LEGO has done an amazing job with the LEGO Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit characters and creatures. They are particularly detailed and true to both the movies and the books. Have you ever wondered how LEGO moulds are made to create new LEGO elements based on movies? Below is an interesting video of the process of creating prototypes for the vicious Wargs, and the fancy beard pieces of the dwarves in the LEGO The Hobbit sets.
Watch as LEGO Senior Designer Gitte Thorsen shares the steps from the initial drawings, to using sculpting-clay to work out shapes, to baking the clay, to carving and refining the hardened clay to finalize the prototype, and to finally make it to finished product.
One thing Gitte hints at several times is that the new design must be compatible with current LEGO products both in style and fit. At least to me this is the most impressive aspect of the work of a LEGO artist; translating real-world (or movie-world) elements that are both accurate to the original concept and yet fit seamlessly into the already established world of LEGO.
It is also interesting to see how the tools used to make LEGO prototypes are quite simple and old-fashioned. No fancy software or high-tech equipment; just paper and clay – the time-tested tools of a true artist.
I really like such behind-the-scenes videos from LEGO. What about you? How did you like the video? Did you learn something? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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