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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!
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Javertjumped Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
If he had this look and the added power, he'd win more fights. Excellent work. :)
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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.
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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. :) ;)
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KaijuX Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY--

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

Cool art, too btw! ;)
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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.
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BuddhaKong Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Regret nothing...it's a beautiful color scheme, and a wondering painting. Such a shame he and Varan weren't chosen ultimately. Beautiful work :)
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I DO REGRET NOTHING!!
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WingedWolfLarana Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist
This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the blue color too :D
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Very cool
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MondoBoss Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So waituminute... Anguirus was going to be found in Mt. Fuji.... and be the god of the sky? Wut?

....guess you better get around to doing a gold Anguirus. :P
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
The elemental bit was apparently added when Mothra and KG were shoehorned in. The previous guardian monsters were just guardians without any sort of elemental alignment.
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MondoBoss Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aaaaaaaah. Interesante.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
AWESOME!!!! This is DEFINITELY one of if not THE BEST and most awesome rendition of Anguirus i've ever seen!!! I LOVE this design!!!! Im so happy you accidentally gave him those colors instead of the gold he was suppose to originally be in! The colors just go so phenomenally well together, its more than a natch made in heaven! Anguirus just looks so extremely cool in blue (which ive noticed since other people have made him blue too) and the yellow and ice accents REALLY just bring it all home! I would have NEVER in a million years thought that Anguirus would be the god of water. If anything i would think he would be the god of earth and Godzilla would be the god(zilla lol) of water. I truly love Anguirus. Not only do you have to love his various extremely awesome forms but you just have admire his awesome personality. Like you said hes like a fierce and noble dog ready to jump into action and defend his home and you really get that feeling from this piece. Thats why im glad Earth has such an awesome defender lol. But i have to give it to you dude this is THE BEST pose ive ever seen Anguirus in. Even though i dont know what the maquette looked liked i cant tell you you did a truly phenomenal job on the pose. It really delivers the feeling of pride and strength Anguirus has to the viewer. Truly truly phenomenal job on this piece dude!!! In my opinion that comission was worth EVERY penny. Im really surprised his spikes arent made of ice though :)
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I didn't make his spikes ice because I didn't want to stray TOO far from the classic Anguirus and I wanted to avoid drawing comparisons to Matt's version.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Matt did his own version of him? I dont remember it. It must have been a long time ago. But you know what i meant. Since hes a water god having ice spikes would make sense you know?

Anyway Jared you truly did a phenomenal job on this piece! You really really did. It came out masterfully well.

Question. Whats a maquette lol? Also can you send me the original? I really want to see it and how you stacked up to it :)
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Matt's version: [link]

Maquette: [link]
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Why thank you sir!

Ohhhhh. Now i remember that piece. Ice spikes do work extremely well with his blue design but your golden ones really complimented the blue color as well as distinguish them and making them pop out and be more of a focal point.

So thats what the original looks like. Its looks like an ancient artifact from Egypt or something lol. I have to say you truly captured the essence of the maquette as well as went far and beyond with the presentation. Your depiction of him looked REALLY awesome :)

Question. Whats the difference between a maquette and a sculpture? Is maquette a fancy word for a sculpture lol?
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HayesAJones Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an excellent rendition of GMK Angy.
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ on this one.
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Muscle-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I often wish he'd been in more of the movies
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah but he did make it into six of them! Better than Varan, Baragon, or a number of others can say!
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the blue on him looks a heck of alot better than a gold scheme. The detail and line work is really just stupendous. And like I said that color and texture just really rocks. Really gives the creature a lot of character.
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think gold could work but I definitely prefer blue myself.
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indonesianbob67 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Woulda been such a cooler movie with anguirus and varan.... Still Gmk Giant monsters all out attack is one of my favorite movies, and this is a great piece
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TingTingsTomorrow Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Ha ha very funny if Anguirus was the God of Water what would you do huh?
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Party like it's 1999.

Duh.
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TingTingsTomorrow Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Anguirus and Varan were cut from the film and maybe Rodan too as well.
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Rodan was never a consideration.
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TingTingsTomorrow Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
I know.
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Thunder-Red Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Top tier work, no wonder why this is your favorite to date!
Instafavorite!
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Crocazill Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
The fact that this is traditional art makes it even more beautiful.
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I simply can't wrap my head around the digital painting process. With watercolors I feel as though I can very naturally mix and get nice, subtle textures and tones and such. When I pull out my tablet, I'm more like "HERPA DERPA DURRRRR I CAN HAZ PAINT YARSE." >>
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ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I like this nice coloration of Anguilas, and being associated with water? Interesting. Would that make his spikes like the urchins on the ocean floor? Lovely color blue. I also like how his form is instantly recognizable, but as you say has a majestic aura to it, instead of being Godzilla's version of Snuffalufagus (spelling?) Derpy, Barney Fife or Barney Gumble from the Simpsons or some semi pathetic side kick that only aludes to his potential. His form makes him remind me more of a Asian dragon in the face and anky in the tail. Instead of a Rhino crocodile turtle hedgehog. Horned toad.
So um, would your version of Anguilas have any noticeable improvements? Powers, stats, skills?
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Turns out I was mistaken on the water thing. Check the description for an addendum explaining the matter. XD
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Meh, I still think he makes more sense as the God of Water since Varan & Baragon are better matches for Air & Earth respectively. Anguirus has always been as amphibious as Godzilla, and like ya said, he looks damn good in blue :3
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well it sounds like the elemental thing was added to help Kaneko better fit Mothra and Ghidrah into the movie. The previous incarnation of the trio weren't elementally themed, just simple guardians.
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KaijuSamurai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Artist
LOVE IT!
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DaiKamonohashi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
THAT'S RIGHT, YOU DO.
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madohomos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is beautiful!
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
"Dies from awesome overload" :D

Seriously epic work, again I thank you for all the hardwork ya put into this piece man, Anguirus never looked more badass and majestic at the same time
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