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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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:iconeltormento:
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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NickBeja Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh... i dont know what lite-brite is. lol... I've only worked with LEDs. XD
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LonnieBeale Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
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That's cool! Amazing!
Congratulation!
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eltormento Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Lonnie ; )
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The-12th-Doctor86 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Student Artist
Dude. It is a crime that this never made a Daily Deviation. A total of ten :star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star: from me.
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joannchilada Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
Holy awesomeness!
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surfingthechaos Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Where did you get the giant lite brite?
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:iconeltormento:
eltormento Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I made it. There are some more shots of it on Flickr with some more explanation of how it's made.
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TwinCult2 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Artist
omg it's the king. elvis totaly rocks. i had a lite brite when iwas younger. i miss it now. it was so much fun. tho non of my happy faces could compair to that. GOSH
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eltormento Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thanks... if you look up "Elvis lite-brite" on Flickr, there a few more shots. Also, a few months ago a guy in Pennsylvania did a huge "Last Supper" in lite brite. Pretty impressive and worth checking out... Oh, and I almost forgot, the real "lite brite artist" I found is a guy named Steve DeFrank, there's a couple of good videos about his process on YouTube. Of course, I discovered all this stuff after making the King. I was surprised that others had gotten the same inspiration... funny.
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TwinCult2 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Professional Artist
thats cool i'll have to check them out!
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littleblackduck Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
I just love it!
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:iconeltormento:
eltormento Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I think it's turned out pretty well. I'm working on getting some better shots of it up on the wall. Thanks again for the comment.
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littleblackduck Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
I think a gallery (Real life art gallery) full of lite brite pieces would be stellar!
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eltormento Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes... I've had a dream to make what I call the 'Church of the 20th Century'. Which would be these things as "stained glass windows" to enshrine people like Elvis who have so quickly become more myth than man -- almost in the way that Catholics canonize their saints (I guess without the miracles, unless you count the comeback special as a minor miracle). So I've a long list of those type of people... it's just a question of putting in all those little pegs, and the costs to make them. I can only afford to make more if I sell the ones I make... so there goes the collection! Fun idea, though...
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:iconlittleblackduck:
littleblackduck Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
I guess they would be expensive to make, but they would be awesome!
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bosquecito Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It's really interesting.
How you came with this idea on your mind?
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eltormento Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
My idea for making a huge lite-brite of Elvis? Well, I was doing lite-brite with my daughter and I realized that the principle was similar to black velvet painting. You start with a completely black canvas (the paper covering the light and the perforated peg matrix), and then as you add pegs you add bright color to the canvas.

So once I thought black velvet painting, I had to think ELVIS! Then I figured out I could use Photoshop to dither a photo to the "lite-brite palette" and thus create a map for myself and make a *photographic* lite brite. After that it just required the will (and stupidity) to actually build it and put in all those pegs.

It's one of the more ambitious things I've done, and in person, it really is amazing to see, I think.

Thanks for asking ; )
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ultimatekai Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really amazing! I didn't know it was even possible to do really detailed art with Lite-Brite pegs!
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eltormento Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thanks... You can add this kind of detail if you make it big enough. Unfortunately, the bigger it gets , the longer it takes to procure and place all the pegs!
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