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A Kaiju Evening at the Juniata by fantasio 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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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.
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Kendai-Ottaku Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2019
Otachi best waifu
zillaking422 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018
Looks like Otachi from pacific rim.
SocQA Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
simply amazing :la:
love the detail on the kaiju
gusolsan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
The landscapes of your illustrations are excellent and not to mention the protagonist elements that are super detailed and realistic
Draokos Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
Truly excellent presentation
ZombieSandwich Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Super nice!
Jack-of-Dragons Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018  Student General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018
Great and Excellent Work
storhammar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome kaiju.
PaladinPainter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Looks great Cat nods
Rosirika Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gekkorotto Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glowwyrm Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am unable to distinguish between the original artwork and your own. This is brilliant.
fantasio Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, that was the intention, cheers :)
LavallionLegend Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is a Kaiju from pacific Rim right? Nice work so but these little red points on its tail are a little to flashy ^^
BendyTheInkDemon18 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
That looks lik Otachi.
Be44Ka Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my new wallpaper!!!!!
crisARTgelo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, it's so amazing.
NymphantTree Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Professional Artist
Uh oh, oops!
angelofdeath241107 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
cardesigner123 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Painting of someone painting the painting you are painting. Gorgeous ! :D
theworldleader Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Is this free to use?
kaisernero121 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017
Any chance you tell us about your filter for the oil painting look?
k58mXP4 Featured By Owner May 27, 2017
Beautiful work.
DestinySpider Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh, I saw this at "German Comic Con".
Amazing piece!! It's kinda sad to hear that the landscape is not from you, but whatever, it's put into good use.
And the kaiju itself is stunning. Beautifully done and very nice blending into the picture. It's size and the details all over it make it real eye candy.
Well, since I suck at finding words I'll leave it at that. Just know, I absolutely adore this masterpiece ^^
AshleyHeartCliffe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
This is why I love fantasy 3>
sharknob Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, it will eat that person with canvas and painting stuff! :D
anyway good job man!!
FurryGirlSylvy45 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Woah, that thing looks bigger then Godzilla! 0.o
DarkWithinLight2017 Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
That is Otachi. And no, she's isn't bigger than Godzilla
FurryGirlSylvy45 Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I see. It's a majestic creature.
DarkWithinLight2017 Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Yeah she is
SacredSpirit123 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
How can Otachi, a flying Kaiju, let alone one of the most active ones, since she's one of the Kaiju that can reproduce, possibly sit still long enough for trees to grow on her back? Logic aside, this is a great piece!
fantasio Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Good observation here;) However, if you look close at the anatomy, especially the arm, you will find that this creature is only based on otachi. (The coloring from blue to orange would be the first inidicator here).
I just felt inspired by the movie and went on with this concept. The most plausible interpretation would be that this is Otachi's grandfather, not able to fly but with paws that are meant for digging. Since he slept the whole winter, trees and stuff could have grown there and since he is still not fully awake(and thus very slow), it might be possible for a "speed-painter" to make a portrait of him... :P 
SacredSpirit123 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016
Well, that's well-thought-out! Well done!
gph-artist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Made me smile. This is a great and fun idea; well executed.
fantasio Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
Dschryer Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
Insane work of Art.
MiladIbrabim Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
nice pic
RaulBataka Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
slowest kaiju ever? or faster painter ever!?
LliaOlsen Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I would only say that the very dark shaded areas of the face and shoulder are not seen at that distance. Only near where the painter is, does it have that level of contrast. Maybe make those areas a little brighter to reduce the contrast. Also the red toung seems too saturated, by a tad, again for the distance its at.

Spectacular work though.
fantasio Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for your honest comment. While from a scientific point of view I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiment, the artist in me screams that exactly that would destroy the impact of the whole image. I believe a good work always walks on the edge between what is acceptable from a pov of science, anatomy, aka the rules and a good portion of bravery to bend the rules to your liking. ;)
SkellyJammy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
Otachi's feet doesn't look like that, But anyway! Awesome art!
fantasio Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It is never meant to be Otachi in full, just a kaiju resembling some similarities to the Pacific Rim creature
Nealecoh Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That's awesome 🙌
acess24 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
I like how you placed the person there just painting the scenery.

"just a giant monster that is about to the obliterate the whole big deal.."
"you know what, fuck gonna paint this shit."
CarlosdEmi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Awesome art
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