"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 30th Anniversary Series"
March 20, 2014
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” was released in the US on May 23, 1984. I was just a kid, and I remember my parents wouldn’t let me see it because it was “too scary.” When it came out on VHS in 1986, my parents let me see it, but fast forwarded through the entire Thuggee ritual. It wasn’t until I was 13 or 14 that I was able to watch the whole film; even then, I’m not gonna lie, I was frightened and went to sleep with my arms held tight over my heart so that Mola Ram couldn’t tear it out while I slept. Despite being scarred for life, I loved the movie and found it wildly exciting and the kind of edge-of-your -seat adventure that prompts a kid to want to become an archeologist.
Well, I did not become an archeologist, but I did become an artist who loves everything Indiana Jones. For the 30th anniversary of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and my entrance as an artist into that world, I didn’t want to just dip my toes in; I decided to dive in head first by sketching out a work that I knew would take me over a month to complete. During that month, I fell in love with the film again. I reacquainted myself with the palpable charm and bravery of Indy, his smart and funny sidekick Short Round, and I even found myself pleasantly amused by the incessant whining, shrieking, and yes, entertaining drama of Willie Scott. I also reintroduced myself to the villains of the film as I created images based on the sharply dressed and greedy Lao Che and his gang as well as the horned Mola Ram -- the harbinger of my childhood nightmares.
What resulted in following my ambitious original sketch for this art piece is a completely unique take on several of the key scenes from the beginning to the climax of the film. The scenes are presented vertically stacked like a totem pole making a long, extremely detailed, one of a kind image. It was fun to shift gears from my work in the Star Wars universe to reimagining a Ford Tri-Motor Airplane, a 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster, not to mention my very first rendering of chilled monkey brains. At the heart of my stylistic approach to the art of the characters and scenes, are my original textures I’ve photographed over years of work as a professional photographer. As an example, in this piece there are literally dozens of real world photographic textures including: distressed metal, cracked walls, weathered hay, dirty windows, marble, and stone just to name a few. I also used many textures that do not lend detail, but add depth, color and hue to my finished work. My use of natural elements in my art makes each piece I create completely one of a kind and entirely unreplicable.
Now that the long hours are spent and the finished product is in my possession, I can’t help but want to present this to you as my best efforts to creatively reimagine in art form what I feel is one of the greatest films of its genre. I hope you enjoy it and feel compelled to own my very first contribution to this amazing series. Happy 30th Birthday Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom!
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