Thursday, September 11, 2008

Blast from the Past #93: TMNT group shot

I don't think this drawing was ever used for anything. It's one that I drew just for the heck of it back in 1985.



It's interesting for me to look at the inking on this piece, as it was done back in the days when I still used a brush and bottled ink, as opposed to now when I generally only use brush pens. -- PL

13 comments:

  1. I want them both. I want this one that you did, and the one Kevin Eastman did that you have....

    I am greedy!!!!

    Cynthia the envious greedy person

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  2. I'm pretty sure this image was used somewhere, because it looks very familiar to me.

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  3. WOW!

    Awesome art! As per usual!

    It's really interesting to see your style, as opposed to Kevin Eastman's. Your art skills & your inking skills, are simply amazing!

    Your attention to detail is so amazing, and one of the reasons I love the original TMNT comic books. It was dark, black & white, but yet all the details were still shown!!!!!

    I know I say this alot, but I would love for you to pencil on of your older drawings in the style that you have now! I think it would be awesome to see the comparisons!!!!!

    Awesome work no!!!!

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  4. I meant nonetheless!
    No "no" like the blog says!

    Sorry!

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  5. I love this one, too. Great piece, Mr. Laird.

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  6. I'm pretty sure this image was used in the "How To Draw the TMNT" comic book from back in the day.
    That's the only place I can recall right now and sadly I don't have the comic with me to check.
    I can't say it enough, I really wish you could come back and draw the comics again.
    -Vaughn M.

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  7. Peter,
    I believe that this was used as a pin-up in the back of the First Graphic Novel Colorization of the TMNT, including a few other "first ever sketches" of the group, etc. I only remember this because I've chatted up a co-worker who is into Book 3 of 4 on the graphic novel! :)

    An awesome piece of art! w00t!

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  8. "nick nitro said...
    Peter,
    I believe that this was used as a pin-up in the back of the First Graphic Novel Colorization of the TMNT, including a few other "first ever sketches" of the group, etc. I only remember this because I've chatted up a co-worker who is into Book 3 of 4 on the graphic novel! :)

    An awesome piece of art! w00t!"

    You're right! I just checked with Dan Berger, who has a copy of that first First color book at his desk, and there it is in the back, in a version which I colored. -- PL

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  9. I guess my next question is, in terms of those particular graphic novels, how was the coloring done for those books? Was that done by you guys at Mirage or was it outsourced by First?

    What is the process for doing such without ruining the original B&W art by you and Kevin? Was it doing the photocopy-process you have been noting of recently in the blog? What made you choose First Graphic Novels?

    This was actually how I found out about the Mirage books. The cartoon caught me, then the movie, then the Archie books, and my mom bought me book 4, while trying to get me the TMNT 2 Archie comic book adaptation, (not sure how she messes up Book 4 with TMNT 2: Secret of the Ooze as an title but i'm thankful for it obviously) and I was just curious because both books, the actual comic, is rich b&w book with tones, and it seems the tones are different as it's for colors, but the books are still amazing on their own right. Maybe a contrast and compare of differences? (Or maybe I am hallucinating said differences? lol)

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  10. i may be wrong but wasn't this image used on the autograph cards from the black and white san diego comic con turtles?

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  11. "Nick Nitro said...
    I guess my next question is, in terms of those particular graphic novels, how was the coloring done for those books? Was that done by you guys at Mirage or was it outsourced by First?

    What is the process for doing such without ruining the original B&W art by you and Kevin? Was it doing the photocopy-process you have been noting of recently in the blog? What made you choose First Graphic Novels? "

    The process for coloring the art used in those First Comics reprints was what was (and probably still is) called the "blue line" process. Basically, the black and white line art was photographed and printed on both a sheet of heavy bristol board in a light blue ink, and also in black on a sheet of clear acetate which was used as an overlay. The colorist would paint the colors onto the bristol board, and then the acetate with the black line art on it would be laid over that colored art, and this would be photographed and color separations made from it.

    This was pre-computer color, of course. I'm not sure how often the blue line process is used these days. -- PL

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  12. yeah i seen this before its in book 1 at the end pages as a pin up its great peter

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