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Fil Barlow
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
Australia
Creator of Zooniverse, took a detour through Hollywood for a few decades, now what was I doing?
A few months ago I mentioned a project that I've been working on in this earlier Journal Entry. It's a project called 8House devised by Brandon Graham to be published later in the year by Image Comics. 8House is an overall concept from which various Creator-Owned titles will be released by other artists and writers.

Helen Maier and I have called our comic series 8House: Yorris we are writing it together and I'm doing the art. We created this project with all of you in mind. We thought it would be fun to re-imagine our entire animation career, mash all of the shows that you know and love into one big project, blending them into a new, but familiar style, and using old school inking with steel nibs and brushes, the same way I made comics back in the 80s.

We have been having a great time working on it, and I'm designing brand new creatures and characters. It has been refreshing to run with any conceptual idea that interests us, without any studio bosses to hold us back! This is our baby, and we are pulling out all of the stops! So if you are a fan, or friend, of the shows that we worked on in our long careers, there will be something for you, Bugs, Ghosts, Monsters, Kaiju, Aliens, Mummies, even Zombies, we've got you covered. Speaking of which, here is a  sneak peek at the cover that I finished last week:

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XGB Ep04: Gristle by filbarlow
XGB Ep04: Gristle
Here's the character design of Gristle that I did for the production of the Extreme Ghostbusters animation. My pencils were inked by Helen Maier. :iconhelenmaier:

"Deadliners" was the fourth episode that we tackled as indicated by the number 104. It was a big workload with lots of characters, including incidentals that had to be redesigned in their "vathek" form. It aired in a different order to how we numbered it during production.
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1989 Little Nemo: Character line up by filbarlow
1989 Little Nemo: Character line up
Little Nemo was an ill fated project I worked on back in 1989. I had returned to Australia after living in Los Angeles for eight months, when Executive Producer Richard Raynis invited me to assist the American team working for TMS Entertainment, a Japanese animation house on an animated feature of Little Nemo.

I had so much admiration for American artist Winsor McCay who created the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland back in 1905. As a teenager I would intensely study his work, grateful for his contribution to the early development of comics and animation. So eighty four years later, I finally had the chance to honor the man's legacy I worked hard to keep my work as true to Winsor's intention as I was artistically able. The character designs submitted by other artists were in danger of falling into Disney-esque characterizations, so I fought hard to bring the designs back in line with the source material, I did the best work I was capable of for this project. So much love and devotion in an attempt to repay the debt of inspiration.

The art posted here was part of my contribution to the animation project. TMS decided to close the LA studio, shelve our work, and start all over back in Japan. TMS eventually brought out an inferior product that was more Disney than Winsor. Keep in mind that Disney was a four year old infant when Little Nemo in Slumberland began it's newspaper run, and a thirteen year old youth when Winsor's first animation 'Gertie the Dinosaur' was screened. While Disney acknowledged Winsor's legacy, the man was all but forgotten by mainstream public by 1989. My work sat in a folder and the memory of the project faded.

In 2013 I was asked, by Locust Moon Comics in Philadelphia to contribute a page to their book, Dream Another Dream, a large format tribute to Little Nemo by over 100 artists. My contribution took me three months to complete, and was the first time that I've inked in Photoshop. Their successful Kickstarter campaign netted three times the goal amount and now the book is available at comic stores around the world. My copy just arrived in the mail, and I'm thrilled with it! The dedicated work by the other artists is inspirational, and often thought provoking.

I colored this line-up and offered it to Locust Moon Comics to use as a reward for their Kickstarter campaign. They never got back to me about it, so I've decided to post it here to let you know about the book and also about the project that never happened, but I had the pleasure of working on.
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SST: Leechworm by filbarlow
SST: Leechworm
This is the design that I did for episode 21 of Starship Troopers: Roughnecks back in 1999 as head designer on the show. It was just an incidental creature, but I've always enjoyed it's design. On any show the scriptwriters would often just write generic word "worms" into their scripts and I would always do something much more interesting. It was colored with markers, and some pencil on a photocopy.
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XGB Ep03: Biker Ghost by filbarlow
XGB Ep03: Biker Ghost
This was one of my favorite designs that I did for the Extreme Ghostbusters animated show. I had a lot of fun drawing a portly biker let alone a ghost Hells Angel. I did it while still in Australia during preproduction, my team hadn't flown out yet. Due to standards and practices I had to remove his tummy tattoo, but this is the original sketch. As always Helen Maier  inked my pencils. I didn't like the way this model was colored by the Color Department, which was done in Los Angeles, so I never got to see his finished model . I've recolored him the way I wanted him to look, not how you saw him on TV.

EDIT: The number #103 is the show number. This was the third show that we worked on in production, these numbers may differ from the order that they aired.
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A few months ago I mentioned a project that I've been working on in this earlier Journal Entry. It's a project called 8House devised by Brandon Graham to be published later in the year by Image Comics. 8House is an overall concept from which various Creator-Owned titles will be released by other artists and writers.

Helen Maier and I have called our comic series 8House: Yorris we are writing it together and I'm doing the art. We created this project with all of you in mind. We thought it would be fun to re-imagine our entire animation career, mash all of the shows that you know and love into one big project, blending them into a new, but familiar style, and using old school inking with steel nibs and brushes, the same way I made comics back in the 80s.

We have been having a great time working on it, and I'm designing brand new creatures and characters. It has been refreshing to run with any conceptual idea that interests us, without any studio bosses to hold us back! This is our baby, and we are pulling out all of the stops! So if you are a fan, or friend, of the shows that we worked on in our long careers, there will be something for you, Bugs, Ghosts, Monsters, Kaiju, Aliens, Mummies, even Zombies, we've got you covered. Speaking of which, here is a  sneak peek at the cover that I finished last week:

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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you attached to that upcoming Pacific Rim cartoon series?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Nope, I don't work in animation any more.
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, all good things end I suppose. Still, here's hoping they take some design cues from your Godzilla the Series designs.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Honestly I'd rather they were original like I was and come up with their own style. Especially since they've taken such great pains to move away from the 1998 Godzilla, ending up with a fat shelless snapping turtle.
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Vallylight Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Hi there!
I just want to let you know how admired and LOVE your monsters design. I like all of your monster design! I may not good at drawing monster but I will keep practicing.

You Rock! ^/////^
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hi!
The important thing is to look at actual animals, learn from nature. It constantly surprises me with designs I'd never considered.
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Jarrahwhite Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
I had no idea you lived in Australia, I'd like to shake your hand and buy you a beer some day. Godzilla the Series was by far the most epic cartoon of the 90s and I'd be proud to meet the man who designed the monsters on that show. :D
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'll be at the OzComicCon in Melbourne (Australia) this coming weekend if you'd like come by table #1 and say hi.
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Jarrahwhite Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Unfortunately, I doubt I'll be able to male that one as I live in Sydney. Will you be going to any Sydney conventions?
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