Okay, before I even get started on the art I'm gonna talk Godzilla. Because I took a couple of artistic liberties, and being a Godzilla nut myself, I know someone will point it out to me. It's the Mire-Goji design, a combination of the suit and much more aggressive maquette. Yes, I know Mire-Goji is green, with purple spines that glow orange. I changed it to the classic Godzilla color scheme because it worked better for the art.
The Gamera is a melding of the G2 and G3 versions.
So, the art.
I wanted something chaotic. So, for example, you'll notice that there aren't any flat, horizontal planes anywhere, except on one small fighter jet. Even Godzilla, who IS standing on a flat plane, looks off-kilter because of his stance and the angles all around him. That said, it takes a lot of thought and underlying ORDER to achieve this affect. On the surface, there are a lot of Vs and triangles that point towards Godzilla, leading your eye to him, and down all of that smoke and ruin. He's also encased in a skewed rectangle of smoke, and the explosions form the lower half of a circle around him. So you know he's the focus. I pushed Gamera to the blue-green because with all of the reds on the board it helps him pop out amidst all of the blues in the sky. And because I have an awesome X-Plus G2 sitting beside me at my desk who's that color. I also wanted it to be very much "in medias res", so there's a lot happening IN the shot if you look -- movement, etc. I also know exactly what's going to happen AFTER this, as if it's a single panel in the middle of a 9-panel comic page.
I think most of the thought went into creating different textures such as the rubble, fire, skin, buildings, sky, etc. that forced me to think a lot, in a good way. That's also a real street in Tokyo FWTW. I also drew a toilet on there. Good luck finding it, it's to scale.
A lot more went into the piece, but I don't want to be boring so please ask if you've any questions. It was a LOT of fun to work on.
Copic markers, acrylic paint, india ink (inkwash), colored pencil, and white ink on 11x14 vellum bristol board.
Here are the inks: fav.me/d6lvr66