Enter The Shredder

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Time Spent: Around 3 hours

Pizza dude’s got 30 seconds…more like 30 years, Mikey. That’s how old the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is this week. Feels like yesterday when I’d pop in the VHS, hear that Pizza Hut little league commercial, and know I was about to have a blast. I still quote the movie almost daily. It’s simply ingrained in me.

But, most importantly, its shown me this is what “gettin’ old” feels like. As time passes, I’m feeling less like a Turtle Teen and more like Master Splinter. In another 30 years I’ll be in my 60s. Slow down, life. Maybe Mikey was on to something. 30 years did indeed feel like 30 seconds. Either way I hope I get my pizza on time.

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How I Draw (Sometimes)…

Instead of simply posting a finish drawing, I decided to break it down in an informal “step-by-step” and how we got to the finish line, dudes and dudettes. I drew this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sketch using a Wacom Tablet and Photoshop. I worked on it the past two weeks, about maybe 40ish minutes per session.

I usually make a “sketchbook” file at the beginning of the week I use to doodle in my downtime. That’s usually where most of my stickers come from. Sometimes I work longer on drawings. Like this one for instance.

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Step 1: I start with a quick sketch. When I like poses, I sketch/position/shadow them to “lock” it in.
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Step 2. Inks. My favorite step. Finalizing those lines and giving them weight. Basically creating a “coloring book” look because…
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Step 3. Flat colors. Just lay down color. See what works. See what doesn’t. 
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Step 4. Highlights/detail.  See where you want your light source and what looks best. Grime up the image with lines, scratches etc. That’s my second favorite step. 
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Step 5. Finalize your composition. Bada-bing Bada-boom

And that was last week’s drawing. I’m not over-the-moon about it, but I just thought it would be neat to see the process since it has a little bit of everything. I’m also teaching a Photoshop class at work and feel teacherly. That’s what I got this week. Cowabunga, guys.

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