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A 2013 MocAthalon entry for Team Theocracy

11. Illustration.
You've been assigned to illustrate one of your favorite books, show us in the brick one of the illustrations. This should not be based on an existing picture, but your own interpretation of a scene. The more of an artistic flair you give your build, the higher your score will be.

This MOC was my attempt to illustrate a scene from one of my favorite American novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by the acclaimed Mark Twain. It includes a scene of Tom and one of his friends as they live on "Jackson's Island" pretending to be pirates in order to escape the worries and burdens of society. They watch steamboats travel up and down the river on a sunny day.

I used forced perspective in portraying this scene, so only one photo is necessary. Credit for the sun goes to my brother LB Jr.


FUN FACT: Samuel Clemens changed his name to Mark Twain after his experiences of being on a riverboat.
The riverboatman's cry was "mark twain" or, more fully, "by the mark twain", meaning "according to the mark [on the line], [the depth is] two [fathoms]," that is, "The water is 12 feet (3.7 m) deep and it is safe to pass.""Mark twain" was what the leadsman on a riverboat called when the water was two fathoms deep -- that's 12 feet, which is deep enough to be considered safe for most boats of the era. -Wikipedia

MOC by Lego Builder Senior



Comments

 I like it 
  October 31, 2013
I especially like the background!
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  June 17, 2013
ravishingly beautiful!
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  April 22, 2013
Quoting Michael Rutherford Just one pic to say it all. I like it. Most builders feel compelled to take two, three, even more pics. But you do it in one shot, and do it quite well by the way. I really like the white water behind the paddle wheel steamer. Attack!
Thank you. I enjoy using as many techniques as possible to create a scene in a limited border for the shot. Any more pictures would not be necessary and would actually spoil it. -LB Senior
 I like it 
  April 22, 2013
Just one pic to say it all. I like it. Most builders feel compelled to take two, three, even more pics. But you do it in one shot, and do it quite well by the way. I really like the white water behind the paddle wheel steamer. Attack!
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Thoy Bradley
  April 12, 2013
The FP here is great. 4 points. ~Thoy
  April 11, 2013
3 points
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  April 8, 2013
Very nice. A solid 3
  April 8, 2013
Score = 4
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  April 6, 2013
You could truly illustrate a book using techniques such as these. 4 points.
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  April 3, 2013
I love it when everything in a picture is Lego, and done so well.
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  April 3, 2013
4 points ~ Chris.
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  April 2, 2013
You have a real knack for really small micro boats, nice one.
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  April 1, 2013
Nice! I really like the boats!
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  April 1, 2013
Cool job on this!
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  March 31, 2013
Awesome job! Love the steamboat.
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  March 31, 2013
Looks very cool!
 
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