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the turtles

]Okay, so let me preface this by saying im not a TMNT fan. Well I guess I mean i’m not a fanboy. I never grew up on this property as a child, so I have no particular love for it.

Honestly, I find the premise a little over the top; teenage mutants I can do (clearly), but the turtle aspect is just completely odd to me.

Anyway, because I’m currently working on the new animated tv show on nickelodeon, i’ve grown to have a very particular view of these characters. How i’d like to treat them. Clearly something like this nickelodeon would never go for, so I would never have a venue to realize my rendition with my work on the show, but I decided to just figure them out on my own and draw them anway.
I guess the first thing I wanted to accomplish, is because I find the turtles being ninja aspect so over the top I wanted to make my versions super serious to help counteract it. My version would have little to none of the staples that most fans love about the property. Again, I really don’t see the appeal all the other turtles fans do, so im just going completely left field on this.


I also wanted to make them more of a cross section look at Asian fighting in general, rather than just ninjas. Clearly I tried to get Leo to be more of a Samurai character; very serious, very methodical, not very fast, but incredibly precise. I also toyed with the idea that he only speaks in japanese, which I might stick with.


Probably the largest jump I make from the original design of the character.
My train of thought on this design sort of went all over the place. My original idea was to go a more sumo route. To showcase another form of asian fighting. I thought the idea of a large sumo wrestler type fighter who has to use a bow staff to extend his reach would be kinda cool. From there I added a bit more of the techy aspect of the character that is currently being used in the new TMNT show. I took it to the point where he is a walking workstation. I really wanted to make the character to seem like a guy who really spends almost all of his time tinkering and creating new tech. This brought me to giving him sort of a heavy leather work outfit. The kind people use at metal workshops and places involving a lot of sparks. Another idea I thought to add in there was the bomb aspect of ninjas. Dropping smoke bombs and the like. I just took Donnie to the extreme where he is strapped with a multitude of bombs. For any occassion.
By the end he became of a tank character. I think the sumo type fighting would be cool to keep, if he ever needed to get up close, but mainly he is a character that because he can’t move that fast, uses his tech and bombs to the fullest extent.


From the get-go, I wanted him to be the legit ninja of the group. He is the stealth, he is the shadows, he is the quiet. He is easily the smallest of the group. Everything about him is built to me nimble. Dark colours were an obvious choice for him.
Because with this line of designs I was attempting to make the characters serious, I didn’t feel a wise cracking, joking goofball would fit with the rest of the group. It was with a stroke of inspiration that I came up with the mask. I didn’t want to just go with a standard ninja face wrap (which felt a little boring to me) and it wasn’t until i thought of using a mask that he really clicked for me. It would allow him to look super intense and maybe something along the lines where the mask helped create a sort of myth about him amongst criminals. But the thing I really liked that I came up with was putting a smile on the mask. It really hit home as an homage to the fun loving mikey and immediately giving him a defining feature that the others wouldn’t have.


I’ve had this one locked for a while. Idea-wise. He pretty much is the exact opposite of mikey. Raph is pure blunt force. He isnt fast, he isnt smart, no finesse. Instead, he just walks up to something and hits it until it drops. He doesn’t get out of the way either. He takes the hits. and hits them back. I also wanted him to barely use any weapons. its all his fists
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SnackKrumbz's avatar
It truly amazes me how people land jobs working on content that they have no interest in, while others would give anything to do so. Money truly talks lol
TitoWJames's avatar
I'd love to see this more mature version as a stand alone comic.
JetStrange's avatar
theres is so much I can say about this.... to the drawing and to the description.... but I will just say this.... This is at a whole is just amazing :) 
Jjaga's avatar
Love different turtle incarnations! Nice work!
so amazing i like your arts. would u mind if i use it sir?
tolindoys's avatar
well-thought, well-drawn. respect.
M00kZ's avatar
So awesome! Totally digging all the back stories too, especially Leo. It never occurred to me till you said it that the turtles always being ninja he'd no Japanese aspect to them. Great job and I would definitely watch this if it ever came to light.
MatheusLunguinho's avatar
Jesus! Why is Don so freaking giant-like? (incredible work though)
darksammyknite's avatar
I love the current comic but I would love to see more individuality among the brothers and seeing this is awesome and exactly what I mean
jeroenbrugman's avatar
I love that show, although I have to make do with Dutch translations. They have managed to give each of them a merit, and a flaw that is crucial in ninjutsu.
Leo has the skills and leadership abilities, but is insecure, hesitation is lethal in combat.
Donnie is a solid combatant and inventor, but tends to overthink things, which is lethal in combat.
Mikey is easily the best ninja of the lot, as he just goes with the flow, he's also not too bright, which can be lethal.
Ralph is strong and tough, but has no patience and a temper, both of which will get you killed in a fight.

These redesigns are nice. 
Michaels-enemy's avatar
Just perfect! If only the film makers had taken this approach!
KurvosVicky's avatar
Well... they kinda did. Not too far off, to be frank.
As a TMNT fan, the original cartoon in the late 80s early 90s, I must say I enjoy this a lot. The original premise of a bunch of goofy teenage ninja mutants was cool to me and I've always loved turtles. So it was a great fit for me. I do however, really enjoy the rendition you went with because a lot of it fits the characters if they were to be taken more seriously.
Jesus man, this is incredible. This really needs to be made into something with a great story and animation ("Ghost in the Shell" style). I love the creative choices, the style, everything, and I grew up with the old TV show. I don't think you should make any modifications to these characters, you made awesome choices and managed to really differentiate one from the other. Damn.
m1a1t7t's avatar
I respect your decision at drawing Donatello this way, and he looks good but it still makes me laugh every one I see it. 
Wait0wat's avatar
Okay, I get Leo, -a  bit of- Mikey and Raph...but Donnie seems too a little far fetched for me, I thought him to be the middle ground between Raph and mikey, not too buff, but also not to skinny and nimble.
SROBOTNIK's avatar
Finally stumbled on the creator of this master piece, the leo is the only one i saw on the net, the rest of the bros look so amazing! awesome work friend!!
ApplebeeJuice's avatar
Oh man these designs are so GREAT!! You realy bring them down to the ninja core. I love it so much and the backstories you got for them.. oh man oh man oh man. But especially Leo only speaking Japanese... I can really dig that. Im in tears i love this so much.
XavierRojo's avatar
Man, I'm just really amazed with your designs.... :)
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