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Kaiju Revamp - The Giant Behemoth by Bracey100 Kaiju Revamp - The Giant Behemoth by Bracey100
This subject was chosen at the request of :iconjacobkaiju: and honestly I thought it might end up being a bit boring on the redesign side after watching the movie. However once I started thinking about how to approach this I really got into it...much to my regret lol! Let me explain, The GB is essentially a carnivorous sauropod (I love how all dinos ate meat back in the day!) and while a sauropod form makes for a tremendously powerful beast it doesnt really fit the bill for a good design given its film attributes. In the film the creature had to very marine oriented and while Ive no doubt that sauropods could swim, they arent built for extended aquatic life. So I began to reference aquatic reptiles both prehistoric and modern/ This lead to studies of pliosaurs of all sorts, alligators, sauropods, turtles, the Sando Aqua Monster and even Fell Beasts from the LOTR films.

Suaropod paid homage to the original's build giving me a good base to start from. From here I looked at the Sando Aqua Monster (from Star Wars ep 1) as its a kiaju sized sea beast that hasnt fully adapted to ocean life yet. That changed my leg structure making me think more along the lines of seal locomotion. Combining Brachiosaur leg posture with this idea and some alligator thrown in gave me my beast's final body structure. Something that could move about on land but like alligators spent more time in the water. Pliosaurs gave me good ideas for the head and tail (certain artists have done mosasaurs with paddle shaped tails) and my study of the Fell Beasts was perfect for the thick muscular neck I had in mind as in the film it needed to be powerful enough to life many tons of steel and iron. Note the GB is only 70 feet tall making him more of a true dino in size that a real kaiju. Lastly the eye is pure turtle (red iris, brown ring, yellow cornea) who knew there eyes were such sinister colors?

So were does the regret come in? In choosing alligator hide for my scale pattern. I try very hard not to repeat textures if I can so I decided alligator fit this monster's nature well and even the original had of square shaped scales. Oy vey! Im a detail fanatic but damn thats a lot of scales and several variations along the way! Sometimes I get mad that I discovered the amazing work of Richard Delgado (Age of Reptiles - BUY IT NOW!) because his books gave me scale fever and apparently there is no cure. But now finally it is done and Im happy with it. Another kaiju down....and on to the next (as work permits).

Edit: I added a radioactive glow to the Behemoth at the suggestion of :iconenshohma:, Id have to say, I like it.
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:iconprimeshift01:
PrimeShift01 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Well done sir. Very well done. 
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you draw SCP-682?
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to look it up but Im super busy at the moment.
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never saw this movie, but this creature looks pretty good if you ask me, nice texture and detail with the skin and that radioactive flare is also a nice touch.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. The stop motion model actually had skin cast from the skin of an iguana for extra realism. The movie is a little bit boring though. 
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. Really ! Well I guess that in the stop-motion age everything was possible, but still wow. Wait really, and with a puppet that uses real reptile skin ? That's a bit disappointing.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The skin was cast from an iguana's skin so no lizard was harmed in the making of the film. Now how they managed to make the casts I just dont know. 
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, so they didn't used real skin ( less weirder now ), and yeah, probably a cinematography secret we may never know.
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PrimeShift01 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Very nice. 
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