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Kaiju Revamp - Demeking by Bracey100 Kaiju Revamp - Demeking by Bracey100
Fourth in the Revamp series we come to Demeking from Demeking: The Sea Monster. The Demeking suit is pretty damn flawless as far as suitmation goes so I had to think about how I would approach this revamp carefully. I tend to like to go very literally when I revamp existing characters so I started referencing snails, sea slugs and nudibranchs given the monster's obvious snail inspired design. Then as with my Giant Claw I studied the film for clues as how to further define my approach.

The subtitle Sea Monster is a bit of a misnomer. While it is true the creature in the film is in the water it actually hails from space. On top of that the protagonist of the film keeps having dreams warning him that Demeking is coming. This struck me as very Lovecraftian. SO while my beast's body was defined by terrestrial mollusks I decided his shell would resemble the impossibly angled architecture of the temples of the Great Old Ones such as Cthulhu. The structure is covered with arcane runes from the Mythos. To this end I envisioned Demeking's as being a combination of protection/home for the monster but it also serves as a church/housing for his elite minions. His invading army travels with him (and within him) as he journey's across space to invade hapless worlds.

Demeking's design is so perfect and simple I knew this time I would be forced to deviate a great deal from his film look to add anything new. Wanting to keep the monster dark as in the film but not black I went with snail coloring. The limbs were inspired by the beautiful blue ocean slug, a rather angelic looking creature. The tail came from studies of nudibrachs with their forest of fleshy spikes coming off their bodies. I couldnt resist adding slime propulsion for a bit of a gross out factor even though the film kaiju walks about on sturdy legs.

Its a strange kaiju film for giving us such a cool monster that never actually reaches Earth. He is revealed in a dream sequence which gives us a 5 minute rampage warning us of the approaching monster's intentions for humanity but thats it. Were a sequal to ever be made I would hope that the giant monster carnage would truly begin in earnest and not as the form of cryptic dreams.

Drawn in Illustrator, colored in Photoshop, drawn with a bamboo fun (6x9 inch).
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Grey-wingedBlitz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Love the monster, but screw that movie. I think it's the worst kaiju film ever made, and falsely advertises a monster that gets little to no screentime.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. As for the film I havent had the chance to see it yet but I hear the monster is only in it for like 5 minutes.
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Grey-wingedBlitz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
It's true, and the rest of the film is a weak japanese highschool kid drama. The end after the dream sequence with the monster the kid comes to the conclusion that the monster isn't real and the dude who told him about it was nuts....great stuff...At least Godzilla's Revenge had stuff going on all the time related to monsters and stuff.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I dont think I'll bother watching that.
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Khialat Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Awesome work!!! Somehow I can't resist the idea of a giant mutant snail :XD:
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! Ive got my fourth monster snail that I'll be posting up in a day or two.
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Khialat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Sure :D
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Komodozilla Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
After seeing the monster of the film, which is a pretty good design itself, I must say I like this one even better. That twisted fortress of a shell just sends chills down my spine, and that mucus-lined skin is great.

Indeed, as far as kaiju films go, Demeking the Sea Monster (from SPAAAAAACE :P) is a strange one. The first third of the movie really strikes me as odd: It's people doing... stuff. Just... stuff; exercising, riding bikes, ect. Nothing of real importance is said either, no exhibition and very little significant backstory.

Once the group starts learning about Demeking is when the film starts to become interesting, which ultimately leads up to the titular monster's appearance, via the dream sequence, which ends up being some surprisingly good monster action.

After that, the film just kinda putters out on a low note. Overall, not for every kaiju fan, but those seeking something a little different from the genre might like it.

Also, have you by any chance ever heard of "Negadon: The Monster from Mars"? It's an awesome short film you might consider for future revamps. ;)
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ive still yet to see the film but your synopsis jives with everything Ive heard about it.

Ive actually got a copy of Negadon, a really sweet short film to be sure. I hadnt considered Revamping him because he's pretty perfect as is, I wouldnt even know where to begin honestly.
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So much love this monstrosity ! It looks cool and awesome, a perfect body design and I like that shell and quit interesting that it can walk on legs. Pretty surprised that he's actually from a movie, I didn't even knew about it from the start ! Wonder how it is ?
And it's quit funny since I came up a while back with a kaiju that is basically a sea slug or a nudibrach mutated by the oxygen destroyer ( yeah long story but all I can tell is that Destroyah isn't the only monster created by the oxygen destroyer in my kaijuvers, heck there are like 5, and there wasn't only one oxygen destroyer ).
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