A lot has happened over the past four years; four years from when that little green light turned yellow on my network attached storage (NAS), four years since that strange whining sound sang out from my hard drive, indicating that the majority of my digital creativity had been wiped away. (http://suboken.com/2013/letting-go) Music, photos, graphic designs and illustrations that were all in progress toward bigger expressions of art; gone.
Sifting through the ash of 1s and 0s that once represented so many ideas, including new music building toward two new albums, The Unsound Symphony and The Machines that Howl, Growl and Wail, and only two songs had survived; one sitting on a 16 Gb flash drive, the other on an iPod.
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.
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.
For anyone interested in applying these designs to their own Kyle and Jan minifigs, the .png files have been posted to my Flickr page.
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.