Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blast from the Past #161: Sketchbook part 1

I ran across this small sketchbook while cleaning up yesterday, and discovered that it contained a few interesting things from a few years ago. Looking through it took me back to when I used to draw like this in sketchbooks all the time, filling them with all kids of disparate things. These days, I rarely do this.

In no particular order, here's some of the stuff from this sketchbook...

This first page kind of epitomizes for me what a sketchbook should be -- a place to work out ideas. Here I have a few notes for the 4Kids TMNT show, concepts for a "Peter Laird" signature to be used on some licensed products, and one wacky-looking mouser variant.



On this next page, I was trying out different layouts for the "TMNT Universe" book. I think I went with a variant of the one in the lower left-hand corner for the finished art.



And this page is kind of fun -- my ideas for the piece I did for Stan Sakai's awesome "Art of Usagi" book. -- PL

13 comments:

  1. That's always the hardest part for me as a drawing teacher: convincing my students that a sketchbook is not a miniature portfolio but a place to learn and explore new styles and ideas.

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  2. -->> ..holy crap !! !!

    (( ..and my god BTTS revelations as early as 04 !! !! ))

    That Mouser Rocks !! !!

    >v<

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  3. So this is totally off topic, but in the spirit of sketch books :-)

    Yesterday I did a review of the original TMNT Fan Club Kit, and I had mentioned that I was pretty sure that you did the art for the comic book that came with it but I was unsure. Here is a link to the book I'm talking about?

    Link!

    Was this you?

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  4. Yo Peter, I've been trying to improve whatever meager drawing skills I had, and the challenge is to try and reproduce 3 images from 3 shows just drawing by eye and hand.

    http://www.heroesinahalfshell.org/3DArt/turtle2d.jpg

    Is the first try of images..

    BTW, What is that first Mouser image? It almost looks like a Giant Mouser eating a small mouser,

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  5. -->> o , Neil !!

    That's really charming , man !!

    :D

    >v<

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  6. Were these original ideas for season 5? With the turtles briefly splitting up, possibly each teaming up with an acolyte, and ending with Casey's and April's wedding?

    If not, how would have "the lost" season played out if given a full 26 episodes?

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  7. Wow. Thanks for sharing these Pete! Realy cool to see these.
    any ETA on the Universe book?
    I'm realy looking forward to it.

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  8. "Neil said...
    What is that first Mouser image? It almost looks like a Giant Mouser eating a small mouser."

    That was one of those random doodles which has no particular purpose -- basically, a drawing exercise. -- PL

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  9. "Dragon Turtle said...
    Were these original ideas for season 5? With the turtles briefly splitting up, possibly each teaming up with an acolyte, and ending with Casey's and April's wedding?

    If memory serves, these were two separate ideas for a season-long arc, which Lloyd and I discussed while in preliminary planning for season 5 (what became known later as the "lost season").-- PL

    If not, how would have "the lost" season played out if given a full 26 episodes?"

    I'm not really sure. It's possible we MIGHT have tried to combine both ideas. -- PL

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  10. "Lord Nightwalker said...
    Wow. Thanks for sharing these Pete! Realy cool to see these.
    any ETA on the Universe book?
    I'm realy looking forward to it."

    I'm not sure -- I think Dan emailed me this information a few weeks ago, and I'll try to find that email. If I can, I'll post the info here. -- PL

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  11. "~ tOkKa said...

    (( ..and my god BTTS revelations as early as 04 !! !! ))"

    Or were Casey and April meant to be married much earlier in the series?

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  12. "amicitia6 said...
    "~ tOkKa said...

    (( ..and my god BTTS revelations as early as 04 !! !! ))"

    Or were Casey and April meant to be married much earlier in the series?"

    I think Lloyd and I were always in agreement that we were leading up to a "wedding of Casey and April" episode at SOME point in the series, but it just didn't seem to be the right time until this last season. -- PL

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  13. " Stephan @ The Turtle Van said...
    So this is totally off topic, but in the spirit of sketch books :-)

    Yesterday I did a review of the original TMNT Fan Club Kit, and I had mentioned that I was pretty sure that you did the art for the comic book that came with it but I was unsure. Here is a link to the book I'm talking about?

    Link!

    Was this you?"

    I barely remember this thing, and it's a little hard to really examine the artwork from the small images you put up, but from what I can see -- and the small bits I remember -- it looks like neither Kevin nor I worked on that. -- PL

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