Kev-was-here-X 2:02pm, 1 February 2009
even before I pick up a lego block I get that idea in your head that I try to work off. i thought if i ask everyone else where they get their ideas from i'd get more ideas. not meaning to steal, more like share. ive hit a wall lately, spending hours in front of a bucketfull of lego jus to come out with nothing. grrr.
supreme eyes [deleted] 10 years ago
I honestly get inspiration from everywhere. My last build the Pathfinder was inspired by a hotwheel (colors, mostly) and the name came from my car (a Nissan Pathfinder). Movies and cartoons are great sources as well...and other's MOC's.
Kevin Fedde 10 years ago
Mostly from my mind, random doodles on math and science notes, and discussions with friends.
Occasionally I'll see something cool in a book or a movie, or from another MOC.
thebigtubadaddy Posted 10 years ago. Edited by thebigtubadaddy (member) 10 years ago
I usually have a vague idea of what i want to do. It will either fly or roll and I go from there. I don't force myself to do anything if I find its not working.

Sometimes picking up a couple of new sets will give me ideas. A lot of times you get new parts or see a new way of connecting parts you never considered previously.

Also, don't stress about the lack of creativity at the moment. We do this because its fun, not because we have to do it :) If this starts feeling like you're writing a 4 page, double spaced, essay about the Scarlet Letter, maybe you should take a break for a couple of weeks. Come back when you have some idea you are dying to realize in bricks. Just my thoughts.
were50 10 years ago
My cars are usually from magazines I read or things I see around town, while my military/ships are from other MOCs, games,TV, movies, or sometimes I just build a random chasis thingy and build on top of that.
anoved 10 years ago
Sometimes I'll just play with a pile of pieces until I find an interesting combination to use as the basis for a model. Another way to change the challenge is to limit yourself to fewer parts than normal, and try to build something convincing from that.
Wiseman_Lego 10 years ago
Ok, it seems that I'm not the coolest builder out there, but since you're asking, inspiration comes often when I'm lying in bed while falling asleep... It's strange, I think it's something like subconscious that opens and reveals things I've seen on tv, or comics that I didn't notice before...
opallix 10 years ago
The true way to find your inner inspiration is to sit cross-legged and realize the wonders of lego are held in the subconcious, and that you must reach into your mind to bring forth the truth. ;)
Model Gal PRO 10 years ago
I get inspiration from all over. TV, movies, books, internet. I actually have the opposite problem, I have too many things I want to build. I even have a list of ideas that keeps getting longer.

Here's a tip from when I was working as a Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND:

When we had to come up with new scenes in an area of the park, Miniland for example, we would brainstorm. We would start with a broad topic like Halloween or scenes for Las Vegas (and yes, we did brainstorms of both of these things).

Once we had the broad topic we would start throwing out ideas. During a brainstorm no idea is too outlandish, although sadly, some of the greatest ideas will never be created at LEGOLAND for one reason or another (budget, time, etc.). Even though it was very cool to work at LEGOLAND, there are constraints on what we can and can't do.

That is one of the advantages of being a hobby builder, you can make whatever you want.

So, back to the brainstorm. Say the broad topic is Space.

What can you do with Space? Alien planets, space battle scenes, aliens, Man's first landing on the Moon, comets, etc, etc, etc.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. When you are stuck on what to build, try brainstorming and see where it gets you. Hope this helps.
Kev-was-here-X 10 years ago
so anyways after watching a few anime reels, playing games. i went off and bought a set also (some exo force golden gaurdian guy). i started building im off to a pretty good start now. i'll post when i think it's done.

anoved: that limited piece thing... that would be a good comp. on second thoughts be really hard too judge if they go over. damn... i'll keep that one in mind though

opallix: thats deep.

bigtubadaddy: i think it was getting the new pieces that inspired me the most. jus 2 let u know

model gal:WOW you worked there!?! this is the one in california... right? i went there!
Model Gal PRO 10 years ago
Yes, I worked there for 5 years, 4 of them in the Model Shop as a Master Model Designer.
peterlmorris PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by peterlmorris (member) 10 years ago
A lot of my inspiration comes from video games, some anime, movies, TV, etc.

But some of it comes from doodling and trying to fit certain lego shapes into shapes I see in my head. Those are the toughest ones, because often the bricks don't line up like I want.

I am also heavily influenced by others' MOCs.
space_e 10 years ago
I also get my inspiration form TV comic books, my mind etc.
but sometimes I just start to make a sketch
of the things that come to my mind, mostly thwy don't evolve into anything in LEGO
bu sometmes they do. like with my latest creation.
norm_galloway PRO 10 years ago

Holy crap, you too?
I also get inspired right before falling asleep.
Sometimes I write those ideas down or draw them on a little pad by my bed, other times I just try desperately to repeat the ideas in my head so that I'll remember them the next day. Deciphering your notes and drawings in the morning can sometimes be a challenge though.
worker201 10 years ago
My last MOC was basically a ripoff. I was pretty impressed with some of the builds coming out of the RAMM fad, and wanted to do some similar vehicles. But I did not want to play by the rules or be a joiner, so I stole the idea and used a different color scheme. Fortunately, it didn't end up looking like RAMM at all, so nobody but me noticed.

That's how it usually works - I see or read something that gets me thinking, and eventually I sit down in the Lego closet and start futzing around.
LegoLord. 10 years ago
I'll add to the chorus. I get inspiration from tv and movies, but most of it comes from other MOCs. ~LL
anoved 10 years ago
: A simple way to limit parts is to use parts from one official set. For example most of the models I've posted are built with pieces from only one, two, or three sets.

It would be hard to judge, but I agree it would be a fun competition. A medium size set is ideal - plenty of pieces to choose from, but affordable and small enough to be challenging.

A few years ago there was a contest like this at FBTB for the B-Wing - what would a suitable current set be?
LostCarPark 10 years ago
I generally start on paper. I keep a sketch-book on my desk, and any time I'm bored at work, I doodle in the back of it. I often start with a simple shape and see where it goes. Often I end up with a scribble, but sometimes it turns into something interesting. And some of those make me think "ooh, I'd like to build that in Lego".

Okay, my starting sketches aren't totally random. I'll often be thinking of something from a TV show or movie, or an animal or a building or something from a book or comic.

Generally I'll keep sketching, drawing lots of little versions of the same thing. I don't try to tie it down to Lego parts too much, but I do try to think of what parts would fit best. If I think a particular part suits the shape of the drawing, I'll try and start with that part, and sketch the rest of the shape around it and then see if I can make it fit with other parts.

When I have a rough design, I'll often try drawing it again of graph paper to work out dimensions and fit specific bricks and work out rough quantities.

When I get home, I might try to build from the sketches, or if I know I have a lot of parts to order, I'll often try to put it together in MLCad to try to get a more accurate part count.

So by the time I'm building, I usually have a pretty good idea of the shape. I may not always know exactly what bricks I'm going to use, but I'll have a good idea. Of course it doesn't always go to plan. Things I think will fit together often don't, and I often get new ideas as I put things together and end up with something different.

This may seem like a lot of planning, but it's mostly because I can get away with doodling at work, but it would look suspicious if I brought in a box of bricks!

And sometimes I ignore all the above and just pick up random bricks and see how they fit together.
Happy Weasel PRO 10 years ago
Kev was here, you might want to check out this group It's a gallery of concept art pulled together by various spacers. We used to host it on CSF, but it became too much for our servers, and I moved it to Flickr.

As for myself, sometimes I use concept drawings like this as a jumping off inspirational point, but I also spend a lot of time sketching out my own ideas.
retracile 10 years ago
As an example, I took the Creator Mini Construction set and set out to make as many different models from that one set (of 67 pieces!) as I could. Such as:
shuttle craft, starfighter, race car, street car, grader, frontend loader, semi truck cab, mech, etc.

I found it to be a very good, challenging drill for improving my building and for thinking up things I could attempt to build. And since the pieces fit into one of those XPod things, it was easy to throw in a bag and take with me.
Memory ☓ 10 years ago
The problem with coming up with ideas (and something Mariann touched on) is typically that our brains are too full of ideas. During dry building periods , I find that it's hard to settle on one thing and build it; I end up starting a dozen different projects.
Brick Farmer 10 years ago
I just read books. Lots of my Ideas come from Sci-Fi like Dune. Other things are setmods that come from examining the pieces. Playing around with how the pieces fit together is a really easy thing to do, and it has helped my building techniques.

Probably the best way to start a set is to just doodle on a piece of paper, then refine the shapes into a thing. Take the image of the thing, and then start applying pieces to the problem. That seems to almost always work.
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