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MOC Designer Talk – Peeters Kevin

Can you briefly introduce yourself to the readers of Medievalbrick?

My name is Peeters Kevin, I’m a happy 36-year-old single dad, living with my 2 boys in Belgium. During the day I’m an all-around warehouse operator, besides being pretty occupied with work, my kids, and my social life, I still seem to find time to build and relax with LEGO bricks. My general interest is in the physics and cosmic field but I also read a lot about psychology.

When did you get in touch with LEGO? How does it fit into your life? Is there any trick to balance these?

My first encounter with the well-known bricks was at a young age, I don’t really recall how old I was but as far as I remember as a kid, I was always playing and building with LEGO. Like most of us, I also experienced the so-called ‘dark age’ during my teens but picked up on it in my early twenties. At that time ‘Café Corner’ was on the shelves. That set probably got me back into it. Nowadays I’m mainly a MOC builder whenever I got free time. I rarely build or buy an official set.

In your opinion, what elements are needed to create a successful work? What’s your identification standard?

In my opinion, it really depends on what you are building. Different themes require different elements and colors but most important for me are SNOT bricks. These types of bricks, the modified bricks and plates offer a wild variety of building techniques and open so many possibilities. Also, I tend to use hoses a lot for natural and organic shapes.
Apart from the choices in building techniques, color is really important. Colors have to match and complement each other. You really have to take the time and think about what color pallet would be great for the build. Chose your basic colors, complimentary colors, and maybe a strong accent color to finish it off.
Lastly, as with any piece of art, the composition can really make or break a model as well. Make it flow, there’s lots to say about this but again, it all depends on the model as a whole. The use of color also can add to the composition.

Have you ever created a MOC that you are particularly proud of? What is it, why are you proud of it, do you have any pictures of it?

There are 2 actually, ‘Trespassing The Old Wizards House’ but mostly ‘Olivia’s Get-Away’.

Olivia’s Get-Away is the MOC that put my name on the map so to speak. I’m proud of it because it really worked out just the way I wanted it to. It’s a very colorful piece, peaceful yet highly detailed with a variety of techniques in it. I remember someone once commented on it, to them, it was like a painting in 3D with LEGO bricks. It touched me as that was exactly the feeling I had when it was done.

I remade it 3 times already and it’s the only MOC that’s still built and a part of my home decoration to this date. I love it. I just need to redo the tree again as I don’t like the current one anymore. Some MOCs will never be finished I guess.
Here are some pictures of Olivia’s Get-Away.

Do you have a fixed cycle to produce new works when you create them?

Well, it pretty much all starts the same. I have a vision or image inside my head I try to recreate with bricks. At first, I start with table scraps and try to build random parts of it.
I also use Stud.io, I build the same parts in there so I can relocate and see how it could/would look when put together without having gravity issues like in real life.
At this point I grab my bricks and just start building, filling in the blanks. At this stage, the model usually changes a lot until the final piece.
When I have the final piece in mind, I simultaneously build the final model with real bricks but also in Stud.io tob e able to create instructions for it afterward.

How do you usually find inspiration? Under what conditions will the decision to build them be made?

My main inspiration is real life, even when building mostly in the Medieval Fantasy theme. I look up Medival architecture and life. Pinterest is also a great source of inspiration, there are a lot of images on there from 3D artists and drawings and so on. They bring up some ideas to look into, to get the ball rolling. In the end, the MOC ends up being totally different than the initial spark so to say.
Sometimes it’s a real challenge to recreate an idea into LEGO bricks as it’s a system on its own meaning a lot of good stuff will be scrapped because it’s not possible to create in bricks or the scale is way off.
Of course, also look at other people’s creations. Go on Instagram, and follow great builders in all kinds of themes. Follow ‘The Brothers Brick’ blog. It’s a good way to expand your vision. You will come across awesome MOCs, you’ll question how he or she did it, things like color combinations, and interesting use of certain pieces..There’s always something new to discover.

In your opinion, why does LEGO MOC attract you? What advice would you give to beginners who want to create MOCs?

To me, I really like the feeling of the bricks. Looking at a pile of bricks that can be put together in endless ways to create whatever your imagination gives you. The same bricks can build so many different things. I find that really interesting. You can express yourself, it’s like painting and sculpting at the same time.
I really would suggest to beginners to build and build. Learn the system, build official sets to get a hang of techniques, to get to know all those different parts that are out there.
It really can be overwhelming I reckon. Try and try again. Try to recreate things you like in other people’s builds, and go through some tutorials. There are really great once out there.
Don’t think you’ll ever be able to build that piece like you’ve seen someone else do. Find out what techniques work for you, and what themes got your interest, and go from there. Just build, build for yourself not for anyone else. Get involved in the community, and learn from the comments people give you. You’ll grow the more you build.

Cooperate with Chinese building block brands, what’s your opinion on Chinese domestic building blocks?

To be honest, I was really skeptical in the beginning. I’m not going to name a certain company but they were the first to copy the Danish bricks. Nothing wrong with that as they had the right to do so but the way they did it was very controversial and caused a lot of mayhem in the world of LEGO enthusiasts. Which only led to a ‘no-no’ for us.
But times changed for the better, companies like your own do it the right way, I can only applaud that. Besides, companies like your own give us LEGO MOC builders more business opportunities.
As for brick quality, I’ve tried out a few alternative building block producers myself and I’m positively surprised by the quality. There’s hardly any difference in quality nowadays, some are even better than LEGO.

Your recently mass-produced Dutch Windmill is very popular, especially among German building block enthusiasts. What was the original intention of creating this work? Why did you choose it among much world-famous landscape building blocks MOC?

First off, glad to hear how popular the MOC is, thank you for this opportunity.
After building Olivia’s Get-Away and Calyva’s Hide-Out a few years ago, I just wanted to build something different, a little bit smaller as well. At the time I was approached by a tavern to recreate an iconic windmill, especially fort hem. So I did. But it also triggered me to build one from my imagination, a small one, more in the same style I was building on my own.
I didn’t know what the final MOC would look like but I wanted to use the minifigure capes on the mill. They were a perfect fit, perfect scale and never done before. So the Dutch Windmill was entirely created starting from those capes.

To create the work ‘Dutch Windmill’, from the concept to the finished product, can you tell us about the creation process in detail?

It all started with the mill itself, the Mini figure capes in particular. I wanted to use the capes on it as I hadn’t seen it before and they were a perfect fit! Glad I had enough laying around.
At the time I was also wondering how to do the circular tower, I was playing around with that as well. In the end, I used a base on hinges to create the tower. In fact, my very first Medieval MOC was a tower based on that so I quickly used the technique to build the mill.
But the mill on itself was a little blank. I had a table scrap laying around, sort of ruins with wooden planks on it. I really didn’t know what to do with it. I decided to put those two together and I liked the look of it. It also broke the otherwise only color Light Grey with Dark Grey.
I kept the wooden planks on the ruins and added them to the tower of the mill. I decided to add just a small house on the ruins to complement the mill itself. So there you had it.
The only thing left to do was to create a setting, a natural scene around which at the time I did with all my MOCs. I really enjoy building nature and landscapes. It also adds a lot to the build.

Peeters Kevin's MOC designed is authrized to sell in Medievalbrick.com now.

Buy any of the 2 MOCs he designed. you will receive a free tent moc as a gift.

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