Seeing as this has been shown at the San Diego ComicCon, I guess it would be okay for me to post it on my blog. I'm referring to the special piece of art that Kevin Eastman and I did for the release of the "Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" video documentary, artwork which I saw online tonight at the following link:
There are no art credits for this drawing in this news article, so here's a little clarification as to how it came to be. If I am remembering the details correctly, some weeks ago the documentary dudes thought it would be cool to have a new piece of art for promotional purposes related to the release of the documentary. Kevin was flat-out busy with other stuff, so I thought it might be fun to take pencil in hand and do an updated version of the iconic first group shot of the Turtles, which Kevin had penciled and I had inked way back in 1983.
That piece was drawn in pencil and marker on a sheet of cheap, thin white paper, and marked the first time in history that the title "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" had been written down in that particular order, as well as the first time all four of the titular characters were depicted together in one drawing. Here's that original drawing:
I penciled a new version of the old drawing, keeping the poses of the original but drawing the Turtles as I would draw them now. It was a little awkward getting the taller and more muscular modern Turtles to fit into those old poses, but I think it worked out okay.
Here's the scan of the blue pencil drawing I worked up and emailed to Kevin so he could print it out and ink it…
… and here's a black and white version in case the blue pencil lines are too hard to make out.
The cool end result is as you see it at the top of the page. -- PL