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Fan Art Friday: Indiana Jones

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 11:29 AM
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Indiana Jones. Professor. Adventurer. Archaeologist… or Raider?


With his iconic fedora, brown leather jacket and bullwhip, this rugged explorer has been sparking increases in enrollment for Archeology departments across the country since his cinematic debut in 1981. Created from the first collaboration between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones has not only become one of the most entertaining film franchises of all time, but helped redefine the entire adventure genre. Indy’s wild success has also created a huge misconception about what true archeology is — as this Anthropology major discovered during her college years as she excavated on a dig while listening to the Indiana Jones theme music anthem.


Indy was inspired not by noted archeologists at prestigious institutions, but by the whip–cracking adventurers featured in the pulp magazines and the 1930s and 40s adventure movie serials that Lucas and Spielberg enjoyed as children. Those stories were in turn inspired by real–life explorer Roy Chapman Andrews. Let’s take a few moments to sort out the myths from the reality of exactly what constitutes authentic “archeology” by correcting the misconceptions created in the Indiana Jones movies.




Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


Let’s start with the adventurer's outfit. While fedora hats may be popular among some archaeologists and professors, Indy’s costume was directly inspired by Charlton Heston's Harry Steele in Secret of the Incas (1954). Another thing to note is that while some archeological research happens on site in South American jungles or Egyptian tombs, the majority of the “digging” is conducted in libraries and labs. Even when on site, archaeological excavations are a painstakingly detailed process that involves cataloging and mapping objects and locations to answer questions about the culture of people who lived long before us. Archeology is about uncovering a people’s unknown narrative — not going on a treasure hunt. It is very unlikely you will ever see any archaeologist storm into a temple to grab an artifact as Indy does at the beginning of Raiders in the iconic boulder scene.





Temple of Doom (1984)


Set in 1935, making it a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark, this film opens in Shanghai at the Obi–Wan night club with Dr. Jones bargaining with a Chinese gangster to obtain an ancient diamond. The difference here between Hollywood’s famous relic hunter and a real archaeologist is that archaeologists are looking for knowledge more than treasure, and they aren’t pirates or grave robbers looking for valuable objects that can be sold to museums or to black market antiquities dealers. The objects archaeologists prize aren’t shiny and “valuable.” They are stone tools, ceramic fragments or bones — all of which provide information about a people’s history and culture.





The Last Crusade (1989)


All of the previous movies show European or American men (Indy and Belloq) as the main agents of archaeological research, which can lead audiences to believe it is a male–dominated field. Indy also usually works alone or in this case with his father, and when he does have a team they are only there as diggers and provide little more value. They even run away fearful of the legends told about the dig site, as in the first Raiders film. Real archaeological research is conducted by teams with members (both male and female) of myriad ethnicities, with various skills and areas of expertise. Each person brings a different understanding to the table and all work hand in glove to piece the past together to tell a little–known people’s story.


In The Last Crusade a woman is finally introduced as an archaeologist, the Austrian Dr. Elsa Schneider. And while she does spend time in a library, it’s to smash into the catacombs with Indy, rather than to do any actual reading. Serving primarily as a femme fatale love interest for both Dr. Joneses (turning out to be a greedy villain), she does little to advance the future of women in the field.


The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)


The team is currently back to the drawing board working on the newest Indiana Jones movie, which will be a reboot for the entire series. The current buzz on the wire is that the fedora may be passing hands from Harrison Ford to Chris Pratt. Deviant Rahzzah has given us a little taste of what the newest Dr. Jones could look like. What do you think?



Dr. Jones may not have been a real archaeologist, but his films have certainly inspired many audience members to learn more about the field and a few brave souls to actually pursue it. The impact these movies have had across both education and entertainment make Indiana Jones a hero to fans, moviegoers, and yes, even professors of archeology.


Now, cue the Raiders March.  Grab your fedora and dive into the jungles of our DeviantArtists’ imaginations to raid a treasure trove of Indiana Jones fan art.


















He no nuts, he’s crazy!”


— Short Round from The Temple of Doom











Dr. Jones. Again we see that there is nothing you can possess that I cannot take away.”


— Rene Belloq from Raiders of the Lost Ark











Yeah? I’ll tell you what. Until I get back my five thousand dollars, you’re gonna get more than you bargained for. I’m your goddamn partner!”


— Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark











Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”


— Indiana Jones from Raiders of the Lost Ark











Bad dates.”


— Sallah from Raiders of the Lost Ark











Don’t call me Junior!”


— Indiana Jones from The Last Crusade











Germany has declared war on the Jones boys”


— Walter Donovan from The Last Crusade











We named the dog ‘Indiana’… I’ve got a lot of fond memories of that dog.”


— Professor Henry Jones from The Last Crusade











You’re gonna get killed chasing after your damn fortune and glory!”


— Willie from The Temple of Doom













Your Thoughts


  1. Who is you favorite Indiana Jones character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Fan Art Friday?













With his iconic fedora, brown leather jacket and bullwhip, this rugged explorer has been sparking increases in enrollment for Archeology departments across the country since his cinematic debut in 1981. Created from the first collaboration between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones has not only become one of the most entertaining film franchises of all time, but helped redefine the entire adventure genre. Indy’s wild success has also created a huge misconception about what true archeology is -- as this Anthropology major discovered during her college years as she excavated on a dig while listening to the Indiana Jones theme music anthem.

Author: spotted 

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davidr2000 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Some of this is really good stuff, but I see so many pathetic attempts to copy Drew Struzan's style of rendering. Find your own voice, and do it as well as Struzan does his. Don't copy!
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Lascivious-Kitty Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
1. After (of course) Indy, I'd say Henry Jones. He's so charismatic! 
2. I think I want to see Lara Croft. She's a common character, I know, but classic Core version was an icon too. ^^
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SkyeWolf1312 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Pppfft, Indiana Jones of course. I payed very little attention to the other characters when i was younger, so yeah.
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ToxicKittyCat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Ahhhh I want to waatch it nooow
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JACAC Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
g r e a t . w o r k s . =)
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123456789atiah Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional Artist
Ok
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Nobuka-San Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
short round by far! 

i would love more fan art fridays about famous impressionists such as Salvador Dali.
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davidr2000 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Salvador Dali was not an impressionist; he was a Surrealist. If you're talking about impressionists, then you mean artists like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Rene Renoir, to name a few.
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spudinkle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Love this :-D
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NinjaRisa Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Favorite character? Well, Indiana Jones of course!

2. Perhaps something from DreamWorks or Pixar?

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I have to admit that for many years I wanted to be an archaeologist, and I was quite serious too. I loved the Indiana Jones movies as a kid (especially "Temple of Doom"), so I think it's safe to say that those movies were a great influence on me. However, once I learned what true archaelogists do from watching numerous history documentaries I was like "Nope, not for me!"
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FMamboJambo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
:happybounce:  COOOOL
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TheRealMorticon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Short Round is my main man. He's the bomb.
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Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student General Artist
1.) That's a hard choice between the three Jones featured in the movies, but I'm going to choose Henry Jones Sr., Indey's father. Partly it's because he's played by the famous Sean Connery, but mostly because his moral compass is pointing the right direction. He also has a unique personality.
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Zelphis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Question 1: Indiana Jones himself of course! Close runner up would be his father :D
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LuckySpirit14 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
1 Indy, Indy's Dad, Sala, Marion
2 Tomb Raider, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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singramachlikhao Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
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animepuppylover123 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Indiana Jones looks like joey graccefa form youtube
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Akira063 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
I loved "Short Round" he kept Indy  on his toes just as much as his adult companions and have you considered doing a John Wayne Fan Art Friday?
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KellyJDickinson Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1.) Indy because he's just that awesome guy with good luck and brains.
2.) World of Warcraft.


Snakes? Why did it have to be snakes!
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RSH26oct88 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
The River Phenix Indiana, the transition to Harrison Ford is a memorable scene. Comics, comics, comics.
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Toyguy32 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
1. Best character is Indy himself.

2. Doctor Who.
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TheRealWaluigi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER
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Rayenwater Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   Traditional Artist
1. It's a toss up between Indy and his dad

2. Blade Runner 
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Prakorimas Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Writer
WOW!!! The Best collection of Indiana's artworks!

Great work! Thanks for sharing!

Emm... IMO:
1. Marion and Indy himself - well performed characters.
2. You could try Tomb Raider - it would make nice comparison with Indiana Jones: both archeologist (sort of), both famous, both from different countries - one American, other - British.
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Lumialle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Indiana Jones of course! I liked Marion a lot too.
2. Tomb Raider! You've gotta have Miss Croft since you've done Doc. Jones. 
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TheAntiPriest Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
1. Obviously Indy. But I think Marian is a strong character.
2. What about BladeRunner or Dark City?
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sagethethird Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional
1.) indiana jones, because he's badass and is in a way an art historian. :)

2.) I hate fanart. It has to stop. I long for a day when we value original work over fan art. 
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NightDreamer09 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student General Artist
1. Well, difficult question: I say Indiana and Henry Senior, yes they are my favourite. Why? Indiana because in Indiana, always with an ace up his sleeve and a joke, Henry Senior for being him! he was thrown from his study in the middle of the desert and coming up with amazing sentences!

2.I'd like to see Blade Runner, as it is one of the most importan sci-fi film of every time.
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Cutswolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love Indiana Jones. I can watch all of the movies over again and never get tired of it.  Seriously! :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
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spotted Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015   General Artist
me too! High-five! 
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Cutswolf Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) (Smile) 
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Wallanda Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Indy!!! La la la la 
O-k...I have a feeling I need to watch the movie again :D The guy is just hilarious and amazing, he makes anyone's day!
1. Indy Meow :3 
2. Uhh...have you done a Sherlock Holmes one yet? Or Spirited away?
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Anastasia122 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
1. Indiana jones, he funny and awesome. 

2. generator Rex (Man Of Action) 
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saojo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
marcus
wacky races
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SugarFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Indiana Jones, of course! :la:
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BonnyChic Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be cool to see the Aztecs!
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:iconbonnychic:
BonnyChic Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indiana, he's hot! Of course!
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x-DARKMASTER-x Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015   Digital Artist
1-Indy of course!
2-What about some mortal kombat fan art? mortal kombat X its coming!!!
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FellitoRockero Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Indiana Jones, 'cause he's cool. LoL!
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Maelstrom51210 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist
1. Henry Jones Sr. And speaking of Sean Connery...
2. James Bond.
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Greylock55 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Haha yeah :)
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Quir-K Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indi is my favorite thing ever, since I was like... eight! Even though I'm a girl, his adventure/professor life still gets me (only now with Robert Langdon) Loved this, made my day!! :heart:

Let's just do all the greats of the 80's and 90's lol!! Back to the Future!? Blade!!? The Princess Bride!!!?
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spotted Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015   General Artist
Great suggestions!

It's kinda hard not to have Indy be your favorite, right? He's my favorite movie character hands down!
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Quir-K Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haahaa, thanks!

Ya, he's awesome!!
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Sarahfina-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Filmographer
There's a lot of classic films I love, but unfortunately, not too much fanart.

But if it hasn't been done already, Leon: The Professional would be an excellent choice. I've suddenly been seeing an influx of Mathilda fanart.
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rachels89 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
After Indiana, my favs would be Marion and Indy's dad.
Maybe Princess Mononoke or Sherlock for the next one?
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