Creating Portraits Using Thousands Of Lego Bricks | Master Craft

Creating Portraits Using Thousands Of Lego Bricks | Master Craft

This portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is made up of about 5,000 Lego pieces. But zoom into her blue eye again. You’ve got a square blue Lego. Diagonal to that is a rectangle one. And another rectangle is
perpendicular to that. Then, separated by a row of black, another square blue Lego. To you and me, this pattern
doesn’t translate into an eye, but that’s how artist Andre
Veloux sees the world. In pixels. Each portrait starts on the computer. In Andre’s case, two computers. He uses them to turn a regular image into one that can be
recreated using Legos. He plays around with the
contrast and saturation of the image in Photoshop to
get the picture just right. The higher the contrast of the photo, the better it translates into pixels. Then he crops it into
the shape of the canvas and moves the image to his other computer. From there, he uses a separate program to turn the image into pixels. Each pixel corresponds with
a Lego stud on the canvas. But figuring out the colors? That takes a little more work. Andre Veloux: Each person
you take for a portrait has their own color balance, if you like, and that, depending on their skin tone and their hair color and
their general appearance. And so you need to choose
a Lego palette with colors that will be complementary to that. Narrator: And his palette
is already pretty limited. The official Lego palette that Andre uses has 51 different colors,
33 of which are solid. The remaining ones are
considered special bricks. And contrary to what
some people might think, Andre doesn’t use any custom bricks other than the ones
engraved with his signature. Andre: I will just reduce
the Lego color palette, take out some of the primary colors that I don’t want to
appear in the portrait. And that way, you get a more realistic and kind of photo-realistic
portrayal of the portrait. Narrator: Taking out a handful of colors limits his range even more. And it’s possible Andre
might have to change a color or two during
the building process. He begins a physical portrait by creating the canvas with baseplates. Andre: I found out these aftermarket ones, this is the only thing that I
use that’s not made by Lego. This is another company that makes standard baseplates, but they’re thicker. And so this gives a
much stronger structure for the whole piece, and it
helps hold together better. Narrator: Andre uses Legos to attach the baseplates together to form the canvas. Then, using placeholder bricks, he maps out the general
shape of the section he’s going to work on. These are brightly colored bricks that won’t blend in with the
colors he’s actually using. Once that’s done, he lays
down the first bricks. Because the process involves
a lot of rearranging bricks and swapping out colors,
it makes it difficult for him to know exactly how many bricks he’ll need of each color. Andre: When I build a piece, I’m always running out of stock of the pieces I need, so I have to then put some kind of placeholder in and leave it there until
the stock actually arrives, and when the stock arrives you can replace them
with the pieces you need. Narrator: Because of this, it can take Andre up to three months to complete one portrait. He doesn’t like to keep
these portraits flat. And that could mean
adding layers of texture to the hair, face, or the background. This vastly increases the
amount of Legos he needs. Creating texture in each specific section requires using different kinds of bricks. For the hair, Andre
might use varying sizes and colors of stacking
bricks, thin plates, and slanted, single, and square bricks to create a textured effect. Sometimes deciding what bricks to put down is also an economical choice. Andre: I have all the
black around the edge now. So, it doesn’t really matter
what color I use in the middle because it’s not gonna show at the edge. So I’m gonna fill the middle with whatever color I want. I try and use the most
economical-priced piece for the middle section because Lego is not the
same price for each color. Some colors are much more harder to find and they cost a lot more, so you don’t use those as much. Narrator: Next, Andre
moves on to the face. He makes it using a
majority of flat plates that vary in colors and hues, and it can be tricky to get right. If one or two bricks are
placed in the wrong spot, he might end up with something odd-looking pretty quickly. Because this can easily happen, it could mean putting
in and taking out bricks hundreds of times, which can do some damage
to Andre’s fingers. When he gets it right, it
all starts to come together. Andre: I mean, that’s
why, I kind of, like, I’ll call it magic as it comes together. You can see nothing for such a long time and then you suddenly see it all. Narrator: But the most important step to give the portrait its realistic feel? The eyes. Andre: The principle elements in it are the eyes and the lips, specifically the eyes. And you have to design the eyes so they’re gonna make
some kind of connection with the viewer when it’s produced. And so that takes the most time, because, if you think of a
single eye in one of my pieces, it’s probably got a pixelation level of, say, like, 10 by 10. An incredibly small amount of information. But because our brains
are so attuned to faces, in particular eyes, you can make it work
in a very powerful way. Narrator: After putting
the final piece in place, he wipes off any fingerprints to reveal the finished portrait.

15 thoughts on “Creating Portraits Using Thousands Of Lego Bricks | Master Craft

  1. So just program an AI to pick best bricks for certain picture provided lol . So absolete , how about you do something artistic and unique lol .

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  3. The photo… Is already made of pixels. That's how photos and computers work.every captured, printed, and digital image is made of pixels….

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