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TMNT: Donatello + Shadow by mooncalfe TMNT: Donatello + Shadow by mooncalfe
a frontispiece pin-up i did for Mirage's Tales of the TMNT #38. :tmnt1:

characters copyright Mirage, all that stuff, etc.
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:iconmmhinman:
MMHinman Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's Donnie for ya;)
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NixKat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool.
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M-raptor Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist
this is good nice work and for don always a smartass!!
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Speckled-Paws Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
The drawing is amazing but it seems to me to be check, not checkmate. The white pawn is blocking the bishop from threatening the king. The white pawn should have been on the black square or the white square to it's diagonal right instead. The king has one move (diagonal right). If rook moves to check then king takes knight. If bishop comes to check, either knight takes bishop or king takes knight. Either way not checkmate. The only reason that I'm even mentioning it is because I've had the smile that Donatello has on his face only to discover that I hadn't really won the game yet.
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
somebody else said this about a year or so ago, and it's just me messing up the board. i'm not a chess player but i did do research on the board arrangement but somehow i still messed it up. :XD: i guess it still works even if Don hasn't checkmated Shadow yet, but that's the basic joke. glad you like the drawing, in any case, thanks!
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Speckled-Paws Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Sorry to open up a year old wound ^^; I enjoy a good game of chess and I've been on both sides of the board (so to speak) having all of my pieces taken away and having taken my opponents' pieces leaving them with next to nothing but since Don's a genius it'll be over soon away ;) Again great drawing :)
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
i posted this picture way back in 2006, i'm surprised nobody caught the chess board until last year! i have a friend who's a big chess player, i should've run the board configuration by him but i didn't, i don't know how i messed it up. i looked up piece configurations online and stuff like that, how did this happen?!? :XD: anyway, it's cool, thanks for bringing it up again and confirming it!
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Speckled-Paws Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
At first I wasn't going to say anything but the chess player in my couldn't keep his mouth shut :XD: I'm pretty sure most people focused on the faces of the players and the number of pieces by Donatello and figured that he'd already won.
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organic-angel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I am a big fan of how you draw the TMNT! (Loved IDW's Leo micro-series, you did a good job on the art). Also Shadow should know better than to play chess with Donnie.
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
thank you!!
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
you drew this? Dude, I use this as a book cover for my tmnt fanfic on Wattpad!
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
yep, i drew it! way back in 2007 for Mirage.
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Too cool! Did you ever meet the creators of the turtles?
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
i've met Laird but not Eastman. my meeting with Laird was awkward and weird because i assumed he knew i'd done the pin-ups for Tales and covers to Raphael: Bad Moon Rising, but he had no idea what the Raphael project even was, i don't think he was involved much at that point. D'OH. so embarrassed!
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
XD too cool...and funny XD Whats it like working with the turtles in a manner of speaking?
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
it's been super cool! :tmnt2:
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:icondamushroom:
DaMushroom Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
How long you been working with them?
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
technically not long, it's sporadic, it's never been a regular gig. i did the Raphael: Bad Moon Rising covers and the 2 Donatello pin-ups for Tales of the TMNT back in 2007, and then i did IDW's Leonardo micro-series issue earlier this year and i have a couple covers coming up. hopefully more actual comics soon!
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itsmechrista Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aaweesomee
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That looks very nice. :D
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
thanks!!
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome. :wave:
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jaoosa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL, a couple of days ago i was reading that issue when i saw this picture. And i really liked the style. And now i find it here. I must say you did a great job on it
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
thanks!!
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Pisces--Dreamer Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Where can I read this? It looks really cool. =)
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
thanks!! this wasn't for a specific story, it was just a one-off pin-up/frontispiece, there's no actual story where Donatello and Shadow play chess (unfortunately)! :tmnt4:
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Zavael Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great art of course...
but Im not sure, is it really checkmate? the white square next to the black horse is not check-ed :) or am I wrong?
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
thanks!
haha, damn, did i mess it up?? i'm not a chess player but i did research on board/piece configurations so i'd get it accurate... i can't even remember if it was meant to be a checkmate or not, i did this so long ago. we need a chess expert in here!
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Zavael Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its not failure, she is clearly at the defeating side of the game, so both characters expressions are accurate :D
I just needed to ask, cause there was some "pro-chess-player" comments of total checkmate :D
but I would gladly trade my chess qualities for your art ones :P
sorry for my EN :)
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
very nice!
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Ninjustupower Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap that's good!
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
thanks!! :tmnt1:
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Ninjustupower Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D you're welcome
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theblindalley Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hello!! :wave: Your awesome art had been featured on my journal! [link] I love your art, please keep up the great work!! :heart:
I have all issues of your TMNT comic. :heart:
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
thank you!!!!!!! it's an honor. :)
hope you like all the TMNT sketches i've been posting recently! more to come!
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theblindalley Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
yeah I will! thay are all so cool :)
I want to see more! ^^

best regards from Tokyo :heart:
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Pimpypants Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god, Donnie's face! :D
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
:XD:
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luiginotafraid Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Student General Artist
Poor shadow you picked the Wrong Person for chest.
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PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Love Donny's expression here
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Gh0stM1ck Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
seems like you could help since you worked in TMNT. I picked up a few back issues a while ago and this shadow character was in it as well as a couple other females. who is shadow and how long has she been involved?
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Shadow first showed up in the City At War storyline, back around 1992-1993, when she was just a baby. she's Casey Jones's daughter. the current series is set like 15 years later so now she's a teenager, like in this pic here. :tmnt1:
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Gh0stM1ck Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
interesting. i should really get involved in those books again. I'm always blown away from the ingenuity in them. what are some good storylines i should pick up or download to catch up on them?
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
most of the older comics are hard to find, and the new ones aren't collected in trades, so it's tough... how much have you read?
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Gh0stM1ck Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
not much, admitedly. At least not much in my active memory- I had a bunch form when i was comin' up in the 80s but none of them are around anymore. So for now roughly the trades they have of 'Tales of TMNT' and MOST of the last Year and a 1/2's singles. as for the trades one thing i've noticed it they don't exactly collect anything in any sort of order of print but more of issues centered around a theme of single element running through them.
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Tales isn't a continuing storyline, every issue is a different story so that's why the Tales trades seem that way. they're putting out a new trade reprinting TMNT #1 through i think #12, you should pick that up. besides that you'd probably have to go through back issue bins to find the older stuff like City At War, or search on ebay for the old trades, you can definitely find copies there sometimes.

i think my personal favorite stuff is volume 1, which is #1-62, specifically #1-12 (after that the issues get kind of disparate and all over the place as different creators work on them; they're still good though), and then #19-23 is Return to New York which is awesome. then #24-26 is The River which is also awesome, one of my favorites (which is weird because it's by another creator, Rick Veitch, and usually i'm not as crazy about the non-Laird/Eastman stuff, but this one's great), and then finally #50-62 (which is the end of the series) is City At War, which i don't believe is collected as a trade anywhere, unfortunately.

THEN (whew!) the new/current series is really awesome, it picks up 15 years after the end of volume 2 (which is also good, it has some Shadow stuff in it, but it's pretty hard to find and only ran 13 issues. it's worth it if you can find it but it won't ruin your enjoyment of subsequent material if you can't) and that's the one that features teenage Shadow and aliens integrated into american society, it's bizarre but cool stuff. there's no trade of that, unfortunately, but i bet you could scrounge up all the issues if you tried. the last couple have been only released through the Mirage website in really limited quantities, really sporadically, and at $10 a pop they're expensive, but worth it.

whew, anyway, i think that's it. better start saving up money! haha.
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Panur Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Not sure if you real name is Ross Campbell, but in case it isn`t ---> [link]

just found this.
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
yep, i'm ross campbell. :)
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Panur Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
nevermind then, I`ve only ever met you as mooncalfe~
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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
what? i AM mooncalfe! mooncalfe is just my screen name, my real name is ross campbell, i'm confused!! :confused:
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