I’ve been meaning to write a blog about artist RJ Palmer for a while now thanks to his amazing creature design art and my love of writing up on brilliant fanart. Palmer worked on the Detective Pikachu movie- arguably being best known for his Pokémon work- but has also worked with the likes of Ubisoft and Disney thanks to his amazing work. Talented doesn’t seem like a strong enough word to describe RJ but it will have to do for now. Oddly enough, it is actually one of his simpler pieces that I decided to write up on today due to the sheer creativity and unique nature of the creature design: Godzilla but in the art style of Sonic the Hedgehog.
This sounds like a mashup that wouldn’t and really shouldn’t work due to the cartoony and cutesy style that Sonic the Hedgehog is known for. Godzilla is allowed to be cute- personally I find him to be an adorably angry baby boy- but the Japanese kaiju just doesn’t seem like the type of character that would work with the very particular Sonic the Hedgehog style. However, Palmer proves me wrong with this fantastic piece of fan art that literally looks like promotional artwork for a new Sonic side character. Even his title fits amazing well with the Sonic franchise- “Godzilla The Atomic Monster”. Let’s be real here, that is so much better and way cooler than Big the Cat or Charmy the Bee.
Palmer actually took inspiration from a 90’s Nike commercial, which saw Godzilla squaring off against basketball player Charles Barkley, for this piece of fan art. The 90’s were a simpler and more glorious time for all of us. You can definitely see this in the artwork, with Godzilla donning a pair of sunglasses like he does in the commercial and some Nike sneakers. Inspiration can truly hit in the most bizarrely wonderful places.