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Water Tiger Beetle: SST by filbarlow Water Tiger Beetle: SST by filbarlow
I did this artwork based off a design from Darren Roach, who was one of the crew working for my Australian company assisting me on the show. I colored it with markers.
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Khialat Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All your bug designs rock, but I like this one in particular!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I like how chunky it is.
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Very cool man! You could seriously do a very cool comic with your skills and conctacts.
Seriously cant wait for more!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yep been working on both comics and animations, my DA journals have all the info.
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:iconjazon19:
Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Yeah interesting lil read there indeed!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm curious to know your thoughts on the animated work when you have a chance to look.
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:iconjazon19:
Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Its good man! The two bugs were coolre all of the ones on that page yours? If you ever want some voices for something Id be up for it!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
By "bugs" do you mean the insectoids popping their eyes? And yes all the animations are mine. Thanks for the offer for voices but we've got that covered. :)
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Cool cool! Yeah mate, all of them are awesome.
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HelenMaier Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Isn't he a fat little beauty! Nice color job and a very cool design.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Tasty too!
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
This is what I just did right here in my chair:

*peruse, peruse, peruse my messages* :yawn:

*sees this thumbnail* :iconicantbelieveitplz: !!!

*GASP* :iconlaplz:

"Water tigerrrr!" :iconicamespeechlesslyplz:


I just love your bugs SO MUCH! :iconlawooplz: Oh hey those are cool spur-thingies just above its hind-flippers.... does it have those on both sides, like two per appendage? </NERRRD :ashamed:>
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Lmao! Very funny breakdown of your reactions! I'm glad that my bug work has such a positive effect on you. I have a Chariot Bug lined up next.

I saw the things above it's back legs as rudders. There are one each side, two total. Never worry about asking me anything :D
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Hee hee hee more bugs. :iconteheplz: *lol* Sorry, I just have such incredibly fond memories of this show. :XD:

And oh! No I meant those little claw-hook-thingies branching from near the lowest joint. I'm guessing kinda for scuttling around in shallow water? :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I uploaded the Chariot bug earlier than scheduled as thanks for your enthusiasm.

Yeah everything on a bug helps for scuttling around. If you are looking at the toes just above the paddle on the back leg with two claws coming off them, then there are meant to be two of those per leg. The concept that I was working with (and the Chariot bug will help to illustrate it) was that the bugs originally had 3 toes. The middle one dominates in some bugs to become the single spike you see on the Warrior bugs, the two either side just don't form. This allowed me to keep the spike design from the movie, while having the flexibility to use 3 toes to carry the weight of the gigantic bugs. So in the case of the Water Tiger bug, the middle toe became a feathery paddle and the two vestigial toes either side remained as a defensive measure on the back legs and disappeared on the front.
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
*sees Chariot bug before seeing this*

Ah! I see now! Three toes. :D And on the Chariot bug too! :la: Oh my gosh I just love all the thought you put into these designs. *lol* I know I've said that before, but seriously! All the research and knowledge you build up and pour into your creatures really does make such an incredible difference. Gads the depth, man!! :XD:
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
lol I just think too much generally. Really I'm just passing on my appreciation for what I've picked up observing nature. It's the best teacher! :D
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TheWhiteSarcophagus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful! Might I inquire what markers you used?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Sure, Tria by Pantone and touch-ups with Prismacolor pencils by Berol. The Blister, Rippler, Brain and Plasma bugs in my gallery were colored using the same technique.
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TheWhiteSarcophagus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very awesome, thank you!
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Undrave Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Love these guys! You can tell its fast and dangerous in water!

Weren't there coloured with more grey tones in the show proper?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I checked it against a jpeg I have of the 3D model, the colors on the Foundation Imaging textures are pretty accurate a little more definition might have been nice on the back. I remember wanting to see a bit more shaping in the face, but we were so rushed for time, it was close enough so I had to let it go. There was no ZBrush or Mudbox back then.

Maybe the lighting and effects washed the textures out in the final render.
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Undrave Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Yeah a lot of the time you'd see them in water or at night.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, it's been a while...
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Garvals Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012   Digital Artist
I always love 'insect' and 'water' monster crossovers. :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
yeah :D
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OmegaZilla Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this is something I would have liked to see in the Godzilla series.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I actually did a water beetle for Godzilla episode #40
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OmegaZilla Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I remember it! Awesome bugger. But this would've been another interesting addition. It fits the series' style.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I like how chunky he/she/it is.
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HangmansFable Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
I really dig this, I love the way it has almost furry paddles at the ends of its appendages.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you noticed them :)
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