With the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in the news due to the Michael Bay movie in development I thought I'd share some work from my days as Color Supervisor on the 4Kids Ninja Turtle cartoon.
The palette for the show was established by Beatriz Ramos, owner of DANCING DIABLO studio and visionary artist in her own right. She was a thoughtful instructor and runs her business with a conscience and artistic integrity. My predecessor was Liz Artinian, one of the best animation painters in NYC. I came on at the start of Season 3 through the FLASH FORWARD re-launch and I worked alongside crazy-skilled painters like Reginald Butler and Emilio Lopez.
Over the course of a few seasons, the director, Roy Burdine, and I kept pushing the cinematic potential for color, including the addition of special color treatments for characters and props for situations like Night, Underwater, and Firelight. Looked good, but a load to keep track of for production.
Below are some examples of color model coverage for certain scenes. These are the style sheets we'd send as reference to Don Woo Studios in Korea. We tried to communicate as much as possible in a few images. I also included video to show a comparison with the final on-air product.
DERELICT TRICERATON SHIP from "New Blood"
You can see this environment starting at the 40 second mark.
BISHOP'S AREA 51 LAB from "Aliens Among Us"
You can see this environment starting at the 57 second mark.
AIRBORNE CITY at Night from "Mission of Gravity"
You can see this environment starting at the 35 second mark.