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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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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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thesupremejoyner98 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Now THIS would be great for a direct remake of the 1954 classic(not a reboot like 1998 or 2014) :)

Please continue the revamp soon..
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4thtroika Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Wow. Just wow.
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TheWaveBlaster Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Holy everything!
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:iconatleastimalive:
Really good concept ... this is pure horror, but still portraying  what godzilla means. (an unstoppable force) 
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. My update to this will be solely unstoppable force. Im picturing a Godzilla who is like a giant cannon that walks.
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EndieEnder Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Student Artist
Could you try your hand at a normal godzilla we Gojifans love?
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, Ive been thinking about that a bit lately anyways.
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EndieEnder Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student Artist
This one would be perfect for Ghost Godzilla though!
Maybe rename this Ghost Godzilla?
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MadnessAbe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is genuinely terrifying and tragic at the same time. :(
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Sekley Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
When I see this version of the Big G, I can't help but feel tragic, yet powerful-sounding music works for it. I mostly imagine Leia by Yuyoyuppe playing in the background during its rampage.
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Pumpkinhead6666 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
But he looks nasty!
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Pumpkinhead6666 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Ech! Why does he look like that?!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Read the description.
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Crimsonguard477 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
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.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  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.
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gwarnage Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
the arrogance of man is thinking nature is in their control , and not the other way around
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amen to that. Titanic anyone?
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gwarnage Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
"Amen to that." amen indeed
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Titanic anyone?" what does that have to do with anything
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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?
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gwarnage Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
i figured it was just coincidence
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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
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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.
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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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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy, shit! It's hideous! I want this to be the design for Ghost Godzilla. This is truly well-designed
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I plan on doing something very different for ghost Godzilla.
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   General Artist
When can we plan to see ghost godzilla?
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ive got to do a Gappa before I move on the Ghost Goji. Soon though.
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   General Artist
Okay.
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SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok.
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AzrielEver Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Kudos to you.
You took a radioactive monstrosity and ramped it up to eleven.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you enjoyed it!
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Godzilla62rules Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
That's... I'll be honest, I don't like it.  I think it's just, well, crap.  I mean, as a different monster, a failed clone perhaps, sure, it a good design.  But as the true Godzilla?  No.  The multiple tails thing is really dumb, the decaying flesh just looks disturbing, the malformed limb thing is just stupid, and all those little vestigial arms are weird.  Now, I couldn't even hope to draw this, but that's another discussion all together.  I'm fine with other people liking it, but this is just really bad.  Beautifully drawn, but it's not a good design for Godzilla.  Not as bad as GINO, but that's not hard to do.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
While I dont mind you not liking it calling my rather valid ideas for a mutated creature "dumb and stupid" when Im basing part of my designs off actual mutations seen in nature is kinda rude to be honest. My reasons for the direction I chose to go in are well documented in the description so no need to rehash that. Though I do appreciate the compliments to my artistic skills so thanks.
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
What still puzzling me to this day, is why many of Godzilla fan tend to be very conservative. As long it is still stick to concept as a giant, mutated, dinosaurian with spines on the back, it would be fine.Like Zilla,for example. It is indeed not Godzilla, but the designers are just wanna try something different. Don't want to start a fight here, just posting my thought
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No worries and I do get where you are coming from. You makes some very valid points. I think Zilla could have worked if it had only acted more like Godzilla (plus breathing real fire would have helped, and not having babies). Toho itself does demand the spines on any film version of Godzilla though (and always 3 rows). I'l be interested to see what you think of my next original take on Godzilla which is going to be a more giant salamander in form than dinosaur inspired.
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ShinnMakarov23 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Amazing Drawing man . Love it
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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MatoosaurusRex Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Damn... I'm spamming again... :(
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just chat with me via notes, it will be far easier for me that way.
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MatoosaurusRex Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
U mean what we are doing? I'm new to deviant art so yeah
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MatoosaurusRex Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
By approve I mean if u like it or if it would be a good origin
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It sounds fine to me.
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MatoosaurusRex Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
So thanks for helping me figure out the kiryu and ghost godzilla thing I appreciate it! :D here's the full thing for ghost godzilla: the spirit of godzilla and the souls from world war 2 merge and manifest into a solid ectoplasm physical thing... Again every time you give me a idea like this and it gets in their I will say "the origin was created by Bracey100 check out his art it's great!" How's that?
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Works for me.
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MatoosaurusRex Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Good 😀
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MatoosaurusRex Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
If u respond don't write it as a reply just go to this picture and write it in the comments it's easier
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not for me it isnt. If we are having a discussion writing it as a reply lets me see what what Ive written in response which helps me to keep track since you are spamming rapid fire questions.
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