Another big illustration for this monthís current at Jam at the I always want to go big for these cause they really are specially too me. I mean itís great to see fan collaboration come together on such neat subjects such as that get picked at the club.
So what went through my mind when I did this. Well, Zigra is a race of aliens. Even though we only just see the one. I image that it would be like the Viras beasts. But, since they are fish, (and fish come in a wide variety of colors and shapes for similar species), I thought it would be cool to do multiple ones. Kinda like the Predators. All are the same, but with different traits. In this case each Zigraís head, armor, and color scheme differ. I was going to have a tractor beam coming from the ship or a water spout, but it just made the background way too busy. Just took away from the cleanness. In celebration of everything Zigra I decided to throw in itís alien ship and the girl from original movie that he mind controls. Hopefully I didnít make her too ugly. Not all that use to doing people honestly Top all this with an underwater scene that I made from scratch. Honestly I love the bubble trails in the water as the ship is cutting through it.
Next up is an art trade, which only needs shading. And then a special treat for giant monster show fans. Hope you all enjoy!
The 2nd time I tried to for a G-Fan wrap around cover, I submitted this piece. Since G-fan is primarily a Godzilla/toho monster fan rag, I felt it appropriate to give some of the lesser-known kaiju a spotlight. I imagined a "Destoy All Monsters of the Sea" and threw as many water monsters as I could in this. The serpent-god Manda does battle with Ebirah the mutant lobster. Varan the Unbelievable fights Gezora, the giant cuttlefish from "Yog Monster from Space". His other co-stars Kameba (the turtle that's catching an atomic facial from Godzilla), and Ganime (seen squaring off with Titanosarus on the far right) also make an appearance. And finally the giant sea serpent from "King Kong Escapes" is in the hairy grasp of Gaila, the green Gargantua. Ultimately, this was chosen to be a subscribers' exclusive centerfold (which is still great!) rather than a cover. I recently looked at it and decided to add some touch-ups to improve it.
So this my version of Barugon from the Gamera series. In the original he was a mythical end-bringer from New Guinea, he ultimately lost to the combine forces of the JSDF and Gamera, being drowned.
I have set aside my own version of Barugon, sort of like a modernized version:
After Barugon's death, a division of the JFDS decided to record and study the monsters, hauling the carcass away to a location shrouded in secrecy for experimentation. They soon began to subject the corpse to several scientific queries, and began to learn of his origin and powers.
After studying the creature, they found the source of his power: the ability to manipulate and control the temperature within its own body. Barugon's body acts as an oven, heating and cooling the chemicals within. Barugon's long tongue acts as a cooling station, chemically lowering it's tempurature to below freezing. As water vapor travels through the tube, the sub-zero mist is created. Barugon's rainbow beam was found to be the product of manipulating water particles in the air to relfect and intesify his own body heat through his dorsal horns, creating a destructive ray. Barugon's only weakness was ironically found to be water. Water of a different temperature can create distortions in the creature's body, rendering it sloth-like and imobilized. Water must be a different temperature than it's own.
Barugon was found to be hundreds of millions of years old, preexisting the dinosaurs. Ancient inscriptions found in several Locations in New Guinea state that he was a form of punishment for the wicked, a weapon sent by the Gods to chastise the wicked ways of man. After many millenia, the human tribe of New Guinea kept the ancient beast satisfied and secret. Only the intervention of Others caused the beast to appear once more.