For the past three years, I’ve been pouring an increasingly large amount of my creativity into writing projects. The first of these projects is a novel I’ve been adapting from a movie idea I created during film school. The weight of writing this novel has been heavy, however, and about 18 months ago I decided I needed to supplement my writing with something much lighter in tone. Producing this blog went a long way in satisfying that need. However, my family’s love of creating with LEGO inspired another story concept that snowballed into a personally ambitious writing project.
It’s been a year since our gallery show in Palm Desert, California, and the past year has brought many, many changes to the The Suboken Project.
The first half of 2014 sustained a strong interest for the In A Place project. We sold quite a few limited edition prints from Series Two and Series Three. We were also able to get the In A Place photography/essay book into more peoples hands in search of support to finally get the book published.
This past Saturday, I had another great time being part of SMaRT Education’s FIRST LEGO League tournament. This year I was able to once again referee on the competition floor. However, hats often change heads as the tournament progresses, and this year I found myself filling in as emcee as well.
But, I get the feeling that’s not why you’re here, is it?
Oh, right! This year, I once again designed and built custom LEGO trophies for the winning teams.
Since April, production on new artwork, music and writing has been locked in overdrive. So much so that about two weeks ago I finally hit a creativity levee. Calista and I had so many things on our plates that, for my part, something had to give.
However, the factors that have been pulling my attention in different directions are 100% positive.
Factor One: An Old Friend Returns.
More links to see some photo coverage from the tournament.
Here’s a PDF of the building instructions for the robot trophy. I used LEGO Digital Designer to create the PDF. However, LDD has some limitations in regards to unconventional uses of LEGO pieces. Hopefully the images from the blog illustrate how the whole thing comes together. If not, send me a message and I’ll try to fill in the missing steps. Calista and I ordered all of the pieces for building the trophies from Bricklink.com.