model is going to likely be frustrating. You’ll probably take it apart multiple times, tweaking it as you go. This is a good sign! In all honesty, the more you tweak it, the better it’s going to get. Now, there are times where you might not be able to do something. If you start building a micro- scale Eiffel Tower (which would be around 20 feet), you would need A LOT of parts. So, if you start and realize you can’t build it, just stop. The same goes for if you think you just don’t have the ability- just stop. There’s really no harm. However, don’t give up unless necessary. If you need inspiration…
Well, thanks for reading, and I hope you learned something! Do you have any tips for building from sources? Share in the comments below!
May the Clutch be with you!
P.S. Sorry for the blurry photos I didn’t realize there was an issue for days.