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XGB: Ep02: The Sphinx by filbarlow XGB: Ep02: The Sphinx by filbarlow
The second show that went into production was "The Sphinx" which didn't go to air until late in the run for some reason. I based this design partly off sketches that Illustrator Everett Peck faxed through, and the hideous creature behind the mask was based off a sketch by Executive Producer Richard Raynis (I'll post that art at a later date). I have my own fascination with masks that I brought to the creature.

My pencils were originally inked in by Helen Maier.
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spike360 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
I was going to do my own version of the Riddle of the Sphinx story for an X-Files fan fiction entitled "The Riddle" and feature it like a slasher film. We don't actually see the monster until much later. And the voice of the Sphinx is female in my story. Good work! I envisioned the story back when X-Files was in its heyday, but now that the show is over, I thought I'd bring it to the modern world with Scully and Mulder now working apart from the FBI. I knew the answer to the riddle from the XGB, having read the story of Oedipus and how he came to Thebes.
TheMythologian Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
My favourite of the whole series. I had dreams about it for months as a kid, and even now I have a weird fascination with sphinxes and other similar creatures.
filbarlow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I was a big Sphinx fan as a kid too. The latest theory that I've been researching is that it was originally a lion and successive Pharaohs sculpted their own heads into it.
avancna Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three in the evening?"
"A dancing bear?"
"Then what?"
"That thing over there."
*points to hideous monster with legs coming out of its wazoo*
MotorRoach Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Hahah, he's got a handsome face.
filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
... or she. O.O;
ELLOCABRUJA Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
love your designs
filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This was a collaboration, so I can't take full credit for it, but thank you :)
Razorgeist Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Ahhh yes one of my favorites!  I actually liked the face quite a bit.  It gave the sphinx a bit of unsettling mystery.  The idea that this is a just a glamour for something worse underneath.  
filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I'm glad you got the intention :)
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