Back to basics...
That's the phrase I kept in mind while illustrating this new rendition of my all to well known original kaiju, Olragon.
My intention was to return Olragon's design to his roots, all the way back to the beginning. While I kept much of his updated appearance, his body, tail, and abilities, have been altered.
His ability to fly has been eliminated (though when the Guardians' Stone - now positioned inside his chest rather than outside - takes over, his psychic abilities will allow him to levitate... in a sense like SpaceGodzilla).
His tail fin has been replaced by a club-like object. This was a design feature back when I first designed Olragon over four years ago. It was still a neat addition, so I brought it back for the current one.
Olragon has also gained some bulk as well. This was intentional. I wanted Olragon to evoke a Heisei-esque quality. Also his legs have been shortened and the triple-joint build has been limited to allow Olragon to posses a traditional kaiju stance - as if it was a man in a suit.
I suspect that this design will raise a bit of controversy. I have added so much to Olragon's design over the years...and now all that has been stripped away. However, I feel that this design works. It's not to complicated, and it's basic. All in the while, it retains much of what we love about the kaiju as well.
What do you think?
Illustrated on Manga Studio EX 4
Colored & Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS5
Olragon (c) Arlo Hansen 2007-2011