Monday, May 30, 2011

"Teenage Turtles"

Comics are cool, but cartoons were my first love. And it was cartoons that eventually led me to comic books. Such was the case with The Transformers, Cops, and the Super Mario Bros & Legend of Zelda animated series. But the cartoon-comic book combo that had the biggest impact on me as a child, was Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

From the moment I first saw this fearsome foursome in action, I was hooked. Damn, I was obsessed! I would draw the Turtles incessantly -- in sketchbooks, in my school notebooks, on desks. My sixth grade teacher actually met with my parents to tell them about my "turtle problem," fearing that I wouldn't advance as an artist if all I knew how to draw were little green ninjas.

In truth, TMNT was an incredible inspiration to my young, fertile mind. And it played a huge role in me realizing that I wanted to be a professional artist when I grew up.

9" x 12" / mixed media on watercolor paper
$306 for US / $315 for international (includes shipping)
To purchase, email Dave Crosland


  1. Awesome drawing. I too was obsessed by the Turtles, but I haven't drawn them at all as an adult. I need to change that.

  2. Thanks, Justin! Yes, I totally recommend drawing/painting/sculpting things that inspired you as a child/teen. Doing this blog has been a fun reminder of why I got into making art in the first place :)