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    TMNT Concept

    This is a concept I had for redesigning the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I wanted to make it look like something that actually crawled out of the sewers. I got rid of the bright masks and elbow pads and used stuff you would actually find in the sewer.

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    Funky!

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    thats just awsome

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    Thanks! I am working on Leonardo right now. I should have him posted in the next few days.

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    I like your work.

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    Thanks for the input everyone. I am thinking about going sewer sumo with michaelangelo. Let me know what you think.

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    Wow. I loved TMNT as a kid, and this is a great representation.

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    love the tire-kneepads!

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    This is a real nice design and a solid drawing. The tire kneepads are a nice touch. But I think your piece loses some impact because you haven't separated the lights and darks in temperature. It looks like your lights are cool and so your shadows should be warmer. Otherwise great piece.

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    Thanks for the feedback Colin. I will definitely keep that in mind with the next one.

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    i like the drawing, it is a nice monster. But i think you completely destroyed this tutle. I think they are very difficult to redesign. here is a kind of character that was formed by the original comics and used in te animations. First they are ninjas and second they are good. That means they are no monsters, they are friendly, they are cool. This one don't even look any more like a turtle. He is too heavy to do ninjatricks. He looks evil. His weapons are not the classic ninjaknifes. You can't even see his face, so he makes you afraid of him.

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    Nice! I like the redesign. I think Colin Boyer made a good call about the lights and darks, but otherwise great!

    I remember a friend of mine had a turtles calender with differnet versions of the character and my favorite was one where they looked very much like real turtles it was creepy and weird and wonderful.

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    Wow! Very interesting! I will waiting for update!

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    Again thanks everyone for the feedback. The reason I didn't go with traditional ninja weapons is that I wanted to base the characters more in reality. I know you can only base so much in reality when it comes to a big mutant turtle that walks in talks. I just wanted the turtles to make their own weapons out of what they might come across in the sewers or in the garbage. Thats why I went with the pitchforks. The original comics were much darker, and i wanted to get back to that. You will be able to see in the upcoming turtles that they are much more turtle like than the ones you see in the cartoons.

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    This really reminds me of the Michael Zulli version of the Turtles that went for a much more realistic approach - outside of the original Eastman and Laird issues, this was my favorite mini-series.

    I love it!

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    I had never seen the Michael Zulli version before. His version is pretty awesome

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    cool. I like it ^_^

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    Sewer Sumo sounds good.

    You should post more around here, Nate. Your penciled/inked shit would do really well, too.

    For your coloring- I think you could work some more contrast in there. Dark darks would boost this image a great deal. I also think his shell ridge should cast a shadow on his "lower neck" area, given that your light source is somewhere above and behind (has to be behind to illuminate his calves, right?). The dark part of the ridge (connecting to his body) would be a good place to start with darks, if you wanted to.

    I've been trying to "draw" more and then paint over/under that. I find that when I have black/dark outlines around things that I actually begin to cut down on my darks, because they LOOK there. Try taking away your line art from time to time when you're painting and see what it looks like.

    But, in all honesty- you've improved so much with your coloring since we were last in school. What else have you been up to, man?

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    Thanks for the crit Quigley. I know I can always rely on you to tell it how it is. Things have been good man. Me, Richie, and Chris Johnson have a gallery show this Friday at the Whitley gallery downtown. You should come by. I have been following your stuff and you have made major improvements in your figures. Can't wait to see more. Keep in touch.

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    Awesome, I agree about the contrast though, nevertheless its a great concept and I love TMNT. Please do the other turtles, it would be interesting to see your take on splinter too.

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