Here's a little model I designed in about 4 hours. After creating such a huge Barack Obama mosaic I wanted to build something a little smaller. As always I like to challenge myself to build something I havenít tried before.
Iíd never built a LEGO bird yet (except in Miniland scale) and I thought Iíd give it a go. I decided to build a life-size Bald Eagle bust.
The trickiest part was designing the eyes. In both animal and people LEGO models the eyes are the most important part. They are what makes them seem most alive. My solution was to use a 2◊2 radar dish (or parabola in the offcial Model Shop terms) in transparent neon yellow. It seems like a strange choice, but bald eagleís eyes are actually yellow. I thought about trying regular yellow, but it didnít have the right effect.
Another aspect when designing a real animal is the organic shape. That is sometimes a difficult effect in LEGO ó to get the hard, sharp bricks to look like feathers, fur, or hair. Sometimes its a matter of using special elements or specific parts to make the animal more realistic. If youíll notice, I used tiles on the beak and a 1◊1 cheese slope at the tip for that very reason.
I built this model for an auction at a fund raising dinner to benefit a local Nature Center.