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Magic Cat, Lonely Boy, The Bird and Their Shadow
Another case of one of my paintings rendered in Lego.
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Here's a link to my art website.








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 I like it 
  April 8, 2014
Interesting. I like the idea of the shadow. I sorta think its like the demon of them all!
 I like it 
  November 27, 2012
You are very welcome Sir :) it was a pleasure. I have now read the comments below all very different and it is also very interesting to see who has taken the time to comment. I really look forward to the nursery rhyme mocs
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  November 27, 2012
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Wow David what a fantastic piece of expression and another intriguing glimpse into your mind. I recognise the bold colours and the characters from your paintings especially the bird and shadow. I would never want to presume what you were thinking when creating this but maybe you would be interested in some of my thoughts when viewing it. I have purposely not read any comments below. Ok, we have a lonely boy, but is he lonely? he is surrounded by others. The shadow could be thought of as a sinister figure looming over him but it could also be a companion. The bird makes me think of hope and freedom or maybe a release. The magic cat in the box gives me the feeling of a magical journey ahead or maybe a journey previously taken. I suspect my thoughts make no sense to you or anyone else but hey this is a piece of art and it is thought provoking and an individual experience. I would love to see more of these from you. One of my personal favourites is The Attic.
Thank you, it's a real compliment that you took the time to think what this little composition might be saying. I like the way you connect my deliberately open symbolism together, and come up with some interesting correspondences. Of course I won't tell you my reading. I'm working on some nursery rhyme MOCs at the moment which I think come in this flavour. Thanks again and glad you like it.
 I like it 
  November 27, 2012
Wow David what a fantastic piece of expression and another intriguing glimpse into your mind. I recognise the bold colours and the characters from your paintings especially the bird and shadow. I would never want to presume what you were thinking when creating this but maybe you would be interested in some of my thoughts when viewing it. I have purposely not read any comments below. Ok, we have a lonely boy, but is he lonely? he is surrounded by others. The shadow could be thought of as a sinister figure looming over him but it could also be a companion. The bird makes me think of hope and freedom or maybe a release. The magic cat in the box gives me the feeling of a magical journey ahead or maybe a journey previously taken. I suspect my thoughts make no sense to you or anyone else but hey this is a piece of art and it is thought provoking and an individual experience. I would love to see more of these from you. One of my personal favourites is The Attic.
 I made it 
  November 20, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Beautifully done. I had a good look at your art website and here, you bring that unique talent out in Lego. All your work rocks!
Thanks Nick, means a lot to hear that.
 I like it 
  November 20, 2012
Beautifully done. I had a good look at your art website and here, you bring that unique talent out in Lego. All your work rocks!
 I like it 
  November 19, 2012
Believe me I know just how Lonely Boy feels. A fine build that catches the mood in all its gloomy goodness!
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  November 19, 2012
Very well done. That bird is identical to the ones in your paintings, and I'm still trying to figure out how you made the cat. Awesome!
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  November 18, 2012
Quoting David Roberts I agree with your wife: I wouldn't be able to have the Shadow in the room, staring at me. I've realised that this build just uses the "normal" Lego colours and none of the "new" colours, such as sand or orange or bright green. I think that part of how effective (and affective) this MOC is is due it being in the "primary" colours of the Lego palette, which are all about childhood to me. I feel that the build takes a feeling of childhood happiness from the colours and then subverts it with the content of the MOC. Hmmm, I think I'll go and look at some happy spaceships now...
I've retreated to the world of classic space for the time being too. Expect some lovely orange rockets soon!
 I like it 
  November 18, 2012
I agree with your wife: I wouldn't be able to have the Shadow in the room, staring at me. I've realised that this build just uses the "normal" Lego colours and none of the "new" colours, such as sand or orange or bright green. I think that part of how effective (and affective) this MOC is is due it being in the "primary" colours of the Lego palette, which are all about childhood to me. I feel that the build takes a feeling of childhood happiness from the colours and then subverts it with the content of the MOC. Hmmm, I think I'll go and look at some happy spaceships now...
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  November 18, 2012
Quoting David Roberts It's taken me a while to comment on this creation. I DO like it and it's great to see something thought provoking rendered in Lego. The dificulty that I've had is that I find the Shadow very unsettling. To me, the piece seems to be about depression, with the Shadow being the Lonely Boy's "Black Dog". It has that nasty glint in it's eye, as though it's taking delight in the Lonely Boy's unhappiness. The Cat and the Bird are trying to cheer the Lonely Boy up, but they won't be able to. I think that this MOC works on many levels, as all interesting art should, and I'll come back to look at it and think again. I might even comment on the actual building techniques!
Thanks David, I really appreciate you taking the time to write this thoughtful reply. I wanted to push what I could do with Lego in this MOC, and that meant producing a build that is difficult and hopefully thought provoking. The shadow is meant to be unsettling, and I've always found the smile more sinister than the grimace in art; it's at once ambiguous and disarming. My wife found the shadow very creepy, and while the build progressed, and I stored it in the bedroom, she insisted it faced the wall. I'm not sure how many builders on here have achieved that. Your depression reference is an interesting interpretation and I think links onto some of what I'm trying to say, although it is not the whole story. I always think of the shadow as the masterful reflection of the world, which is really just an interpretation and master of nothing. One reading of the shadow might be a visual metaphor of what Schopenhauer called the Veil of Maya. Thanks again.
 I like it 
  November 18, 2012
It's taken me a while to comment on this creation. I DO like it and it's great to see something thought provoking rendered in Lego. The dificulty that I've had is that I find the Shadow very unsettling. To me, the piece seems to be about depression, with the Shadow being the Lonely Boy's "Black Dog". It has that nasty glint in it's eye, as though it's taking delight in the Lonely Boy's unhappiness. The Cat and the Bird are trying to cheer the Lonely Boy up, but they won't be able to. I think that this MOC works on many levels, as all interesting art should, and I'll come back to look at it and think again. I might even comment on the actual building techniques!
 I made it 
  November 18, 2012
Quoting Justin M Creative scene!
Thanks Justin, I took me a while o figure this one out. Glad you like.
 I like it 
  November 17, 2012
Creative scene!
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  November 17, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Oh, right, I understand. I just assumed you meant it was one of your paintings transformed into Lego. Sorry for that, I understand now :)
That's ok I wasn't clear in the first place.
David Alexander Smith
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Chris Melby
  November 16, 2012
The facial expressions are spot on, great MOC, I like how you didn't rely on the Lego's to do the work for you, (i.e. using special minifigs) to create the scene, you sculpted this out of raw bricks, and it works! Z
 I like it 
  November 16, 2012
Oh, right, I understand. I just assumed you meant it was one of your paintings transformed into Lego. Sorry for that, I understand now :)
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  November 16, 2012
Quoting Imagine Rigney Your paintings and MOCs are all awesome. I love to see what you'll come up with next.
Well I have a few ideas, especially around building automata. My MOC Olympics entry Satan's Mill came out really well, and I think there's room for some more MOCs in that line.
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  November 16, 2012
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Very cool! Could you attach a photo of the painting please? Only I couldn't find it on your site, though that might be down to my inability to find things. Great moc anyway, very intriguing.
I think I need to rewrite the note. I meant one as in one of my ideas for a painting carried out in Lego rather than paint. So, it's not a direct copy, more a work that fits with the my art work in general. I do have a sketch I made in the planning stage for this, which I might upload. Thanks for the comments.
 I like it 
  November 16, 2012
Your paintings and MOCs are all awesome. I love to see what you'll come up with next.
 I like it 
  November 16, 2012
Very cool! Could you attach a photo of the painting please? Only I couldn't find it on your site, though that might be down to my inability to find things. Great moc anyway, very intriguing.
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  November 16, 2012
Quoting Topsy Creatori(StoveTop nomore!) Oh my David... this one is deep! Do I 'see' the imagery of the Bronte sisters? And why is the shadow smiling? Is the solitary world of shadows the only place the boy can find happiness? And then all the red and a bird, again! Superb! But I do not want to forget the sculpture work too... the bird, the face of the boy and cat! Very Best of Luck! :)
The shadow always smiles because he thinks he knows all the answers. If you read any of the narratives that accompany my drawings, you'll see him turn up in this role again and again.
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  November 16, 2012
Quoting Gale Winthrope The real magic of this is the whimsy it has about it. Fantastic work David. Simply fantastic :)
Thanks Gale. I always find whimsy is more able to carry the profound and strange better than the scary and visceral.
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  November 16, 2012
Quoting Mihai Marius Mihu What a great composition! This is really a work of art.
That means a lot. You use bricks as an art form so well, indirectly you've been influencing a number oif my builds. Cheers!
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  November 16, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby The facial expressions are spot on, great MOC, I like how you didn't rely on the Lego's to do the work for you, (i.e. using special minifigs) to create the scene, you sculpted this out of raw bricks, and it works! Z
I've found this scale great for vigs. Leda Kats amazing Star Wars and Michael Jackson builds for the MOC Olympics really inspired me as a style and scale. I think it works really well for my art builds.
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  November 16, 2012
Quoting El Barto ! I'm sure there's an interesting story behind this scene. Nicely done!
There is, as I child I had a recurring nightmare about a talking wooden fox in a chess piece box. The cat is a distant cousin - don't trust the cat in the box.
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  November 16, 2012
Quoting Tim C Wicked, David. I love it when you go all artistic like that. First off, creepy shadow, man. I really like how imposing he seems, and it was a nice touch with him going off the backdrop. Very dramatic effect. There is a certain mischief to the look of the cat. And you could not have captured loneliness better in the boy. I love how you were able to ABS your way into him hugging his knees to his chest. Very well done with that. The backdrop is cool with the sky effect and the craggy mountains in relief, (I'm assuming those are mountains), really adds to the character of the build. Nice work, as always, good sir.
Thanks Tim, and yes those are indeed mountains. The shadow extends beyond the landscape; make of that what you will. I personally really liked the sky.
 I like it 
  November 16, 2012
Oh my David... this one is deep! Do I 'see' the imagery of the Bronte sisters? And why is the shadow smiling? Is the solitary world of shadows the only place the boy can find happiness? And then all the red and a bird, again! Superb! But I do not want to forget the sculpture work too... the bird, the face of the boy and cat! Very Best of Luck! :)
 I like it 
  November 16, 2012
The real magic of this is the whimsy it has about it. Fantastic work David. Simply fantastic :)
 I like it 
  November 16, 2012
What a great composition! This is really a work of art.
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  November 16, 2012
Wicked, David. I love it when you go all artistic like that. First off, creepy shadow, man. I really like how imposing he seems, and it was a nice touch with him going off the backdrop. Very dramatic effect. There is a certain mischief to the look of the cat. And you could not have captured loneliness better in the boy. I love how you were able to ABS your way into him hugging his knees to his chest. Very well done with that. The backdrop is cool with the sky effect and the craggy mountains in relief, (I'm assuming those are mountains), really adds to the character of the build. Nice work, as always, good sir.
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  November 16, 2012
I'm sure there's an interesting story behind this scene. Nicely done!
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  November 16, 2012
Quoting Jon B That shadow looks menacing... come to think of it, there's quite a lot of menacing going on in your MOCs ;p Great build, but I couldn't spot the painting it's based upon on your site - maybe I was having a senior moment though... You produce some very interesting artwork - I don't think I 'get' all of it, but you certainly have a talent there!
Thanks Jon. It isn't based on a specific painting, rather it fits with a sequence that features the shadow phantom figure. I wanted to build him in Lego, and I think he came out quite well.
 I like it 
  November 16, 2012
That shadow looks menacing... come to think of it, there's quite a lot of menacing going on in your MOCs ;p Great build, but I couldn't spot the painting it's based upon on your site - maybe I was having a senior moment though... You produce some very interesting artwork - I don't think I 'get' all of it, but you certainly have a talent there!
 
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