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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.
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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.
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:iconfilbarlow:
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.
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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?"
"Man!"
"Nope."
"A dancing bear?"
"Nuhuh."
"Then what?"
"That thing over there."
*points to hideous monster with legs coming out of its wazoo*
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MotorRoach Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Hahah, he's got a handsome face.
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
... or she. O.O;
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ELLOCABRUJA Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
love your designs
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:iconfilbarlow:
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 :)
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:iconrazorgeist:
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.  
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I'm glad you got the intention :)
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:iconrazorgeist:
Razorgeist Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Oh that was the intention? Very nice.  I was originally going to ask why you didnt put more greek design choices on the sphinx but then I remembered that the Greeks were influenced by the Egyptians.  Also I dont really know any ancient greek design motifs so its a moot point.
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
The riddle story came from a Greek myth, so I was attempting to link the Greek connection through the mask and the Ancient Egyptian connection through the head scarf tentacle things. The script had more to do with the Greek Sphinx than the Egyptian original.
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Razorgeist Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Oh yeah I knew that.  Matter of fact the greek sphinx was female and was born from Echidna.  You know didn't even notice the mask bad on me.  He's a great piece of work.
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
The mask is female.

Thank you.
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:iconrazorgeist:
Razorgeist Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Huh didnt even notice that.  That certainly adds a whole new level to the character.
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KnockPainter Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
More Ghostbusters concepts! Ah! *_*
Watched the whole series a few days ago)
Thank you so much for all those fantastic monsters!

Sphinx really scared me with his... real face.

I saw some similarity between GB, Godzilla and Man In Black. 
Can I ask you if they all was made by one studio. And did you worked in all these projects?
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Glad that you liked them.

Here a visual resume of some of the shows that I've worked on: filbarlow.deviantart.com/art/j…

Extreme Ghostbusters, Godzilla and MIB were all created at Columbia Tristar where I and my two companies worked from 1995 to 2000. An employee from my American studio was responsible for the alien designs for MIB.
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TrueMefista Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work,but it's the thing I hate ghostbusters for:"mythology is boring,let's spice it up with random bullshit".Bleh.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Sometimes the writers bothered to do research, sometimes they didn't. It was hit and miss, we tried to spice up a bad script with cool designs and that's all we could do. I was disappointed that they used the classic Ancient Greek riddle rather than coming up with their own "modern" version.

Lazy, as far as I was concerned.
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TrueMefista Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh,I see.
Yup,everyone knows that riddle,was weird to hear it as if no-one solved it before
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Agreed
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:icontruemefista:
TrueMefista Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They should've taken the riddle from the Chronicles of Amber))) it was guy riddling the sphinx there, but hell, that one was awesome
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I don't know it, sorry.
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:icontruemefista:
TrueMefista Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"What's green and red and goes round and round and round?"
Sphinx was unable to solve it in the book)
Answer is  "A frog in a Cuisinart", though I like the variant from russian translation [a watermelon in a meat grinder] more.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Assuming that the Sphinx had any knowledge of modern day kitchen appliances.
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revereche Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god, I saw this as a kid and it existed feverishly in the back of my head as what sphinxes were for years, and I was so mad when I looked them up later and couldn't find anything on them stealing faces. BUT IT'S WHAT THEY DO IT'S THEIR THING! (Also yeah, for some reason I remembered it as being an episode of the old series and stealing each of the characters' faces one by one. I don't know.)
So, thank you for culturing one of my childhood monsters! Seriously, it was a great one.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I hinted at the historical Greek sphinx being female through the mask. I hinted at the Egyptian origins through the tentacle-like head dress. Everett's designs were distinctly male. My first designs were more monstrous, but I was encouraged to go along a more traditional route. I would have loved to have pushed the design even further.

I'm glad you liked the result though.
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revereche Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the incongruous female face is what started off my "it must have stolen the face" line of logic. The end result was a nice sort of Zeiram thing, but now I'm really curious to see what your other takes were!
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'll pull some of the rejected sketches out one day, I just have a lot to get through with the episodic ghosts.
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revereche Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet :3
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TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice design. I like the mask. Though the creature behind the mask felt very random to me when I was watching the show as a kid. But the idea of the Sphinx was awesome.

Also, when I was young, I thought the enigma was clever (what creature walks on 4 legs, then 2, and finally 3?), but then, when growing up, I understood how basic it was. Compare that to E.Nigma puzzles from Batman TAS, and you see a clear difference. Though, in that case, it was a lot of word-play which didn't translate in other languages. ^^"

The idea of the Sphinx feeding off intellectual people was really great, but as a lot of XGB creatures, I wish it was something bigger. For example, an episode where the GB team actually goes to Egypt to investigate on a tomb where people discovered another underground layer of tunnels under it, with minor ghosts in it, and they bring back the Sphinx with them without knowing.
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EGB-Season2 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I'm sure that early on in the episode they made the mistake of asking the riddle in the wrong order, I could of misheard, I'll have to watch it again some time
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TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rewatched it to be sure, and it's in the right order, so no problem there.
"It's a dancing bear!"
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Agree. Agree. Agree!

The thing behind the mask was based off a sketch Richard did, I thought it was so left field that it made me laugh, so I just used it unchanged rather than interpreting it. You see the "face" for such a short time that it didn't seem to matter, just needed to be unexpected. Also I was really rushed for time during this production and it worked for shock value, so it went in.

As I said above I thought reusing the classic Greek riddle was lazy. I'd known the answer since I was a kid because I'd read all of those myths.
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Spetacular work!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
:D
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Cheers!
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