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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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ChristinYou Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Oh man, I LOVED this show! I really wish we could have seen more of it. I still call him Godzilla. Thank you for all of your hard work. Loved seeing emotion on the Big Guy's face. :) 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Filmographer
You are very welcome I'm glad that you like the show :)
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ChristinYou Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
:D
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TheHackerEG Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student Artist
I can´t believe you worked in Godzilla, Extreme Ghostbusters and more; those cartoons inspired my childhood which make me want to be a cartoonist. Now i might not have the skills or tools to become an animator(thats what i aim to be) but one day ill do it. Maybe where i live is a little hard to be a cartoonist but with hard work my ideas will appear in a screen so others could enjoy like i did when i so those cartoon. Thank you for being part of my chilhood.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Believe me, I understand the "tyranny of distance" as we call it in my country. I come from Australia, an island continent in the Pacific, when I started in animation (1986) there was one fax machine in the whole city. I didn't own a car so I had to ride a tram to use the guy's fax. There wasn't emails, cell phones, or the internet. All I had was a printed comic, a telephone and postage. Where you live has nothing to do with it, especially today. At least Argentina is on the same land mass as the United States and Canada! You can post your animations online and anyone from around the world can see it, instantly. Have a look at www.loopdeloop.org/ you can start trying ideas out there.

If you want to be a cartoonist, BE a cartoonist, put work out there, learn, improve and study life. Don't copy, let everyone else do that.
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I always felt you can give a monster expression base on their eyes and how they look at something. In this cause you can really capture the look of sad,anger,happy,or scared, some would say it hard to capture those types of emotion for monster character like godzilla, but it really not unless you know what your doing and not slapping a big grin of his face. When I look at the bottom right corner I kind of think that his grumpy face he makes when he tired
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Interestingly I never made an expression sheet for Godzilla, it wasn't needed as his/her emotions were going to be conveyed by its performance in animation and how the human characters interpreted these behaviors for the viewers. Yes we could have done an expression sheet for Godzilla but it was always intended to be enigmatic and hard to read, any expressions would have broken that experience.
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That true like in some films that have monsters or giant monster from the japanese godzilla films, pacific rim, cloverfield, and I have no idea if you ever seen this one GARGANTUA. They have shown the monster emotion from what kind of action they have taken, like for GARGANTUA they showed the emotion of an angry mother looking for her baby, which reminded me of that one episode with nessie. But I still think having an expression sheet is good even if it does not have to have the creature doing different faces, you can always have it doing something base off of the actions like you said, in fact one of my teachers who had us all do a character sheet said if we try to do anything that not human, like robots,monsters, dino you name it we had to show their emotions from what actions they would make. I will say this getting the emotion of a robot is hard as hell for beginner's, that was my biggest mistake I could have made cause we had to do a sculpture of said character.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Take a look at this image by Frank Kelly Freas:
www.quotationof.com/gallery/fr…

The robot conveys everything you need to know about how it is "feeling". The trick is in the design, and viewing angle. You can completely change a non-expressive character simply by tilting the head, you'll notice that Frank's robot has been painted from a low angle, emphasizing it's height and "worried" look. The same face would look quite different if the angle was above. A neutral mouth will look different according to the camera angle simply because of the curve of the face. Above for a smile and below for sad/angry. Add that to body posture/movement and you can convey all of the robot/creature's intent. Animals would be the best place to study expressions that are subtle and less human.

I haven't seen the film Gargantua, I'll look it up.
If you are interested, the name Gargantua was invented by French satirist François Rabelais in early 1500 AD.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gargantu…
I used to have a book with the etchings that Gustave Dore did for Gargantua & Pantagruel which I used to study avidly.
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gabrielthewolf15 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Thanks for the info I will look that up plus the Gargantua is an old monster from from the 90s it pretty good having nice practical effects for the monsters
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DrNietzsche Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
As far as I, and several other Godzilla fans are concerned, you and your team saved this design. You made it work in ways the movie simply didn't. Thank you for that, and for having a hand in one of the most fun parts of saturday-morning cartoons for me.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad that you enjoyed the show, as much as I was constrained by the movie's design, I did my best to streamline Godzilla, "sexy" it up a bit.
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DrNietzsche Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
The only thing that bothers me is how it ended, or rather the lack of an ending. Do you happen to know anything about potential endings or was that something not discussed/you weren't privy to?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
No I'm sorry, if you can imagine, I was often on a deadline of a show a week and by the time the show was ending I was already gearing up for Starship Troopers.
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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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Reptek 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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Reptek 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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Reptek 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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Reptek 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 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 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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