10K Club Interview: Meet Pablo Sánchez and his model History Museum
Still on a high from the success of The Pirate Bay, Pablo Sánchez's (aka Bricky_Brick on LEGO Ideas) has had a second project hit 10,000 supporters, his History Museum model! Hear about his creation here. Be sure to congratulate him in the comments down below!
- Where are you from?
I´m from Madrid (Spain).
- How old are you?
- What do you study or do for a living?
I studied a career and a masters together: a BA in Audiovisual Communication (Media) and a Masters in Film.
- What hobbies do you have?
My main hobby is LEGO, I suppose that as an AFOL it's now a hobby but also the toy with which I started, I've seen it's evolution and it's inevitable not to include it as a way of life. I'm also passionate about photography, music, comics and cinema.
- Do you have a personal portfolio website that you can share with us?
I started designing with a computer about a year ago and created several profiles on social networks. The most prominent where I share news and advances is Instagram, I also recently opened a YouTube channel. I still have to organize because there are many projects presented and it is difficult to promote all creations equally. Day by day I add something to the portfolio and share it as long as it is not designing a new project. I think my best portfolio is currently in LEGO Ideas.
- How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
My interest in LEGO was for a reason that now as an adult I understand. It gave me the possibility to create what I wanted, and that for a child is spectacular. I was 4 when I received one of my first sets, Ice Cream Cart (6601), and later the Airport (6392) for me.
- What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
Maybe the 6990 Monorail. I think I was 5 years old. I thought it was something spectacular and with time I realized that it has some exclusive pieces nowadays, and I'm happy to use them now. Two or three years later 6399-1 Airport Shuttle entered the market and with my new monorail tracks I could extend the model throughout the room.
- What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
It is a difficult question because I do not want to hurt the feelings of the other pieces, they all have their function. But there is one that has solved many problems for me and Emmet has it on his back, the master piece 15444. With it you can build in two directions. Personally I find it very useful together with the piece 32952.
- Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why
There are a lot of good designers. From the official designers I think I would choose Marcos Bessa. I really liked the construction system that he used in the Ewok Village, although I like Adam Grabowski, Melody Caddick, and Robert Heim too. Also the Apollo Saturn V team that did a spectacular job. On the other hand I know great designers outside and inside LEGO Ideas and I chose Corvus Auriac, for his particular designs, I think he is a spectacular designer and a great person. I also need to mention Yvonne (Ymarilego) and Hector (Han Sbricksteen).
- Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
I usually visit bricklink.com and brickset.com a lot to know the existence of pieces, models, colors, news of new products, chronology of the sets. Today there is a lot of information and it is generally saturated, but there are certain pages that maintain that journalistic vein and the love for it's content.
About Your Project
- Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
Most of my models are modulars, I really like the buildings and the continuity of all of them to make a city. This gives a concept with personality. This time I wanted to make a museum but based on real artworks. I found it fun to bring the museum to life, something similar to what happens in "A night in the museum", a kind of wink. Above all and the most important thing to be able to learn by building. I would have liked to add a small booklet with the information of the works, but that occurred to me later.
- What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
The most complex challenge was the colors, and maybe the key to the project, there are colors that currently do not exist in the color palette but I needed to raise those color tones for the project. I understand that the colors can be others, but these are the ones I liked. Another part I have had doubts about is the roof of the museum. I made a couple of versions until I got the one I liked best.
- How long did it take to complete the model? Did you finish it fairly quickly, or did it take a long time?
I think it was about 5 or 6 days to design it and another 5 days to render the images, by then I used a program that took many hours to make a single image. Normally the creative process is very nice.
- How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes – again- and how long did it take?
This project reached 10,000 supporters in approximately one year and 4 months. It's really nice to see that your project reaches 10,000 followers, it's a feeling of joy and confidence in the people who believe in your project. I have to say that the arrival of this project at 10,000 has been a bit more exciting than The Pirate Bay, because somehow The Pirate Bay was on a rocket and seemed to see it's intention to arrive quickly, while the Museum had me in tension although there were still days left to reach it's goal.
- Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
The first model was over 3,000 bricks, and I decided to perform an update eliminating many pieces and some detail. It's currently about 2,900 pieces. I have to add that at the time I was new to LEGO Ideas and I had not read some rules.
About LEGO Ideas
- This is your second 10K project. What’s the secret formula to your success?
I think there are things that come from the heart. You see when a project appeals to you, it catches your attention, there are things that at first glance you do not understand, but if you examine deeply you start to see the reasons why you like that idea. So, I could say that a piece of advice for your idea to work is to believe in yourself but without forgetting to whom you dedicate the idea. The diffusion in other media is also an important but less fun part. But if your project touches the sensitive fiber of who sees it, I assure you that you will have many fans and you wont need the media.
- What is it about the LEGO Ideas platform that attracts you and makes you want to keep posting new projects?
It is very nice that you can participate in a LEGO project. LEGO lovers know that every day a lot of ideas come in and there are many others thinking about those bricks and developing LEGO MOCs. But above all creating, giving life to a model with personality. The possibility of sharing an idea on a global level about something that you like and believe that this idea can please others is simply enriching. I would currently like to continue sharing my projects in LEGO Ideas so that they can apply transform, improve, improvise and if they become an official product, what to say ?; Very happy ;) The great family that this website has created I really like and I feel very comfortable here.
- Are you already planning further projects?
Yes, I have a couple of things in mind, related to classical literature, I think it's a good niche and that if you know how to focus on, it can be great.