Mariann Asanuma (Model Gal) has revealed her most recent mosaic portrait of Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor from the Doctor Who series. I’ve been privy to seeing her amazing technique up close and I still can’t get my head around how she does this. Rather than doing the traditional “studs up” approach to mosaics, she is able to capture the most subtle rendering of edges and forms, all from the side. She’s also able to employ an impressive array of ways to change the direction of the orientation of the elements in the tightest of quarters. I’ve seen these as works in progress, and I’ve studied them from behind, and they are both inventive and ingenious. It’s no wonder she is a former Master Model Builder from Legoland, California.
If you want to see how complicated her process is, check out the “blueprints” she makes to build this mosaic. Mariann is truly a Grand Master at LEGO Mosaics.