Saturday, September 6, 2008

Alien soldier

This is a pre-TMNT Laird/Eastman collaboration. Kevin and I did a number of these as we were figuring out how best to work together, as our original plan for Mirage Studios was to collaborate on illustrations for magazines, book covers, newspapers -- basically, anyone who would hire us! (We never actually got any of that kind of work, but that's another story.)


Kevin liked to take some of the inked art I had already done, photocopy it, mount the photocopy on foam core or some other kind of stiff board, and then color it with Dr. Martin's dyes. This was one such experiment, a drawing I did in 1983. I remember being very envious of his facility with color. -- PL

12 comments:

Vaughn Michael said...

I really love stuff like this even if it's never been used for anything.
Have you ever thought about starting a toy line based on your designs that aren't related to TMNT?
-Vaughn M.

Stephan @ The Turtle Van said...

I was 2 years old... :-P

PL said...

" Vaughn Michael said...
Have you ever thought about starting a toy line based on your designs that aren't related to TMNT?"

Oh, definitely. It would be a lot of fun to have toys based on some of my non-TMNT designs. Unfortunately, that is something that it far more easily said than done. -- PL

Vaughn Michael said...

Very true, It's my dream to have my own toy line.
It would be so cool though to have all those aliens and you could even have things like Stupid Heroes in there also.
Have you ever thought about starting your own toy brand much in the same way Todd Mcfarlane did back in the late 90's? Or is that just something you don't see yourself plopping down the money for? I'm sure it's allot.
My problem is I don't even know the first thing about trying to get a toy line idea out there let alone starting your own company.
-Vaughn M.

~ tOkKa said...

-->> macaroni alien ..


**

Difficult to capture a likeness of Jim's work and the Mike's paints over it .. together they've made some of the most powerful and amazing covers.. not just TMNT but Paleo, Planet Racers ect. ..TMNT II's prestige comic co-collaborative cover remains some of my most favourite pieces of their work ever.

I was trying to emulate their Planet Racer style the ebst i could. It was not easy.. but i did try. I don't think you can really capture a likeness of Dooney/Lawson with any amount of ease except for the artists themselves. I did add the same ' HOLOGRAM ' paint effect i used for the Neca 'Wrestling 'Donatello custom to give him a shimmering/sparkly effect like 'Star Trek' ..*** how is this,guys ..??



..and while it's hard to tell from the novels. The Quazine people are a bit large. They are not what you'd call small little baby size aliens. They are not giants.. but they are big i guess.

They are kind of large kinda as big as Godman or Fits ( well kind of ) ..whatever the case, from a certain point of view it could be said that they are to scale to TMNT toys and since Falcon & P.R. and Turtles crossed over in the toon and such..

one could look at the Quazine resin as a Planet Racers ** ** 'Staction Figure ' ..

..>v<

PL said...

"Vaughn Michael said...
Very true, It's my dream to have my own toy line.
It would be so cool though to have all those aliens and you could even have things like Stupid Heroes in there also.
Have you ever thought about starting your own toy brand much in the same way Todd Mcfarlane did back in the late 90's? Or is that just something you don't see yourself plopping down the money for? I'm sure it's a lot.
My problem is I don't even know the first thing about trying to get a toy line idea out there let alone starting your own company.
-Vaughn M."

I think Todd had just the right combination of circumstances when he began his toy company -- a popular comic book series (Spawn), the money to get it rolling, and -- perhaps of equal importance -- the energy and passion to push it forward. Right now, I have no desire to put a lot of my time and energy into such a project. Maybe in a few years... -- PL

Vaughn Michael said...

Cool Pete,
I guess that's true Spwn really hit it big at first, shame it's all gone so down hill after that movie.
The comics really aren't even the same anymore.
I do think perhaps starting it all out yourself seems like the best idea after watching how things go when other parties become involved.
I always liked the old idea of let's make a toy like that has a story behind it and then branch it out from that, something that really was big in the 80's when I was growing up.
But I guess it was going on much before that also.
I'm a bit of a toy nut if you haven't noticed with all my NECA and Playmates related questions lol.
Even though you don't have the time and all to do an entire line now, I think it would be really cool if you'd submit some new characters to Playmates. :)
I think that's a huge part of what made the old toy line so cool all the creative imput all of you ultra creative guys at Mirage had on the line.
-Vaughn M.

Sarah The Anime Librarian said...

I agree with VM this would make an awesome little toy. Its a really neat design.

~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..assuming the Quazine paints was pretty disappointing for all.

;/

>v<

~ tOkKa said...
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~ tOkKa said...

-->> **..given variables and creative liberties on Falcon's bike by Playmates.. i'm gonna say it's pretty safe that the Quazine is to scale to most TMNT figures.

..sorry about the paint.

>v<

Capital Chay said...

Maybe the Toddster would create a Laird signature series of figures.