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Kong Battles for the Golden Woman by DaBrandonSphere Kong Battles for the Golden Woman by DaBrandonSphere
Deep in the jungle on a remote island off the west coast of Sumatra, a native maiden hides as the mighty Kong battles a tyrannosaur. She does not even know which of the two savage titans to root for, if she must take sides at all.

In the original King Kong movie from 1933, Skull Island's native inhabitants decide Fay Wray's character would make a unique sacrifice to their ape-god since she is a "golden woman" (i.e. blonde). The irony is that, since the dark-skinned islanders themselves appear to be of Melanesian stock, blondes would not be so scarce within their population. Blond hair does pop up as an indigenous trait in Melanesian populations, as well as Aboriginal Australians, and it appears to have evolved separately from the better-known blondism in Europeans. White American filmmakers need not show up on Skull Island's shores for the locals to have their prized golden women.

Although Kong was originally conceived by his creators as an over-sized gorilla (he was inspired by 19th century sensationalistic accounts that exaggerated gorillas' savage behavior), I chose to give my Kong a more orangutan-like appearance since unlike gorillas, orangutans actually are native to Southeast Asia near Skull Island's location. Nonetheless I gave his shaggy coat a blond-ish color since it would better match his "bride". Who knows, maybe this Kong prefers blondes since he's a blond ape himself!

As for the tyrannosaur, I reckon it is descended not from the North American T. Rex but an Asian species like Tarbosaurus or Zhuchengtyrannus.
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Creature218 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
an interesting idea except it wasn't actually stated that skull island was close to Oceania so it's kind of vague if it's near Africa or not so the native blonde idea might not be true. regardless this is an interesting take on the Kong mythos, though I personally think Kong should look more like a hybrid between gorillas, chimps, and orangutans this is an well done idea. also the tyrannosaur is more than likely a Tarbosaurus
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Bakerdezign Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Interesting looking Ape type.
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
Cool alternate take on Kong, and very well thought out.

So, what did you think of the Peter Jackson remake? I found the whole sympathetic monster aspect kind of hard to swallow and more than a little distracting. I get why Jackson went that route, I'm just not sure it worked for me as intended.
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DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually liked that remake and the "sympathetic Kong" idea, but maybe that's because I think gorillas are kinda adorable. But I agree with some critics that it could have used some trimming in parts.
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IshikawaNaoki Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Can you make a picture of Kong holding the golden woman in his hand?
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Dinopithecus Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Nice take :) (Smile) .
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Interesting take on Kong. However, rather than light reddish brown, I'd say it would make more sense for him to be a slightly darker shade since he'd blend in with the darkness of the jungle more.
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Cool work!:D
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014   General Artist
Orangutan Kong is best Kong
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this take on Kong. 
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014   Digital Artist
Great work on the poses and coloring!~
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Mattoosaurus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the tyrannosaur, u need to do more t Rexes they're awesome bro :D I love the plumage it looks so natural for the animal , not to mention it woulda had similar integument given it lives in a warm jungle filled island! 
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TheMightySaurus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is awesome....reminds me of the similar thing I did with gigantopithicus and a dilophosaurus
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asari13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ancestor v.rex and king kong
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting concept.
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014   General Artist
Perhaps Kong wasn't really as bad as the natives and film crew thought he was then.

Love what you did with the native girl. :D
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DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.

I don't think the original Kong from 1933 was meant to be so sympathetic, even if a lot of people ended up feeling sorry for him anyway. He does wreak a lot of havoc on the native village after getting through the wall, even going so far as to eat some of the people. Like I said, his whole character was inspired by 19th century stories portraying gorillas as savage brutes who raped human women and fought crocodiles. Even the "beauty killed the beast" ending doesn't show more than a vague hint of pity for the ape, especially when compared to the 2005 remake.
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014   General Artist
Which is even more a shame, since Kong isn't even in the 2005 version until 45 minutes pass.

But yes, he's more likeable in that one, and his death scene is more heart-wrenching.
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KallyToonsStudios Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Kong is said to be a Gigantopithecus descendent.
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DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And they were more closely related to orangutans than gorillas, so that would make sense.
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KallyToonsStudios Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yep
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