Our London holiday (you figured out it was London, didn’t you?) was all kinds of controversial though Matisse cut-outs exhibition at Tate Modern is wonderful. Seriously, if you are in London or will be any time soon, you HAVE to see it, it’s incredible.
But now we’re back and present the last batch of Lego cats, mostly for completionist reasons.
Felix prancing around sleeping Garfield.
Hobbes (or is it Calvin? Just kidding, it’s Hobbes. It’s my favorite, by the way.)
Simba and Mufasa.
We were toying with the idea of a paper diorama for a while but didn’t have a project to try it on. However, our holiday cards are often a great place to test new ideas. Now, a paper diorama by re:design comes in the following stages.
1. You roughly sketch the ideas. 2. You pick out appropriate paper. 3. You cut out the shapes with a knife and a pair of surgical scissors, listening to Treasure Island on LibriVox (seriously, LibriVox is cool). Also, you forget to document these stages. 4. You throw away all the extra birds and daffodils that you cut out with excessive enthusiasm.
5. Now the main thing about diorama is that it has layers. Otherwise it’d be just a cutout. So then you come up with ideas of how to make those layers if you didn’t plan it sufficiently before cutting the shapes out. In the end you use books and Lego pieces (Lego has so many uses in our household. You’ve no idea.). And also bluetack, another indispensable tool. At first we vaguely planned to make a vertical diorama but it turned out to be too time-consuming for Saturday before Easter with a half of the house not yet cleaned and the family already arriving for Easter stay.
6. You shoot. You edit. You post. Voilà.
And here’s how arranging the shoot looks like:
In case the foxes have you puzzled, they were a nod to our last year’s card.
Today’s group of Legolized cats, stripey, orange-y or holy, is here.
Tigger bouncing around Heathcliff and Sonja.
Azrael and Cheshire Cat (with a hapless Smurf caught in between).
After part 1, another bunch of famous cats comes not-exactly-alive-but-somewhat-more-three-dimensional with Lego blocks. It’s a lot of fun working on this project and the only thing slowing us down a bit is the fact that we don’t have enough blocks of some colors, like orange. We make do though.
Top Cat gang.
Pink Panther and the Cat in the Hat.
Puss in Boots, Eek and the poor cat of Schrödinger.
While working on 8-bit famous cats poster was a fun of its own kind, we always envisaged it as a sort of blueprint for the really entertaining part of the project, which is making Lego 8-bit cats. Because you just know there’s nothing more fun than Lego and 8-bit and by pure luck and the genius of Danish engineering they go together so well. So, the first bunch of cats get Legolized today.
Tom (with Jerry) and Battle Cat (alias Cringer).
Nyan Cat and (unimpressed) Catbert.
Figaro, Hello Kitty and Cowardly Lion.
As more of dog persons we started a while ago our project on famous pets in 8 bit with dogs. But the time has come to pay tribute to famous felines. Though less numerous than dogs, the group includes many illustrious characters that grin, love lasagna, chase small creatures and are altogether loveable.
All the cats are signed at the bottom of the poster and at the bottom of this post. You can also buy a print here and here, should you be so inclined.
Here’s the list of the featured felines: 01 Catbert / Dilbert / cat 02 Tom / Tom & Jerry / cat 03 Heathcliff & Sonja / Heathcliff / cats 04 Felix / Felix the Cat / cat 05 Hello Kitty / Hello Kitty / cat 06 Puss in Boots / Puss in Boots / cat 07 Nyan Cat / YouTube / cat 08 Cowardly Lion / The Wizard of Oz / lion 09 Cheshire Cat / Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / cat 10 Eek / Eek! The Cat / cat 11 Mr. Jinks / Pixie & Dixie / cat 12 Tigger / Winnie-the-Pooh / tiger 13 Garfield / Garfield / cat 14 Aslan / The Chronicles of Narnia / lion 15 Battle Cat (Cringer) / He-Man and the Masters of the Universe / tiger 16 Sylvester / Looney Tunes / cat 17 Pink Panther / The Pink Panther / pink panther 18 Hobbes / Calvin & Hobbes / tiger 19 The Cat / The Cat in the Hat / cat 20 Top Cat | Fancy-Fancy | Benny the Ball | Brain | Choo-Choo | Spook / Top Cat / cats 21 Mufasa & Simba / The Lion King / lions 22 Bagheera / The Jungle Book / black panther 23 Azrael / The Smurfs / cat 24 Figaro / Pinocchio / cat 25 Schrödinger’s cat / quantum physics / 50% alive cat
Because of a gaming night and a birthday party we failed to finish today’s post but here’s a little teaser:
The rest to come soon.
Every now and then we get a little… bluesy, shall I say, because we don’t get nearly enough books to design. Quite a while ago in one of such moods, we designed and set a whole novel: Tom Robbins’ extravagant Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.
Even though it’s a single copy printed for us so I guess you could call it a unique book, we wanted it to be rather practical and entirely readable. It didn’t have to, however, pander to any publishing standards, and so the cover is only a cream sleeve with a few holes punched through to show the red cover from underneath.
The title appears on the spine and on the title page. We went with our love for Futura and paired it with a more scripty, old-school typeface for all the display purposes but the text is set traditionally, in a serif typeface.
Each new part of the novel starts with a motto that we printed on fold-in pages with black circles suggesting both punch holes and bullet holes.
Obviously the circles on the external side of the part intro align with the ones inside to create a more realistic impression of holes.
And finally, for the climactic shoot-out scene, we did something we wouldn’t be able to do with a novel meant for mass publishing and punched holes in the page:
And frankly, we suggest you read the book if you haven’t already. If its tone doesn’t put you off from the start, you’ll probably enjoy it quite a lot.