Using Lego as pixel art

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could not see links in story but:

has them and the actual website seems not to be meant to be navigated by humans:

and the reason i bothered looking - the one i could not figure out:

Leonardo da Vinci – Cecillia Gallerani


That first image is strangely familiar…

Makes me think of the fake-art challenge in Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Item 1 in this listicle):

[quote=“frauenfelder, post:1, topic:80553”]Maybe they tinted the bricks after the fact in Photoshop[/quote]Yes, I think attempting to track down 1x1 bricks in some of those colors would be a rather agonizing challenge.

Many Adult Fans of Lego like to make mosaics out of the bricks. And the mosaics are often quite beautiful. But they never look like this! Slapping a trademark stamp on it with a photoshop overlay, does not make it Lego.

The ability of people to see the original detail in pixelated images is rather astounding.

Several years ago, I built SatanVision, which is a very low (128 x 96 pixel) resolution TV set made from a bunch of dim, red 8x8 pixel LED display bricks I found on ebay for like a dollar each. I made it accept standard NTSC video from a VCR or whatever.
This is a scene from Pink Flamingos. Recognize anyone?

I noticed that if I watched an old black and white movie, I could see the sheen of the sharkskin jackets on the mobsters! Clearly, this level of detail was being added by my brain, because there was just a bunch of glowing red dots in front of me.


Legoism. A modern form of impressionism using individual Lego bricks to construct an image that invokes the feeling of reality.

MSRP approx $50

If the sampling is right, all you really need is one big pixel.

Okay, maybe not.

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During my college days, a student pixelated a photo of Albert Einstein using squares cut out of playboy centerfolds. An observer’s reaction was very different depending how close they were to the picture.


I think it’s far more likely that these were made entirely with software. It would seem a lot easier to do that rather than making them with Lego, taking a photo of them, then adjusting the colour the colour of every piece in Photoshop.

Spend a few minutes on Google and you’ll find software to do this sort of thing.

You know what would be great on this?

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