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Life-size LEGO portrait by artist Sean Kenney.  LEGO portraits

Imagine opening a box and seeing a LEGO sculpture of yourself! This life-size bust sculpture of LEGO-maniac Burk (and his brother Zach) was commissioned by their mother and given to him as a Christmas present. It was a great honor to have created something so special for these boys.

Life-size LEGO portrait by artist Sean Kenney.  LEGO portraits

The sculpture is about 20 inches tall and contains about 2,500 LEGO pieces.

Life-size LEGO portrait by artist Sean Kenney.  LEGO portraits

Creating curved shapes with LEGO bricks is quite challenging. Creating human faces is even more challenging. And creating the face of someone you've never met is definitely the toughest challenge any artist can face! It was also a great experience and a lot of fun, because I was given the luxury of spending my entire summer working on these two busts (unlike lots of other projects when I must rush like crazy to complete them).

Life-size LEGO portrait by artist Sean Kenney.  LEGO portraits


Brothers

I built sculptures of these two brothers together. See more photos of the other sculpture. (After building Zach, in the blue shirt, Burk specifically requested a shirtless bust, so he would look more like a classic Roman sculpture.) Those two dark-tan 2x2 bricks are possibly the world's first LEGO nipples. :)

Life-size LEGO portrait by artist Sean Kenney.  LEGO portraits

Life-size LEGO portrait by artist Sean Kenney.  LEGO portraits

Life-size LEGO portrait by artist Sean Kenney.  LEGO portraits



How'd he do that??

Creating human faces with LEGO bricks is always very challenging. I began by getting lots of photos of Burk ... side views, front views, and anything I could get ahold of. I drew his face onto specially-designed graph paper that has a grid designed to the same proportions of LEGO bricks. Then, using the drawings as a guide and looking at all the photos, I built a test face. Then another, and another, each time making little changes until after lots and lots of test models and prototypes, the sculpture eventually started to take shape. It takes lots of time and patience!


Life-size LEGO portrait by artist Sean Kenney.  LEGO portraits


The eyes are always the hardest part. Here's a sneak-peek into how I built them... (they are mini-fig frying pans!) Eyes are always really hard, because if they are even the tiniest bit off they look completely ridiculous. I mounted them with clips, turned them a bit, and slid them down behind a lower eyelid made from a 1x2 panel (The photo below is an older design without the panels). Then the jumper plates around his eyes are offset in two directions, creating corners that are only a quarter-of-a-plate using a fair bit of fancy LEGO voodoo.

Life-size LEGO portrait by artist Sean Kenney.  LEGO portraits



Comments

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  May 23, 2011
oh boy, i m glad you re the one having to clip that nose in! lol! precise operation...then attaching the neck must be the next highlight of this 'joy' ride lol! really...i d try hard to fix the face on some plates, to be able to press hard! then snot it on the block-head! had you ever experimente a similar technique? really want to help! great patience and talent you have! they truly are magnificient!
Sean Kenney
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Eathuis 305
  May 4, 2011
WOW you're awesome!
Sean Kenney
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Hunter Russ
  April 27, 2011
Man your good! Thanks Hunter
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  January 30, 2011
Sean,I have building legos since i was 5.I have also wanted to be a professinal.But when i saw your lego creations i was amazed.Your creations are truly spectacular.There is not one single detail missing.I am inspired by you. Keep up the AMAZING work:)
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  January 21, 2011
Hi, these are Great! How much do you charge for this kind of thing?
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  January 5, 2011
Amazing designing with LEGO, its perfect!
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  December 30, 2010
I better do not try to imagine opening a box ... IŽd probably be happy enough to lose my mind. What a fantastic present and what a beautiful piece of art.
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  December 29, 2010
Lovely work, I'm glad you added the how to part, its nice to see how you work and do things.
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  December 29, 2010
These busts are really impressive, they look life-like.
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  December 29, 2010
If you ask me, wich I don't belive you do, but still, this one looks a bit better, mostly because of the eyes.
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  December 28, 2010
why isnt he wearing a shirt?!
  December 28, 2010
Quoting Sean Kenney Really? Hm, is this something I should look for or am I asking for trouble? :) I just made in Photoshop and printed out a lot of sheets. :)
Ah, thanks for the advice. No, it's not really any less kid-friendly that what's shown here. In fact, I'll provide you with the link: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/232705
 I made it 
  December 28, 2010
Quoting W. Mark I think Tom Simon has you beat for that possible first with those dark tans.
Really? Hm, is this something I should look for or am I asking for trouble? :)
Quoting W. Mark Where can I get some of that paper?
I just made in Photoshop and printed out a lot of sheets. :)
 I like it 
  December 28, 2010
Wow! That is some grade A sculpture work. I bet it took forever, but it was worth it.
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  December 28, 2010
I think Tom Simon has you beat for that possible first with those dark tans. However, these are nothing short of amazing. Where can I get some of that paper?
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  December 28, 2010
At first, I thought this was going to be one Mr. Carter Burke, and that you just made a typo. Either way, awesome job.
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  December 28, 2010
Hey, you're doing sculptures as well, much cooler than mosaïcs (and more impressive) I like the way you did the eyes, really nice
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  December 28, 2010
immortalized in plastic for the ages! Awesome!
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  December 28, 2010
really awesome
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  December 28, 2010
Frying pan pupil's are amazing.
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  December 28, 2010
Very realistic! Those frying pans make great eyes!
 
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