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Never Smile At A Crocodile by NicGiraffe Never Smile At A Crocodile by NicGiraffe
Well okay, you can smile at this one. He's pretty chill.

I'm pretty sure this is the first reptilian character I’ve ever drawn before. It's Leatherhead from the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Hands down he's my favorite incarnation of the character. I love the fact that he's a bruiser who's also highly intelligent, as well as the whole Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing they did with him. All of these sketches are eyeballed from screencaps, except the one where he's looking nervous; after getting his design down-pat, I felt confident enough to try free-handing him.

As for the guy at the very bottom, he's a Road Rovers OFC of mine's, a mink named Booker, and his presence is actually relevant. I do cross TMNT over with RR in my fanfics, so expect crossover shenanigans.

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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Cool onw I like the orginal 80's villain and the 2012 one he really compex in the 2012 series too and leader of  Mutanimals 
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :) I think seeing him as a bad guy would weird me out a little since I'm so used to him being one of the heroes. In the 2012 series, he's actually the second-in-command under Slash. Have you ever watched the 2003 series?
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
My mistake , and I was and still am into the 80's series big time as kid so the 2003 verison seemed veryy off putting esically with their verison of shredder but did like they apperance int turtles forever despite it faults
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! I must've watched the 80's series, since I remember some episode where April was turned into a cat woman, but I guess I didn't watch it all that often since that's the only thing I can remember. The 2K series is my preferred one, though it's not perfect. I liked Turtles Forever too. I also hear the new comic being done by IDW is pretty good.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Yeah  the catwoman one is pretty IcIonic I don; really remember much of the red sky season with Dragg One of my fav voice actor tony jay)

I read some of the new idw comic how far into the new series are you because I know something and don;t want to spoiil should I send it in notes
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't know anything about Dragg One, but Tony Jay was cool.

Oh, I haven't read any of the new series. I was just wondering if you had, but I guess that answers my question. XD I heard it was good, so I'm thinking about ordering it myself at some point.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
I read some trouble there too many comics I want to ubuy I read the first isses from a trade they really take an interesting direction with the characters
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, yeah, I know how that is when there's so much you wanna buy but don't wanna just go spend crazy (or you're just broke). And I that's what I heard too. I also like the sound of some of the new characters they introduced, like Alopex and Old Hob.
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Mulunia Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
I love how there are all these Leatherhead sketches, and then there's just a mink chillin' in the corner. It humors me for some reason!
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL, well these two end up crossing paths at one point, so I figured, "Welp, let's Booker in there too."
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Mulunia Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Well, let me know when they do! I'd like to see it! :)
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JHMirda Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
That's a name of a disney Sing-Along-Song.
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is, good eye.
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JHMirda Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Thanks.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015   General Artist
That's amazing.
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MetalExveemon Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
He's cute! :D And so is Booker. ;) Heh-heh, but so far I'm mostly familiar with the Leatherhead from the 2012 version. I don't know how he does it, but that big scary-looking gator is one of the most adorable creatures on the face of the earth. :XD:
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
I really like how Leatherhead came out! I've only watched the first episode of 2003 so far LOL. It was pretty good. I just have to remember to go back and keep watching it. I did have some trouble finding the first ep because a lot of the links for it were replaced with the 80s cartoon. (Which wasn't as weird as the time a movie I wanted to watch had ALL of its links replaced with someone's homemade porno. I admire that person's dedication TBH.) I think you did a great job with drawing him and getting him to look expressive.

And Booker is adorable! I can't wait to learn more about him. :D
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's... weird. Were you trying to watch it on YouTube? As for that person's homemade porn you kept running into, um, I guess s/he really wanted to get their movie out there, lol. Still, I'm glad that what you've seen of the 2003 show you like so far. It's not perfect, but I personally do feel it's better then the current show.

And thank you, glad you like my take on the big guy as well as Booker!
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
It was on primewire, which made the first episode the one from the 80s. (Unless they fixed it.) The rest seem fine though. It's just that episode 1 is listed as episode 2. I couldn't even hate on the porn person because that's dedication. Literally every link was changed to their porno because the comments clearly indicate the actual movie used to be there. (I did eventually find the movie elsewhere though, which was Happy Birthday to Me.)

I still need to go back and watch more episodes. I already like their April more. She has a personality and interests. In one episode, I can already tell you that she's a scientist who is really passionate about it, and she was flattered and excited to work with Baxter Stockman because in their universe he's basically Neil deGrasse Tyson LOL. Obviously I can't quite fill a novel with that, but in ONE episode she already has more of a character than 2012 April has had in 3 seasons. I still don't know what 2012 April's personal interests are or if she has anyone she admires in life. There are elements of 2012 I love, but it already feels like the 2003 writing is more solid, even if it's goofy in some parts. It's charming goofy though and not "Ugggh whyyyyy?"

And I knew you'd do him justice! :D I just always love your sketches and art!
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL, wow.

I knew you'd like 2K April better. Oh well, that's easy. 2012 April... uh, one of her friend's is Mona, and Mona is smart? Okay, I got nothing. I like 2K Baxter Stockman better too because he's less pathetic and more of a threat, though I do find it annoying how he kept on surviving. And agreed! 2K TMNT isn't perfect, but I do think its writing and characterization are better. I wish Nick would start showing *that* series again. I know they showed a few episodes awhile back.

Oh, also, you may like the IDW TMNT comic. I've heard it described as being out there but really awesome at the same time, and what little I've seen of it does sound fascinating.
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
It's honestly not that hard to like almost any other April LOL. (I have no opinion on 2014 April because I haven't brought myself to watch that trainwreck yet.) Oh it was Irma that 2012 brought back to be her friend... randomly. No seriously, we went a long time with it just being her and the turtles with no hints of outside friendship except ONE phone call from Irma that April doesn't pick up. (It was meant to just be a teaser that Irma was coming.) Then one day, Irma is her friend. I guess. She never seemed to care that much about Irma so I use the word friend loosely. They also totally revamped Irma's character from the 80s series. She wasn't a really a nerd anymore... I think? I don't know. Maybe she was. If she was, she was a goth nerd or something. She didn't really last as a character anyway.

IRMA SPOILERS
Irma turns out to be a Kraang robot in disguise. Why he waited an ENTIRE YEAR to launch his plan, I don't know. But he fails and then we lose the only other potential main girl in the cast. (I won't even go into what happened to Karai.) And April is back to having no outside interests... not that she seemed to give too many fucks about Irma to begin with. Casey was constantly saying really nasty stuff to her and vice versa, but April just stood there like it wasn't even happening or just smiled. So I'm back to knowing that Donnie and Casey arguing annoys her, but no word as to why it annoys her since Casey and Irma always going at it made her smile. I'm legit confused about her double standard on this. Even fans were commenting on how mean Casey was being to Irma for no reason. I guess we're supposed to assume he ~knew~ something was wrong, but I call bullshit on that.
SPOILERS OVER

Yeah, it sounds like they were a lot more kind to Baxter Stockman in the 2003 series. How about the Rat King? I know he was a joke in the 80s series, but 2012 actually made him a threat. Occasionally 2012 does a good thing LOL. And Leo and Raph are still likable! I got that much. Well, I would still like Donnie if they'd drop the love triangle shit. I think the reason I'm so mad is 2012 has so much potential and they're blowing it IMO.

I'm still not big on the 2003 art style, but I think I can overlook it now. I might have to check out the IDW TMNT comic! I love stuff that's out there LOL. I've heard a few good things about it, too. Thanks for the suggestion!
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NicGiraffe Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeaaah I think I'lll wait to catch the Michael Bay movie on cable or something too, lol. I thought Irma was supposed to be kinda nerdy, what with her obscure knowledge about bugs (or rats. It might've been rats). She was a Kraang the wholet ime? That is *so* freakin' stupid. What was even the the point of bringing her back then? Great, now you got me curious -- what did they do to Karai now? And do they ever acknowledge the existence of Timothy/Mutagen Man at this point?

I've heard in passing that the writers have said writing girls was hard for them. Shades of Family Guy again.

As far as him being a better villain goes, yeah. But they put him through a lot in that show. Like, one of the episodes centered around him ("Insane In The Membrane") was banned from the air because of how disturbing it was. I can't recall if the Rat King was in the 2K series or not, so I can't comment on him. I like 2012's approach to the Rat King too. And yep, the 2K turtles are all likable.

Sure, you're welcome!
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cakelesspixels Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
I've been marathoning the 2003 series so I've been really getting into it. It's cheesy at times, but it kind of feels like what it'd be like if the '87 series was a little more serious at times. Overall, I'm really loving it. Although it's super jarring to hear all the usual 4kids regulars together doing something not awful. Dan Green even showed up!

In the '87 version Irma was a boy crazy and klutzy nerd. In the 2012 series, she was a moody goth girl before revealing she was a kraang spy. And she was kind of annoying before they revealed she was a spy. Not that her betrayal mattered because, honestly, you didn't really get to see her and April hang out that much and Casey hated her. It would have had more of an impact if April had been closer with her. We just had to take April's word for it that they were good friends. Seriously, she only showed up for brief periods of time so Casey and April could run off on her. And she only suddenly started showing up out of nowhere and we had to just believe April when she said they'd been friends for a year. Like the dialogue had to tell us this for us to know it. Nothing else would have told me this because she just suddenly appeared in their group of friends one day. And, again, all they did was ditch her every time she showed up. It was the dumbest reveal that felt more like "We don't know what to do with this character" than actually being sad. Hell, I felt more upset about random one-shot characters in the 2003 series, like the robot with a toddler brain or the underground city mutant people than 2012!Irma.

Honestly, having an updated nerd Irma could have been hilarious and fun, especially if they used her to (lovingly) make fun of fandom. They could have had her on some kind of fake tumblr website. It would have been amazing and they blew it. Maybe I should update her for 2003 since she doesn't show up there.

As for Karai, she got mutated which pissed off a lot of fans. They revealed she was Splinter's kid which everyone saw coming a mile away. And then she became a good guy... just to be mutated and became a villain again.

Timothy is.. eh. They remember him sometimes. He's in Donnie's lab and they occasionally talk about him etc, but they had to leave him behind when they fled NYC. I don't know about him since they came back though. I haven't really caught up or if I did see them talk about him since then, I don't really remember. I still wanna know what happened to D&D kid. Like... is he okay? Should someone check on him? Isn't he lonely? Pigeon Pete came back to team up with Corey Feldman. I mean, Slash. Along with some other character I don't care about. I don't know. Whatever, D&D kid rolled too many ones and died. There. I ended his stupid storyline for them.

I think I heard that about the writers, too. I wouldn't be shocked. They seem to be allergic to treating the girls like characters that can do things. 

Oh man, I kind of love how dark 2003 gets. I wanna see that banned episode. I remember seeing some screenshots of their Baxter Stockman with his mom and it was kind of heartbreaking. Seriously, I kind of feel for almost everyone I've seen so far in the 2003 series. And April still has more personality when she doesn't even show up nearly as often as 2012 April does. At least so far she hasn't shown up as much. (I'm only on episode 18 of season 1.) I assume she comes into the story more as time goes on. I feel like we're still getting to know the plot and turtles. The 2003 writers seemed better at pacing themselves than the 2012 writers. (I think they keep writing themselves into corners because they're rushing through stuff so fast.)

Oh, also, I found out about a cancelled 2003 episode that makes me really sad that it never got made:
Garbageman was slated to appear in the Lost Season episode, Nightmares Recycled. The plot was supposed to resolve around the revelation that The Garbageman and Hun were born as conjoined twins, separated at birth by a seedy, back-alley surgeon; the baby that would later become Garbageman was thrown in the trash, whereas Hun was kept and raised. This was deemed by the powers-that-be at 4Kids as inappropriate for children's programming, and thus, the episode was scrapped before being completed.

He was going to be a trash baby OMG. If this is true: Of all the sins you've committed in the past, 4Kids, I think this is the thing I can't forgive you for. Seriously, this is such an amazing would-be horror plot. Actually, it's kind of like Basket Case. I am adopting this as my headcanon immediately. I don't even care if it's fake. I want to believe /Mulder out
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