Hey Gang! Gots a bunch of art here!
About a month ago, I started work on some TMNT season FIVE characters. A couple months before that, Nickelodeon began airing TMNT season 4. It’s hard to believe it’s been over four years since I started working on this jam. Here are some of my favorite (never before posted) pieces of my work from the first 3 seasons. I have so many files from my time on this show I’d really love to post someday. Most of it is old, and just a matter of me sorting through it. The rest can’t be shown just yet.
I had a blast working on these designs. In total there were three: Casey Jones, Casey in his hockey outfit and Casey in his vigilante outfit. It was pretty amazing getting to design such an iconic character in the TMNT universe. These were built off rough concepts and notes from TMNT Executive Producer Ciro Nieli
This dude was a tough one, but in the end I think he turned out great. I’m happy he went on to be such a fan favorite.
My contributions to the show were usually either straight up gross or straight up cute. This falls into the latter. Ice Cream Kitty has also gone on to be a fan favorite.
An update to a popular TMNT character, Baxter Stockman as a fly. The fly portion was based on concept art by Ciro Nieli. The human portion was designed by TMNT Design Supervisor Irineo Maramba
This was a fun one. It also kinda broke my brain (but so did Baxter Fly, and come to think of it, many other characters I worked on) But I really enjoyed getting to do a tribute to Ed “Big Daddy Roth” and Rat Fink. One of the many great things about working on this show is getting to do the research. This was for episode 306, “Race With The Demon”. The car was designed by Jeff Wong.
This one was a blast. It also took me forever to do. And it took the entire Character Modelling team to create the Muckman CG model. And Character Technical Director Dave Kim spent many long nights rigging that model to make sure he was brought to life properly. And the paint team and texture team snapped with the colors and textures. And that’s why he looks so awesome.
Another perk of the job is getting to contribute 2-D elements where they are needed. Sometimes it’s a logo for a product, or a poster, or for paint overs and mattes when CG would be too prohibitive. This is also our opportunity to throw in a joke or two (or eight) into the mix.
Inspired by the late, great legend, Vaughn Bodé.
This was one of my favorite drawings. In the actual show, they posed out a CG model of April to match the poses I did here.
I think I was given this at the last minute, and had to draw something pretty quickly. It was supposed to be bad mugshot style drawings of the Punk Frogs. I think the Michael Bay TMNT was already out at the time, or about to be released in theaters, and at some point while drawing this I got the idea to throw in a Bay Mikey into the mugshots. I’m glad they kept it in. I threw in a bunch of jokes on the side (including the “fail”). I left a place holder under the mugshots for the copy, and the brilliant Miho Tomimasu wrote the hilarious account of the frog sighting that made it into the final episode.
Soon I’ll have more TMNT behind the scenes goodies to show. Two posts down out of three, so on to the next!!!!