My contribution to Bottleneck Gallery’s “Ninja Turtles in Time” Show premiering October 3rd in Brooklyn, New York. More information here.
My fascination with any franchise is in its flexibility as a consumer product. Originally the Ninja Turtles began as a parody of 80’s Marvel Superhero comics and soon became a kid-friendly toy and cartoon series before becoming a global brand and iconic cultural relic. I was always interested in how this brand grew along the way, satisfying various demographics and adapting to different cultural needs. What I always found most iconic about the Ninja Turtles was their character design particularly those extremely recognizable faces, with the ever-present four color bandana combinations. I chose to illustrate 24 essential character head designs from the original Mirage comics to its film live film adaptations to its toy and video game alterations.