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Pencils for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exclusive cover for Jay Company Comics & IDW debuting at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con on June 20th.

Where do I even start with writing a commentary about this one?! Anyone who knows me, or has been following my work for the last few years, knows that I'm a serious Ninja Turtle geek. Particularly the Mirage Studios/Eastman and Laird comics of the 80's. Those comics singularly brought me to the realm of comic books when I was a kid and since then it's been a life goal to draw the TMNT professionally one day. Needless to say that when this opportunity arrived at my doorstep it nearly brought tears of joy to my eyes. I've had the fortune to work with some some really great creators with characters I love, but this was like winning the lottery for me!

It had been a VERY long time since I last drew the Turtles but knew right from the bat that I wanted to stay true to Keven Eastman's style of drawing the characters. There's been a butt-ton of variations on the TMNT from different artists. Some very cool and some a little off kilter, but in my opinion, Keven's is still the best there's ever been. The way I see it is; if it ain't broken don't fix it and this is the version of the Turtles that I just adore. I also had full intentions set on inking this cover because I felt the colors would work better with all the heavy blacks if it were inked, but as it sometimes happens, the deadline was unexpectedly bumped up and I didn't have time to swing the inks.

 Over all I'm mostly satisfied with how this came out, though hopefully there will be more TMNT projects that stem from this where I can hone in on further defining the characters, and maybe making the boys in green a little more my own.

:iconsquirrelshaver: Pencils: me (Mike DeBalfo)
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:iconkaizer617:
Kaizer617 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Freaking love that song.
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AndyVines Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cowabunga! Obviously... :)
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MercedesTheMuse Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
LOVE THIS!
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:iconerote-of-love:
erote-of-love Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Seriously amazing work. Wow! Thank you for sharing this!
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DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Booyakasha!!!
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:iconjaypierre:
JayPierre Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Amazing work!
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:iconpilliwick:
pilliwick Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
love your work.....thought  I'd just add a comment for funs sake
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eastphoto99 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love your art, I would love to ink and/or color this awesome piece, would that be alright?I think I've fainted. 
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:iconplexisorion:
PlexisOrion Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
WOW BRO....Never seen you do TMNT Before, i am impressed beyond the normal amount. FAVED!
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ParadoxDigital Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I colored this... Let me know what you think... paradoxdigital.deviantart.com/…
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:iconladyhawke81:
Ladyhawke81 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely LOVE the Turtles since I was kid (yep, I'm an 80s baby).
You did a GREAT job on the Turtles!  Clap Heart
Looking forward to seeing the colored version - although the b/n/w version is just as cool, too.
Cowabunga dude!  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 
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:iconrawkwilder:
Rawkwilder Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
I really love this old school look!
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:iconace-mat:
ACE-Mat Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
awesome work.
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:icongodshall83:
godshall83 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
They have always been one of my childhood fave's
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:icondanaamero:
DanaAMero Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student General Artist
this is awesome! So great you got this :)
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:icondbrv6:
DBRv6 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Excellent
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:iconjoshybean:
Joshybean Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
This is stunning. You deserve more favorites. Smooth - wink 
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:icontermdyl666:
TERMDYL666 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Filmographer
I LOVE TMNT! This is awesome.
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:iconcolletteturner:
ColletteTurner Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so cool. Congrats!! :D
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:icondutchovensupreme:
DutchOvenSupreme Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what do you think about the movie designs?
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:iconzewhatcher:
zewhatcher Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Writer
Fantastic. bravo! Absolutely beautiful. 
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
awesome
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:iconajanime22:
Ajanime22 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconcarl-riley-art:
Carl-Riley-Art Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Nice one, Mike! looks amazing ;)
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:iconnephelea:
Nephelea Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Love it so much ! <3
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:icondarlus:
Darlus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW.
Can't wait to see this in colour!
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:iconmitsukichan17:
Mitsukichan17 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
ouou! *^* than memories! I  love this series!!
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:iconsifueagle:
SifuEagle Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
I like that you the traditional heads and arm/leg anatomy.  
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:icondejones1964:
DEJones1964 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Love the way Amber looks here. It's all great, but....
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:iconexposurepersonality:
ExposurePersonality Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Photographer
Awesome! It needs color though...
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:iconcmedard:
Cmedard Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Cool stuff, Mike !
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:iconlionheartssj:
Lionheartssj Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome pic!  This is how the Turtles should always look! :D
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Greeneyes80a Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Heroes on the half-shell!  Turtle power!
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:icondistinctart72:
DistinctArt72 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great stuff! Bro.
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:icondenticulus:
Denticulus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! May I have permission to try inking and adding colour to it?
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:iconhimegirl15:
himegirl15 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is freaking amazing I mean I hope you color this I love it!
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:iconinvinciblesoul:
InvincibleSoul Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
It's nice seeing a different side of your art sometimes!
Awesome details on the background and shells!
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wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Actually reminds me more of Jim Lawson's version of the boys, but still has that classic Eastman feel as well. Great job!
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:iconalekvda:
aleKvda Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Who doesn't love these guys? They are freackin' turtles...and ninjas...at the same time! Can't be more awesome than that.
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sketcher25 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
love the pic and how loyal you stayed to the original style and I love the title you have. One of my favorite tracks from the first TMNT film's soundtrack from all those years ago. I hope you get more Turtles related work in the future as well
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oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Classy work!  Love the layout and the details on the background.
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:iconninjaturtlelover3526:
ninjaturtlelover3526 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i love that so much Sorry Warm Hugs 
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:iconnicolebrune:
NicoleBrune Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
this looks just like that project that you and I talked about in august. Nice Job.
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:iconcoyotekin:
Coyotekin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Great work!
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ana21410 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Love it
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4DExtreme Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
This.... Is... Awesome!... HUGE TMNT fan.. love FAN art!... are you going to color it?.... Please please do!..I will pay you, as a commission.. and if you send me the finished product.. if you color this beast!...
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:iconkoreybarton:
koreybarton Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work
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dragonx81 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:DNice.
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Chainsaw-Munkey Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
great job. This is a spectacular piece
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funkyalienlovers Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome
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