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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 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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Crimsonguard477 Featured By Owner 21 hours ago
Gojira is a contraction made up from the words whale and ape in Japanese. You convey your concept of the mighty beast very well... but I don't think you know this force of nature, known to the Americans as Godzilla, as well as you think you do. Artists have the license to be creative, and I applaud your talent. I just think I disagree with some of your decisions on this Godzilla.
Bracey100 Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
Ive no problem with you disagreeing at all but I don't see the first Gojira as the force of nature that would become the mythos of Godzilla. The first film while referencing nuclear weapons was still very much a living thing. Godzilla was yet to have a defined mythology as a creature with a nuclear heart or near complete invincibility. In fact this mister is destroyed in the end by a device which oxidized the local water (and probably the water within the kaiju itself) into an incredible strong acid. Even Godzilla's atomic breath way not yet a beam of pure destruction but more an exhalation of hotly radioactive gases. Now in future films Godzilla would indeed be equated to destructive natural forces like hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes, thinks that cannot be fought but merely endured. But taken from the fact that Im doing this solely based on the first film (and behind the scenes commentary) I stand by my decisions and would respectfully submit that perhaps you don't know Godzilla quite as well as I do.
gwarnage Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
the arrogance of man is thinking nature is in their control , and not the other way around
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amen to that. Titanic anyone?
gwarnage Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
"Amen to that." amen indeed
Titanic anyone?" what does that have to do with anything
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What does Titanic have to do? Its the classic example of man's arrogance "this ship is unsinkable" being put in its place by nature. Whats unclear about that?
gwarnage Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
i figured it was just coincidence
dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Well done concept here. This is very well thought out, and well presented here. It's a very different idea to be sure, but definitely in keeping with the results that happen from devastating radiation poisoning.

The concept is helped immensely by the written explanation you've included here. It to get where you are coming from with this Godzilla concept.

While I do like and greatly respect this idea you've presented here, I do still prefer my Godzillas as he's been portrayed on the big and small screens. Your idea here is certainly the most realistic, scary, and even repulsive of Godzilla versions I've seen or read about, but I just like the screen versions better (specifically, the 2014 Legendary version).

But, great work here, and I'd love to read an entire novel with this Godzilla you've presented here. :D
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much and have no fear Im not bothered by anyone not liking my take. Part of the fun of this series for me is to see where my design sensibilities will lead me, so Ive freed myself to take big risks.
LordNidhogg Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Scary as hell, really taking "nuclear horror" as a description for Godzilla to the next level. Great job!
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