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XGB: MainTitle: Rakshasa

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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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Sniper0092Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good job as usual. It reminds me of a shinigami.
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
I was thinking of a mask from Bali, so there may be a common origin.
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Sniper0092Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How have you been?
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Good thanks, you?
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Sniper0092Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been great. My holidays were fun, my uncle came over.
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This is just awesOme, love your designs and worderfuly fluid lines. Super splendid skills. 
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filbarlowProfessional 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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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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filbarlowProfessional 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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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
I take it you were inspired by Rangda when you created this gentleman?
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filbarlowProfessional 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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avancnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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scythemantisHobbyist 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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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Yeah I don't remember why it was feline either, probably script.
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Now THATS a cool looking Ghost...
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Yeah he was fun to do.
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Emerson-FialhoProfessional Artist
Fabulous work, my friend! :clap:
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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Thank you :D
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Emerson-FialhoProfessional Artist
You're welcome, good friend!
:D
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TheWhiteSarcophagusHobbyist 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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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
No idea, I left Sony in 2001
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HelenMaierProfessional 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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filbarlowProfessional Filmographer
Thank you for inking him :D
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GoblinounoursHobbyist 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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