Friday, August 21, 2009

Blast from the Past #217: Thumbnails for Archie TMNT covers

Over the years, I have tried -- generally successfully -- to save a copy of everything I've drawn. Sometimes they are just tiny scraps of paper with tiny, scribbly drawings on them, drawings that most people would probably just chuck in the wastebasket (and rightfully so). But every so often I run across something that reminds me of the process that one goes through in creating a drawing for, say, a comic book cover.

Case in point -- I saved this little piece of paper with three of my small and VERY rough "thumbnails" for three covers for the Archie "TMNT Adventures" book -- from left to right, #'s 42, 44 and 43. (In fact, I think these drawings may literally be about the size of my thumbnail!)

I thought it would be fun to show those thumbnails and then the finished pencil drawings that they eventually evolved into. -- PL


  1. Hi, Mr. Laird!

    It's amazing, how this thumbnails change into so beautiful cover works!

    btw, from left to right, it's covers for #43, 44 and 42 ))

  2. One of my favorite storylines from Archie (and almost the entire TMNT fandom) and the covers help sell that. I remember those covers were just awesome, and marvel at their craftmanship before re-reading each issue. (I read them so much the covers sadly almost fell off... it was my most read comic books)

  3. It is fun to look back and see the process from concept to finished version. These look great.

  4. The issue with Leo on the cover was I believe my first comic book. I love that cover so much you can't even believe it. If you ever want to sell anything related to that cover PLEASE let me know.

    Thanks for this post, it's great to see how your process works.

  5. -->> Those kids are right !! THAT IS SICK !!

    Also , you've showed the ARMAGGON pencils for the cover where he's got Leo in his grasp, but not the other two where he's in thr water and in the big MECH .

    SO RAD !! !!

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