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Titanosaurus - Leviathan of the Deep by earthbaragon Titanosaurus - Leviathan of the Deep by earthbaragon
This is another huge illustration piece I did while in the last couple of days, while I still have the flu. This of course is the fan favorite kaiju Titanosaurus. A beast that was in only one Godzilla film. And that was Terror of MechaGodzilla.

All in all he is a great monster, but outside from the fandom world, he is forgotten. And I personally blame that on the film's depiction and usage of him. In the movie, he is suppose to be a gentle dinosaur. An ancient saurian that is forced to murder and destroy all of humanity, thanks in part to a twisted old man and his alien cohorts. He is controlled by a beautiful young girl named Katsura. And this here is where I believe a lot of potential plot description and character building was lost. There is no scenes of the monster being gentle. There is only him being mindlessly being controlled and used to propagate world domination. So the monster becomes flat, and one dimensional. They could have done scenes of the monster and Katsura together. There were flashback scenes in the film. Why not have Katsura standing on a cliff and just staring out at sea, sharing a moment with the beast as it is standing upon the shores. Or hell!, why not have him be human size when Mafunie and his daughter find him. Let him grow up and be the titan he was in the very beginning of the film! A few scenes that could have took up maybe 3 or 4 mins of film, and gone a looooong way to make the audience make a connection with the monster. Your not suppose to connect with MechaGodzilla. He is a machine. A cold object that is used like a gun! They went out of their way to say that this dinosaur is not bad, but he is being used for bad things. But that does not work if you do not follow up on it!!!

I don't know. There just is so much for me to complain about when it comes to this monster's botched handling. As for the art piece itself, I wanted to do something to commemorate him. I wanted to get that real feeling for the monster with his history and powers. I put Katsura in the picture (modeled the cloths after the green grab that you see her in the beginning of the film), and had her just looking up at the monster. A smile and cocky attitude that she has when she thinks of the enormous power that lies within the muscle bound leviathan.

The background itself I based off of old Japanese wave paintings. Though I tried to make them more flowing and smooth as a way to complement the simple bond that Katsura and Titanosaurus share. Add a ray sun, fading into the background, and some vector style tornadoes (a object that the monster can create thanks in part to his fan tail); and you got a pretty decent homage piece that I think personifies the beast known as Titanosaurus.

I hope you all enjoy!
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Katsura looks suspiciously Toriyama-like.
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BlackImpulse Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I really liked Titanosaurus and wished they would have brought him back in another film. This is an awesome piece here.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx :) I'm surprised people liked it as much as they did. Usually kaiju fans don't like people in their kaiju art. Guess I didn't do that awful of a job on Katsura I guess :)
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BrettSmith1106 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks like something out of Dragonball Z, that's kind of cool
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's how I would have ended Titanosaurus' story if he was shown as a truly gentle beast. CAUTION, this may into my personal headcanon for tying all the series together:

Once Katsura is revealed to be a cyborg, and her cybernetic brain is upgraded to control Mechagodzilla, the Black Hole Aliens use a mind-control device so they can keep control of Titanosaurus, like in the movie. Now's when things get different; instead of having the controls to Mechagodzilla in her head, Katsura's plugged into the aliens' computers ala The Matrix, and this not only allows Mechagodzilla to fight without his head, it sends more mind-control signals into her brain, keeping her loyal only to the aliens. So anyways, when INTERPOL uses the sonar beam to disrupt the signal sent to Titanosaurus' brain, he suddenly stops fighting Godzilla. The Monster King, puzzled, watches the aquatic dinosaur as he leaves, looking for Katsura. As a small part of her tries to signal Titanosaurus, the brainwashing computer forces Katsura to attack him with Mechagodzilla. This distraction allows Godzilla to sneak up and rip of the robot's head.

Meanwhile, Ichinose and Dr. Mafune have been held locked up by the aliens to keep them from interfering. Ichinose says to Mafune that, in his pursuit of revenge, he has allowed the aliens to pervert everything he holds dear to him. This jolts the mad doctor to his senses, and he helps Ichinose escape, and they rush to the control room. Ichinose confesses his love for Katsura, even though she's a cyborg, just like in the movie. This time, however, when she ignores him, he notices the plug connecting her to the computer. When he goes to unplug it, one of the alien guards takes aim. But Mafune sees this and takes the bullet so Ichinose can free his daughter from the alien's control. This sight turns Katsura against the Black Hole people, and she directs Titanosaurus to tear up the base.

At the same time as this is happening, Mechagodzilla has lost it's signal. It stops fighting, and Godzilla finishes it off. He follows Titanosaurus, who spooks the aliens into trying to escape, but Godzilla just blasts their ship with his atomic ray. With the aliens defeated and Mechagodzilla once more reduced to scrap metal, Godzilla returns to the sea. But as he leaves, Katsura tells Titanosaurus to basically do the same, like a strange version of one of those movies where the young girl has to set her beloved horse free. Titanosaurus bellows out his goodbye, and follows Godzilla, probably back to Monster Island, as Ichinose and Katsura watch from a cliff.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds pretty good. Unfortunately you know Toho, everything but Godzilla has to die lol. He's like the Highlander in that kind of aspect. There can only be one! lol. It would have been nice to see more depth to some of their critters though back in the day. You know, instead of the "bad monster shows up and wrecks stuff up. Godzilla comes and saves the day". Wasn't really until the 80's and 90's did they even bother to try and give any of their monsters a defining characteristic.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, you gotta expect that when they're marketing these movies to children. Simplistic plots for simplistic minds, that's what executives think children want.

So, I decided to go with the ending it looked like Terror was building towards before it started killing EVERY villain, even the ones who were just manipulated by Mugar and the aliens. The idea came to me while I was out walking my dog. Then it expanded when I started thinking, "Hey, how could I explain further the unusual influence Katsura had over Titanosaurus?" as well as, "Why did the Black Hole Aliens choose Mafune, of all the mad scientists living in the Godzilla-verse?" From there I started molding this kinda myth-arc-ish idea based on concepts in Final Wars I thought were really cool.
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UruturamanZenith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, you seem passionate about this monster. I like him too and all, but not quite as much as you it seems.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Has always been one of my favs. One of the more fleshed out kaijus in older series. Most stuff was just a thing that shows up in the movie haha.
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Theriscythe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Titanosaurus. Definitely in my top ten movie kaiju, great work.
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KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Excellent artwork; bursting with details and great composition! And squeezing in pretty Katsura doesn't hurt either.

And I have to agree fully with your description; Titanosaurus wasn't handled properly. If the original series had continued...aw, but heck they don't even need that. Toho could always bring him back today and finally get Titanosaurus right. (Although they might rename him as there is now a real-life Titanosaurus that looks nothing like him...)
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx. I was afraid the composition was going to be a bit too silly with the rays and waves but I think it turned out pretty good :)
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KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Heh; balancing detail with clarity in composition is always a tough call. But I still think it turned out great in this one; enough detail to flesh out the characters without looking silly or muddled.
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KikaijuuGouten77 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're so right! I own Terror of Mechagodzilla, and it really intrigued me how Katsura was able to make a connection with Titanosaurus. Throughout the movie, I was waiting for some deep bond to show between the two, or at least a little more depth to him, but that didn't happen. They should have given Titanosaurus another appearance where they could explain him better.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be nice to see him revived, but unless it is MechaGodzilla, Mothra, or King Ghidorah, Toho doesn't want to even hear of it :P
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KikaijuuGouten77 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Too true...
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SuperGon-64 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I totally agree with you, I think they could of had him team up with Godzilla nearing the end maybe. and didn't like how they put him under the Mutants category in the last Godzilla game, I know he didn't show up as a hero but wasn't a mutant either they shouldn't of even done that with the game though to begin with.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cause the Earth Defenders was such a huge cast in the game already that's all. The mutants is the only other place he could have possibly worked with. One could make the argument with the Space Invaders but that makes even less sense. :)
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SuperGon-64 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah your probably right mutants were the only one he could fit and there's no way he'd fit in with the invaders that be weird. hopefully there will be another Godzilla game.
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Linkzilla Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I have my own theory that Godzilla wasn't even needed for this movie - it could've been a Spinoff film featuring the continuation of Mechagodzilla. It could've had more focus on Titanosaurus. At the end of the film, Titano could've been set free of his control and he and Mechagodzilla duel to the death.

In that version of the movie, Titanosaurus' egg was actually found by a young Katsura. When it hatched her being the first creature it saw, it bonded with her. Katsura in turn formed a Motherly attachment to the creature.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would have been an interesting concept that might have worked. There is just so much potential in the character they could have done to make the movie a bit more deeper than what it was.
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The-Ultras-Narrator Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Now this is just kicking @$$.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx. I feared that the light color scheme might turn off some folks, but I like how it came out :)
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The-Ultras-Narrator Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The color scheme isn't a real affect on me. It's truthfully stunning work. Especially with Katsura.
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PrimalbeastT-rex Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Who is that girl with Titanosaurus
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's Katsura from the film Terror of MechaGodzilla. In her opening scene in the film she is wearing this odd green dress, when she is commanding Titanosaurus to attack the submarine that is trying to salvage for the destroyed MechaGodzilla.
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G1990 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Now I will remeber this Titanic monster. Indeed I will look for a DVD or a clip of the movie. The fandom will be proud with your servises.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx :)
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ on this one.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankye. Wait till the next one. Making Destroyah really look like a badass in this one :)
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
(smile) Can't wait.
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:O Awesome Titanosaurus! I love the little cyclones!!! Very cool!!!
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx :) I was going for a good old fashion celebration picture of the monster. Had to include everything that made him so neat in the movie :)
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah looks kinda like a movie poster!! xD Awesome stuff!
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gojisan Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I've never forgotten him!
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only G-fan's will never forget. But there is no way he would ever get to be as memorable to ordinary people like Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, or MechaGodzilla.
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gojisan Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I know (unless you count "Destroy All Monsters Melee").
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gojisan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I made a mistake, it wasn't DAMM it was Unleashed that he appeared (which they gave him an energy attack that looks cool).
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I totally agree with you! Its truly a shame that Toho has neglected him so badly. He is an extremely cool looking and awesome kaiju. I really love his design and hes one of my top favorite kaiju from Toho. In my opinion hes one of the few kaiju from Toho who could actually beat Godzilla. Just like Godzilla he has a really powerful and strong brawler's body except that hes even more physically stronger than Godzilla himself. He might not have a beam weapon but if it was a hand to hand fight, it would surely be very close. I love it when people do fanart of him or incorporate him into pieces. They give him the fame he rightfully deserves. Really awesome job on this piece! You really did an awesome job drawing him and i love the colors you used :)

Can you quickly run by me his back story again? I kinda got a little confused reading the description lol.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the problem with him in the film, he doesn't have a backstory. He is basically a giant dinosaur that Mafunie discovered and claimed to be able to control with some advanced technology to manipulate the minds of sea life. Other than that, there is 1 line in the film saying that it is strange that Titanosaurus is attacking subs when the good Doctor said the thing was gentle by nature. My beef is they don't show this. So you never connect with the monster. Which is what they were trying to go for when they uttered that one line.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Its really a shame he was protrayed so badly. Its really good to know that hes actually a really nice and gentle monster. Its good to know that when he isnt controlled Earth has another fierce defender lol. Its also a shame hes so unloved and unknown. Hes a really awesome monster. You did a really awesome job on this piece! Titanosaurus would be proud :)
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Very awesome piece there, and I agree with you, Titanosaurus is indeed a underappreciated kaiju. Though IDW seems to know what to do with him better than Toho. Hell, I think in a future issue of their new ongoing Godzilla comic book, they going to have him fight Rodan.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. At least he is starting to have some sort of limelight a bit. Still, it would be nice to hear that odd roaring kaiju back up on the big screen one of these days.
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Hmmm, depends how the Legendary Pictures Godzilla film does.
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single-leg Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I loved how Dark this movie was..
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Japanese version was waaaaay darker. Especially with the downer ending of Katsura killing herself to save humanity from MechaGodzilla.
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single-leg Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I only saw the American version and the editing gets confusing near the end..so she did kill herself!!! I thought one of the Spacemen shot her..

I have to get the deluxe version..
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Skyegojira Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yaaaay god job
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankx. I'm really trying to work on full thought out Illustration ideas more. Though I should go back and do some smaller stuff once in a while.
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Skyegojira Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its always good to mix it up and full illustrations are always nice too
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