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Fake Lego Album Artwork?

Faked? or not – The Daily Mail Posted this article :  You really can build anything with Lego! Teenager recreates some of the most iconic album covers using his favourite building blocks

The original article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2548686/You-really-build-Lego-Teenager-recreates-iconic-album-covers-using-favourite-building-blocks.html#ixzz2rv5Mmduc

The details via the DailyMail.com

* Teenager Harry Heaton used Lego building blocks to recreate some of the most iconic album covers of all time

* The 17-year-old, from Pyrford, Surrey, decided to experiment with the idea after seeing a similar technique online

* The aspiring guitarist’s passion for music led him to look to his favourite album artwork as inspiration for project

I’m really not buying this Lego artwork.

While I’m not 100% sure but it seems pretty easy to create. Of course these examples are not perfect and exactly his effect pixel for pixel. I honestly did not spend more than 5 min reversing his technique. Writing this post took longer than the time I spent recreating his artwork. Additionally, if the artist supplied different angles that may help reinforce his claim, albeit I could recreate that in 3D if I wanted using Cinema 4D.

Hey at the very least if I’m wrong I now have a quick tutorial for creating a Lego treatment.

How the Lego fake was probably made.

I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC to demonstrate the technique.

Step 1: I took one of the covers that he used.







Step 2:  Isolated one of the Lego blocks





Step 3: Select define pattern from the edit drop-down






Step 4:  Create the pattern







Step 5:  Paste in the classic Van Halen album cover







Step 6: Create a new layer and fill it with the Lego pattern







Step 7: Open the filter gallery and select the texture drop-down and then select patchwork







Step 8: Change the layer blending to multiply







Step 9
: Adjust the Lego layer to an opacity of 92%







Final: – Pretty close don’t you think?




Plus to add some more ammo here is his AC/DC vs my version (my version has SolarGravity on it)

SolarGravity vs the Fake
Let me know what you think about this. Is it a fake or did Harry Heaton really create Lego art? If he really made this I could have saved him some time.


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Erik Sacino is a motion artist, photographer, blogger, web designer, RC Heli pilot, author, science fanatic, tech head and marketing addict who lives in upstate NY.

One comment

  1. Your Photoshop rendering of it looks identical to me.

    On the surface of the story it seems like with enough colors and time and some artistic ability he certainly would be able to do it on his own but I don’t know too much about Legos.

    As someone said in the original article – Lego doesn’t even make that many colors?

    If not than he would have had to paint them himself, making it less impressive even if it is real.

    I have been blowing the pics up but the resolution is way too low to be able to analyze them very well I think. But there is definitely a lot of uniformity between much of the shading on the blocks, some have a small spots and shadings and while they are not close to each other I think they must be an artifact of the pattern he used, and some of the uniformity that would be seen in a higher rez pictures is destroyed by the compression of the photos on the website. But enough can be seen among them when blown up. In fact the more I look at one of the pictures I grabbed, even without zooming it, I can see a lot of uniformity that would not be there if he just took photos of what he did.

    Also, the photos of the artwork seems too perfect in general. Not any real evidence of fakery as he could have taken perfect pictures of each one, but another nail in the coffin for me as they look like they are taken exactly and perfectly from above them, with no lights or shadows or anything on them. Legos are plastic and have a slight gloss, though if he painted them with low gloss paint any reflections or light effects might not be seen, but still – no shadows or shading outside of a uniform shadow of each nub from the above.

    But here’s why I really think you are indeed correct – the conversion of the edge shading between the real album covers and the lego blocks seems too ‘perfect’ or computer-like. Like the Killers album cover – a person is going to tend to bias the white of the lettering to actually see what the original really says, or if that’s not possible to at least bias it more toward a white than an off-white that is barely noticeable but similar in shading. It’s way too much like there was an algorithm involved than a person interpreting it.

    I may be way off here, but I think because of the crappy resolution the best way to analyze the pictures is to use human psychology – I think a person, even an artistic person, is very unlikely to interpret the edge shadings in that way so uniformly.

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