So, I was contacted about being a part of the Strange Monsters project (although, at the time, it was nameless), and the prompt was that I could basically do any kaiju that I wanted. How hard could that be? I sculpt monsters! I love kaiju! Slam dunk, right?
Haha, nope. To be brutally honest, from the moment I sat down and put the pen to the sketch pad, I hated everything that I came up with. Nothing resonated, nothing made sense, nothing seemed to speak to this amazing opportunity I had been given. To be brutally honest, I gave up on sketching. It felt too forced, and figured that I would try my hand at trying to just sculpt it as a raw flow of consciousness.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
The first one I did, was this gob of random shit, from this crazy tri-claw to this head with three faces on the front, but was wearing this three-was gas mask thing... I'm shaking my head as I write this, because "who makes a custom gasmask for a ten story tall monster?" Ugh. But, there were a few things that I did like about it, and I sculpted it again. It was supposed to be this this nuclear graveyard monster, and it looked positively stupid. I ended up sculpting the thing four times, and hating it four times.
The awesome part about failing, is that you learn a hell of a lot more from it. I learned what I didn't want my figure to be, and that gave me a much clearer direction of where I wanted to go than the creative tabula rasa I had been (most courteously) given. I wanted my monster to be nuclear in origin, to pay homage to the birth of the kaiju genre. I wanted to pay homage to Haruo Nakajima, and make it look like a man in a suit. I also wanted to play off of the Fukishima nuclear disaster, and all of a sudden, the concept was born. This monster would have no expressiveness, nothing to make it sympathetic. This monster would be made out of every dead cell created by a nuclear catastrophe. He would be the Elephant's Foot, incarnate.
Ladies and gents, I present to you: The Necrolossus. (And I also present to you, in green, one of the Necrolossus failure scupts)