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Esh and Aivren by Gale-OneOfMany

Well even though you've already got two critiques I'll go ahead and contribute my thoughts in an organized critique manner. Overall, I ...

Malia, Hero Reborn by Gale-OneOfMany

Now this was quite a surprise to me when this was first posted. Luckily I had a day or so to stew on my thoughts about this MOC before ...

Toxin: Hero Factory MOC by welcometothedarksyde

Its hard to tell which MOC is Liams favorite as many of them go through multiple iterations and get a lot of love from him. But If I ha...

Project BLUE: Shade by WDenniz
by WDenniz

Shade is quite an interesting MOC, and an even more interesting character. Vision: I gave three stars because I do think you know what ...

Project GREEN: Mass by WDenniz
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:iconwewtplz: My first critique for Dennis' MOCs. :dance: Mass in my my mind is the first example that Dennis can handle a larger build relatively well, ...

Thuurnum by Fenrek
by Fenrek

I'm just going to jump straight into the critique here. My initial impression that it looks more like a toa that's simply walking on hi...

I don't get the chance to give critiques as much as I get them, but here are some of the ones I have given. :)

The BML Standard




The BML Standard

Here at the BionicleMOCers’League, we strive to uphold a high standard for the MOCs that we accept. Of course ‘a high standard’ is incredibly qualitative, but here we’ve outlined five key attributes which will, hopefully, both define what makes a good MOC and help people whose MOCs may not make it into our gallery.

Creativity is, in my humble opinion, where most people fall short. The whole sticking-to-what-Lego-showed-you won’t get you any brownie points if you simply swap an armour piece here and there. Try using pieces where they wouldn’t normally be used, try to break free from the ‘skeleton plus armour’ building style that Lego has taught you, experiment with new pieces. How can you use a piece in a way that’s never been used before? Can you design something that the world hasn’t seen yet? It’s these clever additions that really give MOCs their spark.

We have to remember that MOCs aren’t static sculptures; their articulation allows them to move. It might be hard to show this in pictures, but how sturdy is your MOC? How strongly are the pieces attached together? Will it fall over or break when you move it? Some builds are made purely for aesthetics, in which case strength might not be a top priority, but if your MOC is able to pull off several different poses, it all adds to its character – in fact, you could even include good ol’ functions, like the early days of Bionicle!

Now, having a Toa with fully custom armour and weaponry is all fine and dandy, but what is a gallery without some variation? A good MOCer is one who can succeed in all areas: big and small, humanoid and creature, Bionicle and Hero Factory. Having a wide range of different styles makes your gallery vastly more interesting – people will get bored if they see the same mecha over and over again. There’s nothing wrong with a well-built Hero, but here at the BML we love accepting things of different shapes and sizes!

If anything, consistency is a factor that really gives a MOC flair. Does the MOC itself seem natural? Is the colour scheme sound? More advanced MOCers would go even further – what kind of texture does this MOC have? Organic or mechanical? Blocky or smooth? Intricate details or simplicity? Sometimes it's good to have colours spread equally around a MOC, while at other times it's best to focus them in particular areas. Equal (or intentionally unequal!) distribution of characteristics shows that a MOCer has paid attention to the design as a whole, and taken the entire picture into account.

Finally, the last hurdle which trips up far too many people is presentation. We understand that not everyone can afford fancy high-definition cameras, but you can still make an effort to make the background as clear as possible (or even create scenery!). Blurriness and backgrounds aren’t the only things that can ruin a good MOC, though. How many pictures do you want to show us? Several poses and angles, or one simple photo? Do you want to display them separately, or in a collage? This is, after all, deviantArt, where making good first impressions is essential.

Of course, no-one is perfect – that includes us BML admins. You also have to remember that everybody starts off as a beginner, so obviously you can’t expect fantastic results right from the get-go. I hope this advice helped you advance as a builder, or at least have a better understanding of the MOCing community. Thanks for reading, and happy MOCing!
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Hello there, thank you for visiting my Deviantpage. If you've favorited or added me to your :+devwatch: then allow me to say thank you. I sometimes get a lot of traffic in bursts with new submissions so I may not personally thank you for the favorite or watch. But I want you to know that I do appreciate the support.



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Art and Motivations.

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 7:58 AM
I everyone, I have what's probably going to be a lengthy read for anyone that's interested.

To get started, I was on Ye Olde Tumblr when I saw a post from MissMeskii, reblogged it and added my own two cents, which seems to be a reprehensible crime on Tumblr. (Though I'm not implicating Molly in this, she was a peach about it :meow:) Most every time it's been like "god forbid I take that thing that you took from someone else who took it from someone else who took it fr...etc and add my own thoughts and opinions to it to go on MY blog. But I digress. Here's what I had to say in response to that.

I wasn't sure about making this journal because afterall, its just my opinion, a strong one, and who really gives a shit? I don't expect you to. But after talking to Molly about it I found a point I felt like making in this. I'm afraid that all too many people here specifically do things for the attention and that's just sad.

I'm a firm believer that art at its purist form should be for its own sake, or for the sake of the artist. If you make art for a living, that's cool, I can respect using your skills and passion to pay the bills, good on ya. But for something as fleeting and insincere as "attention" let alone from people on the internet I find contrived and commiserating. I just feel sad for you that you need people's attention that bad.

The main reason I wanted to post this was another thought I had in my conversation, how much do people change or censor their own art for the sake of their followers? How many of you have had an idea and gone "Oh god I can't post that I'd be reamed?" I've seen it here before and still see it all the time. To create art for attention is lame, but to taint your original inspiration for the sake of others I dare say is worse. Here's the preachy part of my journal, you should make your art, your way, for yourself, and fuck what anyone else thinks about it. Its for you, not them. 


My Motivations Are My Own



The reason I have this opinion I think is because of my roots as an "artist" which it took me a little while to consider myself as. My art is my MOCing, plain and simple. I don't really have any other creative outlets at this point. Music has been a dead end road for me so I focused on MOCing. Unlike what seems to be the norm, I was well underway in my MOCing endeavors and had already developed my skills past the super awkward learning phase(which wasn't that difficult for me actually), and the first thing anyone on the internet saw from me was Ryakk. Bionicle MOC:Ryakk 1.0 by 3rdeye88 This is where I was at when joining DA and submitting anything. At that point, I had already had Ryakk and many of my other MOCs for about 5 years. That was years of "creating" in a vacuum, doing it solely to keep myself occupied and sane. :XD: I did it even though no one gave a shit, not even my family, I did it for me. 6 years later and not much has changed about that, I'm still doing this for me and will continue to do it for me. This is the biggest reason why I loosely consider feedback, but don't take it too seriously, its also why I have a defense for pretty much any criticism anyone has towards my MOCs. There's almost always a reason behind what I do in a given MOC or MOCing situation.

My point here is that I've been following the beat of my own drum for years now as an artist, and it's working for me. Sure, I don't have as many followers here or anywhere as others out there. I'm not the most liked person around, but I've done things on my own terms, and still been relatively successful at it. That to me is worth more than thousands of followers or page views. And I encourage you to do what you do best and on your own terms as well. Be a leader, not a follower I say.

I think the spark to this flame would be this wonderfully executed scene from the Movie Birdman.

This in conjunction with the original post is what inspired me to write this journal. This is really relevant to what I'm trying to say and I think more eloquently makes one of the points I'm trying to make far better than I could ever put into words.

Sharing for others.


Creating art for yourself is one thing, posting it and sharing it is another. I am not without fault, I did for a time fall into being concerned with my standing and stats. I did things and withheld things because of how it would affect my following, then I realized that it didn't matter, people were going to make up their own minds about me or my work, and come and go anyways. So I decided that being true to myself was more important. I just don't feel like people are doing that much here. I see talented artists not post their more obscure or disturbing concepts because what would people think, or focusing on a specific subject just because that's what people respond to. That's especially true in the Bionicle fan community. I'd hate that, if I wanna draw kittens or sculpt something other than dragons, I'd have to, otherwise I'd go crazy and give it up all together. Don't feel trapped by your art, be freed by it. 

I also encourage posting because others care. That like I said is different. I post my MOCs and any other random crap that I come up with because people do enjoy it. I'm still here on DA and the internet MOCing community because I've made some friends here, people do enjoy seeing what I've created and I enjoy sharing what I've created, talking about it, and most of all, seeing other artist's creations as well. Mingling with other artists has been the most influential and rewarding experience for me. I've grown so much as an artist because of this site and Flickr. I don't want to stop doing that at any point in the foreseeable future. Share because other's care, but because you enjoy it to. If posting your artwork is a chore(which it seems to be to some people), then stop. If you can't be arsed to properly present your creation then why are you even posting in the first place?

Gratitude

I don't want to sound ungrateful though. I do really appreciate all the love people have given me for my artwork. I appreciate that you like my artwork, I'm honored anyone's been able to find inspiration from it, even to the point of creating their own versions of things I've done(SO MUCH MATTEO FAN ART!). This past year has been so rewarding for me, I feel like I'm being recognized at some really professional levels, to see my MOCs be featured and included among some of the best in the world by other AFOLs, that's gratifying as all hell. But at the end of the day, I do what I do for a very very simple reason...to scratch that itch in my brain that won't go away unless I do something creative. I encourage you to create art for the same reason, and not because of the faves, page views, and attention. I believe that should be a byproduct, not your motiviations in creative endeavors. My final piece of advice is this-Scratch the itch, the rest will come naturally.

Conclusion

I may have rambled a bit, I'm not sure if I really made my point clear. Its early in the morning I need to head to bed before work. I just wanted to get these thoughts out on paper so to speak and hear your thoughts and opinions on the matter to. Thanks for reading my sleep deprived nonsense. I'm going to bed now. Sleep 








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Welcome to my :devart: profile page :wave:
Most of you know that I am a Bionicle MOCer
For those of you that don't, I make sculptures
of various things using legos, and more
specifically Bionicle/Hero Factor parts.
Though I do use regular legos ligh you
Might be familiar with. The Term MOC
is an acrynym that stands for
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This is a term we creators of original lego
sculptres universally(mostly) use as a term
for anything made by us and not officially
designed by lego or lego engineers.
So that's that.
I am also a musician. I play bass, drums
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Art and Motivations.

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 7:58 AM
I everyone, I have what's probably going to be a lengthy read for anyone that's interested.

To get started, I was on Ye Olde Tumblr when I saw a post from MissMeskii, reblogged it and added my own two cents, which seems to be a reprehensible crime on Tumblr. (Though I'm not implicating Molly in this, she was a peach about it :meow:) Most every time it's been like "god forbid I take that thing that you took from someone else who took it from someone else who took it fr...etc and add my own thoughts and opinions to it to go on MY blog. But I digress. Here's what I had to say in response to that.

I wasn't sure about making this journal because afterall, its just my opinion, a strong one, and who really gives a shit? I don't expect you to. But after talking to Molly about it I found a point I felt like making in this. I'm afraid that all too many people here specifically do things for the attention and that's just sad.

I'm a firm believer that art at its purist form should be for its own sake, or for the sake of the artist. If you make art for a living, that's cool, I can respect using your skills and passion to pay the bills, good on ya. But for something as fleeting and insincere as "attention" let alone from people on the internet I find contrived and commiserating. I just feel sad for you that you need people's attention that bad.

The main reason I wanted to post this was another thought I had in my conversation, how much do people change or censor their own art for the sake of their followers? How many of you have had an idea and gone "Oh god I can't post that I'd be reamed?" I've seen it here before and still see it all the time. To create art for attention is lame, but to taint your original inspiration for the sake of others I dare say is worse. Here's the preachy part of my journal, you should make your art, your way, for yourself, and fuck what anyone else thinks about it. Its for you, not them. 


My Motivations Are My Own



The reason I have this opinion I think is because of my roots as an "artist" which it took me a little while to consider myself as. My art is my MOCing, plain and simple. I don't really have any other creative outlets at this point. Music has been a dead end road for me so I focused on MOCing. Unlike what seems to be the norm, I was well underway in my MOCing endeavors and had already developed my skills past the super awkward learning phase(which wasn't that difficult for me actually), and the first thing anyone on the internet saw from me was Ryakk. Bionicle MOC:Ryakk 1.0 by 3rdeye88 This is where I was at when joining DA and submitting anything. At that point, I had already had Ryakk and many of my other MOCs for about 5 years. That was years of "creating" in a vacuum, doing it solely to keep myself occupied and sane. :XD: I did it even though no one gave a shit, not even my family, I did it for me. 6 years later and not much has changed about that, I'm still doing this for me and will continue to do it for me. This is the biggest reason why I loosely consider feedback, but don't take it too seriously, its also why I have a defense for pretty much any criticism anyone has towards my MOCs. There's almost always a reason behind what I do in a given MOC or MOCing situation.

My point here is that I've been following the beat of my own drum for years now as an artist, and it's working for me. Sure, I don't have as many followers here or anywhere as others out there. I'm not the most liked person around, but I've done things on my own terms, and still been relatively successful at it. That to me is worth more than thousands of followers or page views. And I encourage you to do what you do best and on your own terms as well. Be a leader, not a follower I say.

I think the spark to this flame would be this wonderfully executed scene from the Movie Birdman.

This in conjunction with the original post is what inspired me to write this journal. This is really relevant to what I'm trying to say and I think more eloquently makes one of the points I'm trying to make far better than I could ever put into words.

Sharing for others.


Creating art for yourself is one thing, posting it and sharing it is another. I am not without fault, I did for a time fall into being concerned with my standing and stats. I did things and withheld things because of how it would affect my following, then I realized that it didn't matter, people were going to make up their own minds about me or my work, and come and go anyways. So I decided that being true to myself was more important. I just don't feel like people are doing that much here. I see talented artists not post their more obscure or disturbing concepts because what would people think, or focusing on a specific subject just because that's what people respond to. That's especially true in the Bionicle fan community. I'd hate that, if I wanna draw kittens or sculpt something other than dragons, I'd have to, otherwise I'd go crazy and give it up all together. Don't feel trapped by your art, be freed by it. 

I also encourage posting because others care. That like I said is different. I post my MOCs and any other random crap that I come up with because people do enjoy it. I'm still here on DA and the internet MOCing community because I've made some friends here, people do enjoy seeing what I've created and I enjoy sharing what I've created, talking about it, and most of all, seeing other artist's creations as well. Mingling with other artists has been the most influential and rewarding experience for me. I've grown so much as an artist because of this site and Flickr. I don't want to stop doing that at any point in the foreseeable future. Share because other's care, but because you enjoy it to. If posting your artwork is a chore(which it seems to be to some people), then stop. If you can't be arsed to properly present your creation then why are you even posting in the first place?

Gratitude

I don't want to sound ungrateful though. I do really appreciate all the love people have given me for my artwork. I appreciate that you like my artwork, I'm honored anyone's been able to find inspiration from it, even to the point of creating their own versions of things I've done(SO MUCH MATTEO FAN ART!). This past year has been so rewarding for me, I feel like I'm being recognized at some really professional levels, to see my MOCs be featured and included among some of the best in the world by other AFOLs, that's gratifying as all hell. But at the end of the day, I do what I do for a very very simple reason...to scratch that itch in my brain that won't go away unless I do something creative. I encourage you to create art for the same reason, and not because of the faves, page views, and attention. I believe that should be a byproduct, not your motiviations in creative endeavors. My final piece of advice is this-Scratch the itch, the rest will come naturally.

Conclusion

I may have rambled a bit, I'm not sure if I really made my point clear. Its early in the morning I need to head to bed before work. I just wanted to get these thoughts out on paper so to speak and hear your thoughts and opinions on the matter to. Thanks for reading my sleep deprived nonsense. I'm going to bed now. Sleep 








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KruelKoopa Featured By Owner 1 day ago
3rdeye, enter my contest?
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JarODragon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for the watch! :D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I dig your art style. its kinda trippy in a cooly way. :thumbsup::D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was awesome! Is there going to be more of this particular series or production? I quite liked it.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll send you more  this is the next one kisscartoon.me/Cartoon/Justice…
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Greatly appreciate the watch, thank you
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You're welcome. :D
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Random boob attack! 
boobs9 boobs1 boobs10 boobs8 boobs5 boobs6 obama unz plz - animation 
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no, what ever shall I d-*motor-boat noises*

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Actually, oddly enough, I'm not really into big boobs. I'm a subscriber of the philosophy that more than a mouth/handful is a waste. :XD:
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a glutton then , no just kidding it really doesn't mater to me big or small I love them all. LOL
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I prefer em small, but I've dated girls with big boobs they're fine, I just like the small perky ones that have just enough bounce but a lot less sag. :XD:
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the faves Daves! :) 
Glad your always here for me my friend. I'll be pumping out some quality stuff as soon as I am able. 
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem Greg, I'm always gonna follow you, even if you're not producing art, you're still an awesome guy and a long time supporter of my own work, as well as a friend. :D

I look forward to seeing the new stuff.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to new beginnings and I hope it all works out work out well  :crossfingers: revision 
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope so to buddy. Just gotta keep hangin' in there. :hug:
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I been watching this Japanese animation because it inspired the creator of the  Souls games. You can see it in the weapons and armors of the game and some of the creatures too. I figure you like stuff like this too so I thought I'd share it.

all the episodes and the movies are free on youtube but the movie is only in japanese with english subtitles.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FIuzm…
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Diebeq Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thanks a lot for the Premium Membership, man! It was by far one of the best gifts I received yesterday! Also, it's always a pleasure to work with you and everyone else in the BML!

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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome Diego. :hug: Happy birthday man. I was going to make a journal but I could never get the skins to load. Oh well, I'm glad I am able to do things for my friends here. I know you'll enjoy the premium features.

I also wanted to say thanks for running the BAL. It's been nice not having to hassle with that too much. You've been doing a great job and have been a big help. Thank you Diego.

So what other cool shit did you get?! :eager:
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GoldenArpeggio Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Happy New Year, my beloved Dave! Hope to be able to enjoy your company this year too, you helped me quite a lot and you're a great friend.  m(_ _)m
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconsweethugplz: Thank you so much Lianyu. Reading this comment gave me a big smile. You're welcome. I'm so glad I can be of help and likewise. I can't wait to see more from you this year and I've really enjoyed your company in 2014. You've really improved as a MOCer. You've come into your own style that's uniquely you. That's not easy to do.

My advice is to improve the aspects of MOCing beyond the lego to. That's just as important. You're improving in the MOC department, I suggest you try to improve in the production department to. Then you'll really be a superb MOCer. You'll be making me look lame before too long. You already make me jealous and inspire me to MOC.
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bionicleguy123 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
hey, I was thinking for newer MOC's, you could use the new bionicle masks you can make turaga moc's from the toa mata's
good idea, huh? ;)
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ummm...I'm not really following. :confused:

Do you mean using the new masks to make Turaga in the old world or the old masks to make turaga in the Okoto universe?
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bionicleguy123 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
the masks of the new toa to make the turaga nuva
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