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TMNT :: D Y S T O P I A by luleiya TMNT :: D Y S T O P I A by luleiya
"This world, this future...It's a nightmare..."



My tribute to the infamous TMNT episode: "Same as it never was"
(2k3 series, ep.73)

Those who watched the series, know what this is all about... A dystopian world, a horrible future... Heck, it even made me want to read Orwell's "1984" novel just to understand more what this is all about.

The episode was shocking and that's why it just stuck in my head, making me want to portray how I saw it...T-T

Huge thanks goes to :iconkotori-chan: for her constant support throughout the process. =w=/ It was...a very long one indeed. orz

Another huge thanks goes to the Inception soundtrack for providing the perfect mood to drive me on.

Sketch can be found on my artblog: [link]



Tools: SAI, Wacom Intuos 4
characters © =Kevineastman & Peter Laird
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darkartsfart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
The feels. You captured this episode epically.
NinjaTurtlesRock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
This episode was crazy! It was the best episode I've seen
donnysgirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Artist
Oh my shell... freaking awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TurtleGal Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
...oh wow <3 -speechless- 
nekoshappiness33 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this.  I love how you have the turtles grouped together with Donnie as the focal point.  The blood splatter on their weapons is really cool.  It depicts the episode well. :iconinuclapplz:
Kronosam Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! Love the texture of the art work!
StarWarpXVI Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
What is real life!? This is AMAZING!!! I want this as a movie poster. TT__TT
Dragona15 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
freakin awsome
ninalanfer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is epic. Just saying.
ccfirebloom Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Man you're good, this is so cool looking and emotional...
MarAlmok Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student General Artist
wow just incredible
Girlsrule98 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist
I don´t know why, but this make me want to cry Q_Q
awesome picture btw
Taruther Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
This will be my first comment ever on Deviant Art for who knows how many years ago i have been "secretly" subscribed.

Totally awesome! the Episode "Same as it never was" blew my mind when i saw it first, and your art of it is pure epic !
Ikaros-dream Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing you really captured everything !! SAINW is so intense and sad, i always cry when Leo and Raph die, and poor mikey he is left alone, without Leo,Raph,Donnie and Splinter only april is left not eaven Casey :sniff: he has to bare so much pain...
MewXylillian98 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omfg this was my favorite episode...but i cried when leo died..that was sad...but OMFG THAT IS AMAZING I LOVE ITTTT
Leo-Hawkeye Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is friggin awesome!!!
RoseDuelistBBSHM Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Now THAT is ART. Wow...!
ghosttempest Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I just watched that episode yesterday. That was the most intense episode I have ever seen. This picture is so AMAZING. It totally shows the intensity and the dark changes in the brothers. I applaud you!
Murderdoll-69 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such an amazing artwork, perfectly fitting to the most shocking episode ever. It left me behind with a very strange, depressed feeling in the guts.
But you really made it to catch the whole episode in one picture. Don, the brave savor of the day. Raph and Leo, both turning their backs to each other/the group (I love the symbolic here btw) and little Mikey, who still keeps on fighting, despite he lost all his easiness and family.
Mikey was the one thing that depressed me the most in this episode...gee that was one terrible change there.
Sonicstar101 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Sadist, episode, ever
shadz97 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
that episode is depressing
Jaggid-Edge Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah. That's great! It was a fairly intense episode, and I think you've hit the nail on the head with your portrayal. You've done wonderfully, especially with Mikey.
kaykittykay Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I know!! I cried when i saw this episode!!!
Miklche04 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist
woah awesome!
BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Indeed this was definitely one of the more powerful episodes in the series.
AlexaMG Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
in the future, gift dies and on having gone to the future, it becomes completely sentimental and does much cool, very well based on the comic, where there is rafa who goes to the past and the most impressive thing of everything there is the siseño of the faces of april and Karai, clear m loved the design and gliding drawing it in a contest of painting is really inspiring
Kingdom2469 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Wow, this is very emotional just looking at it.
GamingArtist-521 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That episode was so unusual, grim, and dark. It seemed really different than the other episodes, because a lot happens there that wouldn't normally be possible. Really good depiction of that episode!
raphsgirl97 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
this is so wicked :)
UlurNaga Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Wow...just WOW. This looks incredible, and now I have the urge to go back and watch this episode again. FANTASTIC work!
lushiro Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just absolutely amazing, nice job! ^^
lushiro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ScoopGirl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMG I love you... Awesome awesome... :clap: :squeez: I love the amount of detail you put into this. You did an amazing job. I so wish they did this as a series on adult swim for an older crowd instead of always making them for kids... :( But I so love that episode... It has a place in my heart. :heart:
MarsW Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It looks awesome! Great coloring and composition!
xoxTMNTxox Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Absolutely stunning! An amazing master piece; instant fave! ~♥
RDFIGUEROA Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this shouldev been a spin off or an anime reboot
CelineDGD Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Dang...this is pro!
Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
this is so awesome!
Lisa-Glider Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Same as it Never was...Don's determination to take out the Shredder was epic.
mpgraphics Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FoxKids1302 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My heart kept pounding when I watched this episode. It hurts so much... I wonder how the other turtles would react in Don's place if they ever got thrown into such a future...
Vazchu Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Love it, once again an awesome drawing! And I love the episode as well (I loved it even more when I cried the first time I saw it and then again the second time I saw it, lol). (:
AnnaIldefonso Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
... OMFG....

I'm speechless here! Instant fave!
Hey-its-Jess Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This episode made me so mad when I first watched it! I knew it wasn't really real, but it didn't take away from the fact that it was the saddest and most upsetting future out of the three different ones. MIKEY LOST HIS ARM!!!! TT_TT
I really love how you portrayed it though! You've got another fav on this pic. :D
CassMykyta Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I love it. My three sisters and myself have allows joked saying that we four are the ninja turtles and I'm Don. So this episode broke my heart, but it was so good. Great job, you're amazing.
Z-99 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
love ur art dude!! :D
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
This was probably the darkest episode of the 2003 TMNT series, and in my opinion is one of the best ones, as well. :)

You did a great job recapturing the grim and dark atomosphere of that dystopian NY city, as well as the Futuristic turtles, Apirl, and Karai. I also like how you did Don's exo-suit. The blood, and blood stains add to the edgeyness, and hint that they've been in several battles as they close in on the Shredder himself.
EveryDayArtist Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
One of the best episodes and you captured the feeling very well.

That series never ceased to make me go 'can they do that on a cartoon?!'. Heh, the action was pretty intense
G-Perk Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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