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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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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconscp-811hatena:
SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you draw SCP-682?
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:iconbracey100:
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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:iconrandomemaster360:
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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:iconbracey100:
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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:iconrandomemaster360:
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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:iconbracey100:
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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:iconrandomemaster360:
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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:iconprimeshift01:
PrimeShift01 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Very nice. 
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconprimeshift01:
PrimeShift01 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
no problem. great work
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:iconhydrus-v-riddle:
Hydrus-v-riddle Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like a Lagiacrus!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Never played MH before but after looking it up I see what you mean.
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:iconspinosaur67:
spinosaur67 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
he looks like a nothosaurus
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Had to look it up as I wasnt familiar with that dino. Wow, exactly what I was going for a transitional sort of form.
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:iconspinosaur67:
spinosaur67 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
it was either nothosaurus or tanystropheus
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:iconnektannneightyfour:
NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
A really buff Tanystropheus
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:iconspinosaur67:
spinosaur67 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ya
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:iconbioniclezilla76:
Bioniclezilla76 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
You may not be as good as Matt Frank but your creations are sure as nice to look at. (That sounded wrong. I don't give a shit everything does)
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL thanks...I think! Matt's fantastic and I acknowledge his art is better than mine in a lot of areas. 
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:iconbigmac007:
bigmac007 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Your work is better in terms of realism.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well thanks for that.
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:iconbigmac007:
bigmac007 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
no problem
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:iconbigmac007:
bigmac007 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
with the exception of anguirus
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:iconbigmac007:
bigmac007 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
screw that comment
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:iconbioniclezilla76:
Bioniclezilla76 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Oh, sorry if that came out wrong.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no, I understood. Im a big fan of Matt's work as well. 
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:iconkomodozilla:
Komodozilla Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
THE BIGGEST THING SINCE CREATION!!!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Funny how we would eventually discover dinos as big or bigger in the future.
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sieti Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Wonderful work sir! Are planning on revamping the Rhedrosaurus from "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" ?
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and indeed I shall its just a matter of getting round to him. Soooo many kaiju on my list to revamp. I might base his look off a marine iguana. Ive been doing to much alligator texture lately.
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Riki-Quin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Another great classic here :D you my firend, are making me have a nostalgia moment and i most see this film now. would it be to much if i were to say i would love it if you made a series with all classic kaiju. Your art is must refreshing and well organize i have no words to say :D
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well I cant thank you enough for those very kind words.
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:iconriki-quin:
Riki-Quin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013   Digital Artist
you're welcome amigo and i can't wait to see more great works :D
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Many more are on the way. :)
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
He's like saying "Ha! Those  bald monkeys with their tin can again"

(Hope you got it.. just  foolin' around)
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahahahaha, yes I did get it. Funny!
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Thanks for the understanding! And this design looks like what would happen to alligators if their prey become arboreal.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Now there's an interesting idea.
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SheegothHunter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student
This one as well is one of your best pieces of the Kaiju Revamp series! It seems clear that you work best with reptilian/amphibian creatures.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and Im inclined to agree. Ive always had a thing for reptiles and it definitely shows.
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:iconfleetlordreach:
FleetLordReach Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
I remember this movie! This would be a good candidate for a reboot!
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I would enjoy seeing a lot of these old monster movies getting an update. Maybe if Pacific Rim and Godzilla do well Hollywood will mine some of them for material.
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:iconfleetlordreach:
FleetLordReach Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Hope so!
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:iconcfakatsuki:
cfakatsuki Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Very nice, his head looks a bit cartoony but I love the body structure and the little aura touch, very nice
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I was trying to make the head sort of cat like so Im not sure if thats why it looks that way to you. Im also happy with the ape-like body structure, I like the implied menace it adds to him.
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:iconcfakatsuki:
cfakatsuki Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Indeed indeed
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SpyxedDemon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Reminds me of Nessie a bit. ;) (Monster of Loch Ness) Great job though, Love the design.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks....hmmmm, maybe I should do a Nessie sometime...or what I think Nessie should look like based on all the reports.
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