This is for the SKUMBEAST TMNT Redsign project. Below is the interview I did with them about it. Also be sure to check out the cool, nostalgic way they are posting the entries by heading to my tumblr: [link]
“BOOT THE FOOT” #08: ANDREW MACLEAN VS. “LEONARDO”!
SkumBeast: How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?
MacLean: My art is brush heavy, shape based, and HOPEFULLY energetic… Of the influences I am aware of, most notable are Mike Mignola, Gabriel Ba, Raphael Grampa, Toby Cypress, James Harren, Jack Kirby, Eric Canete, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera …
Skumbeast: Share a bit about your history with TMNT and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.
MacLean: Like so many kids in the 90’s, I LOVED the Turtles. Watched them everyday, had so many toys! Leonardo was never my favorite though. Growing up I was always that nonconformist kid who never liked the “leader” of a group (like Cyclops or the Red Ranger!).
I wanted to redesign one of the four brothers and wanted someone badass who wasn’t my obvious choice (Raphael).
There is a story behind this design. I didn’t want to deviate too far from the original characters but I wanted to try to make him more badass. So here I decided to base Leonardo’s design in my own sort of future of the Turtles. Here I pictured The Turtles have been battling Shredder and The Foot for years. Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, AND Splinter have all been killed. Filled with hate, Leonardo fights for revenge. To honor his fallen brothers, Leonardo has tied his their headbands to his sword hilts.
SkumBeast: Which was your favorite of the four Turtles?
MacLean: Raphael. I loved that he was a badass, and I loved his weapon of choice. Of the four brothers, he had the shortest reach with those little blades. So I figured he must be the best fighter.
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