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]Okay, so let me preface this by saying im not a TMNT fan. Well I guess I mean iím 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 Iím currently working on the new animated tv show on nickelodeon, iíve grown to have a very particular view of these characters. How iíd 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 donít 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 canít 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 didnít 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 didnít want to just go with a standard ninja face wrap (which felt a little boring to me) and it wasnít 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 wouldnít have.


Iíve 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 doesnít 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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TitoWJames Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
I'd love to see this more mature version as a stand alone comic.
prince789 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
JetStrange Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
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 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
Love different turtle incarnations! Nice work!
th3genie Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
so amazing i like your arts. would u mind if i use it sir?
tolindoys Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
well-thought, well-drawn. respect.
M00kZ Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016   Artist
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 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student Filmographer
Jesus! Why is Don so freaking giant-like? (incredible work though)
darksammyknite Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Just perfect! If only the film makers had taken this approach!
KurvosVicky Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... they kinda did. Not too far off, to be frank.
Another-Color Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Godwhohateshumans Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
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.
Framptron Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
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.
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this!
m1a1t7t Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015   Artist
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 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Man, I'm just really amazed with your designs.... :)
Je-huty Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
5000WATTS Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Artist
:thumb469246646:   Really love your work and designs I took some liberties with Donnie but over all your designs. I  a blast drawing them  with this look
FuryofFrog Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I've seen this image so many times looking for awesome TMNT fan art, but now that I have stumbled upon this again, I must admit, it kind of looks like Michael Bay and his crew have turtles that are largely reminiscent of yours. Kudos on the great art brotha.
AmiHimawari Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really love the concept and how you put your ideas on description. i like leo and mikey best.
flowlikewater7 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Very cool ideas and designs!
craw27 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Daaaamn,badass looks you got here :D 
wolftiger713 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Really badass looking, but why stick with the turtle part at all? Just make them human and you've got yourself almost completely brand new characters. This could be its own thing, no?
EclipseMerc Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
This is the greatest TMNT concept I have ever seen! The movies are just complete fail but this would be amazing! I'd like to see what your idea of April O'Neal would be.
SebastianKowoll Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely KILLER designs!!!
FinoRaptor Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the character design is so cool!!! they look so rude!!!... very mature ;)
Zer0Samurai Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Oh man, that's brilliant!~ :heart:
kamenkuro Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Someone needs to do something with this, even if it's just a oneshot or cameo.
leoincba Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
great concept
acura2009 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
good art look work you
flavioluccisano Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Whoaa! Sick design, Awesome!
Melooo182 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nice!!! this definitively makes them a lot more awesome and unique from each other :D
kenji490 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
great! i love that leo
Wagnr Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best turtles i see, the Donnie is the best!
LMcentury21 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fucking love the leo and raph design, Donnie is a little bit too large but still very cool.
Mickey is little bit weird, especially his face.
But really a great concept !
ibeenthere Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Man this is one of the best and more interesting approaches I've seen to the turtles in ages!!!
I would buy this show!:)
tare-musume Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude these designs are all really awesome and it's so intriguing to read all your thoughts behind the characters.  I love it.  They're all unique and it matches their personalities.  I love going gritty/serious/realistic w/ these characters.  Great work!
arez77 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, this is soooo badass!!! :D
Shredguts Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
derekgpoole Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet, dude. These are awesome. I grew up with TMNT, and I love to see people's take on them. Great job!
Saber16 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Gotta say, my inner fan boy squirmed a bit at some of the changes, but really, this is some impressive work. Fantastic artwork and the new spins on the characters really are fascinating.
TurkishJade Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
See, I on the other hand AM a huge Turtles fanboy...and I LOVE these designs. Especially Mikey and Raph. I'd love to be able to use these versions in a video game, Mikey's stealth segments would be awesome. Very cool work.
Brosa Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
In love with this TMNT concepts. I'm not a lover of TMNT, but I loved this ones. I also enjoyed a lot the description for all them, and if I had to chose one, for me it's Donnatelo, love his hi-tech stuff over the body!
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