Every Word of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Script Used for Painstaking Portrait

Dedication is a hard trait to quantify, but when you know it, you see it. Case in point: This ink-on-paper drawing of one of the most iconic scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s not the medium or the image that proves the artist’s extraordinary level of dedication, however, it’s the fact that every single word from the Raiders script from beginning to end is used in the piece.

The man with the hand presumably made of titanium is Mike Matola, and this video, which comes via Digg, showcases how he made his latest methodical masterpiece. And while the time-lapse clip is a brief 23 seconds, according to the information beneath the video, it took four days in real time. Matola has also said on twitter that these pieces can take anywhere from 10 hours to six months.

Matola, who refers to himself as “that crazy handwritten art guy” on twitter, didn’t subject his hand to this level of pain in this single instance alone either. He’s created numerous scenes in the same style from films like Pulp Fiction and Jurassic Park, as well portraits of musicians like Dave Grohl and even a raven made out of the text from Poe’s “The Raven.”

There are prints of the handwritten originals available on Matola’s site, but what would be just as good as a print would be an explanation as to how exactly these pieces are made. The logistics of squeezing some variable amount of words in a defined space seems hard enough by itself, even without the additional need of carving out styled space. But somehow, like a very patient Indiana Jones, Matola manages to pull it off.

What do you think of this scripted work of art? Draw us a picture of your thoughts using words in the comments!

Images:  Mike Matola via Caters Clips

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