A Win at LEGOLAND Star Wars Days 2016!

Han, Leia and Luke watch little Ben Solo play with his best friend, Chewbacca.

Han, Leia and Luke watch little Ben Solo play with his best friend, “Bacca”.

LEGO is a huge outlet for our family. One of our favorite uses for the bricks is in storytelling.

A website I’ve been following over the past four years is FBTB.net. The site features news and reviews on LEGO products and hosts frequent LEGO building contests. They also host a LEGO fan gallery during Star Wars Day at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, CA. When they announced an open call for builders to submit their models to be displayed during the Star Wars event, I quickly registered my LEGO Ideas project, The Moldy Crow, to help get exposure and feedback.

One of the five contest categories FBTB announced for this years event was titled “Skywalker Family Reunion” and Calista was excited to enter her own build. She thought of a series of small vignettes featuring Ben Solo as a little boy playing with his furry friend, Chewbacca, reminiscent of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Thus, Ben and Bacca was born.

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One of My LEGO Creations On Display at LEGOLAND

A huge thank you for everyone who has voted to support this LEGO Ideas project!

The encouraging comments everyone has shared have offered great suggestions to better this project. This post aims to cover some of the ideas that have posted.

The Custom Minifigures:   The designs for Kyle’s and Jan’s torsos were created using Adobe Illustrator. As soon as I felt I had developed strong enough LEGOized versions, I used Photoshop to digitally map the designs into the photos of the minifigs.

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For anyone interested in applying these designs to their own Kyle and Jan minifigs, the .png files have been posted to my Flickr page.

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New Frontiers

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.

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Jumping Atop Boulders To Cross A Rushing River

2014 has gifted The Suboken Project with some new developments and opportunities.

One such opportunity is the consolidation the Suboken.com portfolio website with the Suboken Project blog into a single web destination. As the saying goes, please excuse our dust while this transition is in progress.

Another timely announcement for you is that In A Place: Series 2 prints will be on sale this Friday, 4th of April at the Venus Studios Art Walk and Bazaar. We’re offering a Mother’s Day special on the prints if you’re looking to buy something extra special for Mom. Speaking of mothers, Calista and I will be bringing our special little guest with us on Friday as well and would love for you to stop by and say hello. The art walk runs from 2:00 to 7:00.

Venus Studios is located at 41801 Corporate Way, Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Discovering a Visual Shorthand: The Making of The Cartographer’s Dilemma

continued from part 1

A Series Of Dilemmas

“Cartographers use an illustrative short-hand to describe geographical features of the real world. This short-hand form of communication is designed to allow the viewer to have an easy baring on the contours and layout of the area depicted on the cartographer’s map. Exaggerated color palettes, lines of various weight and solid fields of color all act as simplified yet concise forms of communication informing the map viewer of the geography depicted. Instead of focusing on the actual details of the full terrain, the user of the map can rely solely on the map to find her way around the area.
“Spoken and written language serves as a way to describe the real world as well. Words are used as a concise method to describe all the vast facets and features of the world and the ways in which we interact with and within it.
“However, are words also just another form of short-hand, simplifying or exaggerating how we see the real word? A culture’s vocabulary has such a huge impact on how it’s members regard the world in which they live. Could it be that the more complex and sophisticated our lexicon becomes, the more removed we are from simply seeing the real world?”

– as described on suboken.com

The ideas and dilemmas philosophy introduced me to were the perfect concepts for me to explore through my art. Creating art wasn’t about making a thing, it was about exploring an idea. Visual art in particular become a new voice through which I could explore the world. During the process of building The Cartographer’s Dilemma (TCD), the individual elements became metaphors of the different aspects of the theme I was tackling. With regard to the completed piece, the more refined the artwork was aesthetically, the clearer the question posed by the artwork’s concept became.

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