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So Wil, manager of Tokyo Otaku, offers me the chance to design the poster for this years J-Culture Con([link]) which is the follow up festival to last years Chibi Con. Taking him up on the offer in exchange for a bit of cash (which mostly went on new pens and printers bills) and a free table ended up with this:

Godzilla smashing up the venue and Derby landmark - the Assembly Rooms. The aim is to pull in Japanese film fans with 'Zilla and strike interest in the residents of Derbyshire by using a recognisable building.

This basically involved lots of photo referencing and learning how to draw the anatomy of Godzilla (who apparentally comes in 3 broad variants with sub categorisations within each of them). Not only that but Godzilla is supposedly based on 3 different reptiles taped together according to wikipedia.

Done on A3 with pigment inks, promarkers and the wonders of Art Rage 2.
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:iconcrazyfoxmachine:
crazyfoxmachine Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is super fucking wicked.
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:iconaaronsmurfmurphy:
AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Ah cheers & lovely man. Sory for the late reply but keep your fingers crossed and there maybe a remastered print of this in the works.
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TheoLugs Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
truely amazing work !
I'd instantky visit an event with such a genius poster!
admirable work, keep it up ;)
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Cheers and lovely for the kind words! I've not done an events poster for a couple of years now but would gladly accept any offers for a free table!
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TheoLugs Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
just being honest, man, and jealous of your skills :D
with that kind of work , the only thing you'll need more are connections , I guess?
just keep publishing, an good enough offer will pop up eventually, I'm sure!
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Nefetiti Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Yay, I got the last poster available! Ha ha, remember me? You messed up my name (don't worry about it).
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:iconaaronsmurfmurphy:
AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
I certainly remember panicking and hastily trying to rewrite on wet paint. Sorry about that but cheers and lovely for digging the last poster.

(Also, my apologies for such a late reply).
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:iconnefetiti:
Nefetiti Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
It's fine! See you at the next con, I'll be on the stall for Viva Hate, I work there now.
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Blondeyetti Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Haha! how fabulous! Loving the zilla, hope he doesn't get the 23 :p

Oh, btw, saw 23 on a seat today and thought of you XD
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Heh, that's pretty cool. It was my 23rd birthday a couple of months ago and I got all sorts of 23 related gags from close friends and the like.

Actually, the convention I did this poster for is happening again in late September and is always looking for guests. Would you and Steve be up for it?
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Blondeyetti Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
oh, sounds interesting! :D We're not really making many comics these days but it sounds fun.
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:iconpokemaniac1993:
Pokemaniac1993 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I think I'm gonna head to your j-con table so you can give me some tips xD
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:iconaaronsmurfmurphy:
AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Not a problem, bring some samples of your work along and we can over it if you want.
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Pokemaniac1993 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I can't find any T-T I think parents threw it out in a clean out, If I redraw some more I'll bring it over thanks ^^
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part-time-devil Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
damn!! this is sweat ^^
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:iconpart-time-devil:
part-time-devil Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
*sweet
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:iconaaronsmurfmurphy:
AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Cheers and lovely man! Sorry for the late reply and hope you continue to dig my stuff.
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part-time-devil Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
no worries...its all good
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thepencilpirate Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
damn!
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Ah, but good damn or bad damn?
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One-Winged-Chaos Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
haha, I'm resident of Derbyshire and Japanese film fan! :D And that is legendary :D You'll be at the con right?
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Cheers very much man! I was really hoping people from Derbyshire would appreciate the design the most and the feedback's been great.

I certainly will be at the con and most likely selling prints of this very poster.
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One-Winged-Chaos Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
You're very welcome, great art deserves great feedback!

well in that case i'll see you at the con! :D
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ktcoope Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Clean up worked really well, sir.
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spadge19 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awesome the detail on the building is amazing and the highlights and tones on godzillas form the flame breath (?) are really well done
anuther fantastic piece
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Sorry for the late reply... Cheers for appreciating the detail - it took an absurd ammount of photo referencing and lightbox trickery to get right.

All the highlight took multiple layers and shades of pro markers and some bits had to be tested on copies first to see if I had it right.
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Slothboy3000 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I always liked stoned looking Godzilla myself, god knows which era that is. Never thought I'd see the day where you draw him. Very nicely done, and I think varying tones like this work alot more than mostly blacks in your work.
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Well some bloke in Derby told me there's 3 era's called Showa, Heisei and Millenium but I've no idea in which order they go. As for the fact I've drawn him at all I'm as surprised as you are.

Originally it was meant to be him and Rammie, Derby County's mascot duking it out but then I realised I could'nt drawn Rammie and that it'd wreck the composition. As for all the grey tones - I blame promarkers. I could'nt risk using mechanical tone as it's too pricey and messy. On the other hand despite doing the sun beams in markers it scanned up terribly and I had to do it all again digitally.
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mutronborg Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I'm fairly certain they're in that order mate. Wikipedia will know. Either way Godzilla looks great!

U in Derby anytime soon and will you be at the con?
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I'm definately at the con and supposedly doing a panel with Helen McCarthy.

Plus I'm in Derby all week and leave on Sunday - give us a call man!
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mutronborg Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
as in THIS week?
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Yup.
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mutronborg Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
nice one, I'll give you a ring when i'm free mate.
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ktcoope Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
One day when I teach you photoshoppery I will teach you a hacky way of doing screentones on it as well if you like. :)
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Bit late on the reply front but... Yeah, that'd be aces. I'd really like to learn how to get the dotted tone effect but in colour.
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ktcoope Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Wicked. So come round and I'll show you stuff and then we can pub. :)
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Slothboy3000 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
well it looks pretty ace. as for the eras, I'm guessing Millenium is the latest =P I remember Forbidden Planet sold some extortionately priced figures (typical), each with the subtle differences of each Era. However, being that no one is probaly going to go out of their way to notice those differences the figures i think were dropped after the first series.
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teamzoth Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
that building is incredible, awesome work!
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Ah well, I won't lie - the whole thing's heavily photo referenced. I went into Derby with a digital camera and took about 15 photo's of the Assembly Rooms at various angles and distances. Then I printed the most useful ones off and blew sections up on copiers to get detailed references of all the support beams and concrete tones etc.

Keep in mind the Assembly Rooms are a piece 70's British architecture. And buildings from that era are usually very ugly and made with a series of complicated concrete beams and criss crosses etc.
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teamzoth Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
well, it doesn't matter how you did it, because in this business, if it looks good, it is good ;)
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The-Tortured-Soul Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
hehe Awesome pic! Hafta say thyough, there is something about Gozilla's face that reminds me of something from my childhood (Like a power rangers villan or something) I can't quite put my finger on what or why *shrug*

Anyway I'm looking foward to JCC for many reasons, one of which is meeting you again and getting the 3rd FD!
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
I honesty I messed up Godzilla's face a fair bit. Quite a few people have stated that he's either a Power Rangers villain or that he appears to be grinning.

I'm looking forward to JCC too but i'm really behind on drawing comics so I need to speed up!
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zombiemoose Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw hell yes.
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AaronSmurfMurphy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Derby had it coming.
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