The little colored bricks are more than mere toys. Some artists create sculptures and paintings from them. Today we will create a portrait of Lego bricks in 5 simple steps, and Phantasm will help us with this.

Step 1

Here are some examples of lego art pictures.

Even though portraits are not detailed, we can easily recognize them, because well-known works of art are chosen as the basis. As a reference image, I chose the portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol. Make a screenshot of the image and paste it into a new Adobe Illustrator document.

The image quality is not essential.

Step 2

Let's start creating a cube. Draw a square of gray color (K = 30) and a circle with a radial gradient fill from black to white. Objects should be located as shown in the picture below.

Apply the Multiply blending mode to the circle.

Draw another circle with a gray fill (K = 30) and place it in the center of the square.

Now create a glare. Such a shape is obtained by displacing two copies of the upper circle and applying Minus Front command in the Pathfinder panel. Fill the glare with a light gray color (K = 3).

Move all the created objects in the Symbols panel.

Step 3

Apply the Phantasm Halftone effect to the raster portrait by clicking on the corresponding button in the Phantasm panel

The effect parameters are shown in the picture below.

As a result, we have a portrait which consists of colored squares.

Step 4

Now create a new rectangle above the portrait. The fill color of this rectangle does not matter. Apply the Phantasm Halftone effect to this object. The parameters for this effect are the same as those of the previous effect, except that the New Symbol is selected for the Shape option.

Step 5

Apply the Multiply blending mode to the upper object.

FInally, adjust the brightness and contrast with the help of the appropriate Phantasm effect.

Now the Lego art portrait is ready.

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