Gug and Biollante Picture

The Kaiju Portraits was a little side project that, while not as important as my upcoming comic works, is something I plan to keep at until the day I die. Basically they're anime-style portraits of giant monsters and related characters from all over the map of fiction. Instead of featuring all of them one at a time by completion order, I think it be way more eye catching to do these as multi-character compilations for DeviantArt instead:

Gug: Kaiju Portrait #29

Several fans of horror-fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft have stated that many of his original cosmic monsters are loosely based and/or inspired by lesser known beasts in folklore and mythology. If that's the case, then it's no stretch of the imagination to say that the bizarre Gugs, from the novella "Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", is his twisted take on fairy tale giants and ogres. "Dream-Quest" is a little different from most of Lovecraft's work, as it’s much epic fantasy as it is horror, following the adventures of Randolph Carter, a man from our world, who begins a journey in the other worldly Dreamland to search for a majestic, but mysterious city known only as Kadath. On his travels he meets many bizarre characters and monsters, some of which, contrary to popular belief of horror fans, are quite friendly and their own weird Lovecraftian sort of way of course.

But the same can not be said for the Gugs, a nasty race some 20 or more feet in height who live in a subterranean kingdom, and will kill and devourer anyone unlucky enough to cross their paths, with their huge gaping vertical jaws. Similar to more traditional giant stories, and the reason why I make the comparisons between the two fictional races, the Gug build stone shrines not unlike Stonehenge, as that real landmark is said to be giant-made, and were banished to the Dreamlands for some unspeakable crime against (get this) the Great Ones, much like how giants and titans often defy Gods in long ago battles; testament to how cool fantasy giants can be. Carter and some friendly Ghouls (again, nice in a Lovecraft sort of way) make their way pass the Gugs and onward to the Enchanted Woods, continuing his journey to Kadath.

Even if the Gugs are much different from giants and my comparison is without merit, they, like many of Lovecraft's giant size monsters, are just really cool creatures. The head splitting sideways is an unforgettable image and as recognizable as that octopus headed gargoyle who the Gug manage to anger and live to tell the tale so long ago. However, like any of Lovecraft's monsters, the details are rather ambiguous, and I did my best interpretation on the hairy beings based on the original story, with added influences from other artists' take on them. If there are any Lovecraft fans reading this, please let me know how I did with this illustration.

Biollante: Kaiju Portrait #28

Winner of the 3rd " Pick the Kaiju Portrait" poll on the Kaijuphile forum, and number 28 of the series is one of the more unique characters of the Godzilla franchise, the genetically engineered hybrid Biollante from the 1989 film, conveniently named "Godzilla vs. Biollante". I tend to keep the longer articles reserved for the more obscure characters in the Kaiju Portraits, but Biollante deserves some fan-fare. Again, she truly is one of the more unique monsters Godzilla has fought, especially within the movies.

Born of tragic origins, Biollante is a three-way mix of a rose plant, Godzilla's own cells, and the soul of a young girl named Erika, a victim of brutal corporate warfare. Her scientist father was responsible for the creature's creation, but even he couldn't predict how rapidly the creature would grow with the late addition of Godzilla's DNA. Biollante began as a more normal rose type being with long tendrils ending with Venus-flytrap type heads and was supposedly destroyed during her first battle with the King of the Monsters. But returned later in the far more vicious, bigger, and battle ready form seen in the illustration. And despite official fan-records on Godzilla's wins, Biollante obviously had the upper hand, even when you consider that Godzilla was fighting Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria stuck in his system.

Biollante is a great character, in both her design and execution, but her uniqueness is also a bit of a weakness, as it would be difficult to bring her back for another film. That haven’t stop her from appearing in other media however, as she was a pure plant monster and guard dog of sorts for the Ancient Ones in the Marc Cerasini novel "Godzilla At World's End" (1998) and has made numerous appearances in video games, most recently gobbling up Titanosaurus in "Godzilla Unleashed"...sorry Titanosaurus fans.
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