The Art of LEGO Design
Creative Ways to Build Amazing Models
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: June 2014
Pages: 288

The most impressive LEGO models often take careful planning (and lots of pieces), but with some inspiration, a little imagination, and a number of tried-and-true techniques, you too can turn bricks into a masterpiece.

In The Art of LEGO® Design, author Jordan Schwartz explores LEGO as an artistic medium. This wide-ranging collection of creative techniques will help you craft your own amazing models as you learn to see the world through the eyes of some of the greatest LEGO builders. Each concept is presented with a collection of impressive models to spark your imagination, like fantastic dragons, futuristic spaceships, expressive characters, and elaborate dioramas. You'll discover some of the inventive techniques that LEGO artists use to:

  • Create lifelike creatures from unusual elements like inside-out tires and minifigure capes
  • Design sleek cars without showing a single stud
  • Add ambience to dioramas with light bricks or LEDs
  • Craft eye-catching textures to create cobblestone roads and brick walls
  • Build sturdy, detailed, posable mechs and other figures
  • Add depth with forced perspective and interesting silhouettes
Interviews with the talented builders behind many of the book's models reveal their thoughts on the design process and what inspires them most. Even if you've been building with LEGO since you could crawl, you'll find new inspiration in The Art of LEGO Design.
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    Comments about oreilly The Art of LEGO Design:

    The last time I played with Lego I was 10 years old and my efforts were often no more than a set of wheels on a Lego block that I would whizz along the living room carpet. Then I got adventurous and in 1976 built a Lego space rocket on a green base board with black and white curved pieces to build the cylindrical shape of the rocket. Meccano later took over and then Airfix kits and the Lego world was left behind. Fast forward to today and my 11 year old son has started on his Lego phase – doing a much better job than I ever did. Which brings me to this book - Art of Lego Design.

    This is a fascinating read regardless of whether you are a keen Lego model maker or just interested to know what an expert builder can do with Denmark's most famous building system. Its an enjoyable, well laid out book giving a sound history into how the system has evolved as well as introducing new techniques which the keen modeller will find invaluable. The pictures are colourful as you would expect from Lego but the examples given are truly amazing eg blending fabrics into the block system to create a stunning Tanuki Samurai model p. 81.

    The book is punctuated with interviews from expert builders giving their own insight into how they approach their own unique builds or specialisations – Diorama, Vehicles, Steam Punk, Sci Fi etc and the book ends with a section on completing the build and photography of the finished model.

    This 279 page book will appeal to the advanced model builder, give inspiration and provide a manual to those just starting on the Lego journey and provide an enjoyable insight into Lego, its development over the years and how it has changed and adapted with the ever changing world that we live in. The Lego of the 1970's has changed remarkably into systems which can be technically challenging or as simple as the builder wishes to make – with the fundamental keystone Lego block of 50 years ago still compatible with the systems of today.

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