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A Kaiju Evening at the Juniata

By fantasio

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Kaiju (怪獣 kaijū?) is a Japanese word that literally translates to "strange creature."

Explanation here: please read carefully!!

I did only paint the Kaiju in Photoshop from scratch, not the whole Landscape!
The landscape is a painting from Thomas Moran from 1864 - check out his amazing works:
The piece is in Public Domain, according to:…
What does that mean?…

Actually the intention behind this is to learn from the old masters, what better way of studying them while getting in the image and paint something that is not there?
Honestly, I learned so much more from this painting than a 2 weeks stay at the Louvre would probably ever do. Especially in terms of appreciating the techniques of the masters and learning to emulate them digitally - a priceless exercise!

Additionally this was a nice way to practice light and color, inspired by the book from James Gurney.

My aim was to make the creature to be believable in the situation, rather than corresponding, I wanted it to look like it was painted by Moran - still way to learn but I´m quite happy with the result of this approach so far.

Here´s a process-sheet from the development of the creature inspired by Guy Davis:

Complete-kaiju-process by fantasio 

I don´t care if someone likes it, but I plan to do a series of these, probably called "The Kaiju arthistory project" I imagine also to have the Marshmellow man, Godzilla and Star Wars playing a role in this, but at first I found Pacific Rim a good start - liked that movie very much.

Suggestion for other Kaiju´s are welcome as well as also constructive comments!!

I like popculture and I love traditional art, so this project came so naturally to me and since the paintings are public domain no one was harmed, not even the original paintings opposed to the Thriftstore paintings some artist use to overpaint.

There is no intention to sell these images, I did them for learning purposes and use them in my classes as well, however, if you want it as a wallpaper, feel free to hit the download-button to get the 1900x1200 px version.


The blog post containing all works and information:…

The deviantArt-gallery:…

 Copyright notice and disclaimer:

   - Created by Oliver Wetter / Ars Fantasio.

    - You are welcome to share my work or repost it, but please don't claim or sell it as your own.

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IllegalCatToss's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

The creature on it's own looks terrifying. The scenery looks wonderful. The two do not blend well though. It may be the choice of color, or the lighting, but this creature looks very un natural in this scene. Thinking of it as a creature in it's natural habitat; What does the creature eat, where does it take shelter, what creatures does it compete against for food, what evolutionary advantages does this creature have in this environment.

Again this picture looks very cool, but the creature looks like it's in a foreign land. The landscape is also to clean to be housing such a big creature. Things like normal sized trees would not have time to grow if a huge creature stomped around all the time. Also the water source is far to small to provide substance to such a large creature.
I like it. I like more the fact that it has trees growing out of it suggesting it's moving slowly or possibly not at all. And the guy painted it suggesting even more so then the tree's implied.
fantasio's avatar
thank you, I'm glad you think so ;)
Josael281999's avatar
Looks like Godzilla 1998
boom17's avatar
I saw this piece in a EA Trailer meme on Facebook a few minutes ago.... :O
Kendai-Ottaku's avatar
Otachi best waifu
ZilonKing's avatar
Looks like Otachi from pacific rim.
SocQA's avatar
Very nice composition, the Kaiju fits perfectly in the landscape :D You've done a great job on the creature's details, also a nice idea to add the trees on it's body which contributes to it being part of the landscape's nature. Absolutely well done :)
Evodolka's avatar
simply amazing :la:
love the detail on the kaiju
gusolsan's avatar
The landscapes of your illustrations are excellent and not to mention the protagonist elements that are super detailed and realistic
Draokos's avatar
Truly excellent presentation
Jack-of-Dragons's avatar
Bob Ross in the corner thinking, "Lets put a happy little Kaiju in their somewhere. How bout right down the middle, just like that. And let's put some limbs on him, little tree branches make him look like he's been here a while. Another one on his other side, because everyone needs a friend, even Kaiju branches."
Uranus1997's avatar
Very cool stuff you have here! I do have to say!

Although I do have to wonder why the human in the photo doesn't notice the huge creature in the background and doesn't run out of the area screaming his head off (Then again, that's just me)!

I do hope you have a wonderful day and God bless you!  
cultural-deviant's avatar
Awesome picture.  I couldn't tell at first that there was an original and something added.  It look like the same artist completed it all - at least to my untrained eye.  The way you blended Kaiju in with the scenery with the correct shading was really good.   I would have to agree with the critique that a monster that size would hardly inhabit such an area.   But I also believe we can suspend our current notions of what we know and exam the piece for it's own.  Anyway, it's very cool.  Hope you do more.  Keep up the good work.
Christianer3's avatar
Great and Excellent Work
storhammar's avatar
Awesome kaiju.
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Glowwyrm's avatar
Wow, I may be late to the party, but I also a wanted to express how great this turned out to be. The Idea is great and your realisation is even greater. Also I guess I will steal that kind of practice idea ;) So thanks again for being an inspiration.
FullDew's avatar
I am unable to distinguish between the original artwork and your own. This is brilliant.
fantasio's avatar
Thanks so much, that was the intention, cheers :)
LavallionLegend's avatar
This is a Kaiju from pacific Rim right? Nice work so but these little red points on its tail are a little to flashy ^^
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