Here's a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle commission piece where I've inked over Mike Bowden's pencils. I've worked with Mike Bowden on World of Warcraft over at DC Comics and well as Avengers for Marvel. This was a treat to ink over his original pencils and have the characters at TMNT. How do you know which character is whom? For me, I look at which weapons they're holding, as I'm sure most of you use the same method to distinguish them apart. Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo.
When I was inking the commission piece above, it reminded of the last time I've inked a TMNT piece. Which was also the FIRST and only time I've inked them. It wasn't even a commission piece. I just inked it for myself and used it as a sample piece for my portfolio... before I started doing professional inking work. Back then, Jeff Matsuda gave me pencil copies of a cover he drew. This was the time when I was getting critiques and advice from established artist in the industry. He gave me copies of his pencils and I would ink over them for practice. Below is that inked piece.
It was okay because it got me work in the industry. This was one of the last pieces in my portfolio that got me work. Looking at this now, I cringe. I see so many mistakes and so many areas where I would ink differently if I was inking it today. It was nice to ink the turtles again. Maybe one of these days, I'll get to ink them on a book. That would be fun.