A few months before the likely date for the sale of the TMNT to Nickelodeon, Gary had the idea that it would be nice for Mirage to produce a special, limited edition print commemorating Mirage's twenty-five year run with the Turtles, a print that would be sent to various business associates and friends. I agreed, and we bounced around a few ideas. I think Gary was originally considering using the image of the Turtles from their first two-page spread in the first issue of the comic book, where they are all leaping out toward the reader. I suggested that we use that (actually my redrawn version of those figures), but also suggested that I would do four new drawings representing each of those four figures as seen from behind. Thus, we would have the Turtles symbolically arriving in 1984 and leaving in 2009.
I set to work, thinking that it would be relatively easy to produce the reverse view by simply flipping the images over on a light table and tracing their outlines. While this was somewhat useful to get some basic body positions, I soon realized that it wouldn't totally do. What I had not thought through is that when perspective is factored in, various body parts -- like Leo's out-thrust right foot, for example -- would be larger in the view from the front, but smaller in the view from the back. This added significantly more time to the drawing, but eventually I ended up with something I was satisfied with.
I handed off the scans of the artwork to my friend Rob, who is also a graphic designer, and he put the final print together, after a few discussions about layout and type... and here it is. -- PL