I’m proud to unveil my second incredibly nerdy plastic canvas project.
For those of you saying, “Ah, she made a little square man with blocks,” let me clarify. This thing is based on a video game called Minecraft. It’s a really interesting little low-resolution-graphics game that has a huge following. It’s pretty simple; you build literally anything you can imagine with cube-shaped blocks of various materials. You can also dig into the ground to create caverns and tunnels and things. (Oh, and sometimes zombies come and destroy your stuff and kill you at night.)
Image from The Independent Games Wiki
It seemed to me that PC was particularly perfect as a medium for a Minecraft set because: a) the two things are equally blocky in nature; b) It would be a great exercise in translating video-game graphics to needlepoint patterns; and c) the whole idea made me giggle uncontrollably.
So I spent a lot of time in the Minecraft game on my phone, walking around and around the various blocks until I had the right angles and snapping pictures. When you’re in-game, you only see the “Minecraft guy” that represents you from the back, so I also did a lot of Google Image searching for a front-view.
I’m particularly proud of a tiny detail you can’t see: I was worried my guy would be too top-heavy, so I dropped fishing weights down his mono-leg. Now he’s nicely balanced and hard to tip over!
Here’s a scale shot. The blocks each measure 2″ x 2″. The guy measures about 4″ tall. The whole set used 47 pieces of canvas. And what can only be described as a buttload of floss colors.
…Oh. And his arms are articulated, so he can drop and give you 20. Which is something he can’t do in the game.
Next up, Tiki Gods.