I draw Franklin with a drawing tablet. I use a very thick paper; it’s not my preferred paper but it feels quite rigid. I’ve used my own sketching tool to try and make up the outline. For my sketches, I always start at the tip and move around until I find the middle.
Why does the character on the bottom not have a head?
The main reason I didn’t put an eyes on this character is that he’s been so neglected by the series. I wanted him to live and I didn’t want to keep him as his headless appearance would look as if I’m going back to the 1930s.
But of course he does have a head, it’s just in different form. It’s probably the least prominent part as it’s very small and there’s nothing else you can see.
The book looks like a lot of cartoonists. How many of your sketches did I have to do?
The book has a lot going on and we ended up getting to do a lot of drawings and I think I probably drew around 50-60 by this point, mostly in the drawing tablets.
In terms of what I did, the thing that made this book a lot of fun was that all the characters had their own personality. It’s very different from other comics books. You can see that the Turtles are a little bit more aggressive in the book than some of the other turtles and that’s a big part of why my drawings became so different.
It’s always nice to be told that you did such a good job.
I actually received a lot of letters and comments from people who said that they found the drawings very interesting and that the book was more than just a one-man show.
How important is it for comic book artists to create something that gets read?
The only way I think you can do good work is to work outside your comfort zone, so I try to approach a book like this with that mindset, not as a job. Instead, when I get to work with people who enjoy the art, I try to see the drawings in their full dimensions, in their true form.
Is there a one specific drawing that you are more proud of than the others?
I think the Turtles art was my favorite when I was in high school because it used to be a hard thing to do. It’s very hard to tell a story on a cartoon, especially in a comic book, but it
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