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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: www.thomas-moran.org/
The piece is in Public Domain, according to: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil…
What does that mean? fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/…

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.


cheers,
fant

The blog post containing all works and information: www.fantasio.info/2014/05/the-…

The deviantArt-gallery: fantasio.deviantart.com/galler…

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© by Oliver Wetter / Ars Fantasio

All rights of this gallery are reserved to `fantasio / Oliver Wetter and may not be used without my permission. 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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:iconraulbataka:
RaulBataka Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
slowest kaiju ever? or faster painter ever!?
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:iconlliaolsen:
LliaOlsen Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  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.
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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. ;)
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:iconskellyjammy:
SkellyJammy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
Otachi's feet doesn't look like that, But anyway! Awesome art!
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:iconfantasio:
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
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:iconnealecoh:
Nealecoh Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
That's awesome 🙌
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:iconacess24:
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 place...no big deal.."
"you know what, fuck it...im gonna paint this shit."
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:iconcarlosdemi:
CarlosdEmi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Awesome art
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:iconmattiebonez:
Mattiebonez Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Tks very much for your post.

You also find all Wallpaper iphone at link at the end of this post.

Source: Bokeh Light Wallpaper iphone

Best rgs
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:iconzayre706:
Zayre706 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wooow, that's a very amazing art.
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:icondinonick79:
Dinonick79 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
I liked the touch of adding Otachi into the artists painting too, and not just a dark grey blob. You actually put effort into making it look like Otachi.
Although it does have a severe lack of giant robot punching it in the face
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:icontomasz1234:
Tomasz1234 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice:D
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:icondemon57:
Demon57 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful artistry!
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:icongrailmorn:
Grailmorn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Student General Artist
You know... the creature looks very much like a Rancor. Any inspiration from that direction?
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:icondinonick79:
Dinonick79 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Its the Otachi from Pacific Rim with a few edits
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:iconsentry1996:
sentry1996 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
I guess this is what it would be like if giant creatures were real. They'd just be animals doing animal stuff and would probably only attack if provoked, like elephants.
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:icongothold:
gothold Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
How did you get it to stand still so you could paint it?
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:iconnorthstrider:
Northstrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
Call a Hunter!
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:iconmatthew-lane:
matthew-lane Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I so want this framed & mounted on my wall.
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:iconwolfsketchingmaster:
wolfsketchingmaster Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god this is amazing
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconinkception:
Inkception Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is too amazing for words! I love this kind of art - very imaginative, I love seeing these surreal scenarios for some reason. :P
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much.
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:iconbosda:
Bosda Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
Both King Kong and the T-Rex from Jurassic Park deserve a nod.

As does the Loch Ness Monster.
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:iconaemeyer:
aemeyer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
amazing work. How did you get him to hold still for the portrait though? Did you promise him snacks?
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
;) hehe no, he´s moving so slow
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:iconfiliz-cagin:
filiz-cagin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
looks great Clap 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconlonedragon155:
lonedragon155 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey this is cool! Almost looks like it's been done with traditional paints!
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot, this was the intention, glad it worked out;)
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:iconlonedragon155:
lonedragon155 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woohoo! Well you have awesome art I'll tell you that! Keep it up!
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:iconbilmaw:
bilmaw Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
looks great!
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:iconbluemismar:
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.
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:iconlytken1969:
lytken1969 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
this is so beautiful
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:iconn-hideki:
n-hideki Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So awesome. :)
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:icondinsauh:
dinsauh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
haha, love the way the painter is just sitting there. Good job!
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:iconulterno617:
ulterno617 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OTACHI!!
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:iconbbigu:
BBigu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Pretty cool idea, man
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:iconmcherry1:
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?
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:iconthegeekofwar:
thegeekofwar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I love how the painter is painting the scene.
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:iconseaofopals19:
SeaofOpals19 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So cool!!
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:iconethrygan:
Ethrygan Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Wow!!!!
It's like the D&D creature: Tarrasque!
Great Work!
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:iconrickyryan:
rickyryan Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Otachi : Draw me like one of your french girl
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
;) 
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:icontoddntheshiningsword:
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Picture-in-picture is WIN!
I Downloaded to see if there was ANOTHER picture within the painting, but it seems like the painting :painter: in this picture is not finished yet, so it doesn't go on forever. :XD: Yet! Smart way to handle it! :painter::XD:
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, thanks. Yes that was intentionally;)
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:iconmicro-grim:
Micro-Grim Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Pacific Rim! Love that movie!
But I love the artwork too!
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconmicro-grim:
Micro-Grim Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! =)
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:iconrajasegar:
rajasegar Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations in hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/05/d…
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