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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

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Thanks for your appreciation.

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:iconwolfsketchingmaster:
wolfsketchingmaster Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Oh my god this is amazing
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconinkception:
Inkception Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  New member 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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:iconmalcolmtron:
MalcolmTron Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Hey man, don't forget, there's tons and tons more:
List of Named Kaiju
Category II
Onibaba
Category III
Knifehead
Yamarashi
Category IV
Mutavore
Leatherback
Otachi
Raiju
Scunner
Category V
Slattern
Unknown
Trespasser
Hundun
Kaiceph (Tales From Year Zero)
Scissure (Tales From Year Zero)
Karloff (Tales From Year Zero)
Reckoner
Raythe
Clawhook
Atticon
Ceramander
Spinejackal
Taurax
Insurrector
Bonesquid
Hound
Taranais
Rachnid
Fiend
Baby Kaiju
Verocitor (Tales From Year Zero)
Belobog (Tales From Year Zero)
Meathead (Tales From Year Zero)
Hardship
Hammerjaw
Hidoi [novelization]
Tentalus [novelization]
Biantal [novelization]
Tailspitter [novelization]
Kojiyama [novelization]
Godzilla
King Ghidorah
Monster X
Gigan
Mothra
Rodan
Anguirus
King Caesar
Manda
Zilla
King Kong
Gamera
Gyaos
Irys
Orga
Hedorah
Viras
Ebirah
Baragon
Legion
Varan
ETC. There is much, much more.
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wowza! Thanks so much! That means there´s a lot to do:P Godzilla is duty mainly because of the movie coming out soon, Knifehead , Slattern and Leatherback are following and King Kong is of course a must-do;) 
This list is very helpful!
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:iconmalcolmtron:
MalcolmTron Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
No problemo!
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:icondrakonitka:
Drakonitka Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Where you find this?
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:iconmalcolmtron:
MalcolmTron Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Wikizilla (Godzilla and Kaiju Wiki) and Pacific Rim Wiki.
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:icondrakonitka:
Drakonitka Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
thanks.
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:iconmalcolmtron:
MalcolmTron Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
No problemo, man!!!!
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:icondrakonitka:
Drakonitka Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
i'm woman.
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:iconluigiandchief:
luigiandchief Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
painting-ception
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, that was the word i was looking for the whole time:P
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:iconcaochinhan:
CaoChiNhan Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
So cool man, so cool La la la la La la la la La la la la Clap Clap I am a dummy! I am a dummy! 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:icongianlucaromano:
gianlucaromano Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Great Idea and of course super cool execution!
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconbnolin:
bnolin Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At times like this, plein air painting can be quite hazardous. I recommend taking a quick photo and running like hell. :D (Big Grin) 

Well done! The painting style matches quite well. Took me a minute to figure out it was a mash-up. 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Bob, :lol: that is quite true. However, I believe photography wasn´t that common in 1864, so either he knew the monster would move veeery slowly or he was too small to be even seen by it. 
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:iconbnolin:
bnolin Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, he doesn't seem concerned, mixing his terps and whistling a happy tune. 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
;) :nod:
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:iconfaithfeather:
Faithfeather Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
poor painter xD
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