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IDW TMNT Limited color sketch 01 by BenBates IDW TMNT Limited color sketch 01 by BenBates
I was lucky enough to contribute some color sketches for the Secret History of the Foot Clan limited edition stuff. I've got nearly zero experience in producing traditional color art so this was an intimidating request. But I dove in and just started making stuff up.
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Dark-Coco Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Looks epic, makes a great cover design! :D
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013

Awesome work here

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stephan-zx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Amazing
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:iconbobthegreatorcslayer:
Awesome! Amazing work!
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primalivysaur Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Looks good as always
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SailorMoonAndSonicX Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Having started out with traditional means of coloring myself when I first got into art, I find this interesting to see! Only I used colored pencils instead of markers, which seems to be what you used here. For you not having experience in this, it came out pretty nicely! I'm impressed with your traditional work and it serves as a chance for you to expand your skills and see what else you can do as a break from the usual.

Your style is interesting, too. The way you color with those markers gives it a bit of a sketchy feel as if it were done with pencils and adds texture, but at the same time the coloring remains smooth and neat! I can never figure out how people color so well with markers. xD
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BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional
Thanks! I'm really pretty lucky the final product is supposed to be sketchy! 

 I suppose with the markers, like all things, the more I did the more comfortable I became and the more risks I took. I guess if I kept working with them eventually I might get past the sketchy phase and start producing something more controlled and polished. Hmmm, there's a lesson here. To just sit down and start doing something. Then keep doing it.  
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plasticplayhouse Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i'm diggin!
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AriLorenHedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
If it is "zero" experience... I wanna see "good" experience.
Are simple brushstrokes...and you made a fantastic piece! I love the faces of theme and the poses. Very good work! :)
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EricTheWhitelion Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
AWsome job Mr. Bates
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:iconbenbates:
BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional
Thanks a ton!
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EricTheWhitelion Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
your welcome dude :)
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kid--av Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
LOVE this!
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HeavyMetalHanzo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dope!
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:iconbenbates:
BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional
Aw man, thanks a ton!
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RoseDuelistBBSHM Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist

I thought I recognized your style! Love the motion, especially with Leo!

Great work! Both with TMNT and Sonic. ^_^

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mooncalfe Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
absolutely incredible, Ben!!! :omg: so dynamic. I WANT THIS
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Xenofa Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pffffff COOL!!!!!!! >W<
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carriehowarth Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   General Artist
Your zero experience looks fantastic!!! ;-)
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:iconbenbates:
BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional
Ha, thanks!
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:iconknuxfan23:
knuxfan23 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This looks awesome
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Whoohoo!!! 
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Lewanut Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I'm not sure I would've noticed any flaws in it if you hadn't pointed out your own inexperience; as it is I was looking for them after your mention. This is still very good, very dramatic and dynamic. Dark turtles are awesome turtles. (I was meaning to check out the turtles comic, but I never got around to it. Also, there's the whole being broke thing.)
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BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional
Thanks! I get ya, there's tons of stuff I'd love to pick up but time and money stop me in my tracks. 
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BMania-Sketches Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh mah G! That's so good! :faint: 
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dawwe0 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks really great!
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Sonic-the-Superstar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks awesome!

It's vice versa for me. I hardly have any experience creating digital art.
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Chauvels Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   General Artist
This looks great! Makes me want to dust off the old copic and touch makers.
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theCHAMBA Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
looking ace!
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NicksPatties Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
For "nearly zero experience" in traditional color art, I'd say this is an excellent start. Out of curiosity, have you noticed any significant differences between coloring digitally and traditionally so far?
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BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional
Oh man, you bet. A ton of differences, but most of them are pretty easy to guess. There are a ton of happy accidents throughout these color sketches and I was essentially just riding the wave, waiting to wipe out. 

Really I got super lucky that this was for TMNT stuff, which allowed my experimental strokes and happy accidents to be acceptable. Had I been assigned to do some traditional Sonic art I'd have been sunk. 
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PowderAkaCaseyJones Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Duuuuuuuuude, this is amazing.
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BenBates Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional
Thanks a ton man!
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