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MocAthalon 2013 Team Bricks for Breakfast - (Illustration 'Gregor Samsa')
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Category: 11. Illustration.
You've been assigned to illustrate one of your favorite books, show us in the brick one of the illustrations.

Team: Bricks for Breakfast
Link to the MocAthalon here

From Franz kafka's Metamorphosis - 'One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.'

This is my take on the illustration category for the MocAthalon. I wanted to reference wood cut/wood block work from the expressionist era, especially the fact that it was often used as illustrations. Also the paintings of Paul Klee - this is me going for a walk with the bricks :). I think the half mosaic half 2D sculpture is an interesting new technique for me. I also love working with negative space; these work as indications of pattern used in non-representatioal terms to delineate proximities. I'm trying to employ modernist language in LEGO to create an illustration of a classic modernist short story.



Comments

 I like it 
  April 27, 2013
Once again, I have fallen way behind on your works. Shame on me. I've said it before, I'll say it again. I love the direction you've taken your building style. Forcing art out of LEGO and keeping it one dimensional is so risky. It has better chances of going wrong than right, but this type of work appears to be right in your wheelhouse. Well done, David.
 I like it 
  March 31, 2013
Very disturbing, nice!
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  March 28, 2013
Whoa, man! That's awesome. I love the details on it! The great feel of the MOC is incredible! Good luck to you and you team! ~Sarge
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  March 19, 2013
3D would have thrown this over the top for me. Still a very solid 4 points. ~Thoy
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  March 17, 2013
Impressive, the effect is stunning!!
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  March 14, 2013
Awesome!
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  March 14, 2013
wow, if this is nt art, I wonder what else it could be, typical of your classics, deep! mes hommages!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2013
That, is a little piece of awesome right there.
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  March 13, 2013
Alright, alright we get it. You're a true brick artist and we're just a bunch of brick-headed noodnicks who don't even deserve to be in the same room with you! Just yankin' your crank friend. Great interpretation of the category with your unique style. Keep up the good work!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2013
Woah! That is impressive. great work!
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  March 12, 2013
Woah, love those epic angles!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2013
Quoting Nick Brick 4 points
Thanks Nick.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Yuri Fassio Chillingly accurate in its geometric style.
Use the bricks enforced rules - that was the aim.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas When I read the category I immediately thought 'children's books' but you went straight for Kafka!?! Challenging but you pulled it off, great stuff!
Just imagine what would have happened if I'd gone more the Naked Lunch route!
 I made it 
  March 11, 2013
Quoting Parrington Levens So you, great entry mate, this looks fantastic.
I'm a big beetle am I ;) thanks bud.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Chris Phipson 4 points ~ Chris.
Cheers Chris.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Wes Pitter A solid 4-pointer for me.
Thanks Wes.
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Lando L. Jackson Wow, you have really succeeded in making a creation look truly artistic by using all of the negative space patterns. Great job, this is a wonderful illustration. By the way, my inn is photographed and the images are edited, I am just going to wait for a better time to post it.
Can't wait to see the inn - I bet it looks great.
 I made it 
  March 11, 2013
Quoting Ru Corder Artistic flare galore! 5 points to you!
Thanks Ru :). That made my day.
 I made it 
  March 11, 2013
Quoting Ian Spacek
Quoting Jon Blackford ...knew this was yours as soon as I saw it...
Ditto! Well done as usual, Mr. Smith!
Thanks Ian!
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  March 11, 2013
Quoting Jon Blackford Great stuff, knew this was yours as soon as I saw it :)
Thanks Jon, I think my style is coming along quite nicely.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2013
4 points
 I like it 
  March 11, 2013
Chillingly accurate in its geometric style.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2013
When I read the category I immediately thought 'children's books' but you went straight for Kafka!?! Challenging but you pulled it off, great stuff!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2013
So you, great entry mate, this looks fantastic.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2013
4 points ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2013
A solid 4-pointer for me.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
Wow, you have really succeeded in making a creation look truly artistic by using all of the negative space patterns. Great job, this is a wonderful illustration. By the way, my inn is photographed and the images are edited, I am just going to wait for a better time to post it.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
Artistic flare galore! 5 points to you!
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
Quoting Jon Blackford ...knew this was yours as soon as I saw it...
Ditto! Well done as usual, Mr. Smith!
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
Great stuff, knew this was yours as soon as I saw it :)
 I made it 
  March 10, 2013
Quoting Garett Smith Great job on this. I saw that kevin gave you a 4 good job!
Yeah, I'm pretty pleased with that.
 I made it 
  March 10, 2013
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) You certainly are bringing about a metamorphosis in all our thinking about the ways to build with the brick, not only with this one, but with all your builds! Oh, rockin' roach too! :)
And there's more to come ;)
 I made it 
  March 10, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree Flawless work David. I can't express how pleasing it is to see this caliber of work. Your eye for composition is matched only by your attention to negative space. THIS is truly the new form of woodcut! Once a lost art, now reborn. I see the influences of Durer, Orozco, and Klee in your work as well as Dore in referencing non-Biblical literature. Making people willfully want to read Kafka (I am a fan; however, he is a bit depressing and complex - Probably why I like him) is truly the sign of a master of Illustration. I am BEGGING for you to never stop!!! Brilliant.
This is some seriously high praise, thank you. I did toy with doing Beckett's Murphy - one could only guess how a dude strapped in a rocking chair would have gone down.
 I made it 
  March 10, 2013
Quoting Cath Bailey I think you hit the ball, the teams, the stadium, and every last spectator, out of the park, including the park. you demolished the whole thing.
I think my edging towards 2D has finally paid off. Glad you like it.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
Great job on this. I saw that kevin gave you a 4 good job!
  March 10, 2013
Score = 4
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
Excellent! Good luck with the judges!
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
You certainly are bringing about a metamorphosis in all our thinking about the ways to build with the brick, not only with this one, but with all your builds! Oh, rockin' roach too! :)
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
Flawless work David. I can't express how pleasing it is to see this caliber of work. Your eye for composition is matched only by your attention to negative space. THIS is truly the new form of woodcut! Once a lost art, now reborn. I see the influences of Durer, Orozco, and Klee in your work as well as Dore in referencing non-Biblical literature. Making people willfully want to read Kafka (I am a fan; however, he is a bit depressing and complex - Probably why I like him) is truly the sign of a master of Illustration. I am BEGGING for you to never stop!!! Brilliant.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
I think you hit the ball, the teams, the stadium, and every last spectator, out of the park, including the park. you demolished the whole thing.
 I made it 
  March 10, 2013
Quoting Night Reaper I can always tell by the thumbnail that it's one of your MOCs. This is very unique, and interesting. You definitely have your own style.
I'm quite proud of the fact that I haven't seen anyone build in this style before.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
Awesome illustration ... Havent read the book, but i should !! .. Great execution as always !!
 I made it 
  March 10, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett Fascinating, and a different look for your art. Keep on playing those bricks! :-)
Don't worry I intend to.
 I made it 
  March 10, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . I love this. When an artist starts playing with lego fantastic results like this occur. Whatever you do don't drop it ;)
That was a sad moment, watching your creation smash into hundreds of pieces.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
I can always tell by the thumbnail that it's one of your MOCs. This is very unique, and interesting. You definitely have your own style.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
Fascinating, and a different look for your art. Keep on playing those bricks! :-)
 I like it 
  March 10, 2013
I love this. When an artist starts playing with lego fantastic results like this occur. Whatever you do don't drop it ;)
 
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