I sculpted a Sea Serpent to go in the arms of my Murakami 1967 Kong from the Toho movie King Kong Escapes. I made him so he fits right up against kongs fur on his arm and Kong's hands support him, so hopefully I will not need to glue him on and will be able to take him off if I decide to. As an afterthought, maybe I should have just sculpted a head coming out of the water going for the hovercraft, but I guess then Kong would have looked like he was chasing butterflies or something. I took this picture on top of a print out of a movie still I used as a reference. I used iridecent paint on the hide of this creature, so he looks closer to the color of the picture depending on how light hits it. I do not like this movie design, so I tried to define the skin a bit differently, and made it have more prominent brows, etc, without departing too far from the thing from the movie. Next I will attach him to Kong, Kong to the base, and do touch ups. Then I will show you the final diorama.
Here is a shot of my Paradise Baragon, 50 cm of pure kaiju vinyl goodness which I built and painted. He is my buddy Barry. I was happy to see I was able to put him on the base and have him stand with is tail off the base, it makes him look more in movement I think.. So, he finally made it on to that base which he wanted to get on so badly the last few weeks. YAY!
Barry the Baragon is a friend I made He's cute but he's ugly so he'll never get laid When I'm missing other friends who have no time to talk I will jabber at Barry 'cuz he can't walk! His big ears will have to listen cuz he can't get away So I can blabber on and on until the end of the day In the movie he eats a coop filled with hens But in this diorama he fights army mens! Barry's made out of vinyl with a touch up of clay He is hollow so I filled him with plastic bags one day But his feet and his butt took a bit more study Those I filled up with Durham's Water Putty! And I painted him with care using many colored layers My airbrush died in spite of my prayers So he is painted by hand and I hope you can see A comment on my friend would mean the world to me! If you like him and you fave him I may post more pics Maybe then Barry would score some actual chicks His overwhelming fame could be the talk of the town And Baragon and me would not be ABLE to frown! Well, in Baragon's case he is like that already His smile is molded on so it stays pretty steady Sharp teeth and goopy drool on a perpetual grin There's a loogy in his maw and slobber on his chin! So please give some love to my new friend Barry He is really pretty nice, and not so scary And me, I could use a little love now and then My name is Jon, I hope you'll be my friend!
Day 11 and we have King Kong, from the movie Godzilla vs King Kong. The idea started as a pitch from Willis O'Brien, the special effects animator of the original King Kong. His idea though was for King Kong to fight Frankenstein. After being turned down by many movie studios Toho picked it up after O'Brien agreed to change Frankenstein's Monster to Godzilla. The look of Kong was more like that of an orangutan than of a Gorilla. He looked at his best when fighting so I reflect that in the painting *************PRINT AVAILABLE HERE: [link] ****************
Here is a model kit by Murakami I just finished of the 62 Kong from Godzilla VS King Kong. It was really hard to build and paint, especially paint because of all the intertwining of dry fur and slimy tentacles. I made 4 little natives and some pots full of Soma berry juice, which is what the monsters are competing for.. Seems like a while since I posted a Kaiju model. The base I sculpted out of foam with a hot knife.
Day 10 of 13 Nights is Hedorah, also known as the Smog Monster,from the 1971 film Godzilla vs. Hedorah. The monster was named for hedoro the Japanese word for sludge, vomit, slime or chemical ooze. He is surprisingly one of Godzilla's most famous foes.
Now we come to Toho's Gorosaurus. Gorosaurus while not a headliner himself has co-stared with both Godzilla and King Kong. He is unique among the many kaiju for being almost singularly unremarkable save for his size. Gorosaurus is not a mutant, atomic creation, space monster, hybrid or diety. He is simply a humble theropod dinosaur of enormous size. Having no super powers per say Gorosaurs attacks with a leaping two footed kick and it was these elements that informed my design decisions on this beast.
As he was strictly a dino I went with the traditional theropod build. Studying his defining features and traits I was struck by his triangular head and I knew this was a feature I had to maintain to honor the original. I chose to reference both the velociraptor and the carcharodontosaurus as both presented me with options for flat, wedge shaped heads. Keeping raptors in mind and given his style of attack I gave the dino overly muscular legs with great sickle killing claws on each foot. The head is large in proportion to the body like that of the original giving him a fearsome bite as in close quater combat as his small arms are only good for clinging to a foe so he can deliver scything kicks. Additionally the head skull is fortified with thick bone for head bashing (a tactic used by crocodiles and the t-rex in Jurrassic Park) The tail is long for superior balance and heavy enough to land clubbing blows. The body is somewhat bulky in an homage to the Vastosaurus Rexes of King Kong which were heavier than the JP t-rex but showed great agility. This extra mass would help my version absorb the punishment the superior kaiju could dish out. I never like segmented tails on a creature with no other segmented areas. There just doesnt seem to be a reason for it physiologically. To make this make since for me I provided Gorosaurus with plated armor traveling along his dorsal plane. This was further enhanced with scale patterns referenced from 1998's Zilla (a beast who was more akin to Gorosaurus than Godzilla). Lastly decided not to use the conventional dorsal spines Gorosaurus normally has but instead went with the large, flexible spines of the iguana to give him a more interesting silhouette.
Here then is a kaiju who lacks the raw power of a Godzilla but still has the weapons, robust physical power and toughness of body to be a worthy foe in his own right. One last interesting point is the color scheme. While Gorosaurus's look has changed little over the years apparently the painting of the suit is inconsistant. Ive noticed that other artists depict him as green, blue or purple. I ended up choosing purple with the yellow belly and blush on the throat as it was an appealing color combination.
So I wanted to mix this up and do some kaiju that have one and only one variation of their design. Varan, Gorosaurus and Titanosaurus. I have always liked these three kaiju mainly because they are simply giant dinosaurs with their own awesome abilities and no breath or beam weapon. These are the cult favorites. Varan gets booted out of GMK for more popular kaiju, none of them are in Final Wars (would have been much better with Titanosaurus instead of goofy King Ceasar) and poor Gorosaurus doesn't even get play in Godzilla Unleashed. Well here they are in all their one shot glory ... I am really pleased with how Gorosaurus came out.
Each card is a 3.5" x 5" piece of coloraid paper and are drawn with microns, a brush pen, and a white colored pencil.
Villain. Hero. Force of nature. Through the years, the King of the Monsters has undergone many changes. This drawing is a collective set, comprised of every Godzilla suit throughout history. I was inspired by the artist, Chris Scalf, who happens to be a distant relative of mine. On a side note, I'm hyped for the movie coming out next year.