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Leaving the City
A Lego silhouette/mosaic.
About this creation
A recreation of Jack Vettriano's painting Leaving the City. The original artwork can be found here.

Ever since I did a recreation of Round Midnight, I've been planning to use more of Vettriano's work as subject matter. I chose this painting because something about the woman's pose really fascinates me. Given the Lego palette, I had a hard time duplicating some of the subtle hues in the original, but I did my best.





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  June 8, 2017
Quoting Ian Spacek Classy.
Thanks. The original is definitely one of Vettrisno's classiest works.
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  June 8, 2017
Classy.
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  March 1, 2017
Quoting Marty Fields Classy.
Thanks. I agree - this is definitely one of my classiest mosaics.
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  March 1, 2017
Classy.
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  March 1, 2017
Quoting Justin Li The reflections are awesome.
Thanks. Everyone seems to like the reflections. I've tried doing similar things in the past, and it has never worked out quite as well, so I'm trying to figure out what was unique about this case - may be the choice of colors.
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  March 1, 2017
Quoting Elk Guard Nice work!
Thanks.
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  February 28, 2017
The reflections are awesome.
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  February 24, 2017
Nice work!
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  February 19, 2017
Quoting Andy Price An excellent rendering of the original! Particularly impressive is the capturing of the reflection of the skyline! But the whole finished work is impressive!
Thanks. The reflection seems to be what most folks like about this mosaic. I wasn't sure myself how good it looks, but, given the response, I think that I am likely to try something like this again sometime in the near future.
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  February 19, 2017
An excellent rendering of the original! Particularly impressive is the capturing of the reflection of the skyline! But the whole finished work is impressive!
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  February 16, 2017
Quoting andros tempest Thanks for understanding Bricks Noir. I've wondered for some time whether a close up of the artwork, showing a section which would not be deemed "controversial" might be better than pixilating the image, which to my mind draws attention to the risque portion rather than disguising it.
I appreciate your patience in dealing with the backlash from some of my work. I agree with you - I think a close-up is probably the best approach, when it is possible, but, sometimes, due to the geometry of the picture, it is difficult. For those cases, in which I feel it necessary to show the entire image with some part obscured, I think I now have a solution that should be acceptable to everyone, including me.
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  February 16, 2017
Thanks for understanding Bricks Noir. I've wondered for some time whether a close up of the artwork, showing a section which would not be deemed "controversial" might be better than pixilating the image, which to my mind draws attention to the risque portion rather than disguising it.
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  February 16, 2017
Quoting High Emperor Duckie @noir- I fully agree that people need to know what's coming. I wish you could put a more specific warning like "this MOC contains artistic nudity " or whatever. Idk. Perhaps you could do more of a black silhouette in a white background for the thumbnail. Which is actually pretty easy with certain photo editing programs. But for now, if I take a screenshot with one of your MOCs, I'll just edit it out. Thanks for understanding.
I think in most of my recent PG posts, I already include the message "Do not follow this link if you are offended by figurative artwork" -- that seems pretty clear to me. As far as the thumbnail goes, I'm not exactly sure what you mean by reducing it to a black/white silhouette, but that sounds like it would get rid of too much of the artwork. However, I do have some ideas that might be acceptable alternatives to the pixelized thumbnails.
  February 16, 2017
@noir- I fully agree that people need to know what's coming. I wish you could put a more specific warning like "this MOC contains artistic nudity " or whatever. Idk. Perhaps you could do more of a black silhouette in a white background for the thumbnail. Which is actually pretty easy with certain photo editing programs. But for now, if I take a screenshot with one of your MOCs, I'll just edit it out. Thanks for understanding.
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  February 14, 2017
Quoting I am Zangief, I am bad guy @noir: thank you. I'm not saying "use a blank screen, nothing else is acceptable" but the black squares you had been using were much better than the pixels. Thank you for understanding.
I am planning to do something along the lines of the blacked out squares in the future, but I am trying to find something that is less ugly. One point I would make is that some version of a censored picture, whether pixelated, partially obscured, or whatever, provides a better warning about what lies ahead than a blank box, making it less likely that someone will accidentally happen onto the uncensored image.
  February 14, 2017
@noir: thank you. I'm not saying "use a blank screen, nothing else is acceptable" but the black squares you had been using were much better than the pixels. Thank you for understanding.
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  February 14, 2017
Quoting Didier B Very nice piece of art !
Thanks.
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  February 14, 2017
Quoting Greg 998 That's purely incredible, yet i weigh my words. Brick art: you're the boss.
Thanks. I don't know whether I'd consider myself "the boss," but I like to at least consider myself a trailblazer. I'm hoping others might get some ideas from my work and try something similar on their own.
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  February 14, 2017
Very nice piece of art !
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  February 13, 2017
That's purely incredible, yet i weigh my words. Brick art: you're the boss.
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Gabor Pauler So tragically lot of clothes in this theme! Seriously, you stepped a level with the water reflection. About PG masking debate: I agree that a dull blue screen destroys the chance of your creations to be noticed. But pixelization of critical parts also may not be the best solution. Cover critical parts with plain white and write there some math formulas: kids will be certainly distracted, while adults will ask themselves: "Hey, what that little cutie could do with that linear equation?" - and get interested...
Thanks. I think water reflections are a subject that is difficult for artists to represent correctly in any medium, let alone Lego bricks, with all of their limitations. I have avoided them up until now for that reason, but since this one apparently worked out so well, I'd definitely like to try it again. As far as the masking of the PG bits of my thumbnails goes, I think I will probably have to adopt something similar to what you propose, but I'm not too sure about the math equations - maybe appropriate quotes or poetic excerpts instead.
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  February 13, 2017
So tragically lot of clothes in this theme! Seriously, you stepped a level with the water reflection. About PG masking debate: I agree that a dull blue screen destroys the chance of your creations to be noticed. But pixelization of critical parts also may not be the best solution. Cover critical parts with plain white and write there some math formulas: kids will be certainly distracted, while adults will ask themselves: "Hey, what that little cutie could do with that linear equation?" - and get interested...
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting I am Zangief, I am bad guy This is a very well built build, but that's only partially why I'm here. I request that you please use some better censoring on your "PG" MOCs. I like to take screenshots when my MOCs get on the homepage, and it's hard when there's a MOC that's pixelated rather properly censored. I don't want you banned, I really like you kid-friendly builds, like the sports logos, I just would prefer if you censored your MOCs better.
Thanks. Regarding the thumbnails: I'll consider doing something different to censor the PG MOCs in the future, but simply putting up a blank screen, or something with words on it is not really acceptable to me. I want the thumbnail to at least give some clue about the detail and "workmanship" that went into the MOC. In the meantime, if you want to take a screenshot, there's nothing stopping you from censoring any parts of it that you don't like yourself before you post the screenshot somewhere.
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Nirds forprez Agree with the last responder. Water reflection technique is unique and very well done.
Thanks. I had shied away from subjects with water in them because I was worried about making the waves/ripples look right, but based on the responses I have received, I think it is something that I am likely to try again.
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  February 13, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Great job! Especially like the water reflection technique-
Thanks. Once I had found an appropriate pair of colors to use for the water, getting the reflection to look right was more "perspiration" than "inspiration." It was mostly a matter of tediously inserting little ripples and variations along the edges of the shadows.
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  February 13, 2017
This is a very well built build, but that's only partially why I'm here. I request that you please use some better censoring on your "PG" MOCs. I like to take screenshots when my MOCs get on the homepage, and it's hard when there's a MOC that's pixelated rather properly censored. I don't want you banned, I really like you kid-friendly builds, like the sports logos, I just would prefer if you censored your MOCs better.
 I like it 
  February 13, 2017
Agree with the last responder. Water reflection technique is unique and very well done.
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  February 12, 2017
Great job! Especially like the water reflection technique-
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting Henrik Jensen Beautiful and excellent LEGO reproduction!
Thanks.
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- I love the way you've created the city in the background and also the detail you've captured on the end of the scarf! --Blast--
Thanks. With the scarf, I was fortunate that the dorsal fin part comes in purple, or there wouldn't have been a good way to handle the fringes.
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  February 12, 2017
Beautiful and excellent LEGO reproduction!
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  February 12, 2017
I love the way you've created the city in the background and also the detail you've captured on the end of the scarf! --Blast--
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting VAkkron ™ Beside the hues, as you mention make for a limited palate, this is totally recognizable. Very good job adapting the original piece, and it definitely stands on its own as a work of art. I had forgotten "Around Midnight"--looking back on it, I think that's still one of the most lifelike pictures you've created. This one is very lifelike too.
Thanks. I think that I would agree with you. This mosaic, Round Midnight, and A Perfect Morning are probably my most life-like.
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting LegoPredator ! Excellent work! It´s very detailed, I love the silhouette of women and the reflection of town in water.
Thanks. It appears that a lot of people like the reflections. I'mean glad I chose to include them.
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting El Barto ! Your best work yet! Love all the layers here, really creates an astounding amount of depth. Awesome!
Thanks. If I could have realized this mosaic with 1 or 2 fewer layers, I certainly would have, Details like the woman's legs required me to use a little more depth.
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting Alex Rode Flawless work. Your builds are very unique - I like them!
Thanks. I think that this one might be especially unique, because the skyline and its reflection required some new approaches.
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting Sven ;o) Beautiful work and detailing :)
Thanks.
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting Magma ! Oh yeah, that reflection is perfect. Great color choices all around. Nice scarf too.
Thanks. The scarf, like the reflections, came out much better than I had originally planned.
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting Jon Blackford Elegant! As Nick said, those reflections are sublime.
Thanks. The reflections definitely worked better than I had originally expected.
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  February 12, 2017
Quoting Nick Barrett Beautiful, very much like the original. Love the reflections on the water; so subtle.
Thanks. Given the limited Lego color palette, I was actually worried that the reflections would not be subtle enough, that they would be too blocky. I considered removing them entirely and making the water completely monochrome. I suppose that it's good that I didn't.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2017
Beside the hues, as you mention make for a limited palate, this is totally recognizable. Very good job adapting the original piece, and it definitely stands on its own as a work of art. I had forgotten "Around Midnight"--looking back on it, I think that's still one of the most lifelike pictures you've created. This one is very lifelike too.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2017
Excellent work! It´s very detailed, I love the silhouette of women and the reflection of town in water.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2017
Your best work yet! Love all the layers here, really creates an astounding amount of depth. Awesome!
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  February 12, 2017
Flawless work. Your builds are very unique - I like them!
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  February 12, 2017
Beautiful work and detailing :)
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  February 12, 2017
Oh yeah, that reflection is perfect. Great color choices all around. Nice scarf too.
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  February 12, 2017
Elegant! As Nick said, those reflections are sublime.
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  February 12, 2017
Beautiful, very much like the original. Love the reflections on the water; so subtle.
 
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