Paul Schernitzki - January Featured Artist

Paul Schernitzki

Location: New Bern, North Carolina
Photo Dec 06, 5 41 25 AM


Give us a brief description of you and your work.

I bring toys to life in gorgeous natural landscapes. Beaches, forests, snowy mountaintops, sailboats, and marina docks have become the home of LEGO pirates, ninjas, mermaids, sea monsters, and more. The project is one big adventure, with story lines connecting the mini-figure characters. I thicken the plot by posting a picture every weekday to my blog,
Photo Dec 28, 2 57 19 AM

How would you describe your style?

I shoot mostly outdoor macro toy photography. I primarily use LEGO mini-figures and shoot close with dramatic landscapes in the background.

What's your goal as an artist?

To tell a great story and shoot the best toy photos possible!
Photo Jun 25, 12 33 07 PM

From where do you draw inspiration? How do you keep yourself motivated and your artwork fresh?

I draw my inspiration from a love of my characters and from the people that follow brick sailboat online. When a kid from the U.K. emails me really concerned about what’s gonna happen in the story's instant motivation for me to figure out what’s actually going to happen next! Photo Dec 23, 5 15 39 AM

How do you come up with the scenarios for your subjects?

Story ideas come from many places. Many threads of the brick sailboat story come from a love of great adventure movies. Sometimes scenarios even mirror my own life. The sadness that my characters felt when finally leaving the West Coast for the South is really a sadness I felt from having left a place I loved. The constant worried look on one of my character's face when landing in North Carolina was at times my worried look!Photo Nov 01, 4 41 54 PM

Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?

Plywerk makes brick sailboat pictures pop. No frame = no distractions. When customers buy a Plywerk print it’s ready to hang on the wall. The company has great customer service and it’s obvious that they really care about their story too.Photo Apr 15, 10 45 21 PM

Favorite type of melon?

I hate melons. Yep, especially watermelon. I also dislike butter. Yeah, you heard it right. Butter and watermelon are yucky.

Top three movies of all time?

Yikes. This is a tricky one. I’m going to go with The Birdcage, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, & Life Aquatic.Photo May 28, 7 33 41 PM

Favorite living artist?

A Melbourne street artist named Rone.

What's the last thing you took a picture of?

A group of LEGO ninjas practicing archery on the beach.Photo Dec 28, 1 58 29 AM

First thing you would do if you won the lottery?

I would definitely hire a smell butler. What is a smell butler you ask? It’s an occupation I’ve created for the super-rich. It’s simply a butler that travels the world acquiring great smells for you to enjoy in the comforts of your own mansion. Upon return they bring the smell to you cloaked in a fancy presentation platter. “Mr. S, I give you the Greek islands at sunset,” they will say. They open the platter of twigs, branches, shells, etc...and pow! One priceless exotic smell (without all of the hassle of world travel)!

Win a Paul Schernitzki Print on Plywerk

Post a comment about  Paul's work below and you will automatically be entered to win one of his awesome images on our 3/4" bamboo Plywerk! We will select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early February to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We’ll ship it anywhere in the US for free.


8 thoughts on “Paul Schernitzki - January Featured Artist”

  • Rebecca Schernitzki
    Rebecca Schernitzki January 3, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Yes, I am "the sister." I have known this artist since the moment he took breath in the 80's and, trust me, his imagination has been prodigious since a wee lad. Many a road trip spent listening to battles and stories played out on his half of the back seat...many a Lego piece stepped on with bare feet as I kicked him out of my room. I am the older sister, the one responsible for his butter phobia, and I stand in constant awe of his talent, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and simple joie de vivre. As much as it pains me to say it, he really is that awesome. Bricksailboat is pure delight for any age. Whether you're in it for the toys or the landscapes, he takes you on a magical journey of stunning photography and detailed storytelling. And Plywerk is a super modern and classy way to enjoy this work in your home!

  • Shasta McClenahan
    Shasta McClenahan January 3, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Congrats Paul! What a cool project. Your photos are amazing!

  • Jana Klauke

    Love these! Perfect for my lego obsessed kids!

  • Abby Warneke

    These are seriously amazing! My three boys would love any and every print!!

  • Lisa

    Fabulous! What a great insight into The Lego Mini World and makes one step carefully.

  • Allison Parker

    Wonderful work. Creative and beautiful.

  • Veronica Wood

    Love these photos! We are a big Lego family and my boys are now inspired by this work. Looking forward to seeing more. Lego-4-ever!

  • Bob Gately

    I've been a fan of Brick Sailboat for years! Wonderful, inventive story-telling!

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