It's a full moon tonight... join us for a 10K Club Interview with Amber Veyt, aka TheAmbrinator, and learn about Amber's wonderful Hocus Pocus themed project. Fans of the movie are sure to love this design. Show some love for TheAmbrinator and Hocus Pocus in the comments!
- Who are you?
- Where are you from?
- How old are you?
- What do you study or do for a living?
I just finished school as a graphic designer and am now looking for a job.
- What hobbies do you have?
I love to design things and be creative in every way. I love to play and listen to music, drawing and gaming. I also enjoy cooking and baking a lot.
- How and when did your interest in LEGO come about?
Ever since I was little, My parents gave me LEGO sets as presents a lot, and I've always loved the limitless creations I could make with it.
- What is LEGO for you? What does it mean for you? How does it fit in your life? E.g. build, display, meetups, play the games or 'just' watch the cartoons.
LEGO building is a big thing in my life. I've been a LEGO Harry Potter collector since I was 12 I believe (still collecting). I was also a participant in LEGO Masters (BE-NL) because LEGO is a true passion of mine.
- What is your favourite LEGO theme (current or past)? Why? And has any theme inspired your building style or preference in any particular way?
As I mentioned before, definitely the LEGO Harry Potter theme!
- What is your favourite official LEGO set ever? Why?
My favorite set is actually the Flower Bouquet. I love the flowers and I never have to water them! Perfect!
- What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
The separator! Couldn't live without it anymore.
- Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
Justin Ramsden, for sure. He's just so inspiring, funny, and kind. I met him in real life and he's an absolute blast!
ABOUT YOUR PROJECT
- Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
Well, I've always been a huge fan of Hocus Pocus. I literally watch it every year and never get sick of it. I've already submitted a Hocus Pocus design and it reached 10K as well. But, I upgraded my idea and made it more playable. I added some newer techniques and thought it deserved a second chance.
- How long was the process of making the project did, and what did you have to research as well. What kind of prep, research and design phases did you go through to produce your creation?
I started from 0 with the second design. And I believe I worked several months on it.
- What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
The hinges in the house and the watermill. I just find it very hard to make movable objects for some reason.
- If you could talk to yourself before you started on this project, what would you tell him? What do you know now that you wish you knew then?
- How long did it take to complete the model? Did you finish it fairly quickly, or did it take a long time? And how did the build time compare to the time you spent promoting your Product Idea to reach 10,000 supporters?
I think it took as much time building it as it took time to reach the 10K.
- How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes and how long did it take?
A-MA-ZING! I thought that it would feel less special reaching the 10K for a second time, but no, it was overwhelming.
- Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
- If you built your model digitally, what software did you use to build and render your model?
I used Stud.io for my design. The programme is so great.
- If you used custom stickers or prints for your design, how did you create them or where did you get them?
I designed everything myself. I made custom outfits, faces, and stickers in Adobe Illustrator and then attached them to bricks with the Stud.io extension.
ABOUT LEGO IDEAS
- What (if any) methods did you use to advertise and attract support to your Product Idea?
I mostly shared it on Instagram and Facebook, and a lot of fans helped me share it and spread the word. Even a few of the original Hocus Pocus cast shared my design. (Living the dream)
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