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Aside from MOCing, I heartily enjoy writing blog posts. Here are some of my highlights.

:bulletred: Discussions: Generally longer journals in which I talk extensively about a particular topic.
:tea: A spot of English: A screenplay about grammar and correctness.
:lightbulb: Glorified rearrangement: The effect that my Lego pastime has had on me.
:meow: The Hero Faffory journal: Reflect: About my webcomic, Hero Faffory: how it began, how it changed, and how it began to change me.
:earth: A deviant's Guide to the Chinese Language: My longest journal to date, about the peculiarities of Chinese.
:beer: That alcohol journal: A rant about alcohol.
:target: The nerd speaks up: A journal about my work ethic, and how you can't really talk about intelligence these days.
:lock: Swordfish in showbusiness: A short blog post about how important an artist's personality is to their artwork.
:flame: Smoke and mirrors: Cigarettes and self-reflection.
:email: Four and the same: Writing about myself as a person, for a change.
:unimpressed: A Spirit Day monologue: Musings about crime and punishment.
:+fav: Flight of the faverunners: A discussion about statistics, popularity, and the motives behind my MOCing.
:heart: Our superficial society: A rant about relationships.
:blackrose: Roses are grey, violets are also grey...: A look at the many ways in which my colour blindness affects my life.
:magnify: Reflections and predictions: Things have changed over the years, but so has our perception of them.
:groups: The BML Standard: Something I wrote for the BionicleMOCersleague, to hopefully define what makes a 'good MOC'.
:pray: My thoughts on religion: Perhaps one of the most unstable topics that I could've chosen for my first blog post.

:bulletblue: Accounts: Generally shorter journals; either updates about me, or events that I've been to.
:eye: A Rooster's Eye View: John Hughes Arts Festival: The Jesus College Rooster's weekend in the limelight!
:depressed: Bullets '14: A look back over 2014. 'Stressful' is an understatement.
:note: Cantablogger Part 8: Read all about it: Writing about writing? How meta.
:spidey: Cantablogger Part 7: MOCer Diaries: A summary of my MOCing activities at university, including a photo gallery!
:dead: Cantablogger Part 6: Time for another entry: Oh time, thou art a heartless bitch.
:cd: Cantablogger Part 5: A soberman's night out: Me, clubbing? Absurd!
:brainless: Cantablogger Part 4: "Aiden's still working!": The work ethic revisited.
:house: Cantablogger Part 3: The city of cycles: Miscellaneous.
:pencil: Cantablogger Part 2: Trust me, I'm an engineer: A sample of the first term of my engineering course!
:megaphone: Cantablogger Part 1: Introductions: The first instalment about my new life at university.
:cheese: Chalk and cheese sandwiches: A silly blog entry about dairy products and maths.
:pokeball: A bright start to 2013: A happy update journal to break up the monotony.
:snowflake: An arbitrary time of the year: 2012 words looking back at 2012.
:nuu: Parties, pieces, 'pocalypses: A short entry on a pretty pink background.
:camera: An elephant goes to China: Something I wrote after taking one of my MOCs with me on holiday.
:lol: Liquid nitrogen, Lego Mindstorms and lots of mud: A diary about an engineering course I went on at Cambridge University.
:B Work experience at Rolls-Royce: My personal insight into one of the largest engineering companies in the world.
:peace: Get me a pizza. Stat.: Comments after a holiday in Hong Kong.

:bulletgreen: Reference: Generally deviantArt-related stuff.
:trophy: TC101: Completion: A blog entry about the 100 Themes Challenge!
:O_o: Occasionally Asked Questions: FAQs.
:giggle: Hero Faffory: Everything you don't need to know about my comic series!

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Today I’m going to write about the inaugural John Hughes Arts Festival and the part that my Jesus College Rooster MOC played in it! Relevant gallery here: sta.sh/21klybxbguxs

Jesus College Cambridge played host to the festival from the 23rd to the 25th of January 2015, held in memory of the late Chaplain, John Hughes, who tragically died in a car crash in summer 2014. He’d always wanted to promote the artistic side of the college, and so the student body thought it would be fitting to hold a weekend-long display of art, music, and performance in his honour.

The most significant part for me is that my rooster was chosen to be the festival’s icon! Bear in mind that I didn’t build the rooster with that purpose: in November last year, I received an email saying that there was an arts festival coming up, and I replied saying that I had a Jesus-related art piece that they could feature in the art gallery if they wanted. It was quite a pleasant surprise when I was told what role they intended it to play – the rooster, now nicknamed Johannes (a name which never quite grew on me, really), was to act as a symbol of student-made art within the college and be a mascot for the entire festival.

I found myself as part of the Publicity duo on the JHAF committee. My job was to take photographs of the rooster in and around college so that my partner could then turn them into advertisements and Facebook plugs for the various events that would be going on. A picture of the rooster against a white background was used as both the cover photos for all the Facebook events and for the hundred A3 posters that were put up all around Cambridge, and you’ll be glad to know that I kept one copy for my own safekeeping! Perhaps one slight regret is that I didn’t insist that my deviantArt profile be mentioned on the posters amongst the fine print; I sometimes (selfishly) wonder if my pageview count would’ve increased at all as a result. Ah well. Anyway, by early January the festival had had an article written about it in the local paper, using direct quotes from both of us on Publicity, and that was the first sign that the news was spreading!

The first event occurred a week before the official start date: an art session held in Jesus College Chapel, where the idea was to turn up with whatever art tools you saw fit and spend the afternoon drawing or writing, using the chapel as inspiration. It was a really chilled two hours spent in near silence, broken only by whispered comments about each other’s sketches and the piercing clicks of my camera’s shutter. I roamed around a little looking for objects that took my fancy, but in the end I decided to do a biro drawing of the rooster, which was the first large-scale Bionicle drawing I’d done in almost two years.

Oh, and I might mention that Stephen Fry gave us a shoutout on his Twitter feed. Just saying.

Fast-forward to the evening of Friday 23rd, where the festival was given an official opening speech by ex-Jesuan and playwright David Hare. This was followed by a Masquerade Formal Hall, which was definitely the one of the more memorable formal dinners I’ve been to: at regular intervals during the meal a group of student actors would burst into the room, re-enacting a Tudor play called Mankind that I didn’t quite follow (which wasn’t helped by the fact that my glasses didn’t quite stay on over my mask), jumping between tables and making mischief with the diners. Of course, the rooster and my camera stayed by my side for the whole thing – as they did for the entire weekend, in fact – and I’d even fashioned a little mask for the rooster made out of a post-it note!

The final event on Friday (and also the most relevant to this blog entry) was the Art Gallery, also held within college grounds. People had contributed paintings, sculptures, poems, and all sorts of other artworks to decorate the expanse, and for much of the evening there was life drawing taking place so that anyone could come in and start sketching. I was pleasantly surprised at how packed the place was. It was really interesting talking to the other artists; one in particular, another engineer no less, specialised in intricate ink drawings of landscapes and buildings. We conversed about what it meant for something to be called art, as it seemed that artwork had to carry some sort of hidden message to merit the title... and yet, neither of our art had any intrinsic meaning! It took skill to develop, of course, but there were no underlying themes or subliminal messages. The art appeals to us visually, and that’s what matters most.

The rooster stood guard at the entrance, next to the visitor’s book and a framed picture of John Hughes, while four other MOCs of mine resided on a small table next to a sofa. I intentionally brought four of the sturdiest ones to encourage people to pick them up and move them around, so it’s quite fortunate that nothing went missing.

Unsurprisingly, what I found most enjoyable about the art gallery (and the whole weekend as well, in fact, but at the art gallery in particular) was the fact that people would ask so many questions about the rooster and more general questions about Lego MOCing as a hobby, and I could really open up and talk about it at length. Here are some of the most common questions that I received over the course of the weekend, plus a couple of lines that were particularly memorable:

“Did you have to buy special pieces for it?” – at this point I would point out the Skrall weaponry dotted around the body, and for the eager ones I’d talk about Bricklink and how it was just the best thing, like, ever.
“How long did it take?” – “Bit-by-bit over the course of several weeks. I don’t build during term-time, with the exception of a wedding ring I built in the Michaelmas of first year...”
“Did you visualise the whole thing beforehand, or did you just make it up as you went along?” – “You see that red comb piece on top of the head? That was originally a weapon piece, like, a claw or something. Once I’d found a white beak, I used that to set the overall dimensions, so I just worked down from there.”
“How did you... build it?” – [long pause] “I’m afraid you’re going to have to be more specific. Usually I start by collecting together the black, red, and white pieces, then I make a plastic nest in my room and sit cross-legged in it for several hours on end.”
“Where did you get instructions for this?” – “I think you’re missing the point here...”
“I didn’t realise it actually existed! I thought the rooster on the poster was computer generated!” – I think the person who said this was John Hughes’ mother, bless her. I let her hold the rooster and showed her the wing articulation, and she was rather impressed.
“Do you make plans for these? You could sell them and make loads!” – “I’d rather keep it as a hobby, really. Everything I build is purely for my own pleasure, and I’d like to keep it that way.”
“How does it stand up like that? Is there, like, glue or blu-tack?” - This was probably my favourite question because then I had an excuse to show off the adjustable toes which make the sculpture so stable. Often I’d tell people about the toes anyway because I like them so much.
“So is this just a one-off thing, or are there more?” – “Oh, I brought five of them with me to Cambridge. The other 65 or so are at home.” On second thought, maybe this was my favourite question. I always accompanied my answer with a kind of cheeky grin.

Of course, the point of the festival was to showcase creativity within the college, and there was no shortage of that! We had a jazz group made up of students performing at brunch on Saturday, which was followed by a tour of the various sculptures in and around the college. The rest of the weekend was filled with musical recitals, film showings, cabaret, and a grand finale in the form of student stand-up comedy held in the Jesus Chapel. I met a lot of new people through the festival, and it’s always nice to have Lego in the public eye for a little while! Truly a fitting send-off. Thanks for reading!

Journal Skin by Celvas
Bionicle drawing: Jesus College Rooster by Rahiden
Bionicle drawing: Jesus College Rooster
A biro drawing of my Jesus College Rooster MOC. I'm rather fond of it; my only regret is that the wattle (the flappy bit below its chin) is a bit too dark, so you can't really tell it apart from the black pieces that well. I hope you like it!
Time taken: ~3 hours

Bionicle MOC: Jesus College Rooster by Rahiden

Other Bionicle drawings I've done:
Bionicle drawing: Nightmare by RahidenBionicle drawing: Cheetah by RahidenTC92: All that I have by Rahiden
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Bullets '14

Mon Dec 29, 2014, 3:16 PM


:bulletwhite: It’s been three months since my last journal and I’ve been feeling rather pensive lately, so I thought I’d do another reflection blog! Two years ago I wrote one with precisely 2012 characters, which seemed rather short, but instead of writing 2014 words I’ll be dividing them into 14 neat little bullets today; the sad stuff goes in the middle, with the happy stuff on either side. Let’s go!

:bulletgreen: We’ll start on a positive note, shall we? 2014 has been arguably my best year in terms of MOC designing, if I do say so myself; my Bunny, Stego, and Rooster are all vying for the top spot on my list of personal favourites. Notice how they’re all medium-large Creatures, just the way I like it! Understandably I don’t get as much time to build these days, but I’m quite pleased with what I’ve done on that front this year.

:bulletred: One of the reasons why I have no time for MOCing during term time (besides the fact that I’m doing an Engineering degree, which is a fact I sometimes forget) is because I’ve taken up rather a lot of extracurricular activities this year. Having finished a course in Advanced German, I’m now taking Beginner Japanese classes every week, which is incredibly fun – I’m in a class full of other Asians who think that everything is kawaii! Japanese only takes up a couple of hours a week, so that’s fine, and Advanced Mandarin took up a couple more hours a week before I dropped it, so that was just a slightly less enjoyable fine. Oh, and maybe I should mention badminton and tennis, which take up a few hours each week as well, so that’s fine too, I suppose.

:bulletorange: And then there’s music, which has been about as good as it ever was, really. The brass trio I’m in is going pretty well, and this year I’ve done two solo recitals to varying degrees of success, so I’m pretty chuffed about that. Besides that I’ve cut down from five musical ensembles to just two, in addition to a spot on the Music Society committee, all of which are loads of fun and I get to see my music friends more often. It just takes up several hours per week, which is, you know... fine!

:bulletpurple: Probably the most significant new activity is coxing. You may be aware of how enthusiastic Cambridge University is about rowing, and somehow I have become a boatie! Basically I’m the small guy at the back who doesn’t really know how to row, and my job is to coach the eight burly men on how to row. (I also have to steer. If the boat capsizes, it’s my fault.) Despite having had only three months’ experience I am apparently quite competent at not crashing the boat into hazards such as grass or swans, so next term I’m going to be in charge of the first senior men’s boat of Jesus College, which is a pretty scary prospect! I’ve met a bunch of really cool people with the same boatie drive, and while I do have to get up painfully early on a regular basis, I think it’s all worth it. It just takes up so many hours a week, which is... which is...

:bulletblack: Okay, it’s been getting a bit much. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy every one of the activities that I do, but I just have no time for things anymore! I have less time to get my actual work done, and every moment spent ‘chilling’ is done under a looming cloud of guilt. I’d say that this past term has been the most stressful of my life, partly due to the constant obligations and commitments, and there have been several times where I feel like I’m on the brink of cracking. Even my body agrees with me: I have eczema on my neck that fires up when I get stressed for long periods of time, and it’s by far the worst that it’s ever been. It spread a lot around my body, making my skin excruciatingly itchy all the time and causing me to have uncontrollable spasms, and if I succumbed to it (which, after losing the will to fight back, I did frequently), I’d end up with a bleeding neck and several spots that leaked some kind of fluid thing. It’s lucky that the collar stains weren’t permanent. The wounds are slowly healing up now, thanks to my doctor mother, steroid cream, and decent sleep for a change, though it comes back alarmingly easily. I dread to think that it might rear up again next term.

:bulletyellow: The main trigger happened this summer, on Results Day, and since then my confidence (in several fields, not just academia) has taken a pretty big hit. I spent a lot of time gazing out of car windows thinking about the definition of depression. The time commitment thing doesn’t help; I’m used to being slightly ahead, doing work based on when it can be done rather than its deadline, but that’s simply not possible anymore and it’s really disconcerting. I’d prepared a mini-essay about work ethics and the like, but I think I’ll spare you from it this time round – this journal is probably already too long as it is. In any case, I’m slowly coming to terms with the disappointment, and I know it’s not quite as life-changing as I make it out to be... I just hope I can remedy things next year.

:bulletpink: The other topic that’s constantly been on my mind this term is relationships. There’s very little to report in that sector this year: a crush that I knew was impossible from the start, and as expected nothing happened, though we’re still good friends now, thankfully. It’s just that the topic relentlessly persists in everyday conversations – dates, girlfriends, sex, exes – as if I weren’t thinking about it enough already! It’s all just an unhelpful reminder of the untouched slate that is my lovelife; I’ve already had the ‘Why don’t you have a girlfriend yet’ conversation with my mother, to which my main response was “Well, it’s not for lack of trying...”. I’m trying to be patient, following the “Your time will come!” advice of my supportive friends, but I can’t help but feel lonely and pathetic.

:bulletblue: So yeah, it’s been a pretty tough term. I think there’s a lot to be said about general negativity in this day and age: it’s easy to complain, and it’s almost expected for people to respond with their own woes as a schadenfreude offering of sorts, as if it’s a competition to see who has the most miserable life. And hey, I’m well aware that I’m in a more fortunate position than many, but we all have the right to complain a little, don’t we? Meanwhile, telling people about how happy you are or how well things are going gets incredibly tedious (see the first couple of bullet points of this blog entry) and becomes solely self-gratifying after a while. For much of this term, I really wanted to be asked “How are you?” in the genuine sense, not the usual conversational pleasantries for which “Fine thanks, you?” is the only acceptable answer, just so that I knew that someone was concerned for me... and in fairness, a small handful did once I’d made my instability sufficiently obvious, and then we sat in our kitchen and sipped tea, making things at least a little bit better. I received a cute little card that says ‘Don’t worry, be happy!’, and I subsequently pinned it to my board.

:bulletpurple: I dunno, I’m coping, somehow. I’ve found myself buying new clothes and games on impulse, for example: I’m currently making my way through Pokémon Alpha Sapphire with a team nicknamed after Smash Bros characters, such as Rosalina the Gardevoir and Falco the Swellow. I also have a new laptop and refurbished bedroom this year, which is all well and good... see, this is what happens when I talk about happy things! I’m bored already.

:bulletorange: Let’s switch from things I have to things I’d like, shall we? This is my response to Gale-OneOfMany’s tag in which we are asked to name ten holiday wishes, which I am interpreting as both late Christmas wishes and New Year’s resolutions. Here goes:

1. Time! Time for work, time for play, time for sleep, time for memories.
2. I’d like to reiterate the above wish. With enough of it I could handle the next 8 myself.
3. See :bulletblack:.
4. I’d like it if my real-life friends were better off financially. I can see them struggling, and I really want to help, but I’m not sure how.
5. See :bulletyellow:.
6. The new Bionicle sets look intriguing. I think I’ll get Kopaka for old times’ sake.
7. See :bulletpink:.
8. I’ve always been fond of xkcd merchandise. I have my eyes on the Self Reference Shirt in particular.
9. See :bulletblue:.
10. I’m glad that I haven’t become inactive on deviantArt despite all the above. I wish it continues this way.

:bulletred: Picking up on that last part, I think I’m fairly happy with my maintained deviantArt activity. I haven’t done much writing this past term for obvious reasons, though I’m glad I finished the Cantablogger series earlier this year, even if it did fizzle out somewhat towards the end. While I can’t promise any submissions in particular (both MOCs and journals, that is), I’ll make sure I’ll stick around.

:bulletgreen: In some ways you could say that my activities have shifted from the virtual to the real world, as 2014 has been groundbreaking in the field of ‘Lego in the public eye’ for me personally. I first talked about this in Cantablogger Part 7: MOCer Diaries, but it’s worth mentioning again: my MOCs appeared in a college arts festival in February, and then later I was the featured artist in our student paper. However, the best is yet to come: in January 2015, Jesus College is hosting an Arts Festival of its own, and my Jesus College Rooster has been chosen to be the festival’s icon! Before long there’ll be posters put up all around Cambridge, each depicting the proud little bird on dazzling A3; I’ll have to make sure I nab one of them for safekeeping. At least that’s something to look forward to!

:bulletwhite: All in all, 2014 was... yeah, not my best year by a long shot. In fairness, the first half was pretty good, but life has an annoying habit of making us brush the positives aside, doesn’t it? I realise that most of the problems I’ve had this year are entirely self-induced: one is simply the case of biting off more than I can chew, and the others are me moping about things that probably aren't as serious as I make them out to be. Perhaps that’s the key to achieving the ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ attitude... ah well. Sorry for the rather downbeat journal, but it’s an accurate reflection of my mood as of late. Happy holidays to all who’ve read this far, and here’s to a brighter 2015!

Skin by SimplySilent
Bionicle MOCs - December 2014 by Rahiden
Bionicle MOCs - December 2014
I take a groupshot of all of my current MOCs every six months, so here they are as of December 2014. With 11 additions since June, bringing the total up to 69 (or 71 depending on nomenclature), I'd say that this has been a pretty successful half-year! The photo gets more and more hectic as the years go by, making it harder to distribute the colours and more tiresome to ensure that everybody's head can be seen. This year the set-up and dusting took several hours! I've said this many times before, but I'm gonna need a bigger shelf.

Here's the gallery of groupshots since December 2008: rahiden.deviantart.com/gallery…
And here's the gallery containing the majority of the MOCs you see here: rahiden.deviantart.com/gallery…

Hope you like them! :D
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Bionicle MOC: Diablo Lionfish by Rahiden
Bionicle MOC: Diablo Lionfish
The Diablo Lionfish is a rare (imaginary) breed of lionfish, so named after the devil-like horns on its head. Its body is significantly longer compared to the common species, and its spines are shorter but more venomous.

This MOC started off as a regular lionfish ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pterois ) in the hopes of using up all the spiky lime pieces I have, but I later realised that the shapes are all wrong - while I do like the head (particularly the little devil horns), the rest is just a misshapen spiky... thing. I was also rather pushed for time, as I had to complete the build before I moved out! Yeah, I'm not a fan of this MOC.

I previously considered naming this 'Prehistoric Lionfish' or something of that ilk as a feeble excuse for its incorrect anatomy, and I'm not sure about the current name either. Comments and suggestions for both design alterations and name changes are welcome!

And lastly, a shoutout to Crimson-Werewolf for the incredibly generous donation of pieces! :D
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Hello there, and welcome to my deviantArt page. My name is Aiden.

My gallery mainly consists of things I've created using Lego Bionicle and Hero Factory, known as MOCs. You'll also find satellite projects like my webcomic Hero Faffory, stopmotion animations, and the occasional biro drawing too.
I enjoy writing blog entries, for which you can find a directory further down this page.

:bulletred: What is a MOC?
MOC stands for My Own Creation; it is a term used to describe models made using Lego pieces but designed by the owner, so it is not an official Lego set.

:bulletred: Can you make instructions for your MOCs please?
I don't do instructions, sorry. This is partly because instructions take a lot of time and effort, and partly because I have learned that work on the Internet is all too easily stolen.

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Today I’m going to write about the inaugural John Hughes Arts Festival and the part that my Jesus College Rooster MOC played in it! Relevant gallery here: sta.sh/21klybxbguxs

Jesus College Cambridge played host to the festival from the 23rd to the 25th of January 2015, held in memory of the late Chaplain, John Hughes, who tragically died in a car crash in summer 2014. He’d always wanted to promote the artistic side of the college, and so the student body thought it would be fitting to hold a weekend-long display of art, music, and performance in his honour.

The most significant part for me is that my rooster was chosen to be the festival’s icon! Bear in mind that I didn’t build the rooster with that purpose: in November last year, I received an email saying that there was an arts festival coming up, and I replied saying that I had a Jesus-related art piece that they could feature in the art gallery if they wanted. It was quite a pleasant surprise when I was told what role they intended it to play – the rooster, now nicknamed Johannes (a name which never quite grew on me, really), was to act as a symbol of student-made art within the college and be a mascot for the entire festival.

I found myself as part of the Publicity duo on the JHAF committee. My job was to take photographs of the rooster in and around college so that my partner could then turn them into advertisements and Facebook plugs for the various events that would be going on. A picture of the rooster against a white background was used as both the cover photos for all the Facebook events and for the hundred A3 posters that were put up all around Cambridge, and you’ll be glad to know that I kept one copy for my own safekeeping! Perhaps one slight regret is that I didn’t insist that my deviantArt profile be mentioned on the posters amongst the fine print; I sometimes (selfishly) wonder if my pageview count would’ve increased at all as a result. Ah well. Anyway, by early January the festival had had an article written about it in the local paper, using direct quotes from both of us on Publicity, and that was the first sign that the news was spreading!

The first event occurred a week before the official start date: an art session held in Jesus College Chapel, where the idea was to turn up with whatever art tools you saw fit and spend the afternoon drawing or writing, using the chapel as inspiration. It was a really chilled two hours spent in near silence, broken only by whispered comments about each other’s sketches and the piercing clicks of my camera’s shutter. I roamed around a little looking for objects that took my fancy, but in the end I decided to do a biro drawing of the rooster, which was the first large-scale Bionicle drawing I’d done in almost two years.

Oh, and I might mention that Stephen Fry gave us a shoutout on his Twitter feed. Just saying.

Fast-forward to the evening of Friday 23rd, where the festival was given an official opening speech by ex-Jesuan and playwright David Hare. This was followed by a Masquerade Formal Hall, which was definitely the one of the more memorable formal dinners I’ve been to: at regular intervals during the meal a group of student actors would burst into the room, re-enacting a Tudor play called Mankind that I didn’t quite follow (which wasn’t helped by the fact that my glasses didn’t quite stay on over my mask), jumping between tables and making mischief with the diners. Of course, the rooster and my camera stayed by my side for the whole thing – as they did for the entire weekend, in fact – and I’d even fashioned a little mask for the rooster made out of a post-it note!

The final event on Friday (and also the most relevant to this blog entry) was the Art Gallery, also held within college grounds. People had contributed paintings, sculptures, poems, and all sorts of other artworks to decorate the expanse, and for much of the evening there was life drawing taking place so that anyone could come in and start sketching. I was pleasantly surprised at how packed the place was. It was really interesting talking to the other artists; one in particular, another engineer no less, specialised in intricate ink drawings of landscapes and buildings. We conversed about what it meant for something to be called art, as it seemed that artwork had to carry some sort of hidden message to merit the title... and yet, neither of our art had any intrinsic meaning! It took skill to develop, of course, but there were no underlying themes or subliminal messages. The art appeals to us visually, and that’s what matters most.

The rooster stood guard at the entrance, next to the visitor’s book and a framed picture of John Hughes, while four other MOCs of mine resided on a small table next to a sofa. I intentionally brought four of the sturdiest ones to encourage people to pick them up and move them around, so it’s quite fortunate that nothing went missing.

Unsurprisingly, what I found most enjoyable about the art gallery (and the whole weekend as well, in fact, but at the art gallery in particular) was the fact that people would ask so many questions about the rooster and more general questions about Lego MOCing as a hobby, and I could really open up and talk about it at length. Here are some of the most common questions that I received over the course of the weekend, plus a couple of lines that were particularly memorable:

“Did you have to buy special pieces for it?” – at this point I would point out the Skrall weaponry dotted around the body, and for the eager ones I’d talk about Bricklink and how it was just the best thing, like, ever.
“How long did it take?” – “Bit-by-bit over the course of several weeks. I don’t build during term-time, with the exception of a wedding ring I built in the Michaelmas of first year...”
“Did you visualise the whole thing beforehand, or did you just make it up as you went along?” – “You see that red comb piece on top of the head? That was originally a weapon piece, like, a claw or something. Once I’d found a white beak, I used that to set the overall dimensions, so I just worked down from there.”
“How did you... build it?” – [long pause] “I’m afraid you’re going to have to be more specific. Usually I start by collecting together the black, red, and white pieces, then I make a plastic nest in my room and sit cross-legged in it for several hours on end.”
“Where did you get instructions for this?” – “I think you’re missing the point here...”
“I didn’t realise it actually existed! I thought the rooster on the poster was computer generated!” – I think the person who said this was John Hughes’ mother, bless her. I let her hold the rooster and showed her the wing articulation, and she was rather impressed.
“Do you make plans for these? You could sell them and make loads!” – “I’d rather keep it as a hobby, really. Everything I build is purely for my own pleasure, and I’d like to keep it that way.”
“How does it stand up like that? Is there, like, glue or blu-tack?” - This was probably my favourite question because then I had an excuse to show off the adjustable toes which make the sculpture so stable. Often I’d tell people about the toes anyway because I like them so much.
“So is this just a one-off thing, or are there more?” – “Oh, I brought five of them with me to Cambridge. The other 65 or so are at home.” On second thought, maybe this was my favourite question. I always accompanied my answer with a kind of cheeky grin.

Of course, the point of the festival was to showcase creativity within the college, and there was no shortage of that! We had a jazz group made up of students performing at brunch on Saturday, which was followed by a tour of the various sculptures in and around the college. The rest of the weekend was filled with musical recitals, film showings, cabaret, and a grand finale in the form of student stand-up comedy held in the Jesus Chapel. I met a lot of new people through the festival, and it’s always nice to have Lego in the public eye for a little while! Truly a fitting send-off. Thanks for reading!

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DaktaFower Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mad props to you for doing all of this. I recognize so many of the components you've used to put together your masterpieces!
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :D
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:iconkrishacz:
KrishaCZ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
The 2015 sets are officially out! Do you have any?
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not yet! I'd like to get my hands on Tahu, though.
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megaherofactory Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Your my favorite mocer along with like welcometothedarksyde and R603
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:iconrahiden:
Rahiden Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you :D
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megaherofactory Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
no problemo
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omegaoni77 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the llama
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:iconkrishacz:
KrishaCZ Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Hey Aiden, you know the hype about Bionicle 2015? It got to its maximum now, someone found this on official Lego pages.
cache.lego.com/r/www/-/media/P…
HYPE!
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Rahiden Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the maximum "ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN" will be when we actually know in detail what the sets look like :P
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