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CaptainN: HowsBayou: Billy by filbarlow CaptainN: HowsBayou: Billy by filbarlow
Although I did conceptual character designs that the animated TV show Captain N were based off, the only episode that I worked on was called "How's Bayou" back in 1990. I designed all of the monsters and characters for that episode. One character, Billy was a caricature of an artist who had been part of my team on ALF and was now heading the designs on Captain N in my absence. I was back in Australia sending designs via fax (this was in the days of pre-internet). Captain N didn't air in Australia, so I never saw how the episode turned out until I caught it on YouTube a few years ago. The artist had turned the tables on me, Billy had became a "Crocodile Dundee" clone, which the artist knew I disliked as an Australian stereotype. He got me good. It took me twenty years to see what he did, but he got me back for caricaturing him in the first place.

So here for the first time, colored as I intended, is the rejected design of Bayou billy.
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Tuxedo-Mark Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
That's pretty cool. Question: Why does this have a 1990 copyright (Billy appeared in season 1 in 1989)?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Professional Filmographer
'Cos my memory for that time isn't too clear. I need to fix most of the Captain N art. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, I'll fix it.... eventually.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, making a Louisiana vigilante look like an Australian bushman never made a lot of sense.  Your design fits much better.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Agreed :)
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I love the accidental reveal many moons later.

Makes the character background so much more charming too!!!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional Filmographer
It's so weird 'cos I assume that my design is Billy and the one that everybody saw is the impostor.
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btnkdrms Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
that sucks about what happened with your work on Bayou Billy - who to me was always a guy from the southern wetlands of the US (it is in his name :D)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yeah there's no way that anyone other than me and the other designer would get the jokes that we were playing on each other. Two areas that we had no control over was color & voices, so there's nothing in the acting to give away the "Crocodile Dundee" reference, but the colorist must have made the same conclusion by making the character blonde. I know that the other designer was getting me back for caricaturing him, we were being cheeky. I can't think of another term to describe it.
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GHENGIZZ Featured By Owner Edited Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds awesome, I hope to have that fun working in animation:)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
We were young, we took our jobs seriously but would joke around a lot to blow off steam.
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GHENGIZZ Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the best approach I find.
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