How to paint with Lego

We love a Lego film at CR, but few come as beautiful as this new short created by 19 year-old animator and artist Jon Rolph…

We love a Lego film at CR, but few come as beautiful as this new short created by 19 year-old animator and artist Jon Rolph…

Titled Paint, Rolph’s film sees him recreate a Mondrian painting using Lego. Shot simply from above, it features Lego paint splats and Lego brushstrokes, all beautifully animated. It’s a lovely thing to watch:

Rolph is currently on a gap year before starting a fine art degree in September. And he’s clearly using his time well – apparently the film took around 250 hours to complete. “I had the idea for the film about five years ago,” he says, “but never the time to make it a reality until last year. I started working properly on it in October.

“The painting action was the most challenging aspect to animate,” he continues. “Achieving the smooth motion of the hand while replacing the Lego ‘paint’ pieces was very difficult, especially as I was shooting ‘blind’ (without stop-motion animation software). In these sections I had to animate my hands separately, then edit the frames together in post as it was simply too difficult to keep my left hand in the same position for the full shot.”

Rolph has posted other Lego-based films on YouTube under the name cheesybricks. Of the allure of the multi-coloured bricks, he says, “I love the fact that Lego has such a great range of possibilities. The basic idea of Lego bricks is very simple, and yet you can do so much with the medium. I think it’s important to retain a sense of fun and creativity throughout life, and I express this through my films.”

Before heading to university, Rolph is planning to shoot a live action short over the summer and is also working on other animation projects. He is also hoping to get some experience as a runner – contact him on Twitter at @CheesyBricks.

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