Make 'em stick! . . Be warned: a MANIFESTO of sorts - not a MOC!!!
- I am being particular here. If you want to move on, please feel free. You need not agree with me, but since this is my style, I wanted a place to explain it.
I have come to personally dislike SNOT creations that take SNOT as an excuse for not being (or feeling) solid. I think they are "form over essence", and they essentially betray LEGO®'s primary function of toy. When making a vignette, I like the feeling that the vignette could survive being moved, or shaken, without losing its meaning: this means there should not be any loose bits, as these would just move away if the thing is moved, making the vignette lose its beauty.
You need not agree, of course, but that's the way I want to work right now.
I adhered to the "Make 'em stick" initiative in my latest vignettes (this and this. To prove this, in these two last vignettes, I took (and posted) a picture of the vignette upside-down.
However, Photoshop does exist. For this, I have built a "stick-o-meter", something that will stick to the vignette, and hang down, proving (at least a little more) that the vignette actually is upside down.
This is my stick-o-meter. I know more efficient designs may be available, but for now, that's it. If you see a more-or-less upside-down vignette with this thingie hanging down (more or less like this), that's to prove "I made 'em stick"!
I don't want this to be mistaken as an anti-SNOT inititive: double kudos to everyone that can make pure SNOT stuff that can survive being moved, in fact!
Thanks to everyone who left a comment / review below. Some notes:
I value _all_ feedback. As someone said, "It's important to think. It's what separates us from lentils." - so, thank you. Really.
This said, this is a purely personal initiative - I am not asking anyone to agree or adhere to it. Making them stick is just the way I like to do things right now. It's a personal manifesto, if you want to keep the art metaphor (but see point 4. below).
My (temporary?) aversion to "unsticky" SNOT is probably caused by many factors, including:
my inability to do better SNOT - when I improve, I may become less intransigent.
my lack of bricks - I used to have many brittle spaceships from the '80es - but they got lost in one of my moves (not that they would have helped make SNOT stuff). I think it's called envy, or pride. Do challenging stuff with less tools.
To the point that Ngeok mentioned about art - I don't have the pretense of creating art, right now - just a few funny (stupid?) vignettes (and, with this, please understand that _you_ are perfectly free to create LEGO art, SNOT or not - again, this is just about me)
and, just to reiterate again: this is not against SNOT as a whole - I do like SNOT as a concept. This is a challenge to myself - For now, I want to improve my building skills, but keep adhering to this guideline. That's it.
BTW, to Alpha Squad Commando 15: I didn't use real bricks to do the main image, because it's supposed to be a logo, not a MOC. The MOC is the stickometer. And, of course, I don't have the bricks to do it in reality... ^__^
Thanks again to everyone...