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TMNT countdown request 22 by BenBates
TMNT countdown request 22
I had no idea that curve above his left eye was a scar. 

Requested by :iconmerumori: Usagi is a lot of fun to draw. 
TMNT countdown request 21 by BenBates
TMNT countdown request 21
I'm skipping past request 20 for now. I'm hoping that IDW's Leatherhead will debut sometime in the near future and I can draw the most recent incarnation. I did the art for Turtles in Time issue 3 and there's some kind of Leatherhead tease in the end so my hope is not entirely unfounded. 

In the meantime, here's :iconespio36: request for Donatello. The 2014 lets me know I actually drew this months ago. Probably around October of last year. That's right, I always meant to finish these requests!
TMNT countdown request 19 by BenBates
TMNT countdown request 19
Hey this might be silly but I like to try and finish what I start. Even if its two years later... 

So, two years ago when I was waiting for issue 20 of IDW's TMNT to be released I was doing character requests. Here's :icondragonheart07: request for Leonardo. 

Little by little I've been chipping away at the remaining requests. I'm still treating them as sketches and the first 18 were 100% digital, but people are always wanting to buy them so I'll do the rest traditionally on bristol board with ink and marker. A heads up if you're interested in that sort of thing. I'm hoping to set up an etsy or something soon to make purchasing these, original comic pages and the like easier. 
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Ben Bates
Artist | Professional
United States
My name is Ben Bates and I'm lucky enough to be a freelance illustrator primarily working in comics. I've had all kinds of fun in my career, working on many dream projects-

Sonic the Hedgehog
Mega Man
New Crusaders

S.H.O.O.T. First
Star Wars- Defenders of the Lost Temple digest

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
My Little Pony

I'm also a member of Periscope Studio. A studio with over twenty comic creators, go and check out the list of credits at

Current Residence: PortLand, OR

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dubXsonic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sup ben

i have been trying to get some sonic art for my fan character in Archie's style, but i cant find anybody who can do it for free or in a request, at a professional level

idk if you would do one for me but GOD, your art is my favorite comic art i have seen, i would really love art form you.

and there are alot of people i would love there art from, but the problem is they pay way too much for great art for me, plus i cant get any point for it
darkshadows013 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please don't disrespect someone's time and energy and training by asking for free art. Ben Bates worked hard to get to the point where he could make this his profession. That means he does it for pay so he can put food on the table and keep the lights on. When you ask for free art, you say that his time doesn't matter as much as yours. Let's engender a community of respect and self-worth. :)
nightthefox13 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude I want you to check out my art and tell me Wat you think
JoeyB1001 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, Ben!
pinkfloyd1234 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there Ben! Could i get an opinion on something?
On youtube i turn the comics you guys work on into Audio Dramas, I put voice acting, sound effects and music to make it come to life!
scourgemightyfan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, Ben! I gotta say, Im a HUGE fan of your sonic comic art!
maniackiller013 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Hey Ben, I just wanted to say that iI am loving your cover work for the "World's Unite Covers Unite Variants. They really are beautiful works of art man.
TMNTComicsArt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I didn't realize you live one state below,I live in Washington State~ :) 
UltimateGameMaster Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I know you're super busy, but would you be willing to do stage art for a fighting game?
AzureCaper Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello Mr. Bates. I'm a really big fan of the work you contribute to the Archie comics. I was reaching out to you to inquire as to what version of Photoshop you currently use.
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