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Kaiju Revamp - Guilala by Bracey100 Kaiju Revamp - Guilala by Bracey100
Now here's a monster thats near and dear to my heart but has one of the worst names ever uttered by the Japanese...Guilala. Now I dont know what that is derived from (Guirion is derived from their word for knife or guillotine so that makes since) but Guilala sounds as horrible rolling off the tongue as the monster is odd to look at. A plucked turkey with a space ship shaped head. But for all of its strangeness Ive always loved The X From Outer Space as its know here in the states.

So how did I approach this one? As usual I start with research, get to know my monster inside and out before I start playing with their anatomy. Guilala is a fungus from Mars suffused by a sentient alien energy. So I start looking up fungus, lichens, molds and spores as they will make up the texture of my beast. Then of course its time to google pictures of the kaiju itself and thats when something interesting happened. I ran across both :iconkaijusamurai: and :icondopepope: take on the bizarre critter. 

Now Dope Pope's sketch and 3D modeling of what he wanted to see in an updated look were very intriguing. The kaiju is very lichen like in his sketch which I instantly dug. But his 3D model had mushroom like structures growing out from the body. I liked that idea too. So I knew I was going to follow suit with some mushrooms growing outward from it and that the strange fins on Guilala I would make to resemble lichen. But now all my idea's were just looking to much like Dope Pope and if you know me, you know I want to either do something that makes functional sense in terms of the character or to come up with something design wise that no one else drawing a particular kaiju has done before. And this led me back to Matt Frank (Kaiju Samurai for those who dont know). 

Now Matt did something something strange with his Guilala. Guilala has four fingers but Matt only gave the monster 3 digits on its hands. Dont know why he chose to that but it got me to thinking about the number 3 and Mars...OMG Martian Tripods! To be fair Id also recently reread HP Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness and thinking about the Elder Things symmetry being based on 5. So I decided to do something similar here. Taking cues from HG Wells and the fact the Guilala is from Mars I based his body shape off the tripods from the Spielberg War of the Worlds film and on mostly trilateral symmetry. This is why my Revamp has 3 legs, 3 limbs (counting the tail) 3 eyes, the head has 3 planes and even the beak is now in 3 sections. Its a pretty radical departure from the original but I like tying this into War of the Worlds and that the Martians might have based their fearsome machines on Guilala. Hell maybe he's why they fled Mars for Earth, lol. 

Well hope you enjoy the new Revamp and expect more in the future.
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:icongojira525:
Gojira525 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
awesome intrepiditation of Guilala
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconprimeshift01:
PrimeShift01 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
So awesome
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Komodozilla Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
As much as I like the original, I gotta say I like this one more. I like that you distanced it from the basic "Godzilla" body plan most kaiju from the 60's and 70's had, and made it seem truly alien.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, my inspiration if you didnt read it in the notes was the War of the World's tripods since this critter originated on Mars. Plus i really wanted to get away from that plucked chicken look and make something that could appear to be an alien fungus at heart.
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:iconrandomemaster360:
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just when you thought that aliens can't become anymore weirder, this guy shows up.
Still, I like the design you went with, I don't see quit so many kaijus that use that tripod design which is a bit odd aince I find it a pretty interesting design that should be used more.
And even do I haven't seen the movie, I guess he was a pretty cool monster.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Its a quirky film but a fondly remembered one. You can watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-g-Az…
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:iconrandomemaster360:
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just watched it, I must say quit enjoyable, a few parts were a bit off but still cheesy and delightful. Now all I have to do is to try to find Godzilla Final Wars, man can't find it anywhere.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Godzilla FW is a mixed bag. Its great in some ways and not so much in others. Its got a lot of monster action but possibly the least Godzilla screen time of any film. And yet the Godzilla moments we get are so epic they kinda make up for the lack of Godzilla for most of the film.

www.ebay.com/itm/Godzilla-Fina…
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:iconrandomemaster360:
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just found FW alongside most of the Godzilla movies on a site called Metacafe, pretty cool actually, you should check it.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Does it cost anything or do I have to download some sort of player, Im rather leery of sites that require that.
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:iconrandomemaster360:
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, it doesn't cost anything, I don't know do if you need to download a some sort of player, I just went there, clicked a video and enjoyed the spectacle.
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:iconrandomemaster360:
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well Toho had to put most of its monsters in the movie so each one of them get an at least, I guess, proper screen time and also the fact that they introduced the fight between the humans and the xilliens and those mutant soldiers ( I know this from James's Godzillathon, lol ). But it's also right what you said that those moments with Godzilla are epic and make up for his lack in the movie.

And thanks a lot !
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Anytime.
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:iconrandomemaster360:
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot !
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Youre welcome.
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:iconguyverman:
Guyverman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I'm assuming his third leg is sticking out of his ass?
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Since fungi dont have asses, no. 
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SplicedBeast Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great artwork
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsplicedbeast:
SplicedBeast Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Guilala does look more alien than his original design.
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:iconkaijuoh:
kaijuoh Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013

YAAAAYYYY!!! New installment!!!!!! I've actually never seen either of the Guilala films. but I DO know about the creature. An amazing rendition you have done.

 

 

Can you share any hints as to who might be next for "revamping"?

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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ive got LOTS of suggestions as you might guess. Gotta go through the list and see who wanted what done. Personally I kinda want to do Daimajin next.
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sieti Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
oooooooohhhhhhhhhh! DM sounds like an excellent choice!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Daimajin will have to wait, Ive promised to do Gappa next.
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:iconkaijuoh:
kaijuoh Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
REALLY?!?!?! Oh MAN, I can't wait!

Hey did you know there was once talks about having a Gappa VS Guilala movie?
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
WHAT??? Oh man I would love to see that happen!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL that guy's hair! I saw him at our local comic con!
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
yup... And this is An ALIEN...truly ALIEN..
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
P.S. IN A GOOD WAY
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Awesome work! :thumbsup:
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Anytime my friend ... anytime ;)
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:iconkingovrats:
KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
a bug-dinosaur hybrid? Probably one of the coolest I've seen in your gallery:)
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Actually he's a Martian fungus. Thanks for the compliments.
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:iconsylizar:
Sylizar Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
This is a really awesome re-design. You took a ridiculous beast, and made it look awesome. Yet at the same time, you kept it recognizable. That's not easy to pull off. Love it!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot man.
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:iconsylizar:
Sylizar Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
You're welcome.
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BuddhaKong Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once again, I'm blown away.

The Martian tripod aspect is something I had not considered..and that you incorporated Wells into the mythology of this kaiju is both intriguing and a little horrifying. That something so at first deliberately goofy-looking has been turned monstrous, completely alien and frightening is a tribute to your artistic talent and your research.

Others here have noted how the insectoid differences add to the creepy factor and I have nothing but complete agreement with them. The tri-limbed, beaked and eyed look just astounds me- making something so silly that I've basically dismissed  from even watching the film into something I now want to see move and breathe? Amazing.

I'm now going to check out the other artists' reinterpretations of the monster. But like I have said before- your work continues to put new perspectives on our favorite beasties, and that is one hell of a trick to pull off these days.
 
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. The fact that I can take something old and make it into a object of new interest and discussion pleases me greatly. For as youve noted, its not an easy thing to do these days.
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LOMI-Nogard Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Ah, the crazy Guilala. This revamp is a really mixed bag for me - a lot of feelings similar to Megalon, just without as much of a personal attachment to them.

The initial reaction was that it wasn't really Guilala, save the skin tone... and I still am not sure if it is or not. I appreciate the explanatory notes, as always, since they especially help flesh things out in a case like this, and the War of the Worlds connection is pretty cool, but I'm just not sure if this feels like Guilala to me.

A lot of the Guilala aspects are still there - the triangle head, the antennae, the claws and the skintone - it just feels different in an odd way. This is a really nice piece, no doubt about that, I'm just not sure how nice of a Guilala it is. Part of what sells Guilala to me is the thickness of him, something that this design completely lacks. Whereas normal Guilala has two titanic legs and a pot belly (which you got rid of for obvious reasons), the only part of this one that contains mass is the chest, which makes it look like Gigan's to me when combined with the fungi.

Still, a nice piece overall when it comes to artistic quality. I especially think I'd like the head design more if I could get over the body. The tail also looks nice. In any case, I'm just glad to see that the series has returned: looking forward to whoever shows up next. (*crosses fingers for a Godzilla kaiju*)
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments man. All your points are completely valid, its a razor line I walk with some incredibly beloved characters so I get it. This definitely ranks up there with my more radical designs like Rodan and Megalon. Yes, now that Revamp is back I'll have to celebrate by working out my Godzilla 2 design. Gonna be tough not to let the Legendary look influence me too much. When I saw it I was like, shit, that looks a lot like the direction I was going in....starting over, sigh. 
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K13-ZAR Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
take me to your leader :XD:


but in seriousness this looks amazing
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconk13-zar:
K13-ZAR Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
welcome
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:iconhardcorecrocomire:
HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i remember this kaiju in a commercial XD
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I loved that co,,ercial, he was all cute and tiny.
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