Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Garden Gnome Sculpture

Name of Model: Garden Gnome
Created by: Bill Ward
Found at: http://www.brickpile.com/2006/09/11/garden-gnome/ and http://flickr.com/photos/billward/sets/72157594280052853/
Here's one I don't recommend trying at home (unless you don't mind getting your LEGO bricks dirty): this is a sculpture of a garden gnome. It's pretty effective and straight forward. Bill Ward, like Eric Harshbarger, but unlike most of the people who work for the LEGO Group, prefers the challenge of making sculptures only with LEGO bricks - never other LEGO parts, no slopes, no plates, not even that little effect the real professionals do to make eyes have pupils at a normal looking size. This has the side effect of not being quite as realistic as it could be, but looking more like it's actually something that anyone could build with LEGO bricks. After all, if it's just 3 commercially available tubs of standard parts (as the description says), then it really looks like a LEGO project. The trick is to work at such a scale as to make sure that you still get the "boxy" effect of only using regular bricks without sacrificing too much in the way of curves or details. This gnome does this pretty effectively - the parts that look oversized blend in really well.

In any case, I'd hate to be the one to clean dirt out of the bottom of this guy. Maybe you should only try building garden gnomes for your fake indoor plants.

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