Back in 2014, there was a lot of buzz surrounding the [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles](movie:323027). They were getting a new movie set for the summer and the animated series on Nickelodeon was going strong.
When the Ltd Art Gallery in Seattle, CA invited me to be in one of their group shows themed around the toys we played with as a kid, it was easy for me to settle on TMNT. Then it got me thinking -- how many versions of the Ninja Turtles exist? From comics, cartoons, stage shows and movies, it dawned on me that every generation seems to get a new set of Ninja Turtles to call their own.
So my task became simple: "Depict a new set of Turtles training as kids in a clever way." The illustration here is what I finally envisioned after a few rounds of thumbnails and sketches -- little turtles training on the old '90s multiplayer, coin-operated, arcade game. That game was one of my favorite and most memorable "toys" from my childhood. And as soon as it was developed for the NES to pay at home, I was hooked. It felt right to honor the past as I looked towards the future.
Even though new versions of these old characters may not vibe with you (Michael Bay, am I right?), it's still pretty apparent that the turtles aren't going anywhere. I just hope my illustration honors that tradition.
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See you at the drawing board.
Dennis (a.k.a. Tanoshiboy)