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Godzilla: 'Gigan' by filbarlow Godzilla: 'Gigan' by filbarlow
This is the "Gigan" design used in the Opening Title of the Godzilla Animated Series. (Requested by fellow DA pyatt.)

Now some facts and disclaimers that may clear up some confusion concerning this design:

It was never meant to be a representation of the original Toho movie creature. Way back in preproduction before we had scripts or even a concept to work with, and the Sony Godzilla movie was still a year away from release. I and artists from my Australian company Zoonimedia began a series of conceptual designs to audition them to join me on the series.

The artists on my team were Darren Roach, Dan Remmel, Milenko Tunjic, and Matthew Brady (who I renamed Gus, because we had two Matthews in our company, subsequently I named another creature 'El Gussano' after him because it was based off his design).

My team's brief was simple, go crazy and impress my boss Richard Raynis. I chose a few designs to redraw into the style I'd created for the show to give Richard an idea of how our process would work. We randomly named the designs with Toho monster names more as a joke than anything, (apologies to the classic film fans). This "Gigan" was one of the designs that made it into the main title.

Currently I cannot remember which artist's design this was based off, but the creature designs on this show became a very collaborative process. The careful inking off my pencils was done by Helen Maier. Helen, by the way, ended up signing away her likeness for the final look of Dr. Elsie Chapman.
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alorix Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Not sure if this has been asked, but if you were requested to make Gigan ( instead of just randomly using the names) do you have any idea what you'd do?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Filmographer
It depends, if the brief is to base the design on the original I'd figure out a way to make it work logically, or if I was asked to do my own fresh approach I'd do something original.
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alorix Featured By Owner 5 days ago
So...what would ya do for both? Cause i'd LOVE to see. 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Filmographer
I never know until I do it. I like my art to surprise me too.
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alorix Featured By Owner 3 days ago
would you be willing to give it a shot for DA? 
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BurgerKingGhidorah Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you plan on doing a picture of the "Megalon" concept creature you guys made? there's only one sketch of it, and it's in pretty horrible quality. i DO know he appeared in the opening with a LOT of the other toho nicknamed monsters
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I intend to one day.
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Deim0sThe42ndReap3r Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
The coloring in the intro turned those weird chameleon eyes into another set of teeth, which was the only way I ever saw this creature.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yeah they just had the line drawing, and the Color Department kept to themselves at that point.
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
A cool Gigan design would be a combination of this and the classic.
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KaijuInfinity Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why do some people call this creature Gigan anyway? It dosent even look just like Gigan....Sorry I just had to get that off m chest.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I explain it in the description.
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AkityMH Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, good old Pyatt requested this? That sonuvab- well he's my friend. Why did he not tell me he was freinds with you!? RAGE! Rage all around!
I kid, course.
I wish this monster made the TV show so dam nbad.
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This monster was in the intro but not featured in it's own episode.
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Imperator-Lawrence Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Writer
What a weird beast. I could believe that thing coming from space anyway, even if it wasn't the real Gigan.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This could be a larval stage of the "real" Gigan.
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:iconpulsarium:
Pulsarium Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student General Artist
That's actually a really neat idea. Might develop it, if you give the word.
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Have fun with it :)
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:iconpulsarium:
Pulsarium Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Will do!
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austintrench Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yeah thats a better version than a giant chicken. wait you helped design this show fascinating.
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yup, I was Head of the Character Design Department for this show.
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austintrench Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Interesting I'm a designer as well..well mostly on paint but I do enjoy the design of a Tim burton like look but had its own unique style
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Kaiju-Human Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice work sir! I applaud what you did, you brought many smiles to my childhood :D

However, I do have some bad news, someone traced your work line for line, and called it his own original work. I would suggest reporting this to deviantART staff. Here's the "work" by the "artist": [link]

Peace be with you!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you enjoyed my monsters.

Yeah I've seen that guys traces before, I like how he can't even get Photoshop to work for him. He's ripped 4 other designs from the show as well. The way I see it he's learning to draw by tracing, he's no threat, and he'll have to live with his lies as people like you comment on his posts. One day he'll copy one too many people and it will all come back on him.

Thank you for bringing it to my attention and defending my work :)
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Kaiju-Human Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's no problem at all, sir! I've always been a fan of the series, and it's a great honor to finally get to meet one of the people who made the whole thing possible! :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I am blessed to have your support :)
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DrZock Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
You know, the name is actually kind of fitting, in a way, even if it was assigned randomly. To me, this fella looks like one of Gigan's distant ancestors from millions of years in the past, gradually evolving into the buzzsaw chicken we all know and love today.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha I agree!... Buzzsaw Chicken :XD:
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DrZock Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Wish I could take credit for that nickname, but I heard it somewhere else. :P

You have some awesome artwork under your belt, by the way. I took a look at your gallery after being linked there from a blog I frequent, and saw that you had a hand in pretty much every great cartoon show that wasn't produced in-house at Disney or Cartoon Network from the past 30 or so years. That's something to proud of, says I.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you I have so much work still to show, and I am proud of it, as you can imagine it's been hard to see other people take credit over those decades for my work and having no means to link it all back to me. Because my styles are so diverse, I make a new one up for every show, it seemed impossible to imagine that one person could be responsible. So, thanks to DA I have a chance to knit them all together. :)
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SPDUDE18 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I used to love the monsters in the show, and this is no exception. I would love to write a poem involving this guy and maybe take a mythical approach to it.

Is it a suppose to be a bat? I thought the show already had the giant mutant bat in Monster wars.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Knock yourself out :)

I always saw it as a mutant creature not based on any terrestrial animal.
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uberbomb Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
man i love and miss this show ... nice drawn
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, thanks for letting me know :)
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
This is great. To be honest, it reminds me of H.P. Lovecrafts elder things :3 Thats a good thing!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Just for the record I've never read any Lovecraft, nature is where I've been getting all this from.
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Ya should give it a read! Theres some good inspiration within those hallowed pages! XD
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cbiv85 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Awesome. I love this design
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you.
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Undrave Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Ack I wouldn't want to make it angry.

It's great to be able to see this in better detail! All the little nuances in the design like the eye stalks or the stomach tentactles. A somewhat unsettling monster. Nice colouring by Helen there too.

Love the little tidbits of trivia you're giving out about El Gussano and the design of Elsie hahaha.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I think it's already angry lol. Just to clarify I did the color, Helen inked the line in during production (that's her hand writing). I'm working towards posting more, but recoloring takes some time. Glad you are enjoying it :)
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Undrave Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Maybe it's just always angry hahaha.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah lol
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, this is so cool seeing this come from you. It not only great to see you, out of all people, to draw the monsters from my favorite cartoon of all time, but its also cool that you give a background story and facts about them too. I mean, the fact that you named the worm after you co- worker is hilarious lol. Really awesome job dude! Maybe I should request something :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Happy to clarify anything. I'm busy at the moment but I've been thinking about posting the original designs of my team along side the final creatures I did, unfortunately I don't currently have all of their designs.
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite the interesting recolor. I really like the two-toned bluegreen body, very easy on the eyes and natural looking. I'm thrilled that you're doing these, by the way. I'm a big, BIG fan of the show and especially the various monsters that everyone designed. The "Gigan" here is one of my favorites among the monsters that never made it into the show, so it's neat to see him (her? it?) again.

I know you said these early guys were made mostly to impress and give an idea of the show's style, but just out of curiosity, did anyone ever mention what this monster's powers or abilities might have been? I've always wondered what the function of those purple "fangs" were.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I was never completely happy with the colors on this one, so I started from scratch. As I mentioned to Pyatt (above) it has stomach tentacles, plus I can't help wondering if those fangs are poisonous. Possibly some special vision with all those eyes.
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Pyatt Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Very awesome! I always admired this design, and I definitely enjoy the color scheme. I gotta ask though... What's up with that... Stinger between his "leg" tentacles?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I recolored it, because the original blue didn't quite work for me. Yeah lol that "stinger" is a bit of a worry, but technically I see it as coming out just under it's rib cage, so it's more like stomach appendages. Those little fins at the back are closer to it's "hip" region where it's junk would actually be.
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The-Great-MM Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Oooooh! Awesome work. Shame we never saw it in the actual show.
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