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Kaiju Revamp - Gabara by Bracey100 Kaiju Revamp - Gabara by Bracey100
This is something Ive been planning on doing for maybe 10 years or more but I never liked any of my designs. The idea was to do my own take on the monsters of the Godzillaverse and other film kaiju. Just about the time I thought I might start doing it I was beat to the punch by the amazing Matt Frank :iconkaijusamurai: and his incredible Godzilla Neo series, and if you havent seen it you should! So not wanting to feel like some sort of copy cat I postponed my new series until now. With Godzilla Neo apparently long finished I feel the time is right to reveal my vision of various kaiju.

My goal is to create monsters with some basis in reality where my designs are concerned. So for my first effort I chose a Toho monster that Ive never really liked...Gabara. Created in a time when Godzilla was a children's hero and not a horrifying monster Gabara sufferd from a deliberately goofy design (google it..ugh!). How to take such an uncool monster and make him cool and still reflect his origin? Gabara looks like a cat/frog with a long neck and supposedly based on a Japanese Oni (ogre). It was the neck that decided me on using a polar bar for the basic body shape and keeping elements of cat, reptile and oni in my design. While my Gabara can stan ad fight he runs more like a bear or an ape now giving him far more agility that his clumsy inspiration. I now imagine him galloping along at high speed to make sudden leaping attacks so he can ho his electric claws into Godzilla! A much more worthy foe than before.

So I hope you all enjoy my transformation of a ridiculous rubber suit into a truly fearsome and lethal kaiju, the only kind of enemies the King of Monsters deserves to have.

Gabara is the property of Toho Co Ltd.

PS: As a point of interest this is the first serious drawing Ive done from start to finish solely in my computer. The penciling was roughed out in photoshop, I inked it in illustrator and then colored it in photoshop. Im pretty pleased with the results.
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rturn2mow Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Great piece. Id just like to see his color more blue. 
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. 
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TheHiddenElephant Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Y'know, Gabara is quite possibly the single biggest monster I want them to officially redesign and put in a new movie.  There's just a lot of wasted potential.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I agree, he was played for laughs in a goofy movie but he has a lot of potential as a villain. 
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HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL that was fantastic!
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HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i could listen to it for hours!
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Damn...Good job making perhaps the goofiest looking villain of the Showa era actually look dignified. Seriously, he actually looks like an evil ogre and all that jazz.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, its one of my goals to take the worst of the kaiju and give them some respect.
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
He's like saying "Heya, wanna try couple shoots?"
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
In Bronx accent
(no racissm mean)
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahahaha maybe he is!
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HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

looks like a combination of a gorilla, Godzilla, lion, and a raiju (electric spirit)

well in this design It really shows that it could be a possible combination~

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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah I did mix both ape and cat into this redesign of the monster and he could always produce electrical shocks.
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HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ik
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WinterGaia Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Just bought G-fan. Saw Gabara and knew it was you. Awesome!.....though I kind of wish they gave you a bigger art spot...
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the kind words, Ive still got to get a copy for myself.
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GeneralisimoJenny Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I saw this in the latest G-Fan issue! :) I knew I have seen this before!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Makes me happy to hear it, Ill be sending them more art in the future.
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Mecha-Anguirus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saw this in G-Fan and I immediately wondered who drew it- it's fantastic! Great job!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I will be submitting more to them soon.
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cfakatsuki Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Wow, I would actually be afraid of this Gabara, the original Gabara was the biggest pansy in Kaiju history but this ferocious ogre is an actual monster, just look at those eyes, he's gruesome
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Im happy you dig him.
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cfakatsuki Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Who couldn't dig this fresh badassification
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MrEtsam Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Never much cared for ol' Gabs-
But this is quite amazing!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, he was never a fave of mine which is why I started with him. I figured if I could make him cool I'd be good to go.
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IZORx10 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow this is fantastic. I am a bigger fan of the original blue electricity personally but this is really really great!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can appreciate that, I just went with yellow cause it was a nice contrast to the green body. Purely an artistic choice.
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KaijuSamurai Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Artist
Honestly? This is quite a bit superior to my version. I love the texture and the ape-like nature. It's lost a bit of the ogre-ness in the face, but he's genuinely terrifying. Good on you!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well thats high praise man so thanks. Yeah initially I was going for something very oni in approach but the funny thing about a lot of those old Showa era monsters is many have an oddly feline look to their faces (including some versions of Godzilla). Some fx guys over there sure loved their cats so I ran with that.
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BloodDragon3000 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student General Artist
WOOOOW great Gabera design, good job.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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Scatha-the-Worm Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Poor old Gabara, he might have looked silly, but he had the potential to be a neat moster. As shown here by this design.

I really love what you did with him. He looks like he could actually tangle with other monsters now, and the long, lanky arms and short but strong looking legs are a really neat choice. He looks like he could slouch over onto all fours and run fairly fast, then get right up in an opponents face and swing those long arms and give them a face full of electricity. Very nice redesign, I really like it!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Youve definitely hit on everything I was going for in trying to make this monster an effective threat. Im trying to stay close to the original when I can but in the case of Gabara, Anguirus and Megalon (which Im working on right now) sometimes its best throw caution to the wind and just go for it.
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MagicalViper Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the type of art that I really liked when I was young. Totally loved dino's!

Great work :D!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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mhm98 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
God, those old designs... ugh...
I think he will appreciate this, looking all tough and that instead of looking like a goof.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I know I would if I was him. Cant wait till I get around to making Cloverfield look better.
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mhm98 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Do you ever see the monster in that film? I cant remember...
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You get a few looks at him here and there, no really lingering looks at it.
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:iconmhm98:
mhm98 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
He must be very embarrased of himself...
Knowing that everyone has seen those clips of him...
Knowing that everyone knows what kind of monster he is...
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LMAO!
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome.
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LDN-RDNT Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
THis is amazing man! the perfect Gabara!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the high praise. Ive enjoyed your redesigns so much, it long past time I got around to doing mine own.
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LDN-RDNT Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
frankly i am excited to see what your godzilla will look like.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Im getting pretty close to nailing the design down. Im finding one thing Im leaning toward is the first suit that was made for the film that was so stiff and heavy that it couldnt be used. But it ends up in a lot of the early promo art.
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manaista Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With a piece like that, he is one step closer to being awesome. Great work!!
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