Golden Temple

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The story this screen depicts is of Yukio Mishima's "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion", in which a novice monk burns down the Golden Temple in Kyoto after becoming disturbed by its beauty.
I wanted a screen that was both "traditional" (Kyoto, temples) and dynamic, that dealt with monsters and the monstrous, whether monstrous beauty or monstrous action.
I originally drew the Temple in Illustrator for a magazine article, and adapted it here for the fire
The leaves, bamboo and moon are all adapted from photographs (the bamboo is either in Fuchu or Nara, I don't remember, the leaves are from Mt Takao. The moon is. . . the moon.)
The smoke is created in Photoshop.
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