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Lite-Brite Elvis Detail by eltormento Lite-Brite Elvis Detail by eltormento
This is a detail of my 3 foot by 4 foot custom Lite Brite of Elvis. There's another image of it in my gallery (I should have a shot up soon with it up on the wall, showing the frame and everything.
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PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
PS. I've featured this in my journal.
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PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:jawdrop: Elvis. Out of Lite Brite. Just wow.
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dogeatdog5 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
How did you make the giant peg board? I have been pricing having a sheet metal company do it and they want to charge $450 for just 18x24 inches!
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steph2013 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Wow...this makes the precut clowns they have in the box with the lite-brite I made as a kid seem so much more inferior. And I was so proud of them when I was 7 years old, too! =D Amazing job.
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eltormento Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Steph, kind words are very encouraging.

Interestingly, as a little detail I should mention that if you remember the patterns in the box had silver all-caps labels in Helvetica in the lower-right hand corners. So the clown would have text in the bottom reading "CLOWN". The rooster had "ROOSTER", etc. Must have been to help the kids figure out what the pattern was supposed to be before they committed to filling it in with pegs.

This piece has a label too. I got large size Helvetica stamps from Michaels and used silver ink to stamp on the black paper in the corner "THE KING". It was a tip of the hat to the original toy designs.
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steph2013 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Very cool! Lite-brite would seem so much more appealing to me now if I could have an Elvis outline. =)
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litebriteisdead Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Actually Denver artist Lori Kanary is the first Lite-brite artist with Giant Lite-Brite. She made two Guinness Record setting Lite-Brites, one all the way back in 1999 and smaller ones years before that. All material, including the sheet metal pattern, lighting and encasement on the net is due to her putting it out there for people to use. Beekman got his info from her, try researching more on art next time.

World's Largest Lite-Brites 1999
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2008
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eltormento Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Never really made any claims that this was the largest, nor the first. I became aware of Lori's work after I created this. I thought it was funny that there were other freaks out there like me that had dreamt up such a strange thing.

Odd that your tone should be so protective of Lori's intellectual capital and/or reputation as the definitive Lite-Brite artist. It's not really a complicated concept, so I think it's quite possible for there to be parallel development of this idea. You clearly take this more seriously than I do.

Frankly, I actually think the most "artistic" use of this material has been done by a guy named Steve Defrank. He hand-tints the pegs and does the entire composition by eye and on the fly without pre-planning (my trick uses Photoshop to dither a photo to the lite-brite palette).

Check him out: [link]
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NickBeja Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
whoa all LED?
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eltormento Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No, they are standard lite-brite pegs. It would be interesting to work with LEDs. The pegs are kind of a headache to procure en masse, and some change color over time I've discovered. Kind of frustrating... I never suspected they would not be light-fast. But then again, it's just a kids toy...
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