Monday, November 17, 2008

Blast from the Past repost #42: Mirage TMNT color series #1 cover pencils, unused

I remember being disappointed that this cover drawing wasn’t used, but I got over it. I penciled this as a possible cover for the first issue of the Mirage-published TMNT color series. This was during a period when I was doing a lot of my penciling in photoblue pencil (the kind that is invisible to stat cameras), because I found it to be physically less messy that regular lead pencils.

The problem was, being photoblue pencil, it was difficult -- if not impossible -- to copy on our Canon copier. I solved this by figuring that if I took a thin sheet of transparent yellow plastic and laid it over the blue pencils, the copier would perceive the pencil lines as green, and thus be able to copy them. It worked! -- PL


  1. Wow Peter that is a great piece. It's a shame it didn't get used. Is there any chance you and the gang at Mirage would put together a complete TMNT artbook? I know I'm not alone in wanting one.

  2. Yes, I too have mentioned an art-of book on more than one occasion... it would be awesome to have that. Great drawing Peter, this is one of my favorites I think!

  3. I've said it before, but it bares repeating...

    LOVE these sketches and stories behind them. Interesting stuff almost like a parallel universe of what might have been.

  4. -->> ..there's no reason for this to be lyin' around.

    There needs to be some art book, or at least have this used as pin-up/back cover work on Tales.

    Anything !!

    My god.


  5. I'm kind of glad we get to see it in this state, the shading in it is awesome. Inking and colouring would have lessened it's impact.

  6. Oh I would be first in line for an artbook.

    Awesome problem solving in with the blue pencils. Very Donny-thinking. LOL or maybe Donny just does a lot of peter-thinking.