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Let me know if anyone has any questions or thoughts here. Or if you want to bounce ideas around that is great too.
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| December 8, 2013, 4:05 pm
Quoting mike doyle

Hello Mike,

No one else has said anything yet...so I'm hoping it's okay if I break the silence! For one of the three things I'm considering entering, do you mind if it's a build that I started before the contest opened? For what it's worth, the build is still in progress. It's actually my C4C build, which has already been purchased in the form of a commission, but I don't have to give it to the buyer until BrickWorld. The build is a bust of a rather dark character from one of Nolan's Batman films. It also has the C4C logo on it, will that be an issue? The logo could potentially provide more community based material to potentially share, but it might also cut back on the artistic value. The logo is centered on the "stand" of the build and to be honest...I think it actually compliments said character's white/red face make-up. My two cents! Thoughts?

Thanks for your time, Mike (and I apologize if I'm not supposed to be writing stuff here!).
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| December 12, 2013, 12:18 am
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I don't mind at all. I'm sure others have similar questions.

- Work that has been in development ok?
Sure!
I only asked it to be new as it wouldn't have been fair to others who I had previously contacted regarding their posted works. If it hasn't been something previously finished before the contest, it's still ok to submit.

- Commissioned work ok?
Sure.

- Trademarked properties like characters or things ok?
Sure.
I look at it as one's interpretation of things in Lego medium so it's ok with me. Sort of falls into art category.

- Commissioned logo on the piece?
That sort of kills it for me. It feels too commercial. However, is the logo going to be at the bottom of the bust? If so, can it be shot before the logo is applied by chance?

- So does that mean logos can't be part of works? Well… they can. It sort of depends on the context. For instance, if the logo feels more like some sort of commentary on a situation, then that makes sense. Or if a logo is on an object already (like the side of a truck or train) then that makes sense as a replication of an existing thing.
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| December 12, 2013, 1:15 am
Okay, thanks for the very thorough reply Mike! I'll see if I can substitute some kind of Batman-ish logo in place of the Creations for Charity logo (at least for the picture I'll submit as an entry). Thanks again. Cheers!
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| December 12, 2013, 1:49 am
I feel as if this competition was designed for me. Can't wait to use this as an excuse to build my biggest and most ambitious piece to date.
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| December 12, 2013, 6:55 am
So is it acceptable if we enter something that is a separate contest entry? I'd like to kill two birds with one stone here, perhaps. Also, do you wish us to stray away from minifig scale? I know you stated you are not a fan of minifigures, but could we possibly incorporate objects relative to the scale that a minifigure would be in, such as household objects relative to that size, etc. without actually portraying any minifigures? Thanks!
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| December 12, 2013, 7:07 pm
Quoting David Alexander Smith
I feel as if this competition was designed for me. Can't wait to use this as an excuse to build my biggest and most ambitious piece to date.

YES!!! Knew you belonged in here.
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| December 12, 2013, 7:54 pm
Quoting matt rowntRee
YES!!! Knew you belonged in here.

Thanks for the tip off.
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| December 13, 2013, 3:14 am
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Josh,
- No problem with entering the same moc in different contests.

- Any scale works for me.
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| December 14, 2013, 11:43 am
Quoting mike doyle
Josh,
- No problem with entering the same moc in different contests.

- Any scale works for me.

Ah, thank you sir. I'll see what I can come up with. Have a lovely day.
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| December 14, 2013, 1:21 pm
Quoting mike doyle

Hey Mike, I'm sorry to bother you with another question, but here goes! I have 3 builds I'd like to submit individually, but I'm also involved in a potential 3 person collaborative for this. Would the collaborative count towards 1 of my 3 permitted builds? Odds are I won't have time to tackle all 3 desired MOCs plus the collaborative, but I thought I'd at least ask in case I do miraculously find time to build everything. Thanks for your time Mike.
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| December 16, 2013, 11:41 pm
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Quoting Ian Spacek
Hey Mike, I'm sorry to bother you with another question, but here goes! I have 3 builds I'd like to submit individually, but I'm also involved in a potential 3 person collaborative for this. Would the collaborative count towards 1 of my 3 permitted builds? Odds are I won't have time to tackle all 3 desired MOCs plus the collaborative, but I thought I'd at least ask in case I do miraculously find time to build everything. Thanks for your time Mike.


I think that would be ok. The main intent is that folks take their time doing something great, rather than fast fire submit in the hopes that something will stick.
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| December 18, 2013, 7:54 pm
I am about to begin a large castle themed moc with my Friend Eli, now this sorta depends on your definition of "Dark," but do you think having a 'Light' Castle in opposition to a 'Dark' Castle fits the category well? or will we get points deducted for having a light side? Thanks!
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| January 25, 2014, 11:26 am
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Quoting Grant Davis
I am about to begin a large castle themed moc with my Friend Eli, now this sorta depends on your definition of "Dark," but do you think having a 'Light' Castle in opposition to a 'Dark' Castle fits the category well? or will we get points deducted for having a light side? Thanks!

Hi Grant! Thank you for the question. If you mean doing both a light and dark castle that sounds fine. If you mean doing only a light castle, that would not work for me, I'm afraid.
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| January 26, 2014, 3:33 am
Quoting mike doyle
Let me know if anyone has any questions or thoughts here. Or if you want to bounce ideas around that is great too.

I've got a Gas Mask build I did for an earlier contest that looks decent. Would it qualify as dark, sort of as an eerie reminder of how terrible war is? And if so should I photoshop the photo to deal with some color balance and create another "creation page" with just the cleaned up image to submit?
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| February 26, 2014, 11:47 am
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Quoting The Beetle
I've got a Gas Mask build I did for an earlier contest that looks decent. Would it qualify as dark, sort of as an eerie reminder of how terrible war is? And if so should I photoshop the photo to deal with some color balance and create another "creation page" with just the cleaned up image to submit?


Sure, that sounds interesting. In terms of editing the image in photoshop, I'm glad you asked. I prefer not to have edited images. This allows me to work with the original and have all the data. Adjusting for contrast, for example, can blow out whites or lose dark grays that I might need. Other data can get lost with color correcting that might have been useful. Thanks!
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| February 27, 2014, 2:13 am
Quoting mike doyle

Sure, that sounds interesting. In terms of editing the image in photoshop, I'm glad you asked. I prefer not to have edited images. This allows me to work with the original and have all the data. Adjusting for contrast, for example, can blow out whites or lose dark grays that I might need. Other data can get lost with color correcting that might have been useful. Thanks!

Ok great!
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| March 7, 2014, 10:59 am
Quoting mike doyle
Let me know if anyone has any questions or thoughts here. Or if you want to bounce ideas around that is great too.

Hey I had another idea I wanted to bounce of you. How would you feel if I built and extensive, all black landscape scene and then had a single completely white or grey minifig in it?
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| March 9, 2014, 9:54 pm
Hey Mike, you have accepted two of my creations into the book (The Faun and Giant), but I only added one to the contest group, the other was requested before hand. May I add both my Hellboy bust and my Pale Man bust to this group for consideration, or just one, as three is the limit? Honestly, I know not which to choose, or if either would be accepted. Thanks.
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| March 22, 2014, 7:51 pm
My question is similar to Ian Spacek's- what if the build is something that you posted before <i>knowing</i> about the contest but still within the contest dates? Still okay or pushing it?

...Because I did that. :P
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| March 29, 2014, 3:53 pm
Quoting The Beetle
Hey I had another idea I wanted to bounce of you. How would you feel if I built and extensive, all black landscape scene and then had a single completely white or grey minifig in it?

I thought of doing something like that, but such a scene would draw attention to the lighter element rather than the surrounding darkness, making the focus on light not dark. It's up to Mike Doyle, but that's how I see it. :P

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| March 29, 2014, 3:55 pm
Quoting mike doyle

Quoting Tyler Halliwell May I add both my Hellboy bust and my Pale Man bust to this group for consideration, or just one, as three is the limit?


Quoting A Plastic Infinity (That is, endless Legos.) My question is similar to Ian Spacek's- what if the build is something that you posted before <i>knowing</i> about the contest but still within the contest dates? Still okay or pushing it?

...Because I did that. :P

Building on that, I too would be curious to know if submitting some older MOCs for consideration would be okay. I didn't have time to build everything I wanted to tackle (just Joker + Paul, Max, and I's 3 way collaborative, which should be done in 2-3 weeks). I have some MOCs I built last year that I think might fit the subject matter. You're probably sick of hearing from me Mike, but I think this is a fantastic opportunity you've opened to us MOCers...so I hope you'll forgive my curiosity.
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| March 29, 2014, 4:18 pm
Quoting Ian Spacek
Quoting Tyler Halliwell May I add both my Hellboy bust and my Pale Man bust to this group for consideration, or just one, as three is the limit?


Quoting A Plastic Infinity (That is, endless Legos.) My question is similar to Ian Spacek's- what if the build is something that you posted before <i>knowing</i> about the contest but still within the contest dates? Still okay or pushing it?

...Because I did that. :P

Building on that, I too would be curious to know if submitting some older MOCs for consideration would be okay. I didn't have time to build everything I wanted to tackle (just Joker + Paul, Max, and I's 3 way collaborative, which should be done in 2-3 weeks). I have some MOCs I built last year that I think might fit the subject matter. You're probably sick of hearing from me Mike, but I think this is a fantastic opportunity you've opened to us MOCers...so I hope you'll forgive my curiosity.


Agreed on that last bit. I haven't bothered him nearly as much as you have, but I think he's sick of hearing from me too. XD
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| March 29, 2014, 4:23 pm
Hey Mr. Doyle,

I have a quick question/comment for you. I noticed what you said about trying to limit editing your pictures so that you can work with them in as pure a form as possible. This makes total sense to me. However, I often edit my pictures before posting, and since I know beauty (and as such, this contest) is judged partly based on presentation, I'm worried that not editing my photos will lower the quality of my entry(s). Will you be trying to look mostly at build quality itself?

Thanks very much,
A M
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| March 30, 2014, 4:53 pm
Hello everybody, hello Mike,

I entered with a MOC yesterday evening and shared it with this group here. Although the 'LEGO creations' counter went up from 30 to 31 creations, my entry isn't visible by now ...? :-(

Please, can somebody help me and tell me, what went wrong. Especially to fix it in time before deadline ends!

Thx & greets,
moctown
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| March 31, 2014, 4:12 am
Quoting A Plastic Infinity (That is, endless Legos.)
I thought of doing something like that, but such a scene would draw attention to the lighter element rather than the surrounding darkness, making the focus on light not dark. It's up to Mike Doyle, but that's how I see it. :P

Thanks for the advice. I adjusted the build to your suggestion:http://mocpages.com/moc.php/385041
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| March 31, 2014, 2:47 pm
Quoting A M
Hey Mr. Doyle,

I have a quick question/comment for you. I noticed what you said about trying to limit editing your pictures so that you can work with them in as pure a form as possible. This makes total sense to me. However, I often edit my pictures before posting, and since I know beauty (and as such, this contest) is judged partly based on presentation, I'm worried that not editing my photos will lower the quality of my entry(s). Will you be trying to look mostly at build quality itself?

Thanks very much,
A M

I feel like this concerns me too- one of my entries (The My Little Pony Bust, confound these comments why can't they link?)looks photoshopped but is actually completely unphotoshopped; the background is just really bright. I have other pictures if the one I posted is too weirdly lit...
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| March 31, 2014, 3:30 pm
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If you like, you can post it to flickr and then email me the link to that. Also send out a comment on this string so others can view it that way. Best, mike

Quoting moc town
Hello everybody, hello Mike,

I entered with a MOC yesterday evening and shared it with this group here. Although the 'LEGO creations' counter went up from 30 to 31 creations, my entry isn't visible by now ...? :-(

Please, can somebody help me and tell me, what went wrong. Especially to fix it in time before deadline ends!

Thx & greets,
moctown


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| April 1, 2014, 1:56 am
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I'll take a closer look at it on flickr. No problem though.


Quoting A Plastic Infinity (That is, endless Legos.)
I feel like this concerns me too- one of my entries (The My Little Pony Bust, confound these comments why can't they link?)looks photoshopped but is actually completely unphotoshopped; the background is just really bright. I have other pictures if the one I posted is too weirdly lit...


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| April 1, 2014, 1:59 am
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Sorry for the silence. I was depending on the fact that the posts would bounce to my email, but it seems for a time, they weren't. :P

Quoting A Plastic Infinity (That is, endless Legos.)

Quoting A Plastic Infinity (That is, endless Legos.) My question is similar to Ian Spacek's- what if the build is something that you posted before <i>knowing</i> about the contest but still within the contest dates? Still okay or pushing it?

...Because I did that. :P

Building on that, I too would be curious to know if submitting some older MOCs for consideration would be okay. I didn't have time to build everything I wanted to tackle (just Joker + Paul, Max, and I's 3 way collaborative, which should be done in 2-3 weeks). I have some MOCs I built last year that I think might fit the subject matter. You're probably sick of hearing from me Mike, but I think this is a fantastic opportunity you've opened to us MOCers...so I hope you'll forgive my curiosity.


Agreed on that last bit. I haven't bothered him nearly as much as you have, but I think he's sick of hearing from me too. XD


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| April 1, 2014, 2:01 am
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Sure, if you like. Don't worry that it is technically past the deadline of April 1. I'm just getting this email.

Quoting Tyler Halliwell
Hey Mike, you have accepted two of my creations into the book (The Faun and Giant), but I only added one to the contest group, the other was requested before hand. May I add both my Hellboy bust and my Pale Man bust to this group for consideration, or just one, as three is the limit? Honestly, I know not which to choose, or if either would be accepted. Thanks.


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| April 1, 2014, 2:03 am
Quoting mike doyle

I added them to the group, so no deadline worries here. Thanks for the response.
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| April 1, 2014, 8:13 am
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The winners comment does not seem to be loading. I've probably tried 5 times now. So when it does… you're gonna get 5 repeats of the same thing. Dang! Instead, go to flickr to find results here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/7931559@N08/13642199093/in/photostream/
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| April 6, 2014, 3:50 am
When are you going to publish the results?
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| May 7, 2014, 11:25 am
Quoting mike doyle
Let me know if anyone has any questions or thoughts here. Or if you want to bounce ideas around that is great too.

Hey did you get my email?
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| May 10, 2014, 2:52 am
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