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Friday, November 21, 2008

How to Make Nintendo LEGO Characters

... Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen my 'Tweets" the past few days talking about LEGO and some of my LEGO projects.I have posted a few small pics of some of my creations (Taken with a camera phone and posted to Twitpic but I thought it was time for me to post some larger images (and hopefully better quality), and give a quick explanation as to how I was able to make them so easy.
... When looking at my pictures you will notice that all my creation are video game Character's. This was partly due to me having been a Nintendo kid growing up, but also cause 8Bit 'Sprites' from these games are great templates for making LEGO models of.
... So your First Step is to find out what character or Item you want to make. Now before you start naming off characters remember, you will have to find a Sprite image of it. Myself I use this site http://www.retrogamezone.co.uk/ They have a fairly large collection of Video Game sprites. 

... Once on the page you just need to scroll down and Select the gaming system on the Left that you want and it will bring you to a List of Games for that system that they have images for. 





... Now that you have the image of the character you want right click it and select "Save image as" or whatever the same option is in your browser.





... Now that you have the image just open it up your Microsoft Paint Program [MSPaint] (I'm using this cause most people can use it, and it serves its purpose well). Once Microsoft Paint is open open up that image file that you just saved. 




... Now that it's open, click on the magnifying glass icon and select the highest level of magnification (8X). Once it is magnified, use the scroll bar to the bottom and side to find the 'Sprite' you wish to make out of LEGO. 




... Now that you have your 'Sprite centered on screen "View"-"Zoom"-"Show Grid" (or Ctrl-G) to cover the images in a grid. 






... The Grid that you now look at is your LEGO pattern, each square on the grid represents a 1X1 Lego block (Though I recommend using pieces at least 2 wide if you plan on having your character stand up)
... The only other thing you really need to know is that sometimes you will have to make small substitutions for colors you don't have or adding a little extra Lego piece here or there to make it look more pleasing to the eye. Don;t worry if you have trouble figuring it out, it get easier the more you work at it, and feel free to contact me if you really need help.
... So now you have the pattern just dig out your LEGO and start Building, use my method, or your own, and feel free to send me images of your LEGO creations cause I just love seeing what other people come up.
... To see some of my LEGO creation just jump over to my Picasa Web Album