Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
A couple of weeks ago, on a Saturday, I lay awake in bed, in the dark and frustrated. I hadn’t had the best of days drawing or doing anything creative really and it had pissed me off. At this time I’d been struggling for a while with what felt like creative burnout and I was trying to figure out how to push through it without just shutting down for a while (which I won’t do because I lose momentum when I do that and then it’s just that much harder to start back up again than it is for me to just suck it up and push through it, but I digress).
Anyway, I decided to just unwind a bit with my Kindle Fire and just sketch digitally in Sketchbook Mobile with my Wacom stylus. Just mindlessly draw. I had never really tried to draw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles before so I thought I’d give one of them a shot, but just have fun doing it and not over think it. So I drew Donatello, liked it, posted it to Twitter and felt good about myself and went to sleep.
The next morning I awoke to a ton of positive response about the sketch so I inked and colored it that night and posted it to a sketch group I’m a part of on Facebook this time as well as Twitter. I got even more positive response (more than anything else I’d ever done) so I started to think I might be on to something here. I started to think I might should let this style (a style I had sort of adopted about 4 years ago in the early days of Robot Friday) dominate for a while as well as fight myself on getting too knit-picky and additive with my work.
So over the course of two weeks I kept drawing and posting and people kept loving them. I became happier and less frustrated and I’m even having fun drawing again. I’m really excited for the future of my work now. I’m going to draw the Thundercats next and morph the Robot Friday comic into this style as well. So if you dig these turtles let everyone know and share them about and keep reading and spread the comic word about Robot Friday too. It just gets better from here