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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: From layout to finished art

IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has posted some interesting bits from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 at his blog, including the variant covers, a link to a preview, and side-by-side comparisons of Kevin Eastman’s storyboards and Dan Duncan’s finished art (colored by Ronda Pattison). It’s interesting to see how much the layout changes from draft to finished product, and also how dynamic Eastman’s drawings are — the figures are rough, but there’s a lot of energy to them, and they could almost stand on their own.

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They included some layouts in the back of TMNT #1, too. I’d much, MUCH prefer if the artist stuck closer to Eastman’s layouts. The art on that first issue of TMNT was both boring and hard to read in a lot of places, but the layouts were far more dynamic by comparison.

” I’d much, MUCH prefer if the artist stuck closer to Eastman’s layouts.”

I concur… I’d also rather it be in B&W… but I can’t complain too much. Just glad to have the series back on the stands even if Volume IV seems destined to never get a proper ending…

Seriously, ink/color the layout, put in backgrounds, and use that.

The “before” is much cooler.

It’s amazing, but Eastman’s art style has barely changed since TMNT #1. (That’s a compliment by the way.)

The Eastman pages are awesome!!!

BTW, small nitpick — “Storyboards” are for film / video / animation. “Layouts” are for comics.

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