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Old Meg by TyrantisTerror Old Meg by TyrantisTerror
10,000+ PAGEVIEWS! WOOOOOOT! To celebrate this momentous occasion, I am bringing three old monsters of mine back from the dead, so to speak. While they will not show up in the main Tyrantis storyline, they will still be sharing his universe and eventually end up on his island. The difference is that they'll be the stars of their own short stories that take place after Tyrantis's main storyline, so WOOT AGAIN!

I have decided against shading concept art. No, it's not (just) because I'm lazy. These pieces are basically my reference pictures for when I draw and color these critters again, and as such I need all of their colors unobscured. Shading would make things like Old Meg's belly here look dark when it should be bright, and I'd end up having to reinvent her belly color every time I draw her and bwa. So no shading in concept art.

Speaking of Old Meg, her resurrection is an mix of two different monsters of mine. The first is Poseidon the flying shark kaiju from the last written chapter of the last draft of Tyrantis's Saga, and the second is a giant shark from an animation I did last year for my High School film class, from which this shark gets her name.

I wanted a shark kaiju because sharks = awesome, but I was suddenly confronted with a problem: a strictly aquatic kaiju can't do that much damage. Sure, it can destroy boats, but it can't do crap to cities. I couldn't give her arms or legs, since Dunkleora already has that covered, so something else needed to be done. Then I looked at my old design for Poseidon and a lightbulb turned on in my brain. Flying shark for the win! I spruced up her design with some armor, spikes, and some strange fin designs I gotr from looking at different sharks and voila! Old Meg is ready for business.

Meg is actually rather benevolent as far as kaiju go. Despite looking fierce and being damn huge compared to other monsters in my gallery, she's fairly mild mannered. Old Man Fince often recites the various legends and folktales associated with her, telling of how she helps sailors that give her proper sacrifices by chasing the fish to them and keeping her children (normal sharks) at bay. However, those who disrespect her or harm her children are in for pure hell. She's also fairly intelligent for a monster, being able to understand human language and even reasoning with other creatures.

Why make a gnarly looking shark a good gal? Why not? Old Meg is my attempt to break more cliches, as she's a female kaiju yet looks badass as well as a shark with a noble streak. Take that conventions of monster fiction!
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kyrocon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
megalodon aeropysis
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Cool!
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survivor-127 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
that is some scary looking thing. seriously i think i just shit my self the pwnage level on this is OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry about that, i just love sharks and i love the meg novels and to have 2 of my favorite things giant prehistoric predatory fish and kaiju's put together its just badass!
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HA HA HA I'M ALIVE!
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Ravensaurs-Rex Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Sharks=Awesome Shark Kaju=Pwn Flying Shark Kaju= BRAIN EXPLODING PWN! Flying Shark Kaju that breaks cliches=Priceless Brain exploding pwn.
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a3dkid Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Say can I make an art with the Neptunian kaiju assaulting Tyrantis' Island?
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
Um... well, that really has nothing to do with this picture, but sure.
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So she can fly? How can she fly? Does she have a specialed liver or something? And since Old Meg's a fish, doesn't she need to go back to the water to keep her gills pumpin' oxygen into her system? And what's the purpose of that tail design if she can fly? Is it for steerin' in air or somethin'?
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Kaiju in my universe can survive without air, food, and water if their regeneration is strong enough (that's how the blue tyrantis makes it to San Francisco: he basically fell into the water and was washed up in California). Meg is able to leave the water for long periods to time without ill effect, although eventually she does get dizzy/irrational if she's out too long.

As for flight, well, it's basically part of her magic kaiju powers. Really, that's the best way I can explain it. All kaiju are physically impossible anyway: in real life Tyrantis would collapse under his own weight. Being a kaiju means you can automatically defy and spit in the face of the laws of physics.

The tail deisgn is there to look pretty. Her flight is all in her front fins/wings.
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, I'll stand by that.
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Macuahuitl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Awesome. Your prehistoric knowledge is refreshingly acute. Love the Carcharadon Megalodon kaiju!
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Thank you! I've tried to keep as up to date with my prehistory as possible.
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Macuahuitl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Same here. I'm planning on becoming a paleontoogist. Your artwork is very accurate (with the kaiju factor thrown in). Sorry about the Horner rant(s), he just really aggravates me. Crap I'm going off topic. Your art is great, you have originality and knowledge which is impressive, and you're going to go far. I beleive I just complimented you and proved I'm part of the 2% lol. BTW, "bondage gigan?" That is a very disturbing image. Keep up the good work.
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Thank you very much! I am incredibly flattered right now.

Heh, bondage Gigan. Seriously, final wars Gigan looks like a dominatrix.
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Macuahuitl Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Creeepy. Reminds me of the ZZ Top song "Under Pressure." Personally I like the more robotic rebuild of Gigan, but he sucked in the film (of course, he wasn't obliterated in half a minute like almost every other kaiju). Death by kamekaze Mothra? Weak. Still, I like the design over the original, but your more organic designs rock tits aswell. Both are cool. But of the two, your's is more probable. I mean, who's gonna' engineer a huge spacefairing cyborg weapon with a head like a rooster?
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Kaijuprince Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Cooler than poseidon, no offense. But Meg is much more powerful-looking and detailed. Must be part proto-shark, due to the scales.
P.S. Prehistoric flying fish included sharks.
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
None taken. Poseidon's design was always a little too smooth for my tastes, so Old Meg was definitely an improvement.

Interesting facts concerning prehistoric sharks, what with them have both scales and "flying" ancestors. Since Old Meg is supposed to be the mother of all sharks, I'm probably going to incorporate that into her origin. Thank you!
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Kaijuprince Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thanks! By the way, there actually is a sabretooth that looks almost like Yvain. So you actually got it perfect in design.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Regarding (2)...you did a fine job on the snout & jaw structure, which always drove me nuts back when I was on a 6th-grade shark kick. As for eye coloration...the current version's fine, but might I suggest black with a fairly large white pupil? Sort of an inversion of the great white's infamous eye-roll trick.

Interesting note on the frilled shark...I recall that Japan also discovered the goblin shark (which almost certainly inspired Zigra's design).

When it comes to O.M.'s personality/interaction with humanity, I think you have the right idea. As a fully sentient/self-aware 'goddess' of oceanic predators, she might be more concerned with maintaining order in her domain than, say, saving humanity or wreaking Jaws-style havoc (without a good reason, mind you).

Speaking of Alten's series...crazy but fun reads, and some of the shark's feats in the first novel were INSANE (attacking-and sinking-military vessels easily six or eight times her length??), but the sequels were both interesting, and the third ended on a neat note.

Finally, I must agree with some/all of those anti-cliche sentiments mentioned above. Carnivores need not always be eeee-vil, female monster-protagonists need not be glittery milquetoasts, and heroes shouldn't always be clean-cut square-jawed paladins.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Yet another design that cries out for a little point-to-point. First off, the bits I dig:

-Immense ragged fins...nifty denticle 'scales' on the leading edges, too. That spine preceding the main dorsal is a fine detail as well...reminds me of at least one modern and prehistoric species, respectively.

-Those equally ragged gill slits...another detail among many distinguishing O.M. from her retinue.

-Interesting jaw structure...this might be the first shark with an actual CHIN I've ever stumbled across.

As for features that seemed a tad off:

-The neck-spines...normally a plus on most saurian/piscean monsters, in this case they just seem somewhat redundant.

-The optic structure....encircling O.M.'s eyes with a denticle ring is an interesting thought, but making the sockets that huge almost detracts from this leviathan's sense of scale.
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
1. Hmm, you're right, the spikes are kinda redundant. They seemed to work better in the side view drawings I did of her. I'll sketch a few without and see what happens.

2. Crap, I never thought of that. That'll also involve some resketching to get it right. Ah well, it won't be the first major revision this gal's gotten. Shark's have very hard faces to pin down.

Those raggedy gills are actually inspired (loosely) by some prehistoric shark the Japanese found sometime in the past few years, which was well named the frilled shark, if I remember correctly.
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noacat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007   General Artist
The line work on this one is nicely done.

Shading is for communists.
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Koobine Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Hrm...

I love the design and the concept of a flying shark... though I prefer sharks as brainless and predatory in their portrayal. Having seen actual sharks close up (the aquarium store in the city where I live has two small reef sharks on display) they really do look like they're dead inside; fish in general strike me as chemical machines that just swim and eat. I'd dislike the concept behind this in any other series, but somehow, it works for Tyrantis' universe, since its tendancy towards anti-cliche strikes me as one of its central and most important themes (and already has traditionally brainless and monstrous creatures such as snakes, crocodiles and dinosaurs portrayed with a more mammalian intelligence anyway.)
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
I thought about making her more shark-like in nature, as that whole practically literal killing machine mindset makes for great monster material. I already have some monsters that are like that though (the Myrmidons, Orionsbane, Beyonder, and to some extent Pathogen and Prometheus). Plus the idea of scientists thinking they could trick Meg on account of her mindless brethren only to have her outsmart them makes me giggle.

Also, it's neat to know that I have themes. :)
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
scary as hell! great kaiju!
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CosbyDaf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with the "evil predators" cliche. I remember being in kindergarten and wondering why there weren't any dinosaur related kids movies with Tyrannosaurus and the like as protagonists. I was a big T-Rex fan back then.

I guess it's like you said, it seems like the villains(predators or otherwise) always seem cooler!
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
I've always had a fascination with villains. While heroes are often restricted to bland, goodie goodie do gooders, villains were free to be complex and interesting because hey, if they did bad things it was in character. They tended to have more variety in terms of design too, which is probably why I make a lot of heroes that look like they should be villains... and occasionally vice versa.
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GREGOLE Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
For the record, there have been a LOT of badass looking female monsters in the past.

But Meg is probably one of my favorites. It's perfectly simple, but wonderfully unique. Ever since Steve Alten's novels, I've always loved a good megalodon concept.

The mutated denticals are pretty gnarly, and work with the design rather well. And I like the idea of an intelligent, protagonistic meg, weighed against the stereotype of non-mammalian predators invariably being villains.
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
I recall Megaguirus and Biollante (two of my favorite Godzilla kaiju), but other than that the majority of monster tend to be male, with the superhero convention of a female couterpart that is but the extension of the male. Oh and... well, Mothra, who is... well, powerful on occasion, but rarely very badass looking. Oh, and Gorgo, who is quite badass.

But yeah, I really hate the whole "predators are evil, especially non-mammalian one!" cliche, mainly because I always loved non-mammalian predators. Herbivores almost always looked lame in my eyes.
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GREGOLE Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Well, weighed against the number of female monsters present, most of them do tend to be pretty badass. And in my humble opinion, Megaguirus is badass enough to compensate for EVERYONE else.

I admire that sort of cliche-breaking. I've seen VERY few protagonistic sharks(unless you count the Street Sharks.... which were awsome), and even fewer that manage to actually look more menacing than the villains.
When you make the freaky, scary monsters the heroes, of course, what that leaves for the villains gets... interesting, in my experience.
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
I've got a few villains that manage to equally distribute the disturbing factor... and, of course, you always have the ironically good looking ones.
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SliverEmperor Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Don't worry about the villain's freakyness factor, Gregole. I think Pathogen is going to bring that to the table in spades-especially if TT decides to do a picture of Tyrantis' final battle against the zombified viral-saurus...
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Scatha-the-Worm Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Nice! A very cool monster, that isn't really monsterous unless you give her a reason to be! Awesome concept, and art! :D
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Thankee!
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CosbyDaf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Now that is one BADASS shark kaiju! I tried to design one, but mine just looked like a whale with legs. nowhere near this awesome! I especially like the brown armor ridges.
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Thankee!
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RenDragonClaw Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome dude, I think Jaws just shit himself =P. One question though, just how fast is she in the air? Is she bordering Rodan fast or does she move more akin to a floating fortress? I'm sure she's pretty quick considering how fast a real shark can move through water.

-RenDragonClaw
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
While she's not the fastest flier in my little monster pantheon, Old Meg is pretty damn fast in the air, and even faster in the water. Let's just say she can fly faster than Tyrantis can run.
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RenDragonClaw Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh noes :noes: , whatever shall Tyrantis do? It would be hilarious seeing him get swallowed whole. Maybe he could muster up some heart burn or something.

-RenDragonClaw
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
He'd tear right through her belly... sort of like a weird rebirth. Huh.
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a3dkid Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Cool much, say um, will Sobek and Old Meg fight one on one, because, in Indonesia and Australia, Great Whites and Crocs hate each other.
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Yeah, they're going to be rivals at first. Eventually they're going to form a shakey truce based on the honor and strength of each other, although they'll never be true friends.
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Zombiekittens Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
This. Is. BEAUTIFUL.
Go sharks, rule the world!
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TyrantisTerror Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Thanks! I worked hard to get a good design for her!
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JacobMatthewSpencer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Very nice.
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