About David Guedes

David Guedes, aka Lettuce, has been building with LEGO all his life, though he had a “dim age” in his teens, and didn’t buy any new sets for 6 years。 He has been active in the fan community since 2014, regularly displaying creations at conventions like BrickCon and BrickCan, as well as interacting with fans of LEGO of all ages。 David is a member of the VLC and a founder of DaveLUG。 He lives just outside of Vancouver, with his wife, two sons, a dog, and a house full of little plastic bricks。 His flickr account can be found 。

Posts by David Guedes

Bow before the mighty Lich King

Sometimes I look at something and think “Wow, that’s a really cool sculpture!” only to realize it’s actually made of LEGO. That was exactly my thought process when I saw Lich King Arthas from World of Warcraft. What I was first drawn to, oddly, was the base, and no way did I realize it was built out of my favourite plastic bricks.

The way the wedge plates are stacked and the cascading effect of the make it hard to believe that’s not actually carved out of ice and snow。 Then you zoom and realize this thing is an absolute tutorial on parts usage。 So many amazing combinations of sword or blade elements really displaying how even specialized LEGO pieces can be combined in unique and spectacular ways。 There so many different textures too, my favourite being the pieces simulate the white fur on the boots, and the creating the mail on his abdomen。 The skull on his shoulder ain’t too shabby either。 Be sure to zoom in to notice all fantastic parts usages。

Maybe the Amazon will save itself

Brick built plants can help make bring a LEGO scene to life. And when the plants are the focus of a diorama, that scene is full of life, such as this collaboration between and . This diorama shows four different sections of the amazon jungle that work together as one scene or as the same scene through time.

Through the series, these builders display a dried riverbed, which is overtaken by a fully grown jungle, then destroyed so someone can mine for gold before the jungle finally begins to retake the land。 The vegetation throughout the build is fantastic, so much so that it is difficult to call out any one part! The colour choices are also on point, from the vibrant mixture of greens in the thriving jungle to the more drab dark tan and olive in the mining scene。 Not to be overlooked is the subtle landscaping, from the smooth sides of the bricks making up the wet river bed to the slope made up of showing how the miners have dug into the earth。

A splash of colour to light up the dark ages

LEGO castle creations are often a brilliant display of how to build with gray bricks. And though I love big gray castles as much as the next LEGO fan (I’m even hoarding all kinds of gray bricks to build my own massive castle one day), I can also appreciate castle creations with a generous splash of colour, like 浙江快乐12走势图 has with his jester scene.

The trees are a brilliant adaptation of the one in front of the Bookshop modular building, and remind us in the real world that autumn I around the corner. If the bright colours aren’t enough, the jester is prancing along the road with his entourage in tow, bringing cheer to the local peasantry. Dancing to the sound of a drum and guitar, as he moves on to his next location along with his wagon full of props.

Not so big LEGO IDEAS

LEGO Ideas has become quite a popular theme over the last few years, and while the sets don’t really all go together, many LEGO fans have taken to collecting all the Ideas sets. All those sets take up space though, but has a great solution: microscale versions!

He’s even included some larger scenery to surround the miniature sets。 Between the scale and the scenery, there are some pretty fun and innovative parts usages at play。 I’m particularly fond of the transparent tiles sticking out of the sideways blue water to simulate waves off the coast of the 。 Using as a palm tree trunk gives it just the right sway。 The makes the perfect little arms for the tyrannosaurus 。 The and transparent make excellent undersea structure for the microscale to explore。

Part wild cat, part bird of prey, this sculpture is stunning

Some LEGO creations look more like what you traditionally think of as art than others. Large scale sculptures are a good example of this, and are my favourite LEGO sculptures, and his latest piece is no exception. Part hawk, part Lynx, this Griffyx cub is all beauty.

While this isn’t the first time The Brothers Brick has shared one of Ekow’s creations, this is the first one that I’ve had the pleasure of writing about. And like Lino before me, I’m having a hard time picking my jaw up off the floor and finding the right words. LEGO sculptures are so often made up of the easier-to-acquire-in-mass-quantities bricks, most notably the most basic of all LEGO elements, the 2×4 brick. But Ekow’s palette includes a much more vast array of shapes and sizes of LEGO pieces. In what I can only imagine is a ridiculously thoughtful process, he’s able to craft the best, most organic-looking brick-built shapes I’ve ever seen.

Take the Griffyx。 Just by looking at it, you can feel the way it’s stretching its neck as if it just woke up and it’s loosening up its muscles。 You can see the flick of its tail, as it whips back and forth。 The fur looks soft to the touch and the wings – expertly engineered out of smaller – look primed and ready to take flight。 I don’t get those same strong sensations from other brick-built sculptures, only Ekow’s。 Will my editors allow me to go as far as to say he’s the greatest LEGO sculpture of our time? Nothing against all the other brilliant brick artists out there, but Ekow is just rewriting the game。

浙江快乐12走势图Modern Stone Age bad-ass huntress

In ancient times, humans domesticated dogs to help them hunt, and they became our best friends. But what if we’d chosen cats instead, as this LEGO huntress, depicted by has? While the one-piece are considered big cats to minifigures, to this brick-built character, they’re positively darling little killing machines.

浙江快乐12走势图The huntress herself is no slouch either – this Paleolithic predator is built to survive。 I mean, just look at those abs! Hopefully it was warm back then, because those and don’t look like that warm of an outfit。 Maybe she’s just a Stone Age cat lady? She even has tangled hair, expertly crafted out of LEGO , to match the stereotype。

We’ll be safe in here

As we learned on the first US season of LEGO Masters earlier this year, LEGO creations are best when they tell a story that is easily understood. has been setting up a story through his series of apocalyptic modular buildings, and the plot has become very clear with his latest scene. Here you see a family trying to escape their own impending doom, their car broken down, taking refuge in the back of a Nuka Cola truck.

They figured they’d be safe there for the night, but unbeknownst to them, they’d almost made it to the shelter。 Turns out they didn’t make it。 Whatever they were running from caught up with them that night, and they died right there, baby in arms。

Earlier this year, back when we could still gather in groups, this model was on display at Bricks Cascade. Keith was standing proudly beside his creation engaging with the public. A twelve year old kid came up and described the scene to his dad. Keith was floored at how well the intended story came across — I thought he might cry.

Rover on a remote realm

When you’re traversing the unstable surface of an alien world, it’s important to have appropriate transportation. Luckily, has provided us with the rover we need to navigate . The are paired to offer steering control, and toothed for peak propulsory power. The , on the other hand, are smooth and broad for stability and speed. Riding high above the ground, our exploring hero is safe and sound, confident that the sensing sensors will sense any danger, the grabbing grab arms will grab on to anything that needs grabbing, and the slick hull will ensure that striking alien assailants will slide right away.

This post-apocalyptic Green Grocer is falling apart

浙江快乐12走势图With the world seemingly ending at the moment, took the opportunity to recreate what the iconic will look like once the apocalypse actually does come。 And that look is decaying, faded, rusty, decrepit, crumbling, and rot。 That many words are needed to describe just how many different ways this building is falling apart。

浙江快乐12走势图The signature sand green walls have faded to olive green. The siding of the building has eroded, the horizontal slats in behind are expertly represented by the underused side of . Huge chunks of the walls have fallen off and the windows are smashed. The fire escape and awning frame are rusted. The rooftops are pock-marked. Nature has started to reclaim the building, with plants sprouting through the sidewalk and vines climbing inside. But one man remains a stalwart holdout, down to his last square of toilet paper.

Forestmen’s Crossing revisted

When I was a kid, one of my absolute favourite LEGO sets was , and while those old sets were cool, building techniques have greatly evolved in the last 30 years. exemplifies this with his updated version of the classic set. The most noticeable difference is the greater level of texture that’s possible now. All of the large pieces from the original set, like the or , are instead brick built in this creation, giving both of them greater detail.

The walls of the tower are much more textured, using a mix of various bricks, plates, slopes, tiles, and even light gray ! There are other amazing parts usage throughout, from the red as a flower or the brown as fence. I love use of as a rock – simple but brilliant. The thing that really ties it all together though, is how he’s managed to incorporate some of classic pieces like the or their original minifigure parts, so seamlessly with new elements.

Be wise like the owl, read a book

While stuck at home in quarantine or self-isolation, people need fun activities to pass the time. One popular activity is building LEGO sets and designing new creations. If you don’t have LEGO to build with, you can still appreciate other people’s creations online, like wise owl. And once you’re done appreciating it, this LEGO owl has a new activity for you, read a book! Well, assuming you can get it out from under his sharp . I absolutely love the use of as the plumage. The waves they’re arranged in makes the owls chest look especially fluffy.

Boo! Scared you

Emotion is one of those things that really brings us to life。 It really brings LEGO characters to life too, take scared man。 The emotion he’s currently feeling, some combination of fear and surprise is communicated clearly through with some expert parts usage。 Most noticeable is perhaps the as his hair, standing up in fright。 Moving down the face you can as his pupils centered in his eyes, bulging out of his face。 The piece that really ties it all together is the has is an open mouth。 pieces are used in both black and white as his outstretched limbs, and his open hands are well represented with for palms and for fingers。 I hope he wasn’t holding on to anything before he jumped back in shock!