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XGB: Ep02: The Sphinx

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By filbarlow   |   
Published: February 3, 2014
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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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bugzzy123's avatar
bugzzy123Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question in that episode named 'killjoys' what was the giant worms name???
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EaohkanHobbyist Digital Artist
I remember this episode. :)
JuanSpain's avatar
It scared me out when I was a kid and it took his mask off,that green monster was really scary for me :(
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Sorry, hahaha :XD: .... oops I mean, how terrible, I'm sorry ;_;
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Spike-McFinnHobbyist Traditional Artist
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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TheMythologianStudent 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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filbarlowProfessional 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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avancnaHobbyist 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*
MotorRoach's avatar
Hahah, he's got a handsome face.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
... or she. O.O;
ELLOCABRUJA's avatar
ELLOCABRUJAProfessional Digital Artist
love your designs
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
This was a collaboration, so I can't take full credit for it, but thank you :)
Razorgeist's avatar
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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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Yeah I'm glad you got the intention :)
Razorgeist's avatar
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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filbarlowProfessional 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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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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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
The mask is female.

Thank you.
Razorgeist's avatar
Huh didnt even notice that.  That certainly adds a whole new level to the character.
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KnockPainterHobbyist 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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filbarlowProfessional 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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TrueMefistaHobbyist 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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filbarlowProfessional 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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TrueMefistaHobbyist 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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