Some revisions to my Ukiyo-E style “Godzilla” image, as I didn’t think I quite pulled it off with the first version, but there were enough things I liked that it warranted going back and giving it a polish.
My initial idea for this image was based on the superb early trailers for Gareth Edwards’ new “Godzilla” film, in which the giant creature is never seen clearly, and constantly spills over the bounds of the frame. He is too huge and too terrible for mere humans to comprehend. I thought about teasing this a bit with an image of Godzilla seen from a great distance, but where the haze of the atmosphere itself and the edifices of our ruined cities obscure him from us. A soldier, unarmed, laying in resignation next to his burning tank is the helpless witness to the devastation.
Does this conjure uncomfortable images from our recent past? That is what Godzilla was originally intended to do.
The changes I made from my initial version are various and mostly minor. One thing I wanted to keep was the very limited color scheme. Most of the colors in this image appear in more than one element (for instance, the specific red and orange of the tank’s flames reappear in the sun and the sky). I adjusted Godzilla’s colors to obscure him in the haze some more and make him a bit less bright. I added some details to the near buildings to give the image a bit more density, and while I implied a bay or body of water separating the foreground from the background, I felt I needed to punch this up a bit. The waves recede into the fog of the city and towards some flames I added to the distance. To cap it off I added some beach vegetation to the extreme foreground but wound up moving it almost entirely out of frame to keep the image from getting too cluttered.
Hope everybody likes it!