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XGB: MainTitle: Rakshasa by filbarlow XGB: MainTitle: Rakshasa by filbarlow
Rakshasa was one of the quick fly-by ghosts in front of the Ghost Cloud shown in the introduction to the Extreme Ghostbusters animated TV show. I was trying for a Balinese design to add some more variety to the kinds of ghost that the show could portray. I liked the design so much that I snuck it in to a few mass ghost sightings.

Eventually it got it's own show #138 "Glutton for punishment" (show #38) and was renamed Ravana and we made it look more cat-like for some reason, maybe it was in the script. I don't recall where the name Rakshasa came from, but the info on the art is written in Helen Maier's hand writing which means she also helped me ink the work that you see here.
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Sniper0092 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job as usual. It reminds me of a shinigami.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I was thinking of a mask from Bali, so there may be a common origin.
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Sniper0092 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How have you been?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Good thanks, you?
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Sniper0092 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have been great. My holidays were fun, my uncle came over.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
This is just awesOme, love your designs and worderfuly fluid lines. Super splendid skills. 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, my inker Helen Maier was responsible for most of the linework, we shared the inking duties, I would block in the facial details that I wanted done correctly and she would complete the rest. I did very tight pencils so that she knew where to go, but her inking hand is much steadier than mine. The stresses of production sometimes made it hard to find the focus I needed.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
wow all that input yet the image works because its looks so easy so simple
...maybe because all that expertise teamed with an artists eye knows exactly what to put in and what to leave out  make that image work like its perfection!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, I think all of our previous experience doing comics helped a lot. We'd been used to working with brush and steel nibs too which also made inking easier. I wanted the XGB style to be a fairly simple, to make it easier on the entire crew to draw, including the animators.
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I take it you were inspired by Rangda when you created this gentleman?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Not that deliberately, I had seen a few masks but had no idea what deities they represented. Not that I haven't enjoyed reading up on Rangda over the last few days, so thank you for that. :)
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avancna Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember finding it a little odd that they insisted on it being "feline" in its episode. I love how it has that Balinese mask look but still very organic and natural looking.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I don't remember why it was feline either, probably script.
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Hersiali Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Now THATS a cool looking Ghost...
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah he was fun to do.
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Artist
Fabulous work, my friend! :clap:
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :D
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Artist
You're welcome, good friend!
:D
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WhiteSarcophagus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tons of love for this show! You're designs from this will always stay in my head.

Any idea if they ever plan on bringing it out for sale?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
No idea, I left Sony in 2001
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HelenMaier Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aaah Rakshasaaaa, it rolls off your tongue, and then bites it off! One of my favorite spectres, he was a treat to ink.:rawrlickreverse:
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for inking him :D
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TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neat!  :D

Well, even if I love your style, when I was young, I remember that I kept bitching that these weren't 'ghosts', more like 'demons'.
I remember that everytime I see a spectral monster being called a 'ghost'. ^^"
To me, the Ghostbusters should be more about capturing ghosts of people, but then, there would be some kind of ethic problem, I guess.
Like, for the family of the deceased that became the ghost...
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
There were plenty of people ghosts, but the scripts kept coming in dull, so we didn't have a lot of wiggle room. I mean ghost dragons? Ghost Leprechaun? Ghost Moby Dick? Really? The writers phoned it in more than once.
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TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that's what I thought. ^^
Well, I hope they'll be a lil' smarter about that in the third movie.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Possibly.
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Razorgeist Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Very cool sir.  I was always a little perplexed at Ravanna's design as in Indian mythology he's depicted as a 20 armed guy.  Guess that answers my question.  
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
The ghost got named after I'd designed him, had I researched the name properly I would have honored the original Hindu design.
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revereche Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The (boring) Dungeons and Dragons rendition of rakshasas depicts them as tiger people =P Maybe that's why. Originally, they're just malevolent spirits from India with various cool designs, and "ravana" is an alternate name.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Honestly I would have changed the design to reflect the Hindu source, but the name came after the design so I left it as it was. We were always running out of time so I probably had no choice.
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