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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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