All-in-all, this was a good contest. I was surprised at the comparatively low number of entrants compared to previous contests, but it was a nice, manageable number and I'm glad for all those who entered, taking on something with a little more thought to it than simply drawing a monster. I encourage everyone to come back again for the next time - I see these as great excercises for my fellow devArt kaiju fans to put some creative wind in their sails and strive to improve themselves. So, as always, thanks to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for the next contest!
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KING JACK TRI by [link]
This one was a cool, simple design, with a great, old-school Ultra Kaiju feel to it. "Elemental," on might say. Plus, chameleons are just the tits, ain't they? They make great kaiju. The monochromatic color scheme works in an odd way, since a chameleon kaiju would likely have a color-shifting power anyway, this allows for one to appreciate the base design without worrying about color schemes, something that reminds me of the early kaiju illustrations made for the various Toho and Tsuburaya productions of the 1960's.
THIRD PLACE -
AMPHISBERITH by [link][link]
Talk about a creature of nightmares. A wild design and a unique, if a little impractical, suit set-up. The design is the strongest aspect here, as it's just throwing caution to the wind and spitting out a beast that makes no damn sense, but embracing the spirit of the Ultra-kaiju. In addition, it has a more modern design aesthetic to it, which gives it a unique flair of the current illustration age. The color scheme and asymmetrical element placement gives it a lot of personality, and a fitting spot at number 3.
SECOND PLACE -
GORU-TAKKA by [link]
I unabashedly love this design. The monster feels very appropriately Ultra-kaiju, perhaps circa 1997. A huge, unstoppable juggernaut with a wild look and appropriately kaiju-riffic. It's fairly creative in the way it stuffs two guys into one suit, while also pointing them in a uniform direction. They may have to resort to the crab walk to move the thing, but it's inventive if nothing else! I love those big damn eyeballs too. To be honest, I'm surprised Tsuburaya hasn't made something similar already...
FIRST PLACE -
YARGTHUL by [link]
Man alive. Talk about going for broke. The sheer amount of work that went into this is surprising alone, but the fact that the creature looks and feels like a viable design is icing on the cake. The radio-controlled tentacles, the glass eyeballs, the non-directional, and as a result, less problematic, method of using multiple actors, and even the mini-light-bulbs make it a design that, heck, I'd want to make myself! Good work, Snizitch, at taking the 1st place prize.
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