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Leonardo Leads by D-pi Leonardo Leads by D-pi
Leonardo Leads
The turtles are all just a bunch of teenagers figuring out who they are and Leonardo has grounded himself in the traditional culture of his adopted father. So while Mike's practicing his uprock, Raph is reading Society Against the State, and Donnie is mastering portable cloaking devices, Leo is practicing his Kintsugi on the more interesting shards of pottery he finds in the bins outside of Pratt's pottery department. As much as he takes it seriously, his obsession over Japanese culture is still an outsider's fantasy and rather ridiculous, even to Splinter.
He's a bit uptight, but no other turtle holds himself more responsible for his brothers than Leo; this is why he takes his training and the discipline of the group so seriously.
Here Leo practices battojutsu with a crummy kodachi he found in a dumpster in Hell's kitchen.
You can get the original 19x24cm drawing on Maruman art spiral paper over on my etsy.
These characters were made by Eastman and Laird… fuck if I know who owns them now.
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:iconninjato7:
Ninjato7 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
he is... THE FRUIT NINJA!
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:iconfelixperezjr:
FelixPerezJr Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Nice.
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:iconiamrandolphwilliams:
IamRandolphWilliams Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I haven't seen such a nice TMNT piece in a long time...
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:iconflowlikewater7:
flowlikewater7 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
dido
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:iconsamax:
samax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artist
Hmmm...
Now I need to go eat some fruit...
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
fruit is magical/musical, I've heard
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:iconsamax:
samax Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Artist
Yup! Toot! Toot!
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:icond-piddy82:
D-Piddy82 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Yes!!!
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:iconcoolmonkeyd:
coolmonkeyd Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
Wheres Donnie?
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:iconginsenglag:
GinsengLag Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Which Pratt is that now...?

I love your take on all these characters, by the way!
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Pratt Institute, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NY
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:iconginsenglag:
GinsengLag Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
That's where I went to school! Just checking.
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
cool, what year?!
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:iconginsenglag:
GinsengLag Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
2012! Just last May.
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
congratulations! I loved Pratt. Did you have Floyd Hughes, by chance?
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:iconeverythingstaken:
everythingstaken Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
You went to Pratt too? I'm going there now. Small world I guess.
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:iconginsenglag:
GinsengLag Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Yes!!!! I took him twice because he was one of my favorites.
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
That's way too much "Fuze" for any one student, hehe.
kidding...Floyd's a good friend of mine. I love that guy!
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:iconplasticplayhouse:
plasticplayhouse Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very interesting style. i love what you did with the fruit, very 3D-ish.
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:iconjeffreylai:
jeffreylai Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Filmographer
Very cool!
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:iconglennaugust:
GlennAugust Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Good old stuff Pi.
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
thanks dun!
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:iconwhite-etihw:
white-etihw Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
woooow ITS AWESOME
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:icon0shade0:
0shade0 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
vous ętes trop bien.
did you do the focus blur in ps or did you just paint that well.
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
yes
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:icon0shade0:
0shade0 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
:')
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:iconblzsoul:
blzsoul Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Forever my favorite turtle...don't care how uptight he is lol...dope.
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:iconunitzer07:
unitzer07 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
stoked to see what you do with donnie. Badass.
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:iconmissplanette:
missplanette Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i aspire to have your exact style. not saying i want to steal it, but its one that ive had in my mind to perfect for 10 years. amazing!
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
walk the path and be happy with the style that comes. It'll be dope, I bet.
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:iconmissplanette:
missplanette Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank you, and i will!
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:iconikewhitehead:
IkeWhitehead Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
i really really wish you would do a comic of these.
even just a one off.
you really get a feel of their world.
something that i felt in prince of cats as well
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
hahaha... it's NY. We'll see. Write a letter to eastman or whatever.
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:iconikewhitehead:
IkeWhitehead Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
i know it's new york.
sometimes people just forget to add those little details of things to their descriptions of a town characters are in.
still great stuuuuffff
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
:-) Thanks
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:iconikewhitehead:
IkeWhitehead Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
very welcome
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:iconchaseconley:
ChaseConley Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
maaaaaaaan
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:iconelementhaze:
ElementHaze Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Too sick....
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:iconbyronelliott88:
byronelliott88 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
super dope bro
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:iconitsafreeworld:
ItsAFreeWorld Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
this is amazing
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:icondk-brecht:
dk-brecht Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Can't wait for Donnie!
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:iconchanree:
Chanree Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Digital Artist
<3 perfect hun! :D *hugs you*
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:iconcoatl510:
Coatl510 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
this is really dope, did you do this on one go go? or did you make a few that didn't look so good before working on this one?
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I sketched Leo twice. ...inked this one. I may ink the other. ...but sometimes you must draw things many times to get where you want, sure. But these are just one offs for fun.
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:iconcoatl510:
Coatl510 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
that's cool to hear, gonna try my best to work like that.
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:icond-pi:
D-pi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Just work. Work often and be sensitive, you'll find your way and it'll be worth it.
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:iconsamax:
samax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artist
That's great advice.
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:iconcoatl510:
Coatl510 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
thank, boss.
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:iconmidoriringo:
MidoriRingo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Fruit Ninja, 3+ Combo!
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:iconstupidartpunk:
Stupidartpunk Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
Dude, this by far my favorite of your turtle designs! Also Nickelodeon (Viacom?) owns TMNT these days...
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