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Godzilla: Face Expressions Chart by filbarlow Godzilla: Face Expressions Chart by filbarlow
This is the actual Godzilla expression model sheet that I did for the 1998 animated TV show. I included it in the main model pack to give the Storyboard artists reference on how draw Godzilla's face from different angles. It was never colored. I was unable to clean the linework up due to time restraints, so it remained a rough throughout the production.

I've been working on coloring this sketch over the past few months, so that the shapes make more sense to you.
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dragino Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Zilla Junior (Godzilla Junior, GINO Junior, Junior, whatever) was always so cool looking. :D
Great work on the colors! :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Godzilla when I worked on it ;)
Thank you :)
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dragino Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
You're welcome :D
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b1k Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
You where part of the animation team on this cartoon? Excellent work!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yes I was in charge of the Character Design team, I designed all of the monsters the main cast.
I set the style for the incidental characters but after the first episode, I handed their design over to Thomas Perkins.
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Phantom136 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Not only is this awesome looking, but helpful too! :D (Big Grin)  

And is it really that hard to work in the animation industry? :o (Eek) 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Filmographer
It was hard work, and very stressful. The deadlines were ridiculous.
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Phantom136 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Damn. Guess I better practice more if I want to be in that kind of business! Emoticon drawing 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Filmographer
As an artist I'm always practicing. I make sure that art is always challenging to me, and often can't imagine I'll ever finish a workload.
The main thing is to look at the world around you without interpretation, draw things as they are, not how you think they should look. Study reference is so important, rather than copying someone else.

If you simply seek to be in the business, there are plenty of non creative jobs. Most of the management can't draw.
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Phantom136 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, you're right about that, but I want be creative as well too. 

It's because I hope to one day design and create a story and its characters for people to like and remember for a long time, kind of what Tetsuya Nomura, Walt Disney, and J.K. Rowling did with their own stories and art. 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Woah, woah, reel that imagination in for a second! :XD:

Be careful about looking at famous people at the end of their careers and making that your goal, if you do you'll be missing something important: none of those people began famous, they had no idea, sure they had hopes, but they all started small, with a hidden secret that nobody else wanted. An ember of an idea that they fed with their passion, it almost went out, many times, but they never let it go and fed it with their talent and inspiration. It takes commitment and courage to do what they did at the beginning, but once the ball started rolling, they applied some clever strategizing. Timing and knowing your time.

At the beginning the world doesn't care, so start small, work within your means, Practice, train and do it for yourself. If what you do makes you happy, chances are that someone else might eventually like it too. I feel that aiming too high and making success an early goal, might lead to disappointment. If your art brings you a sense of satisfaction, that is the best place to start. :)
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Phantom136 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student General Artist
You're right, and thanks for mentioning that. :) (Smile) 

It's a lot of work to get where I want to be, and as long as I practice drawing more often, stay committed to my passion, and be happy with my work, I can someday reach my goal. Winner 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Sure, you can also make small achievable goals along the way so that you can have a sense of satisfaction and achievement along the way :)
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
whoah you were a part of this project? . o . 

what was it like working on the show? i wanna go into the animation industry myself 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yup and it was hard work, we had a week to design each show, all of the characters, turns, mouthcharts, for 40 episodes. One week!
Keep in mind that I designed four 40 episode shows back to back with a 13 episode squeezed in there to keep the pressure on.

Are you sure that you are ready for that kind of punishment?
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ive been ready for the animation industry half my life, i will brave any drawing challenge ahead of me :salute:
besides a job where you draw monsters on a show like that sounds quite awesome! :D 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Good, if you do get an opportunity to work, I hope you survive in the trenches.

It's a job, you do your best, people make notes and have opinions and try to micromanage you.
Drawing monsters is only a small part of what I do, I'm glad that I did it, I'm happy to have survived it, now I'm free to use all of my creative faculties.
That was a job, this is play.
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
so did you get a start with an internship or did you have to study for many years before applying directly to the studios? cus im thinking of applying for an internship with Nickelodeon for the summer but i still need to build up a decent looking portfolio before i can
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Internships are probably a good way to go.

I was fated to work in animation, I never wanted to, I just fell into it. I wanted to be a cartoonist, and the comic I did in Australia got the attention of a Director in Hollywood who showed it to his Producer who was looking for an artist who could solve a problem they were having on ALF. I solved it for them, and for the next 3 decades they kept flying me back to the USA, and I'd keep escaping to return to comics. I got away this time! >:D
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
haha that sounds like a lot of side business work going on haha so did you eventually get back to doing cartoons in Australia? 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Oh yes, I've been self publishing and have a couple of comics due out this year through Image Comics. It doesn't pay well, but I'm much happier!
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lonegamer7 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
MY CHILDHOOD.

Oh sweet Honda... :squee::squee::squee: Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce:  :squee::squee::squee:

Sorry. It's just that, THIS was THE Saturday morning cartoon that I determinedly taped on the VCR despite having to attend Chinese school. Yeah, I'm that old. XD
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Lol school always seemed to interrupt our cartoon time when we were kids.
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lonegamer7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That, and parents that don't get the wonders of watching kaiju vs kaiju. I actually almost considered focusing on science for the rest of my school life because of this show. ALMOST.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yeah hehe.
I would have happily taken Biology and Art at school, but the education system at the time prohibited it.
An artist stays in the art box, apparently.
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my actual spark
Its like seeing a old friend, so you were responsable to make this childhood icon ofmine the personality and design.

Mind = blown
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha yep, but I'm not responsible for cleaning up those bits of brain!
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Took me almost 3 days but I clean them.

Well, the crature in that awesome TV series is still called Godzilla
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha

I agree.
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Chardactyl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
  Godzilla Jr. was always super cool and had a great personality. You and your team did a spectacular job on the series. :D
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you
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Chardactyl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
You are welcome
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Pulsarium Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Waitaminute.
You worked on GTS.

You're good at this. You're great at this.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yup, it was my job. I do my best :)
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Pulsarium Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You do great, man.
I wonder what your take on Godzilla 98/Zilla meeting Godzilla would be.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Mum!
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Pulsarium Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha!
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your Zilla was one of my favorite "suits", so to speak. Up there with BioGoji, LegendaryGoji, and...i forget the other one's name. MogeGoji?
Point is, its a shame Zilla was de-godded: your Zilla, once again, was always one of my favorites.
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
You know, the "God" part of the name was originally just a coincidence. When the original 1954 "Gojira" was Americanized as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!", they just wanted a name that echoed the original, but didn't sound exclusively Japanese. It was the fandom that has insisted that the "God" part was literal - true, the human characters call him a "god" in the new 2014 film, but throughout history humans have called all sorts of things they fear or can't understand "gods".
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do know that. I'm only parleying what Toho said, man. I think it's a sort of joke they were making, as well as also carrying the statement that they didn't consider Zilla a "true" godzilla anymore? I KNOW that the name is gojira. I never said that the god part is literal. I'm not that daft. still p daft tho, but still.
so tl;dr, im not stupid, i know its gojira, always have, it was p much what toho said. You can see Zilla's page on the godzilla wiki i you want proof of my statement.
Sorry if it seems like i'm being defensive, but what you said has this feel of an insinuation that i'm new to the franchise and overall spouting idiotic bullocks when I'm not. I'm sure that wasn't your intention, but it's kind of how it came off. sorry, once again. ^u^;;
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
I'm sorry too. It's just I really loved watching both the 1998 film and cartoon as a kid, so I can't help but feel offended by the way Toho and so many fans treat this version.
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eh, even if Zilla was de-godded, I still love him. Second favorite "suit" [easier than saying incarnation wanna fight about it XD], really.
And yeah, Zilla gets a bad rep, but he really doesn't deserve it. Admittedly he deviated further away from what the entire franchise was used to, but I kind of liked it. I consider him separate from Godzilla/Gojira, but he's  creature in his own right. A sort of...evolutionary descendant, but not the same creature, so to speak. That's what marine iguanas are in comparison to "Godzillasauruses", I'd suppose.

but seriously no Godzilla can hold a candle to Biollante imo
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Out of the monsters Toho created, Biollante is one of my favourites :XD:
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would say she's like Audrey II's territorial big sister, but I'm still not sure which came first XD Think it was Twoie, at 1960 something.
i may be a bit biased on her part though, considering she was my first godzilla kaiju
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Well, I think she's one of the most interesting "kaiju", having a human aspect in her DNA.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
To my knowledge a suit was never used for the 1998 film, it was either CG or sculpted models (which I saw first hand).

Who cares what ungracious people say. History still stands, our Godzilla existed, Toho approved it, Sony made the movie, we made the TV show. Be proud of your favorite version, it still is a valid historical Godzilla.
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The493Darkrai Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist
A suit was actually used in 4 shots of the movie: godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/Shodai… :meow:

Of course, Zilla and Zilla Junior are Godzilla incarnations. However, their official name is Zilla now because Toho renamed it [ godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/The_Zi… ], it's not just some butthurt haters that can't get over things form 16 years ago.  I really like Zilla, his design is very cool and it's sad so many people hate him.

Of course the movie and the TV show are still called "Godzilla" and the show and movie refer to them as "Godzilla," but as was stated in a Henshin!Online interview, Sony owns the movie and TV show--Toho owns the character. DVDs and things might still call him Godzilla but that's because the movie and The Series call him that.

It's okay if you keep referring to Zilla as "Godzilla" Fil Barlow, since you worked on this show hands-on and you put a lot of effort into it. :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Very interesting, and thank you for all of the information. You'll notice that I was careful adding the disclaimer,"To my knowledge" as everything was so secretive during the development of the TV show I was never shown those suits, just marquettes and animatronic versions. So thank you for the link to the suit images.

Obviously I had no idea that Toho had gone to such lengths to distance themselves from the American movie. I knew at the time that Toho, like Sony, was upset that the movie failed, and I'm confident that they would have supported the 1998 version had the movie done well, there was bold talk before the 1998 screening about ongoing Godzilla movies.

At the end of the day I worked for Sony, not Toho, and seeing as the rights for the Godzilla animation are owned by Sony I can rightfully continue to use the name Godzilla, because that is all I'm concerned with. My old work on a Sony project.
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I say "suit" as a general term for incarnations, sorry if that wasn't clear. It's shorter to type out and say, harder to stumble on, and since suits were used for MOST of the movies, it tends to convey the meaning I mean, y'kno? But I understand what you mean: Zilla was one of the 3 entirely CG Godzillas.

I'm not saying he's not a Godzilla, but Toho did de-god him if i remember correctly. Who cares, though, he's a giant marine iguana.
i love marine iguanas.

also thanks for replying it means a lot to me uvu
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Turns out that there was a suit, check out the comment by :iconthe493darkrai:

I can live with a giant mutated iguana, just to get away from all the silliness :XD:

You are welcome, thank you for commenting!
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