Illustrator, author, photographer and
all-around creative guy Chris McVeigh also excels at making Lego models. In
fact, he's created structures out of the tiny bricks for clients such as Esquire and Gizmodo.
This year, he's once again
turned his talents to helping Lego-lovers deck their Christmas trees with pure
plastic pizzazz. As with all his designs, the plans for this gingerbread train
are available for free on his website, so you can give it a go on your own. Or
you can purchase a kit here that includes everything you need to make the train chug
Chris McVeigh calls this design "a subtle nod to art
history," as it's based on the Cubist aesthetic.
"After designing a number of ornaments that embraced
soft curves and rounded surfaces," the Canada-based artist told Crave, "I wanted to create
an ornament that was unapologetically angular. The Cubist is a result of this,
and yes, it is inspired by Cubism."
Nothing says "have a very geeky Christmas"
quite like hanging little vintage arcade games from your tree.
In creating works like these, Chris McVeigh told Crave:
"In general, I start
all my projects in Lego Digital Designer (LDD), which is Lego's free modeling
app. This allows me to explore different ideas without having to pull out
hundreds of bricks, and I can use bricks that I might not have on hand. Once
the digital model is refined, I move the process to the real world, building the
model with actual bricks. Although LDD is an incredibly helpful tool, a
physical build is always necessary to evaluate mundane (but important!) aspects
of a model, such as clutch, flex and the method of assembly. And of course,
having the model right in front of me lets me see how the light reflects off
the surface and how the seams between bricks line up."
Chris McVeigh has a range of these Lego versions of traditional
Christmas balls, which he calls "Rollers." They come in a variety of
colors including dark blue, orange, aqua, dark purple and pink. This one is
from the "Roller Gem" line.
This little lantern might not throw literal illumination on
your tree, but it's sure to add an extra glow to the room. Designed to look
like a present, it joins one other "Wild Berry" lantern ornament
that's new for this year along with five others that Chris McVeigh designed for last
season. They're all available on McVeigh's website.
Ornament kits range from $11.25 (about £7, AU$13) to $45 (about £29, AU$53) and are available to
ship from Canada worldwide.