My name is Li Li. I received my first Lego set when I was 5 years old. Since then my life has changed forever. From 15 to 25 years old, I had my dark age. While in grad school, I saw my adviser’s sons’ Lego room. Those two lucky boys had more Lego than I could dream of (actually very little by AFOL’s standard). So I started to spend my meager stipend on Lego. And then there’s no turning back…
I want to create this blog about Lego building techniques, because I believe that Lego is an art medium and MOC (my own creation) is a form of art. As with all art forms, not only do you need the artistic sense to create a masterpiece, knowledge of various techniques in the particular art medium is crucial. While artistic sense is difficult to convey and share, techniques are much easier. So it’s my hope to use this blog as a platform to share those various techniques.
About this blog
I’m a big fan of the Lego Digital Designer. I’ll try to share most of the techniques I feature in LDD format. I envision this blog to become a design technique inventory for people. Whenever you are stuck in a part of your MOC, you can come here to look for solution or inspiration. I will also share some of my MOC’s LDD files here from time to time.
I consider myself to be a 99% purist, as I try the best I can to avoid using techniques that The Lego Group considers illegal. I know that the boundary between what’s legal and illegal can be quite fuzzy. My bottom line is not damaging the bricks and stressing the bricks as little as possible. I love Lego too much, and it pains me to see cracked pieces. Moreover I believe that creativity comes from limitation. Just to give an example, it takes much more creativity to write a poem than an essay, because poetry has limitations such as need to rhyme. Same is true for MOC building. But there is that 1% of time when there’s no other way to achieve the likeness of certain existing charater. I do bend my rule a little and allow a few pieces to be connected illegally.
Unless stated otherwise, all of the techniques that I feature on this blog are my own work. While I’m against plagrism, I don’t believe publishing MOC should be like publishing an acadamic paper, where you need to cite every single source of inspiration. Feel free to use any technique you see on this blog without citation. In the same spirit, I’m not going to cite every source of my inspiration. While I won’t show you a stud-not-on-top(SNOT) sphere-building technique without mentioning Lowell sphere, don’t expect me to cite you for techniques we came up independently. Chances are great minds think alike.
It’s my first time blogging. I’m sure there will be problems along the way. Send me your feedback and suggestions. I’ll do the best I can to make this blog a useful resource for the Lego community.