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A Kaiju Evening at the Juniata by fantasio A Kaiju Evening at the Juniata by fantasio
Full view is duty!

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:…

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CC by Oliver Wetter / Thomas Moran & NGA
All rights of this idea reserved to `fantasio / Oliver Wetter and may not be used without my permission or the permission of the original copyright holder. It's not forbidden to use one or more of my work on websites, blogs, etc, BUT its not permitted to submit it anywhere and show it to others, claiming as YOUR work!
Thanks for your appreciation.
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lonedragon155 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey this is cool! Almost looks like it's been done with traditional paints!
bilmaw Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
looks great!
BlueMismar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
you got the kaiju in well, just that back foot is off. there should be some sign of destruction there, this thing would cause damage with every step.
lytken1969 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
this is so beautiful
n-hideki Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So awesome. :)
dinsauh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
haha, love the way the painter is just sitting there. Good job!
ulterno617 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BBigu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Pretty cool idea, man
mcherry1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
I have to ask - is this Kaiju so large that it has trees growing out of its back?
thegeekofwar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I love how the painter is painting the scene.
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