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A Catablog of Tools, Tips, and Techniques for building with LEGO®


Tag: foliage

Afternoon Diggy Nippers, originally uploaded by SlyOwl.

What SlyOwl does in an afternoon puts the rest of us to shame. First of all, the organic spread of the green to set the scene area and then the path to the old mill — very subtle stuff, but takes some thinking to get it right as you build. The mix of grey and the grill bricks on the mill give a good sense of the age to the building — not to mention the one door that has broken off its hinge. continue reading…

Coconut Island, originally uploaded by evildead1980.

evildead1980 has concocted a brilliant little island scene with all kinds of gorgeous building goodies going on.

I enjoyed his technique for the sandy beach — very organic and realistic.

And here he’s got an awesome use for a little farm animal (below). Note also how effectively he was able to get the bananas together. We typically see bananas in a “bunch” — usually 5 or 6 together, though this is a pretty good rendition of a banana “fist” — bananas actually grow together like this, pointed up.

Who wants some roasted pig?

And here a little tropical hot-tub complete with water supplied out the mouth of an ancient sculpture of a skull. Loved the use of the curved blue bricks here to depict the water pouring out. Notice also the use of brown minifig-heads as coconuts. There is also a brilliant mix of multiple types of vegetation to make a very coherent, believable island scene.

Girl Time 1

Here’s a cool new use for the recent Green Minifig Stands that come in the Toy Story Army Men on Patrol Sets — foliage for trees! continue reading…

Alicia Robichaud is doing a 365 day photography project — not all LEGO, but is doing a full week of LEGO this week. This is her second day of the week, and day 23 out of the 365. This seems to be a classic “damsel in distress” scene. Not quite a Rapunzel, but with a much less headache-causing solution for the Damsel.

Climbing Rose Vine Technique

I’m highlighting this image because of the excellent technique of the rose vine climbing the tower. There are a lot of techniques out there for breaking up the monotony of an otherwise boring wall, but I’ve not seen greenery done like this before.

I feel that the roses bring a lot more life and even story to the picture. A guy might add a vine growing up part of the castle wall, but it takes a woman to make it a rose vine. =)

Of course, you don’t want to see every castle have every tower covered with rose vines — that would just be silly. Another variation, perhaps to add a bit of “evil” to the vine (not on Alicia’s MOC — on yours) would be to intersperse some of part #55236 (it’s been made in 8 different colors, most of which would look good and thorny).

Breaking up the Wall

I also appreciate Alicia’s use of the 1×1 cylinder bricks to break up the monotony of a what would have been an otherwise boring wall. It adds an extra hint of beauty, and gives  the eye something to linger on as it makes its way to the vine and finally  to the damsel, the focal point of the image.

The ‘Shroom Whisprerer by Foamrider on Flickr. Entered in Classic Castle’s Job Muller’s contest earlier this year.

The things that stood out to me here were the simple, yet effective tree, and the mushrooms.