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Kaiju Revamp - Gorgo by Bracey100 Kaiju Revamp - Gorgo by Bracey100
Gorgo, one of the more compelling kaiju movies to come from the British side of the genre and believe it or not a film I only saw late last year (though Ive known about it since I was a kid). So reflecting on the idea of the movie, and the sorts of creatures involved I figured out my direction for this creature early on. Gorgo and kin are marine reptiles that spend the majority of their lives at sea, as they are shown to make landfall in only rare occurrences in the film. From that idea I postulated that they may be akin to sea turtles and ironically parts Gorgo's scale patterns match both alligators and sea turtles.

Im beginning to feel like I use gators too much when doing the aquatic reptiles but it fit too well in this case for me not to once again. The eyes on the kaiju jut way up high on the skull reminding me of crocodilians instantly so I drew a very blunted gator head for my version. As in the film the back is covered with semi irregular scutes and a gatorized tail flows from the body.

One of Gorgo's most striking features are its enormous paws. Compared to other kaiju the monster has some big ass hands. I decided to turn these into almost flipper like appendages. Gorgo never appeared to have much dexterity so it made sense to me. Similarly I adapted his feet equally to the task of swimming by making them very large and webbed.

The theropod stance comes from the idea this is pretty ideal for swimming (as the monster is already almost horizontal) and would transition easily between land and sea. The whole tall stance rarely works for me where kaiju are concerned and this made much more sense biomechanically. I know a lot of peeps like to "raptorize" kaiju in their redesigns but I do it for reasons other than the aesthetic.

Lastly the coloring. Gorgo is hard to pin down, seen mostly in the dark and with the typical lets paint all reptiles green poster art I was at a loss to determine what colors to use. I decided to do something very marine and color Gorgo like a great white shark. Perfect oceanic predatory camo! Then I found this image wich seemed to indicate that my intuition on this idea may have been right the whole time: [link] Seems pretty close to me.

While this may not be my most startling Revamp like fellow British beastie The Giant Behemoth, this redesign feels very plausible and Im pretty happy with that!
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kingspacegodzilla94 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
HA lolz haven't see this movie in YEARS  .... This make the original one cry  Waaaah!......and yours much more EVIL :D EVIL Laughter! 
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I share your love of this film for sure but I did want to make mine a bit more threatening.
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kingspacegodzilla94 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
And you did it :D
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Crimsonguard477 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
I'm glad to see this old fellow here. So many have forgotten him.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgo will always be a classic to me. Thank you.
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This movie really is one of my favorite monster flicks, and the beast itself was really cool, being very well captured here.

Do I don't know why, but I felt like this was an attempt at a Godzilla movie, I mean heck, the mother was literally indestructible, like Godzilla in ,,Godzilla vs Mothra".
Still liked it.

And btw, how have things been going with, well, you know.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Im pretty sure it was inspired by Godzilla but its certainly a classic in its own right. Thank you for the comments.
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, it still is a timeless classic and no problem.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Nicely rendered here!!! I too have known about Gorgo since I was a young kid, and have seen many photos and much artwork, but would you believe I STILL haven't seen the movie yet? It's true. I want to, I just haven't done it yet.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I also had never gotten to see the movie myself until last year. You can watch it on youtube! www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKjO5G…
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WormWoodTheStar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Gorgo is definitely one of the best monster films ever made, and this is some very high-quality redesign of this powerful creature.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and I have to agree with everything you said about Gorgo.
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Komodozilla Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
It's actually fitting to grant Gorgo traits reminiscent of alligators: In the introduction of "Ditko Monsters: Gorgo," a book collecting several comics based on the movie, the book's producer, Clizia Gussoni, also saw parallels between Gorgo's species and Deinosuchus. :D

Anywho, great job once again. ;)
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for both the compliment and the great trivia.
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Soundwave04 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Ah, I remember Gorgo from long ago! :D

I've been trying to find the film again, but funnily enough, even though it's a British film, it's only available in Germany or the USA! :lol:
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Its on youtube! While its not like having the DVD at least you can still watch and enjoy it...in English!  

Gorgo
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Soundwave04 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
That's so cool! I'll definitely have to give it a watch again! :D
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help.
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NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Love the crocodile-feel going on! Also, I like your views on raptorization; it's not just a aesthetic, it's a realistic consideration.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, that is my aim with the majority of these designs, to use some real world principles for these designs.
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NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Your welcome. I believe its the aim of TyrantisTerror, sort of; though I do remember a famous art thing he did sort of bashing raptorization (though the raptorization he was talking about was more like sticking spikes and Kaiju bits onto dinosaurs).
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah Im no real fan of raptorization for its own sake. Im really looking carefully at the suit creature what it did in its films, what the concepts were for the creature and extrapolating biological possibilities. In some cases if that means a bird hip stance then so be it.
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NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Ultra Kaiju must give you a real doozy, then. But some artists have created monsters like Earthtron or Eleking and specifically make them as mutants; kaiju means 'strange beast' afterall. examples include Lobzilla, Grorn, the Kaiju from Pacific Rim.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If you check my gallery you'll see my take on Ultra Monster Gudis. Ive more UMs planned for the Revamp series, they are so bizarre as to be irresistible.
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NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Sounds neat.
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Revanchist Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013

Very cool Gorgo. Almost exactly the design I've always wanted to see.

 

The Gator face threw me at first, but as you noted, it works very well. The only "problem" I can see is the apparently smaller ears, but it's fine.

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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much. I debated on the ears a bit but for my version smaller just seemed to fit better.
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Actually there's another kaiju with a big paw. It's Raiga
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah youre right, Id forgotten about Raiga. Never got to see the movie but Ive seen the monster.
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013   General Artist
this is what made order gorgo on netflix.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, thats AWESOME!
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SnagmawtheUsurper Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome. I'd love to see your take on a Harryhausen Ymir.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Eventually I want to tackle Ymir, but Im thinking about doing Talos or the Kraken first for this month's KMAC. But yeah I'll get around to Ymir, I want to put a lot of thought into it since he came from...Venus wasnt it?
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the ickle little babby monster!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonder what his mommy looks like.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Bigger...lol!
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thefultzman Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I like the Idea
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013   General Artist
awesome!!!!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013   General Artist
you're very welcome.
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nine-tailedgodzilla Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome Design! You should do the Danish Kaiju Reptilicus, maybe along with Yonggary, the Korean Kaiju!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words. Yongarry is definitely on my list of kaiju to revamp. Maybe I will do Reptilicus if only because I hated him almost as much as The Giant Claw, lol!
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty cool. Nice take on the monster. Be sure that I will write a much more fuller and in depth review of it when it gets posted up in the journals at the Den :)
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic, I do enjoy hearing you critical thoughts on my work.
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The crocodilian design does work best for Gorgo (mainly due to that big, broad, flat snout), and the huge paws-into-flippers makes a lot of sense. I especially love the pebbled hide, it works very well, though I still prefer the original armored plates. Overall, a wonderful and respectful redesign!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly!
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BuddhaKong Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While your concern regarding the use of crocs and gators might be hitting you hard lately Bracey, I for one enjoy when you do use them, and I appreciate that in the majority of your designs when it's employed. Biomechanical reasoning is I think important when designing or redesigning Kaiju, and since this is Earth and we're dealing, mostly, with carbon-based lifeforms, along with Terran biology, things should make sense. Your depiction of Gorgo here is an excellent example of that necessity.
As for the fashion of "raptorizing" a lot of Kaiji, I don't think that's a real worry here. Your redesign, and use of body posture in it, makes this creature more believable to walk on land in a theropod-like manner. Here, it truly does make it more realistic.

The webbing in between the claws and feet make perfect sense to me, as do the scaling pattern, and the use of color. I do have to add that I'm glad you reduced the size of the beast's ears..as while I do love this film..the way they flapped, similar to Baragon's, always reduced me to fits of laughter as a kid.
Keep on doin' what you're doin', man..because this certainly was plausible to me, and you give great respect to this Brit entry to the Kaiju universe.
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