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ANGUIRUS - God of Water (Colors) But Not Really by DaiKamonohashi ANGUIRUS - God of Water (Colors) But Not Really by DaiKamonohashi
The final stage of my commission from :iconwarriorking4ever:.

This is, obviously, based on the scrapped maquette of Anguirus from an earlier version of the film "Godzilla Mothra King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack," which originally featured the monsters Anguirus and Varan in place of Mothra and King Ghidorah, respectively. Baragon was present in both versions. One of the things I always loved about the maquette was how prideful and noble it made Anguirus look and I definitely wanted to keep that aspect here. I pictured him as something like a hunting dog - alert and ready to spring into fierce action at the drop of a hat. As he was supposedly filling the role of the "God of Water," we agreed that his coloration should eschew the traditional brown earth tones for a more blue-gray hue to reflect that. This is probably one of my favorite watercolor pieces to date, I must say!

Addendum: It seems I was mistaken on two counts. Firstly, Anguirus was actually going to replace King Ghidorah as the monster that is unearthed from beneath the slopes of Mount Fuji, while Varan would have replaced Mothra, coming from the lake. Secondly, I found a reference stating that Anguirus' coloration was to be GOLD (I had previously thought the tan/gold maquette was merely uncolored) and Varan would have been white. Interesting stuff. Still, I really like the look of a blue Anguirus so I REGRET NOTHING.

Ink/Watercolor/Gouache on Bristol board
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SuperMarioMaster170 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like that Turtle Monster!
Javertjumped Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Letdragon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
If he had this look and the added power, he'd win more fights. Excellent work. :)
SuperGrantzilla Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Where did you get the references describing Anguirus and Varan? I want to find them! And was there any indication as to which was going to be the more powerful one? I'm curious. I also noticed that there was a brief mention of "the mountain, the lake, the forest" in GMK, which were maybe the environs the monsters where supposed to represent in lieu of the elements water, earth, and air.
IggySeymour Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
One of my favorites! :dummy: I love the way you drew Anguirus!
Epic job!

I'm planning to hand sculpt him,and I miss all the illustrations and
Prototype Kaiju sculpts I have done for Toho productions Bandai Kaiju line,including For Dreamworks. :) ;)
KaijuX Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I did not know those. White Varans and Golden Angys? DAFAQ? :XD:

Cool art, too btw! ;)
geekspace Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Those lovely shades of main-body blue/grey honestly don't feel like that big a departure from Traditional!Ang's primary hue (or the Final Wars incarnation's straight-up flat grey). That cyan shell & 'collar,' for their part, highlight this beastie's supernatural makeup in a fashion reminiscent of your average fu dog or lung dragon's artfully-stylized elbow/knee/tail-tufts. Certainly less ostentatious than Seesar's fabulous ray-reflecting ruby peepers.

Proportion-wise, that maquette (and by extension this piece) set Anguirus a skosh further off the ground than usual; as a slob who loved Ang's insane acrobatic feats in Final Wars and two of three Atari games (didn't snag G: Unleashed), I can roll with limbs which hint at such mobility. As for this design's wickedly-maced tail, you have my props for filling out & extending said appendage to a swing-able length, 'cause the maquette's knee/face-whacker struck me as a bit short of vital reach. Finally, those hyper-protuberant oni-style canines fit Anguirus markedly better than they did Ghidorah.

[/overanalysis] Anyway, you've every right to be proud of this one. Thanks to you and WK for sharing.
BuddhaKong Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Regret's a beautiful color scheme, and a wondering painting. Such a shame he and Varan weren't chosen ultimately. Beautiful work :)
DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
WingedWolfLarana Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist
This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the blue color too :D
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