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Sketch Menagerie 11-10-2012 by Enshohma Sketch Menagerie 11-10-2012 by Enshohma
Unlike the last Sketch Menagerie ([link]), which featured almost nothing but my own original characters, this time around it's all rough drafts for my Kaiju Portraits series ([link]).

The series is of course portraits of Daikaiju / giant monsters from across various movies and media. And you'll probably be seeing some of these same sketches inked and colored by late December, or January of next year.

Some of them though needs major re-working, either because they're inaccurate to their source material (Gyaos' elongated torso; the Giant Claw's wings), or way too indicative of existing photos featuring them (Saihatari and Keris).

Hopefully you giant monster fans will get a kick out of this picture, even if most of the characters shown are relatively obscure.

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Gyaos, from "Gamera vs. Gyaos" (1967)

My favorite version of the otherwise overused villain, is also my least favorite design connected to him. Now of course, the original Gyaos is totally aerodynamic when in flight, when compared to other flying monsters. But still, it's a pretty sad sight when he's (it's?) grounded, and clumsily fighting the turtle monster Gamera on land. Character and story wise however, the first Gyaos is way more successful, as he manages to be quite menacing, while not disappearing into a massive flock of his own kind - a problem I have with all the other incarnations of the Gyaos.

Original Japanese movie trailer: [link]

The Loch Ness Kaiju, by Onoya Toys (1970's / 1980's?)

Old Japanese toy based on the legendary Scottish lake monster, hence the use of Kaiju in 'her' name, which is Japanese for monster. Or more accurately, 'Strange Beast'. And of course, being a Japanese monster toy, they really bypassed the realistic plesiosaur appearance, for a wonderfully wacky dragon-meets-brontosaurus-with-nasal-horn design. That's all I know about this character, but you can read a full article on the original toy (made from the obscure company Onoya) here: [link]

Desiree, from "Danny Phantom" (2004-2007)

Not a big fan of this Nickelodeon cartoon series, but even I have to admit that many of its villains were pretty nifty. My personal favorite was Desiree; a ghostly genie who was once a beautiful and beloved harem girl in life, but died of a broken heart, after she was banished by the Sultan's jealous wife. Now she travels the world granting anyone's deepest desires, while vindictively twisting their wishes' outcomes soon afterwards. And of course, I wouldn't have included Desiree here if she hadn't gone giant-size in one of her later episode appearances...That, and she's really sexy!

Magnet Priest, from "Gosei Sentai Dairanger" (1993-1994)

Also known as Father Magnet, he is another simplistic, yet enjoyably ludicrous member of the Gorma Tribe; ancient Chinese sorcerers who can assume one-eyed monster forms. And of course, being a Super Sentai series, the majority of Gorma Minions transformed into anthropomorphic furniture or objects, which goes without any real explanation. And with that said, Magnet Priest is exactly what he sounds like - a wacky magnetic villain disguised as a man of the cloth. The character was later renamed Magnet Brain for "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", as one of Lord Zedd's creations.

Magnet Priest' original "Dairanger" episode (with subtitles) here: [link]

Mongular, from "Ultra Q" (1965-1966)

From episode 8 of the classic television series, which was also the predecessor to the far more famous "Ultraman", and its continuing franchise. Mongular is the indirect result of Dr. Kimura's growth accelerator Lajelly B-1, and some honey bees altered by that experimental chemical. The bees were later released by Dr. Kimura's treacherous colleague Itami, and whose honey is then eaten by a normal lone mole. Days later, the little mole mutates into a giant monster, and goes on a destructive rampage, as all good Japan-based mutations tend to do. Despite his unimpressive appearance, Mongular was a tough bastard, which took the combined forces of a military blitzkrieg, and a volcanic eruption to finally finish him off!

Super Gudis, from "Ultraman: Towards The Future" (1990)

Further information and image gallery dedicated to this monster can be found here: [link]

Saihatari, from "Pachimon Kaiju" (1970's)

Same deal as above, please go see the following link: [link]

Colossa Island Cyclops, from "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (1958)

I've forgotten how fantastic these Cyclops designs were, until I started drawing them myself! Noticing all the really good body details, and skin textures that animator Ray Harryhausen gave them, as there's supposed to be multiple one-eyed giants on Colossa Island. Unfortunately, the sketch from my end isn't quite as good as said original puppets, but it's still worth sharing all-the-same. And I must admit...I've always been more of a "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" man anyway.

Re-release film trailer here: [link]

La Carcagne, from "The Giant Claw" (1957)

Yes...that is an "Evil Dead 2" reference. Further information and image gallery dedicated to this ugly space buzzard can be found here: [link]

Susan Murphy, AKA Ginormica, from "Monsters vs. Aliens" (2009)

Everyone's favorite giantess with white hair, and Quantonium-enhanced super strength, from the otherwise 'okay' Dreamworks animated movie. Now don't get me wrong, it fun and all, but not exactly the epic, giant monster-inspired dream comedy I had hoped it to be. And with poor Susan taking a slight backseat to the film's other supporting cast of characters. Many will probably disagree with me, but I thought the Halloween special "Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space" was ten times better than the originating film.

Machine Beast Tamer Keris, from "Choriki Sentai OhRanger" (1995-1996)

Keris is the vaguely dominatrix-looking officer of the Machine Empire Baranoia, whose job was to tame the more ferocious robots of her civilization, so that they can be more useful in their masters' ongoing invasion of Earth. She lasted a good three episode long story arch, where she attempted to destroy the recently reawaken King Ranger (Gold Ranger). Now despite Keris' human disguise was quite tame, her true robotic form is plain silly in her buxomness, and NOT even attractively so at that. And clearly the main reason why Keris never made it into the American adaptation, "Power Rangers Zeo".
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:iconmrtrainfreak12:
Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Very cool! Tokusatsu for the win! :D
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Magnet Priest rocks!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
If you weren't so busy with multiple other illustrations, I'd start recommending Power Ranger / Super Sentai monsters left and right. But it's even cooler to see that one caught your attention, and the Japanese version of the character was very fun.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There are so many kaiju to mine for my art that I'll never get to do them all but some of the more ridiculous super sentai creatures are calling to me.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LMAO "I'll swallow your soul!" WIN!!!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
If I did this as a Kaiju Portrait, I might leave that word balloon with it, just for crap and giggles sake!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wonder how many people get the joke?
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Enshohma Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Good point...but than again, it is Evil Dead, and everyone loves that trilogy!
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Jamibug Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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hvk Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some very fine work here; I particularly like how you did Ginormica! :D
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I see that we have ourselves a MVA fan here!

Thanks, though if I do the finished Kaiju Portrait version of her, I'd have to re-work the sketch quite a bit - namely the chest area, because Susan isn't THAT big.

Just out of curiosity, why the love for "Monsters vs Aliens"?
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hvk Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed! :)

A finished portrait would be most lovely to see!

Hmm, it's hard to say why I like Monsters Vs. Aliens as much as I do; for one thing it's one of the few things I know with a giant heroine and THAT'S REALLY AWESOME. I haven't actually seen the Halloween Special mentioned in your comments; should I check it out??
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I personally thought the Halloween special was a lot better than the film itself, though Susan and the others kind of takes a backseat to Doctor Cockroach...who is actually my favorite from the franchise, so I might be a bit bias here. And I'm dedicating myself to weekly updates, so a Susan portrait will be forthcoming, though when I can't say.
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hvk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm quite looking forward to it! :)
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ on the details.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thanks! And which one of these would YOU most want to see as a finished Kaiju Portrait?
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I would say the Giant Claw.
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Hedorah1971 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FLYING BATTLESHIP!!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
You're like the third person to single her out from the others - is the Giant Claw that popular?
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Hedorah1971 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course 0_o
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even though I you have shown me most of these already, I am still floored with how well they are done. I can't wait to start seeing some of these come to fruition. Especially the Gudis one.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I'm going to extend the Gudis sketch into a full body illustration, as it's way too good for just a simple portrait. Too bad he's such an obscure character, or the final product would have made a great poster for convention sales.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hell I would buy that poster that is for sure. That's always the problem though with doing obscured kaijus that the "normal" fandom will know. Throw MechaGodzilla in with anything and you dozens of comments and favs. Do something from Mirrorman or even Zarab it get's quiet :P Btw, how is it my parents got me GvsMegalon on dvd when the dvd release is still in limbo? o_0
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
No offense, but the DVD you got is probably the bare bones edition Toho green lighted, while the one with extras was left back at the manufacturing wear houses. Hopefully there's still the audio commentary on you "Godzilla vs Megalon"?
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
They all look pretty cool.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thanks! And which one of these would YOU most want to see as a finished Kaiju Portrait?
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Welcome

Hmmm, i'm stuck between Showa Gyaos and the Loch Ness Kaiju myself.
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spacezillazon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome job
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Cartoontriper Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
The Giant Claw!
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   Digital Artist
The Claw has never looked scarier, haha!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Wait until you see my OTHER Giant Claw picture in the works. :)
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Nayzor Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
nice sketch, Have you considered how Keris will look in the Sleeping Bikini series?
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Cupercrusader Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thanks! And which one of these would YOU most want to see as a finished Kaiju Portrait?
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Cupercrusader Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
welcome giant claw
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