This week we had a chance to catch up with the creator, Iain Heath — a.k.a. Ochre Jelly. Originally from the UK, Iain’s lived in Seattle the past 17 years, where he’s worked as a software engineer, aspired to be a wannabe stand-up comedian, and become a full-time LEGO artist and blogger for The Brother’s Brick. This weekend Iain will be proudly displaying his DOOM homage and other works at BrickCon — a celebration of all things LEGO taking place in Seattle.
Check out our interview below…
You’ve worked on a numerous LEGO projects, what led you to DOOM?
I played DOOM and DOOM II way back when they first came out, and was a huge fan, played loads of mod levels, and still play it to this day. And since my LEGO art generally focuses on popular culture, it was a natural fit. Since I usually build stuff that is in the public consciousness, I thought I’d built something just for myself for a change, for purely nostalgic reasons. To be honest, I had no idea anyone else really remembered the game, so the popularity of my DOOM layout came as something of a surprise!
You’ve been posting about the project for some time on Facebook, how long did the project take?
I started it at the very start of the summer, and it’s basically consumed all my free time. By my reckoning it required about 15,000 bricks to construct – most of which had to be special ordered, as my existing LEGO collection is relatively small (as are most of my previous models, compared to this one). I also ran out of time to add everything I wanted to, and had to scale it back a bit in order to be done in time for BrickCon. For example, I wanted to include an Arachnotron and Hell Baron.
The scale of the background, definitely. I normally just build small characters. But with DOOM, the environment is a big part of the experience, so I decided to just bite the bullet and attempt a diorama at the same scale as the characters. I haven’t done much architecture before, so that was hard to figure out. With characters, I’m trying to emulate a very specific image. But for these backgrounds, there wasn’t a template to work from, I had to design the layout from scratch, which required greater imagination and planning on my part.