LEGO Renders

Articles on how I build and render virtual LEGO bricks—plus pretty pictures., Page 2
How to Add Stickers to Complete My Renders

Taking some time to unwind before my workout, I traced out the last few stickers needed to finish this set. Although I had the images from previous POV-Renders, they weren’t of a high enough quality. I’m not done with this set yet. But, it is close to what is sitting in my storage cases.

Posted Feb 04, 2018 by Steven 8 min read

Don’t Just Fix a Mistake, Try Something New

While uploading my last render, I noticed that something was wrong with my Windmill. It didn’t take long to figure out what. When I’d rotated the top part, I must have grabbed the wrong rotation point. Easy fix, but I needed to do more then render it again. Time to play in Blender.

Posted Jan 14, 2018 by Steven 2 min read

Enjoy the New Year with a Pair of Renders

Starting the year off with new renders of old LEGO sets. Both of these are from 1976 and are great examples of the styles from that era. Trying out some different lighting techniques, I enjoyed rendering these as much as building them.

Posted Jan 06, 2018 by Steven 2 min read

2017 Was A Fantastic Year For Renders

Last year is over, but it was one of my more prolific years for LEGO renders. I ended up sharing 67 renders on Flickr, plus a few other renders I did only for Mecabricks. I even have a few test images squirreled away I won’t be sharing. As we close out 2017, here are the last of the images from December.

Posted Jan 02, 2018 by Steven 6 min read

Here Are a Few Renders to Kick of December

Trying to keep with my promise, here are my latest LEGO renders. Each is an experiment. I’m trying different techniques, or testing new ideas. Some work, and some don’t. But, that’s okay. Life is about learning and trying. Why shouldn’t my hobbies be the same? Let’s dig in.

Posted Dec 06, 2017 by Steven 6 min read

Time to Catch up on My Lego Renders

Although I haven’t posted many picture lately, I haven’t been idle. Old, new, large, and small, I’ve been trying out a few different things over last two months. Of course, this was between working, running, and other projects. So, time to catch up! Here are five images to round our your day.

Posted Dec 03, 2017 by Steven 4 min read

Bringing New Life to an Old Lego Taxi Garage Set

Browsing through my collection of ideas on Pinterest, I ran across a great vintage taxi set. At first glance, it seemed Mecabricks would have all the pieces needed. Yet, that wasn’t the case. A few key pieces were missing, which required some ingenuity on my part.

Posted Oct 15, 2017 by Steven 2 min read

A Quick Blender Render of a Colorful and Happy Dinosaur

With the recent release of Blender 2.79, which officially supports filmic color and denoising filter. Keeping current, Mecabricks released the latest advanced blender add-in that supports it. Besides the above changes, it supports the Principled shader also introduced in 2.79. Adding all that up, it was time to do a little testing.

Posted Sep 29, 2017 by Steven 2 min read

Overcome Your Attachment to the Weighted Companion Cube

Portal was one of those games that game out of no where. Released as an add-on to the Orange Box, the Half-Life 2 box edition for consoles, the puzzler shined. Combining wry humor with entertaining game play, Portal gained a place in pop culture. In one of the more memorable levels, you are given a weighted companion cube. This heart embossed cube replaces the more generic ones used in early, and later, levels. Given a game filled with loneliness, the companion cube helps fill that void. Portal does such a good job of hamming it up, that it comes as a surprise when you must dispose of the cube to continue on. It’s heartbreaking, even if the cube is an inanimate object. As an iconic part of the game, I was excited to replicate it in LEGO bricks.

Posted Sep 03, 2017 by Steven 4 min read

Spider, I See You Hiding in the Window

I was actually working on a different model when an idea struck me. Wanting an object to look abandoned and old, I grabbed a spider web and threw a black spider in it for fun. But, the web was too large, so I left it off to the side. Getting back to it yesterday, inspiration took a different direction.

Posted Aug 04, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

Enjoy This Cute Little Octopus That Floated By

I haven’t cranked out pictures as much lately. My intent was to work on my writing this month, but life and work intruded. Uninspired to write last night, I searched for something new to render. This cute little LEGO creature offered me a nice diversion.

Posted Jul 14, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

Trying Not to Be Sad Today with My Love of LEGO

July 4th is bitter sweet for me. I’ve always enjoyed the holiday with its fireworks and celebration. Food, fair and patriotism mix for a usually fun day. Yet, my wife’s mother died on the 4th, making it a day of remembrance and sadness. Time to find something to take my mind off it.

Posted Jul 04, 2017 by Steven 4 min read

Enjoy This Simple and Elegant LEGO Dragonfly

Each month I check to see what the latest LEGO mini build is. Since I don’t have a local LEGO Store, I often build and render them using virtual bricks. This month, I only needed to render it as as mathieub already built it. Yet, I decided to give it a little character.

Posted Jun 23, 2017 by Steven 2 min read

What Happens When You Mix Together Balloons, Boise and Bricks?

One of the first things I saw when I arrived in Idaho were colorful balloons floating across the brown desert and blue skies. A defining moment that I’ve carried with me for the almost 20 years I’ve lived here. So, when I came across Visionary Bricks’ hot air ballon I had the perfect picture in mind.

Posted Jun 18, 2017 by Steven 4 min read

Ego the Living Planet and How to Make a Great Background

Last weeks, I ran across this build by changewing1 of the living planet. Mecabricks is a great community for such finds. Plus, I needed something to tax my old computer while trying out denoising feature in Blender. Stars aligned—pun intended, and I was off to render my next image. Keep reading to see how I did it.

Posted Jun 11, 2017 by Steven 5 min read

A Lonely Ostrich, Sometimes Simple Is Better

The lively colors in this Duplo ostrich caught my eye and inspired me to render it. My version of this lonely ostrich uses standard LEGO bricks, I was never a big fan of Duplo, nor do I have models of them. Yet, the simplicity of the model is quite effective. The render recreates that charm well.

Posted Jun 04, 2017 by Steven 2 min read

Rub-A-Dub-Dub See My Little Boat in the Tub

I saw a great Pirate Ship render yesterday by saabfan. The water in it impressed me, and I had commented that I didn’t know how to model it in Blender. Scrubs informed that it was easy, providing me the how. Off I went to try for myself.

Posted Jun 01, 2017 by Steven 4 min read

6600 Police Patrol, a Fun Render of Old Lego

I spent part of the memorial weekend getting Blender working on my office computer, a 2011 Mac mini. Although not as fast as my laptop, I’d set up dual monitors a few months ago and was itching to use them. The result of my effort is this render of 6600 Police Patrol.

Posted May 31, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

10 Lego Renders to Enjoy Your Day By

Although it’s been a month since my last LEGO® post, I haven’t been idle. With my current workflow, it only takes about 15 minutes to kick off a render, but I often don’t have the time to blog them. Correcting that with a few spare minutes, here are my last ten Blender renders.

Posted May 07, 2017 by Steven 6 min read

What do ugly april showers bring? Why, pretty lego renders!

Okay, the weather hasn’t been that bad, but we did get a few showers. In either case, I found time to render a few more images: A remake, a new build, and someone else’s. Here are three pictures to round out your week.

Posted Apr 09, 2017 by Steven 2 min read

After Years, These Are My Latest Lego Brick Parts

I haven’t built a new LEGO part for a number of years now. POV-Ray offered a very descriptive language, but the bricks were getting too complex. With the growth of the virtual LEGO community, I haven’t needed to render new parts. Until now.

Posted Apr 05, 2017 by Steven 2 min read

An Itty Bitty Songbird, a Delightful and Fun Build

I’ve been a long time fan of BioShock, with the first game still holding a special place in my collection. Without hesititation, I pinned Imagine Rigney’s Itty Bitty Songbird when I found it. Taking a break from writing, I got around to doing a virtual build of it.

Posted Apr 03, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

Adventures in Lighting and Improving My Lego Waterfall

With my Advanced Blender script buy, I decided to revisit my Waterfall model. Created using various LEGO CAD software, it is a study in tools as much as rendering. As such, I thought it would be fun to compare its evolution to date, and review how it has improved over time.

Posted Mar 24, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

I love my LEGO images—how I made them better with Mecabricks

Yep, I did it. I purchased a template to render LEGO bricks. Given the many years spent developing my own, I never thought I’d say that. To be fair, it was about time. Mecabricks creator Nicolas Jarraud (aka Scrubs) developed a great product. Below are my first two renders and the results, as expected, are fantastic.

Posted Mar 19, 2017 by Steven 3 min read

How To Render Beautiful LEGO Pictures In 5 Easy Steps

Infographics are a popular, and fun, tool to share information. I thought I’d give it a try using Canva’s infographic template, but I needed to choose something to talk about. Sticking to my current passion, the topic I chose was rendering LEGO images using Mecabricks and Blender.

Posted Feb 26, 2017 by Steven 1 min read