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Here is my design of Godzilla that was used in the production of the 1998 animated show.
I included a human and car for scale.

Prior to the movie coming out I worked in secret, designing Godzilla ahead of the rest of the crew.
I didn't use any photographs to create the Godzilla model sheets, relying only on sketches I had done from a maquette kept under security at the Sony lot and from a 3 story high working animatronic head at Patrick Tatopoulos' hangar workshop in Culver City that I saw once. I deliberately refused photographs of Godzilla to protect myself against blame should any images be leaked.

In 1998 when production began on the animated show the movie still had not been released, so the code name we used was Heatseekers. The storyboards had to be kept at the rough stage and were based off a false model sheet that I had prepared. I did this version with no detail, just a similar body proportion and an incorrectly shaped head. Once the movie was released so was the correct model sheet and the storyboards could be put on model and cleaned up.
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MechanicOrga Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I got a big confused at first, especially when looking at this image for size: orig12.deviantart.net/4c6c/f/2…

I guess he was a bit younger in this scene, right?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Filmographer
What confused you? Yeah he/she did grow up in the first episode.
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Pinkyycerebroful Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
Zilla1998plz That's a lot of fish
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Yes.
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Reptek Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Woah, he's that big?! I think I've fainted. 

But he still looks awesome, and that's a nice job of drawing him (even for just a reference)! :D (Big Grin) 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yeah the storyboard artists were freaking out at the beginning of production, how could they show Godzilla in the same frame as the human characters.
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Reptek Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I can see why! Just out of curiosity, is this one of your favorite characters that you designed?  :o (Eek) 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Honestly I don't feel that I designed Godzilla, Patrick Tatopoulos designed this Godzilla, I just modified it for animation. :)

Godzilla was a bit of a chore to draw, challenging when a deadline is looming, which is why I never managed to ink in those expressions.

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Reptek Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Yet, you did it, and people around here still like what you drew, myself included. But from the sound of it, you wouldn't do this again anytime soon. 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Well, I have creatures in 8House: Yorris that are equally complex, I have more time and I'm probably a glutton for punishment, and these creatures are completely my own design.

Now that I've had a think about it, I realize why the Godzilla design was such a chore, it was the first creature I did in the new style that I was developing for the show. As I got more practiced, the creatures became slightly easier to do. However Cybergodzilla was also a pain in the neck. I can draw creatures much easier now because after Godzilla I did some for Heavy Gear, a few for Max Steel and much more complex ones for Roughnecks.

I was wondering why the creatures in Yorris were such a breeze to do, no approval process and the experience paid off. Interesting.
Thank you for helping figure that out! :D
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Reptek Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student General Artist
You're welcome, and I hope to see more of your drawings in the future (they're really cool)! :D (Big Grin) 
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MechanicOrga Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello mr Barlow! I just wanted to say that I really admire your artwork and art style, especially the work you did on Godzilla: The Series! There's something about the style which resonates with me a lot. I watched the series non-stop when I was a lil' kid, and I still love it! It must be the factor of nostalgia, haha.

Also I was snooping around in the comments section of this artwork; I completely understand why you wouldn't attempt drawing the Japanese version of Godzilla, especially with so many whiny elitist fans, haha. I'm actually tempted to have a go at drawing one of the incarnations whilst applying your style, so that you don't get flamed for it. What do you think? :D

P.S. I've seen some other people around DA actually recreate Toho monsters through that of your art stylee, and I  have to say that they look very spiffy, and I think they' relate to your style very much! ouo
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Much appreciated, and I'm glad that you still enjoy the animation. We really did try to make shows that had some lasting value.

Well, I've done my time with Hollywood, and I've moved on. So it feels like going back over old ground for me.
However, I've made a concession, a surprise in my new comic for Image called 8house: Yorris which will be available in June of this year.

Please, feel free to draw whatever you want, it won't bother me.
Play, reinvent have some fun, that's what art is for! :)
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280077s Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to give you major props for the work you did, and for putting up with the completely unwarranted and hateful comments by Godzilla fans. All the hate the 1998 movie and the series gets depresses the crap out of me honestly. Its like these haters don't have anything better to do than just spout negativity and try to ruin ( intentionally or unintentionally, I don't know) the love people have for the 1998 movie and animated series.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It has been an education posting my Godzilla work on DA. On one hand I never knew that there was any community for, or against, the TV show. I didn't like the movie when it came out, in fact I don't know anyone on the animation production who did, but we saw our role as taking a franchise that Sony saw as a failure and making something of value from it, a noble cause. Keep in mind that when we began, the movie hadn't come out and Sony had unrealistically high hopes for the films success. Had the film performed well we might be having a completely different conversation.

Posting on DA has taught me about the nature of "fandom". Personally I don't like the work "fan", because I don't like any association with loosing control of one's senses, as in "fanatic" which is the origin of the word. After years of thinking about the responses that I have been getting on DA I have reached a decision to downplay the word "fan" and prefer to see you all as "friends of my art".

What I have also discovered, to my surprise, is that "fans" are very selective, they seem to like ONLY the thing that they bonded to as children to the exclusion of everything else. I liken this to a baby bird "imprinting" on the first thing it sees. Ironically like Godzilla does to Dr. Nick Tatopoulos in the movie and in our animated series. Children "imprint" and whatever they fall in love with stays with them as something of wonder for the rest of their lives. In this strange age the imprinted adults now label themselves as "fanatics" of their childhood love.

I have learned that fanatics are a double edged sword. As long as they see things that please them they will support the creator, or for that matter Hollywood actor, but once the person steps out of the defined parameters, fanatics will, like Godzilla, rampage, rage and destroy what they don't like. How many Hollywood actors are currently being ripped to shreds right now simply for being human. Heaven forbid if a female star has Photoshop enhanced cellulite! What a ridiculous age we live in.

We all have likes and dislikes, we can't all be the same, and that is a good thing. I would hate to live in a world where everyone liked the same thing. I have always stood for diversity, my main project Zooniverse is all about diversity, embraces it. Here's the interesting thing, very few of my animation fanatics have seen, or cared to look at my personal project that caught the eye of Hollywood. Even though the links are always under my comments, how few of you have bothered to follow the links?

The most interesting thing that I have learned about fanatics, is that they wear blinkers, there are people who only look at my work for Godzilla, and not XGB, or Tutenstein. There are Tutenstein fans who are disinterested in any other work that I have done. Even though the same hand was behind it all, I find that my work has been compartmentalized and I am expected to divide myself between projects when I comment and post. How can I have favorites when I am proud of all my work.  

Lastly I am not a "fan" of the shows that I have worked on, this seems inconceivable to fanatics who forget that when I began work on all of these shows there were no fans! No one knew, and I worked in a vacuum, pulling designs out of a blank page. It was a job, I was a hired hand. If I'd been given a choice I would never have worked on these shows, I didn't even think animation was capable of being faithful to my designs. I certainly didn't work on these shows solely for money. The only reason I worked in animation was the empty promise that my personal project Zooniverse might be produced next. I'm stupid and it took decades for me to figure out that Hollywood had no interest in my personal work, so I returned home to Australia to dedicate the remainder of my life to Zooniverse.

Please don't worry about the hateful and hurtful things that people write, they are only words. I'm 51 years old, and at my age I couldn't give a crap about what kids say in the schoolyard. That's the nice thing about getting older, you care less about all the things that lather up the youth. I can enjoy projects, films and TV shows just as much as anyone else, but I'm not going to be bothered if someone doesn't like the same films as I do.

Oh and if you'll notice I will never use the term "Zilla" to describe my work on Godzilla, that was the legitimate name of the show, sanctioned and approved by Toho, people need to grow up, you're adults now!
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Durendal5150 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
With any piece of work based on an existing idea, and especially one like this based on an existing IP, it's depressingly common for people's criticisms to fall, not on the merits or quality of the work, but just on the basis of, "This isn't precisely like the one I liked best."

Your point about just straight up disliking the word "Fan" is a thought provoking one as well. ^^
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I agree completely.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my post. :)
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280077s Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for your in-depth reply, it means a lot. Thanks for giving me the courage to call Godzilla Godzilla, that also means a lot, because when you think about it, Zilla was the name given to a parody version of the 1998 movie for the film Godzilla:final wars, and the film makers hardly gave that creature a chance against their Godzilla. Anyway, thank you for taking the time to speak with me, a friend of your work.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for being so supportive :)
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280077s Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are most welcome, a friend in art is always a friend of mine :)
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doctor3uk Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
The proper Toho Goddzilla was so much better.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for sharing.
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HewyToonmore Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
What would your design of the Japanese Godzilla look like?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I don't know.
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HewyToonmore Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Would be pretty awesome if you tackled the original Japanese Godzilla! :D
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I know what you are hinting at ;D
I'm not going to do it, I'd probably upset too many people. lol

Safer if I back away quietly.
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HewyToonmore Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Dude, I don't know what you are talking about. I loved the animated Godzilla series, it was way better than the movie it was based on, and you did a fantastic job on the monsters. My favorites being Nessie and the metal sphinx monster. I'm just asking that if you were asked to draw the original Japanese Godzilla, how would you do it?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I seriously don't know how I would tackle the original Godzilla. I wouldn't have a clue until I start sketching around. I do know that I would try two approaches: -
1) Traditional: seeing if I can make the design as faithful to the original as possible, and yet figure out a way for it to make sense biologically.
2) Experimental: take the theme of Godzilla in a new direction, one that hasn't been attempted before.

Either choice will probably land me in hot water with Godzilla fans, so it's better that I just leave this alone as a closed chapter in my career.
No one paid me to do such a design so I didn't.
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HewyToonmore Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Understood. Thanks anyway.
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SolGravionMegazord Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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ARC-INK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hey Phil! It’s Alan C. I had the pleasure of being a director on Godizilla the animated series way back when. Those were fun times man!
Here we are from ’98 til now. 15 years have passed and your artwork still looks like no other!
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Pulsarium Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow, look at that! A lil' connection through the web.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hey Alan, nice to hear from you! Yeah it's been a while hasn't it :)
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Growlie26 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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Growlie26 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Remember the show, enjoyed it because you got Godzilla looking cooler than he did in the movie. Some great work.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much, I just pushed the design a bit more :)
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Kth-77 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
I heard if the series was allowed to go on there would be an episode where Godzilla Classic would fight the Shows Godzilla, I'm dying with curiosity as to how Classic Godzilla would have looked in the show's style.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah it would have been fun to rework the classic Godzilla, or even if I'd had a chance to try a fresh Godzilla design separate to the Sony and Toho ones.
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DanielMejia12 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is cool... i am a huge godzilla fan (both japanese and american)..... the american movie was mindless but fun and i thought emmerich's re-imagining of the character was really cool... nice to know an artist from the project :) may i ask, did you enjoyed emmerich's movie and were you a fan of godzilla before the american project? just wondering... nice art :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad that you enjoy all of the Godzilla variants :)

Hopefully you can understand that I don't need to be a fan to pour my love and dedication into a project :)
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austintrench Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
if only emmerich was like that hahah
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DanielMejia12 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yeah.. i hope i didn't insult you or anything like that... i was just wondering... anyways, keep up the good work!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Don't worry, I don't get insulted easily :)
I was actually trying not to insult you, because the truth is I've never seen any of the original Godzilla films. My parents were very strict about what I was allowed to watch, and by the time I was an adult I never got around to it. So I can't be a fan of something I've never seen. :)

As for the Sony film, I'd spent a very paranoid 6 months working in secret on the designs for the show before the film came out, so I already knew what Godzilla looked like and the main cast, so I was a little jaded. The Sony film struck me as a well produced kids film, I was 35 years old when I saw it. Naturally a 35 year old is going to perceive things differently than a 12 year old.

So you see the truth is kind of a bummer, and I was hoping to protect you from it :) Bottom line am a mercenary, I pick up my pencil and apply myself to the task at hand, it's a job and I do my best. However the one thing I brought was my respect for the design in nature, a love of observing the unique qualities of animal species which I put into the creature designs for Godzilla. If I am a fan of anything I am a fan of the natural world.
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DanielMejia12 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it is ok... the american film and cartoon brought many new fans to the godzilla franchise, so i thank the effort you put into the cartoon..... and that cartoon was a damn good one :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm always happy to inspire people, and I'm glad you enjoyed or efforts. Thank you so much! :)
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ZaikXory Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
So you were the one that created the design? I must say, I am impressed and glad to see your artwork. ^^
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) I didn't exactly design Godzilla, I just modified Patrick Tatopoulos' film version, but this is the style I came up with and my drawing.
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ZaikXory Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
I understand that, but still I love your representation of it. It was by far one of the leading influences on my creature designs as I was growing up. ^^
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