A Few R2D2s

On Monday I posted my How To Draw A Cartoon R2D2 tutorial and it’s been pretty popular online! So I wanted to share just a few that I got back:

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Above are from Popcandy (left) and Horrorthon (right), a few more…

Draw R2D2

Draw R2D2

…and then there was this combination of all of my recent tutorials (elephant, leprechaun, bunny) that’s probably my favorite so far:

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Thanks everyone, and stay tuned for more tutorials!

How To Draw A Cartoon R2D2 – Tutorial

R2D2 is probably my favorite robot of all time. So, with May the 4th coming up in a few days, I thought I’d show you an easy way to draw your very own cartoon R2D2! And don’t worry, I’ve got a good feeling about this! (BTW, you can click the image to enlarge it.)

When you’re finished, feel free to tweet, pin, email or otherwise share a pic of your cartoon R2D2 with me and I’ll post it here at the blog! Enjoy!

How To Draw A Cartoon R2D2 - Tutorial

Not bad, huh? Feel free to check out my other tutorials too:

And feel free to check out my robot cartoons too!

R2D2 LEGO Mosaic – How I Did It

A while back my wife was cross-stitching something for our daughter’s room and we were discussing trying to track down a superhero or Star Wars pattern for her to do next for the boy.

After a few days of fruitless searching, it hit me that maybe I could do a big LEGO mosaic instead.

I found a wonderful resource here and set to work.

1 – The Picture

It took a while to find a nice clean image, but the pic below of everyone’s favorite astromech was just what I was looking for. (Plus, it was a lot of colors that I knew I could pick up cheaply at BrickLink.)

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2 – Photoshop

There are a number of pieces of software out there to do the pattern for you, but I chose to do it myself in Photoshop.  I resized and adjusted the image to fit the number of bricks/pixels I wanted (48 x 72) and created a custom color palette using RGB values for the 1×1 plates that were available.

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Then I adjusted the grid setting, and I had my pattern:

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3 – Construction

The building was actually quite easy.  I worked at my desk off of the pattern in Photoshop and got it done in probably 5 or 6 hours all told.  I also let the boy help me put in all the blue background to his great delight.

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Then I added the tile frame, glued the whole thing to some 1/8" plywood, and hung it up in the boy’s room.

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Not bad, huh?

4 – LEGO Nerd Stuff

OK, for all of the AFOLs out there, I used 12 different colors of 1×1 plates.

White, Black, Very Light Gray, Light Gray, Light Bluish Gray, Dark Gray, Dark Bluish Gray, Blue, Medium Blue, Dark Blue, Red, and Trans Red.

It’s my first mosaic, but I’m really really pleased with the results.  And the boy is ecstatic.