I want Lego to be treated like art
Lego artist Mike Doyle and No Starch Press have launched Beautiful Lego, a 267-page book filled with stunning Lego art by Lego builders all around the world.
From renderings of Apple's original Macintosh to faithful recreations of New York's post-9/11 World Trade Center site, Beautiful Lego has it all.
Mr Doyle shares his inspiration for putting together the book in a recent interview with technology-news website CNet.
Why this book?
I've not seen a book that treats Lego work like art. So, from the beginning, that was the goal - to have a book filled with tons of beautiful pictures of beautiful Lego models displayed simply and in a beautiful way.
What kind of mind does it take to be someone who builds these designs?
(Such people) tend to be into the sciences, computer programming, engineering or architecture, which seems to make sense.
All these professions use creativity in a way that is either spatial or puzzle-like in nature. Also, I think designers and artists tend to gravitate towards them. My guess is that these are some of the typical minds that are drawn to working with Lego. I think any mind can contribute and create, though.
What amazed you the most as you were putting together this collection?
I would say I am amazed at the clever techniques that individuals develop. The more I look at the photos, the more details I see that make me wonder: "How the heck did they do that?"
How can someone become an artist who can make these designs?
All that matters is to have the will to do it. Some will be more natural at it than others. But, if one works hard enough, he can do anything.
That said, the best way to approach it is to look online at what other people are doing. There are plenty of blogs out there, including www.brothers-brick.com/, which showcase inspiring work every day.
Additionally, folk tend to put their work on Flickr. Carefully studying how others have built their models is a good way to learn the great techniques that are out there.