Welcome back to another edition of Minifigure Monday. This is a weekly column where I share some of my art inspired by the LEGO® Minifigure. We are now on week nine of my Fantasy Minifigure Series. I am drawing some of my favorite music entertainers in Minifigure form. I will draw twelve of them as if this was going to be a complete collectible series. In previous installments, I shared Build On, #FreeBRICKney, Brick It Up, Hollabrick Girl, S.N.O.T. Criminal, Heart of Brick, Kid Brick, and Jagged Little Brick. This week’s entry into the Fantasy Minifigure Series is Weird Al Yankobrick.
No big surprise here, Weird Al Yankovic inspired this drawing. I was introduced to Yankovic’s parodies in the fifth grade. There was a cassette player in our classroom, and every lunch Weird Al’s Off the Deep End blasted through the room. Interestingly, the songs from that album were the first to make me really stop and think about what lyrics meant. I sang along to music before that, but I do not remember thinking about the meaning of what I was singing before Weird Al. Additionally, delving into Weird Al’s catalog introduced me to artists and songs I had never heard before. Learning that he made parodies of others’ music prompted me to look up many of the original tracks.
My character features a mixture of Yankovic’s looks over the years.
I tried a few different iterations of this minifig on scrap pieces of paper and in my sketchbook before making the final digital variant. I doodled the first in green pen during a rather uninteresting meeting. Additionally, I tried a few variations of the glasses, hairstyles, and leg positions. The version sporting Robin’s glasses from the LEGO® Batman Movie also came from a meeting… My original intent involved using the same hairpiece I drew on Cher. However, it did not look “Weird Al” enough. Rather than using an existing LEGO® hairpiece, I opted to create my own. In the end, the final drawing featured bits and pieces from different sketches.
My character also features Al’s accordion. The hairstyle is similar to his recent photos, but the glasses are reminiscent of his early career. Yankovic’s trademark Hawaiian shirts have been a staple throughout his career, so no Minifigure version would be complete without one. I went through a few solid years of Weird Al fandom starting towards the end of elementary school. I still break out my playlist every now and then, and my collection of songs has grown since fifth grade. Consequently, Weird Al earned his place in my Fantasy Minifigure Series. Who makes your musical minifig list? Feel free to comment below or reach out on social media.
Until next time,
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