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Kaiju Revamp - Godzilla 1954 by Bracey100 Kaiju Revamp - Godzilla 1954 by Bracey100
Excerpt from the files of reporter Steve Martin:

Godzilla, thats what we Americans will call it as there is no appropriate term for the leviathan in the English language. The Japanese named it Gojira after some dragon of legend. But having the word God in its name seems fitting for surely this beast is the king of all monsters. Nothing could be more fearsome in all of history than this behemoth that man in his unbridled arrogance and quest for power has birthed. The ancient past has collided with the atomic age to produce a child of both worlds more terrible than anything either era could have ever conceived of. We can only pray that the terrible weapon created by Dr. Daisuke Serizawa will prevail, if not may God in heaven have mercy on us all.

Ok this is not a hoax (this time), its what youve all been waiting for...my Godzilla, or at least my Godzilla 1954. Why specifically 1954? Because Im going to do at least one more Godzilla but I wanted to tackle the orginial idea first. My take on Godzilla was inspired by watching the documentary on my Anniversary Edition Gojira dvd of the making of the suit. Many of you might note Godzilla has a very unusual scale pattern, hard, rough and spike like. Very little in the animal kingdom resembles it. This pattern (dubbed the aligator Godzilla of the 3 designs submitted) was reflective of the idea that Godzilla was mutated and suffering extreme pain. I instantly latched on to that idea!

Godzilla is dying, Godzilla is burning, Godzilla knows only pain...but Godzilla cannot die. My Godzilla is a form of amphibious dinosaur mutated heavily by an atomic test, sounds familiar so far right? Well my Godzilla's body wasnt born to process radiation. Godzilla physiology adapted imperfectly to its new biological process. Godzilla is burning up from the inside out! His body has mutated horribly as it tries to cope with the radiation. His spine is largely fused as large dorsal plate grew from the spinal processes to help vent the nuclear energies in his body. His skin is constantly burning away and rapidly regenerating stronger and stronger scale formations to combat this. Radiation poisoning has made him blind and his mismatched feet give him an awkwardly lumbering gate. He can vent radiation as gas or when enraged by something like power lines a sort of controlled explosion that looks and acts like a heat beam. Godzilla is highly radioactive and produces vast amounts of heat. He burns whatever he walks upon, melting the streets into slaggy footprints, and those in combat with him risk contamination at all times. Many projectiles explode before they can actually reach his resilient hide or even his open wounds. Godzilla is a walking fallout and explosion in one horrific bundle.

A few extra notes. The mutation aspect was inspired by the excellent monster design of the Gwoemul from The Host. Carefully observing Godzilla's traits in Gojira decided many other features to explain the monster's slow gait and stance and motivations. Then I applied the effects both real and assumed of radiation poisoning and having nuclear fission for a heart in a body that was never meant to handle such. Lastly the green glow instead of the traditional blue is because I always liked the soft green glow of those old iridium clocks from my childhood. Its a good color for radiation.

So there you have it, my blind, enraged, mutated, atomic monster love letter to the greatest of all kaiju ever!
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:iconozzymansonrules:
ozzymansonrules Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Just saw the new trailer for Resurgence... I think you need to talk to some Toho suit designers. lol
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Id love to know I inspired that design. Wish someone from Toho would tell me lol.
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OldmanEDF Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016
Do you ever think about drawing a healthier version of this Godzilla?
I just think would be pretty cool in it's own right
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ive got plans for one yeah. He's gonna have nods to this one but will be rather radically different than any Godzilla interpretation youve seen before.
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:iconoldmanedf:
OldmanEDF Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
That's cool, I'm all for original ideas when it comes to revamping a character 
I especially love the flipper-like hands and Tyrannosaurs-like head 
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
My next incarnation is built around the idea of him being completely adapted to containing all that nuclear power. 
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Mattoosaurus Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
That sounds awesome, I can't wait. Perhaps overtime his body has learned to adapt to it, after spending so long struggling to contain all nuclear power.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh it has. My concept is huge, fat and heavily armored to contain all that energy. And a MASSIVE mouth for releasing it. Im turning Godzilla into something like an atomic cannon.
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Mattoosaurus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah impressive! Given that your Godzilla cannot die, it's the same Godzilla?
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah this will be an evolution from my Godzilla 1954, his rebirth after the oxygen destroyer breaks him down to protoplasm.
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BrokenStride Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016
Man, reading this actually makes me sad...  This is nothing short of amazing.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. It is sad but Im glad you can appreciate the story. Seems like the new Godzilla film is gonna follow a similar path to this.
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:iconbrokenstride:
BrokenStride Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
Yeah, I hear ya there.  I'm reminded of Godzilla In Hell.  Haven't read it, just found out about it the other day, but this sort of looks like the kind of stuff they put poor G through.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Its a pretty great story considering there is no dialogue. Get it when you can.
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:iconbrokenstride:
BrokenStride Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
The paperback is now available for preorder on Amazon.  Stupid me I bought Rulers Of Earth VOL 1 at Barns & Nobles, but it was when I discovered it and an impulse buy so that's not the stupid part.  The stupid part is when I bought the other 5 Volumes at shelf price while I was there a few weeks later!  NOT Making That Mistake Again!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oops!
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:iconbrokenstride:
BrokenStride Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
eeeeeyeah......  Ashamed 
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
 I kinda wonder if Toho actually saw this for the Resurgence project....
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ive been wondering that myself.
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
The resemblance is quite uncanny. But Japs are known for their strict code of honor. "Stealing" other's design is an embarrassment for them. I believe they're just trying to get G back to his original route. So this is basically a coincidence
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I would frankly be honored to learn my work inspired the Shin Godzilla as the new design is certainly not a direct copy in form but certainly similar in concept. I dont think anything was actually stolen either. Influenced maybe, but not stolen.
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loverofcarnage Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
this redesign of godzilla explains the redesign in Godzilla: Resurgence. Its a dark twist on the horrors of nuclear devastation the original film reignited in the 1950s. this godzilla was a true horror
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I just cant help but wonder if someone at Toho saw this and had a lightbulb go off in their head.
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loverofcarnage Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
that'd be the best explanation of the redesign I can think of
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Incredible design :wow:
A take on Godzilla not many do.
I would do something similar if I were as good as you drawing; alas, my version is more stable, but suffers equally at the folly of man.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much.
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yourwelcome :D
I think you just inspired me for a new design for Godzilla.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
And here it is: sta.sh/0f1yonxitsh
I just realised how similar it is to yours; sorry for that Sweating a little... 
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No worries, the new Shin Godzilla from the upcoming movie is also very similar in concept. Nothing wrong with having similar ideas. It happens. Your poor Godzilla looks like he might be worse off than mine lol.
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
:D

Well, he took a nuclear bomb at almost point blank TWICE; if it wasn't for his healing factor and that his body absorbs and consumes radiation, he would be dead.

It's arguably if that would be a good thing or a bad thing. But eventually his mitation will stabilize, so he won't be suffering 24/7.
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:iconcyprus-1:
Cyprus-1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Do you realize you basically predicted the future? 
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Seems to be the case doesnt it. I promise to you my powers for good...honest!
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:iconcyprus-1:
Cyprus-1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Ho I'm sure you'r time defying art will be used for good:D (Big Grin) 
It must be difficult to have such great and mighty powers considering the equally great responsibility they must come with LOL  
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Im definitely not going to draw anyone as president. I dont wanna get blamed for future messes.
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:iconcyprus-1:
Cyprus-1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Hahha how politically hilarious! LOL 
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Told I was only gonna use my powers for good. :)
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:iconcyprus-1:
Cyprus-1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Well God sure did wisely to entrust such mighty powers in the hands of a responsible artist. 
So might I ask what more are you working right now? Any new projects?
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Just knocked out a quickie 3 page comic for my :icondeviantuniverse: group. Plus Im working on a number of kaiju commissions. Including my concept of a Legendary style King Ghidorah. 
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
Yeah  3 friggin years ahead
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:iconcyprus-1:
Cyprus-1 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
This guy must be some kind of a future seeing artist lol 
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TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist
The backstory depresses me greatly, his design is hideous and wonderfully mutated, looking more like an animal bent and crushed and twisted beyond it's own original form, rather than just kind of... A thing that felt radiation, said "Yeah I'm gonna look like a normal animal now," and then turned in to the Godzilla we know.

I like it. c: Although design-wise, it's not as "Cool" as Godzilla's normal design (no offense plz don't kill me c:>) it really does show it was a monster birthed from atomic fire.~

*You should design animals in Fallout, heh
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No offense taken at all. Fallout eh...that could be fun alright.
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:iconthefellowwiththehat:
TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist
Could be.
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SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This would be an awesome design for the 1954 Godzilla.
Wait. I just had a thought.
Since this Godzilla has a body that constantly adapts to the radiation, Would it be likely that his body would adapt to the point of being completely immune, and would he be able to repair his body at that point?
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Im actually planning a second version thats adapted to its condition.
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SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool.
I think that Godzilla: Resurgence's Goji is using a similar concept.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Seems to be, cant wait for the movie!
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SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very excited for it. The fact that one of the creators of Evangelion is writing it makes it even more promising, because I've heard that Evangelion is pretty good.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Same here plus Im a big fan of the work of the fx guys working on this project as well. They did the 90's Gamera films as I recall.
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