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Biollante - Struggle of the Soul by earthbaragon Biollante - Struggle of the Soul by earthbaragon
Ya I know this is not my usual style of artwork. Itís a lot darker than I like to go, but honestly this was an image that was burned in my head after a nightmare. I watched The Crawlers (aka Trolls 3). Now I have seen this movie many times before, but for some strange reason it affected me differently this time. I had a nightmare that same night about those goofy tree roots killing me. Then for some reason I started to think of Biollante and Erika Shiragami. And so this came to mind. So let me explain my crazy thought process a little and explain why I deviated so drastically from my usual bright and fun type imagery.

For those of you who do not know what Biollante is; allow me to illuminate. Biollante is a genetic monstrosity that was the direct result of fusing Rose, Human, and Godzilla DNA together. The human DNA that was used, was that of Erika Shiragami. A beautiful young woman that was killed during a terrorist bombing act. So distraught was her father that he fused her DNA with that of a Rose. This only would prolong her life for so long. He wanted to grant her everlasting life. So he used the regeneration abilities of Godzillaís DNA to bond with the Rose/Human DNA. What resulted was a hybrid of beautiful, and yet destructive power. The new creature escaped to a lake, where it grew to a massive giant rose monster with teeth. Godzilla was lured to the monster by itís call and battled it. Setting it aflame he destroyed the Erika plant clone. Biollante would reappear later in the film, this time mutated into a reptilian like plant. Battling Godzilla, monsters ended up with a draw. Godzilla retreated to the sea because of being poisoned by the humans and Biollante turned into pollen and took to the heavens.

Ok, so now we are all caught up, Iíll explain my piece. In Biollanteís first form, she is nothing more than a mutant rose with teeth. It is beautiful, but not destructive. She was merely a deadly beauty that was looked upon in heavenly manner. After Godzilla destroys her, she takes on another form. One more ugly and vile. Horrid and disastrous. One can easily see the internal conflict within the character. As a rose, it is beautiful and has reminisces of human traits. It is a flower that Erika adored. When it is set aflame, something changes. And this is where I can see the spiritual battle for the soul of the monster taking a stand. Biollanteís second form is more reptile and monstrous. The DNA of Godzilla has completely eclipsed the frailty of the human spirit. Strangled and imprisoned by the animalistic fury of the nuclear giantís encoded cruelty. At the end of the film you see that Erikaís soul still endures, but that is only after Biollanteís form vanishes in a haze of glowing motes of pollen. The whole idea of struggling souls and conflicting natures in a kaiju film is truly a rare occurrence. So celebrating actual good writings and ideas, is something that should be done. Certainly in the face of Toho shying away from new stuff and just falling back on tried and true basics. Iím looking at you Mothra and King Ghidorah!

I suppose that one can also argue that Biollante never truly had a soul. That the closest thing it had, was the souls of Godzilla and Erika. But that is not an argument I will argue at this point and time. The merits of such talk are far to complicated for a few words written out in a blog.

So all in all I am pretty happy with how the piece came out. The glowing eyes and chest. The spiraling motes of light and overall composition of interaction between the two characters. Iím pretty happy with how it came out. I do not plan on doing another dark image like this, but who knows what nightmares will bring. I worked hard and long and hope you guys get a kick out of the strange going ons of my brain.
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Khialat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
I always thought it was sad, that Biollante had a scared human soul deep inside her :(
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep it was. But it was a defining characteristic. Something that a lot of Godzilla monsters before her lacks. "Oh I'm a dinosaur that survived from the past or I am an evil space alien". Not a whole lot of depth there :).
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Khialat Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Yeah, it does make her stand out considerably - and makes her more tragic and disturbing
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Toon-Resurrection92 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FEED ME SEYMORE!!! 
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah.....that's all we needed in that movie. Biollante singing to Godzilla :P
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
Very freaky but awesome!
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx. This seems to be most popular piece. I wouldn't have thought that though. Guess a lot of people liked the story behind the illustration :)
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
True, it's pretty dark (the movie was dark to begin with...well, to me at least)

And also you're welcome
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NESWolf20 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
cool
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember Shiragami in Godzilla Unleashed.
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Twilightnite Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
So your saying that when Biolante is in rose mode it was Erika who was in the majority of control but when Biolante was in her second form it was the Godzilla cells taking control?
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is pretty much what I took from it. As a rose she was crying. Calling out for answers. She was yelling for help. But she made sure to keep everyone at bay. Swattering whomever came too close to her. She laid still, not really harming anything. As the final form she was nothing but pure rage. Attacking any and everything around her. She fought like an animal...like a Godzilla. This is greatly different than the hit and run tactics of the Rose form that simply seemed to want to tie Godzilla down with her vines. Or trip him up. There did not seem to be that much of a killing instinct with the rose; aside from the occasional acid spit.
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BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to think Godzilla movies didn't much deeper than a puddle :iconmindblownplz:
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Kyotita Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Extremely well done! love the mood of the piece and its nice to see a pic of a largely under-enjoyed character!
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx :) Hopefully the next Toho monster I got coming up will come off just as well with the fans. I'm pretty excited for it :)
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G1990 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
"They gonna eat him...And then he's going to eat me...OH MY GOOOOOOOOOD" lol
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhhhh A troll 2 quote. Great as always :)
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gojisan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Great job! I actually saw this move a while back on Youtube (it's gone now so don't bother to look) and Biollante is probably one of the most underrated monsters ever.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know about that :P I am sure there are a few others that are way more underrated. But I am surprised that people like this. I really didn't like this till about the last 4 or 5 hours I had left to put in on it. Guess I should do a follow up piece with the Rose....but I soooo do not want to have to go through that plant shading all over again :P
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gojisan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
I don't see anything wrong with it, infact it's one of the better one's I've seen.
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The-Great-MM Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I REALLY like this. Hope to see some more dark pictures in the future.
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drake-fighter-0127 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Simply an amazing piece, with an equally beautifully written explination to a cherished film of mine. Simply beautiful
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) The background (which I admit was a last minute idea), I think really helped pull off that glowing pollen/motes and heavenly light that encompasses the two. All in all, not bad....I mean not bad for just a Toho monster :P But I got to add more obscured and Ultra monsters in the future pieces. Like a little MechaGodzilla thing I am just now sketching....*goes back to sketching*
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drake-fighter-0127 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent
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Skyegojira Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx :) It looked a lot better here than it did on the paper. I have a bad habit of thinking up a background after I nearly have the entire composition done. Still. I like what I came up with. God bless photoshop tutorials of how to do neat abstract stuff :)
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Skyegojira Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh i know so far photo shop just goes right over my head haha XD
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lot of it still goes over my head too half the time. Hell, all my college classes didn't teach me half of the stuff I have learned by just reading tutorials and watching others use photoshop. Half the time I can't remember how I got a certain effect when I am doing a background on something lol. But it's like your parents and grandparents say....practice makes perfect. EEsh....29 and they are still telling me that old saying o_0. Suddenly I feel so sad......*goes to watch Rodan to cheer himself up*
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Skyegojira Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh no! oh you'll like this i went to walmart and found like 5 gamera movies for 5 bucks which will mean good times ahead haha
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Draw fan art to celebrate :P
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Skyegojira Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i cant right now im on vacation haha far far away from my laptop sadly
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Another GJ.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank ye :)
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! What a very cool and colorful take on the deadly woman/kaiju/plant/thing lol. You certainly made her look fierce and you sure didn't skip on the spiky bits lol. Really awesome job :)
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rrod91 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Wow!
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx :)
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rrod91 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Nicely done and you are welcome.
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XEternalBarugon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC biollante
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
beautifully detailed work on Biollante! Is that Erika in the pic?

I LOVE that movie, one of the best Heisei films as well as one of the darkest, and I love me dark Godzilla films.

I mean, so much was going on, ya had Japanese officials, a secret agent from a fictional nation, and mercs from an evil genetics corporation called Bio Major all fighting over the G-cells plus the return of Godzilla, new mechs, and a new enemy monster. It was AWESOME...Also, as a kid, the ending to Godzilla 1985 made me really sad when he fell in the volcano (like, watching Optimus prime die for the first time sad, ): ), so seeing him emerge from the volcano alive and well was just epic for me :D

Oh, and of course we meet the ever awesome Miki Saegusa for the first time too!

When Toho starts making Goji films again, they need to make more moody masterpieces like Biollante in my opinion, instead of silly ones like Final Wars lol
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's suppose to be her, but I am afraid I didn't really try all that hard to capture every aspect of her likeness. Just curly hair and a labcoat is all I was trying for. Yeah, in retrospect I can really appreciate everything that Toho was trying for with Biollante. I mean there was many individual storylines all going on at the same time. A lot better than the straight and focused plots that would be the later films. With as much that happened in Biollante, I have a hard time fathoming how they could have fit in that mutant rat monster Deutilious (or however you spell it).
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
True, unless Deutilious was like another experiment gone wrong by the doc or Biomajor...Hey, come to think of it, why didn't Toho ever use BioMajor again? I mean, an evil corporation that specializes in biotech and genetics, hellbent on acquiring Godzilla's DNA, seem like excellent recurring antagonists for a Godzilla film series. They could either be after the genetic material of the monsters or even create monsters of their own, etc

But yeah, I liked all the intrigue and mysterious players at work in the movie, kept you guessing what the heck was gonna happen next and who was gonna get the G-Cells even while we wondered how Japan was gonna survive both Godzilla & Biollante...And Super X2 was cool :3
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DarkShadeAnimations Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Reminds me of the trendmasters toy
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That toy had feet though :P Which I always found kinda funny :)
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DarkShadeAnimations Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
IKR
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rebis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What a great piece!:love: You really nailed the internal battle of Erika/Biollante's struggle.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx :) I was slightly afraid that the concept was a bit too dark, but honestly I am glad I went ahead and did it. I would like to do another Biollante piece one day........the Rose form, paired up with another flower monster from Ultraman. But I am seriously burned out on the plant hide detail :p Next kaiju is going to be simple :)
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KikaijuuGouten77 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've always loved Biollante, it's just such a sad story for Godzilla movie standards! Great job! ^^
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She was. And like I said, it is really only in retrospect that G-fans can really appreciate the monster's story. :)
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KikaijuuGouten77 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So true. I've tried to explain Biollante's story to my friends (none of which are G-fans), and they just get confused.
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