RIKO & ESPEN´S ART TALK: NINJA TURTLES SPECIAL
Espen: Do we want to say anything about this comic, Riko? You wanted to draw something Turtles related so I coughed up this stupid idea based on the Turtle Power song. I like bad humor for some weird reason. Maybe it´s therapy, I don´t know. Don´t ask.
Riko: Hehehe… I had fun drawing this piece and you can't take talking turtles seriously anyways.Check this fantastic Turtle Power track
Espen: I really like this, it´s crude and somewhat realistic. What didyou use as reference here? The live action Turtles?
Riko: I have a lot of these vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesaction figures in my studio. This particular Leonardo is based on the"1992 Movie Star Turtles" action figure by Playmates. I am stillexperimenting on the side on how to draw them "MY WAY".Espen: Ok, so this one is somewhere between all the styles/characterdesigns you've done. You do lots of sketching/layout work when you docomics, murals and so on, but did you paint this one without anypre-production work? It feels so natural in a way.Riko: This piece took me about 45 minutes to finish. I did a reallyquick sketch on a grocery paper bag and then started painting over itusing acrylic paint. If I had some black acrylic paint available, itwould've probably taken me about 30 minutes to finish. The 15 minuteswas wasted on looking for some black acrylic paint. So I decided touse water-based ink for calligraphy and a chinese brush to do thethick and thin lines. I would've used sharpie markers if I hadn'tfound black paint. My point is, it's like speed painting. But I wasable to pull it off because of the long hours of practice and studieson these characters.