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Kaiju Revamp - Megalon by Bracey100 Kaiju Revamp - Megalon by Bracey100
Whew, this one was rough! When will I learn not to go overboard with detail? Why did I just start inking on a thumbnail? The time I could have saved!!! Oh well it was interesting to let this one form very organically from only the most basic of sketches but that also made for many alterations and changes as I worked in my "inks" in illustrator and even after that I ended up making many corrections when I switched over to photoshop for the coloring process. But what the hell, sometimes you have to experiment. Now on to the process of building this guy.

Firstly research is the conerstone of my revamps. I study many images of things I wish to reference and study the subect via stills, film and available written info. Ive long considered Megalon a cyborg like Gigan given his oddly mechanical appendages but in truth he is a god. The Godzilla movies have hosted at least 4 kaiju that are considered gods and though I like to reference plausible living creatures supernatural beings get to break the laws of physics. Even so I do try to ground them in reality where I can.

Now initially my Megalon was a cyborg until my research proved him a god. This changed my whole approach, Megalon became a biomechanical monster instead of a cybernetic one. The first thing that came to my mind when blending monsters and tech was the Guyver series. I dug out my old manga and considered how biotech weaponry would work on Megalon, that decided it was time to study some creatures that would inform my design.

Megalon looks like a cross between a cockroach and a rhinoceros beetle, so those were the fist things studied. Ive seen too many artists however depict him as both a beetle and a biped and I wanted to do something very original. At the risk of alienating his fans I decided early on my version would have mantis style arms for a much better attack and digging profile that the movie monster. The legs were the tricky bit but I finally figured that I wanted two legs but they would end with four feet. This gives him a both bipedal and spider-like stance at the stance at the same time for increased mobility and agility. Wondering why Megalon even needed a tail (in the films it is never shown to have any purpose or function) I decided to weaponize it in the form of a prehensile stinger tail. Now he would have more guarding his back than just a hard shell. As a bonus because of his leg structure it could also be used to attack foes in front of him. Now seeing as how this is Megalon I couldnt resist changing my stinger into another drill!

All that done further reference was sought out which included bugs from Starship Troopers and District 9. Both were good for certain design ideas and color applications. I reviewed the biomechanical suits of the Engineers from Prometheus as well as both live action film and manga versions of the Guyver and zoanoids. This reminded me to add some drippy stuff on my organic weapons and like the Guyver, Megalon has a number of medallions embedded in his alien flesh to serve as power conduits. The inside of his mouth glows with the napalms spheres waiting to be released and his face mandibles ended up being inspired by Optimus Prime of all things. His horn still throws lightning, I just felt showing that was overkill and would be distracting from the other goodies included. So there you have it, a Megalon who is no longer clumsy or stupid but fast and lethal. Id always hoped he would appear in more films, despite the goofiness of the film he was a pretty unique monster for that era.
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:iconbatbane2020:
Batbane2020 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Did u get my note
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legendfromthedeep Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I like it a whole lot better than the suit, to be sure… nice job!! He really looks like a digger!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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phoenix-autobot Featured By Owner May 1, 2014   General Artist
I absolutly lloooovvee anything Godzllla monster-type related. sure wish Icould do super art like this!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so very much. I had to put years into getting as good as I am now..
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sieti Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Very original...would you consider doing Gigan to accompany him.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He is on my to do list. I think Im getting close to a design I like in my sketches.
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ParasiticCandy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Now THIS looks very similar to the creature that the people who've seen the Comic-Con 2013 trailers describe.

Here's a by-memory sketch someone who attended the Godzilla Panel made of the creature: i114.photobucket.com/albums/n2… and a simple by-memory cartoon recreation of the trailer www.youtube.com/watch?v=izs8-6…
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting, sadly I couldnt go to Comic Con see the trailer. Id heard it was going to be a centipede thing. Maybe its a bunch of those that form the segments. My design is based on wasps, beetles, roaches and the Guyver so quite a coincidence for it to resemble a the movie monster. 
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I thought it was going to be Mothera's offspring (because of the giant egg).
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah but you have to license each Toho monster separately to use them in a movie outside of the home studio so I was pretty sure they would be originals.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Ohhh... I was hoping for a classic monster fight.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It will be a classic...just with new monsters. ;)
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ParasiticCandy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Definitely weird. When I first saw the sketches I immediately thought of Megalon or Kamacuras mixed with the Cloverfield monster, and the Arachnids from Starship Troopers.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Guess when youre doing bugs certain aesthetics will by common ground.
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HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
the tail gives me dirty thoughts ._.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Shhhhh, dont let the others know! Its our secret.
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HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
gudis has met his match!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That would be a fun battle to watch.
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HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yeah XD
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JeditheSciFiFreak Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your Megalon looks a lot cooler and meaner than Toho's. 
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! Im doing my best to enhance these monsters that I love so much.
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Villanious
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Villainious
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
And this is megalon you can call a god
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very original take on this guy, and as for your starship troopers references, that's one of my favourite movies.

I love the four legs, it makes him look far more agile and impressive. He looked a bit like a lumberer in the movies so now he looks like he could move fast.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thats what I was hoping for to take a cool looking but clunky kaiju and make him dangerous!
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Revanchist Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Hmm. Close to what I came up with for him, but definitely more interesting.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well thank you!
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Revanchist Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
I gave him more of a mantis stance, which I think is a bit more realistic. This is more of a mutated stance, which fits in with Godzilla very well. I need to learn to think outside of the box.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It can be a tough thing to do. We get so used to the forms we are familiar with seeing every day. Just take a moment to consider the possibilities when you do something new. It might surprise you what pops in your head.
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virus-hero Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
man, that looks cool.

Btw, are you going to do an Orga revamp?
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and yes I will eventually.
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kingspacegodzilla94 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Looks awesome and no problem :)
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kingspacegodzilla94 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
looks like a cockroach I thought he was a beetle. But as always AWESOME ;)
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
True the original Megalon is more beetle-like but I wanted to deviate from what mosts artsits do with him and go for something that looked more sinister. Thanks for the compliment!
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MrEtsam Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Epic! :'>
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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IggySeymour Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Woooooooooow! :wow: Your revamping is just earthquaking epic!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Im actually eager to knock out my commissions so I can get back to it.
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IggySeymour Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :D I got my favorite Kaijus
Page completed,and it's even colored! :wow: ;p
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I saw it, very nice work!
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IggySeymour Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :dummy:
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Youre welcome.
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movieartman Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
there is no such thing as going overboard with detail this is f$$king amazing
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I tend to be something of a detail fanatic to the point of making some of my art overly complicated but I just can never seem to tone it down. Makes me glad to see folks are digging my style!
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Nragemachine Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
lol He was my fave on Destroy All Monsters Melee!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He's so popular! I dont know why Toho doesnt put him back in some of their movies when he's in every Godzilla game ever!
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
As much as I enjoyed Matt Frank's work, I have to admit he did have a tendency to go a little overboard with style, with the results looking like they popped out of a cartoon.
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