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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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:iconwormwoodthestar:
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 Dec 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and I have to agree with everything you said about Gorgo.
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:iconkomodozilla:
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 Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for both the compliment and the great trivia.
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:iconsoundwave04:
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 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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:iconsoundwave04:
That's so cool! I'll definitely have to give it a watch again! :D
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Bracey100 Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help.
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:iconnektannneightyfour:
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 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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