Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!

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Did you know that it's Alex Trebek's 75th birthday today? I did not, because although I enjoy Jeopardy! I am very bad at it. But here's a quick doodle mosaic based on the show's Facebook image! ( https://www.facebook.com/Jeopardy/photos/a.187939387923652.66723.101839449866980/952718018112448/?type=1 )

Pan Am Games Logo – now with Free Instructions!

Make Your Own Pan Am 2015 Logo!

It's been a couple of weeks since my 100 Days of Mosaics, a run where I did 100 days of digital brick mosaic concepts. It's nice to get a look at what a physical mosaic would look like, but how many pieces would it take to make any of them? With the Pan Am Games coming up, I thought I would look into how to figure out exactly how many bricks it would take to make the TO 2015 logo. For reference, here's the digital concept, and below are my instructions!
It *should* top out at 522 pieces, and I've made it so that they are all basic pieces. At 20"x10" this will rest perfectly on two small baseplates. Click the image for a .pdf file of the instructions, give this a shot, and let me know how it goes!

100 Days of Mosaics – Day 100 – Coke and Bagels

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"Coke and Bagels." Finally, Day 100 of 100 days of mosaics. Managed to capture a mix of portraits, landscapes, anime, and pets, and I'm pretty happy with them. This one, for 40"x50", is a from a picture a friend took of another friend back in those high school days. What's next after these 100 mosaics? A break. I've also come up with something while working on these, so I'll share that in a bit. There's a LEGO convention to prepare for, too! http://toronto.brickfete.com/ Until next time, to absent friends.

100 Days of Mosaics – Day 74 – Furious 7

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All these people are staring at something, and they all seem upset for some reason. There's a movie out that will tell you why! No spoilers, please. 80"x30" concept. This one interested me because you can see how the facial details blur as the faces themselves get smaller.

100 Days of Mosaics – Day 31 – Russell Crowe

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"What we do in life echoes in eternity." - Russell Crowe, as Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North. General of the Felix Legions. Loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife, and he who will have his vengeance, in this life or the next. 20"x25"

100 Days of Mosaics – Day 26 – The Princess Bride

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Silhouette from "The Princess Bride." Since trying for detail in the faces would yield a massive mosaic, I went for minimal detail, a silhouette, and as small a footprint as possible. It's still 15"x35" because I felt like framing the whole body was more powerful than cropping down to the faces in this instance.

100 Days of Mosaics – Day 14 – Fur Coat

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So the other day, I was working on a lion mosaic, and the mane made me think of the fur hood on winter coats. After I posted that one, I tried to adjust its colours and convert the mane into a hood and face freehand. That did not go well, so I did this one! And I'll take another run at the lion-into-fur-coat conversion some day. 30"x40"

100 Days of Mosaics – Day 9 – Catch ‘Em All

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The touching story of a young boy learning to use his smartphone. 20"x25" request - there's something like 16 colours in this one, so it was a different challenge from previous mosaics. I also did a little work at a time on this over the past few days, which meant that I kept retracing my work and/or trying to remember what I did before. That's something I have to address for larger projects.

100 Days of Mosaics – Day 6 – Say It Right

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I've been trying to mimic existing, hopefully available colours with these mosaics, and that means that some skin tones are easier to get than others. There's obvious sectors of colour here, and maybe I'll revisit this with a...dithering (Did I say it right?) effect to see what that looks like. 35"x20" concept.

100 Days of Mosaics – Days 1 to 3

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I've been making mosaics on and off for the past few years, but never really focused on it for any length of time. So, for 100 days I'll be trying my hand at all sorts of mosaic concepts - things that could be built with plastic bricks, but that I just haven't physically done. The plan is to develop my idea muscle, my eye for artsy things, as well as my technical skills, so we'll see how that goes. This is actually Day 3, but there's more than one concept for each day, so enjoy, and I hope you'll follow along to see how these mosaics turn out!