Title: The two mighty kings
Name: Jack Zhang
Software: Photoshop, XSI
The Monkey King run into King Kong on his new journey to the west. He heads to west alright, but this time perhaps a bit too west.
Kong, the king of the jungle roars at the little one who stands in front of him,and raises his giant iron fist. He is about to smash whatever or whoever is in his way.
The monkey gazes into the flaming eyes of the massive black. Alertly he waits for the beast to make its move.
A battle of the two mighty kings is about to start.
This work was created for CGchallenge-steampunk legends&myths. It took me roughly a month and half to complete.
I wanted to create an image, where two legendary characters from two different cultures face each other: The monkey king from the famous Chinese legend, and King Kong from the west. I wanted to create as much contrast as possible, such as size, weight, color, light, as well as culture difference.
These two characters are both king in their world. Both mighty, yet in different ways. One is massive, heavy, brutal, and powerful. The other is small, light, quick, and intelligent. I have no intention to foreseen the result of the fight. I only wish the viewers enjoy the tension between the two, who stand on the edge of a battle.
you can visit the work in progress thread for more details at
Special thank goes to Joel Dos Reis Viegas and Carolyn Laplante, who gave me great help on lighting and coloring. As well as Donglu Yu, who gave me huge support everyday during the challenge and never fail to believe in me.
I hope you enjoy the image.