“BOOT THE FOOT” #40: MATT KAUFENBERG VS. “KING LIONHEART”!
SKUMMBEAST: How would you describe your art style and what influences have helped shape that style?
KAUFENBERG: I’m constantly experimenting with different styles, but I always try to keep my illustrations simple. Simple shapes, minimal detail, and simple colors. I also strive to create work that has a traditional feel to it and doesn’t look overly digital (even though i created it in Photoshop).
I mainly look to children’s book illustrators, such as Roger Bradfield, Art Seiden, and Ed Emberley, for inspiration.
SKUMMBEAST: Share a bit about your history with TMNT, and tell a bit about why you chose this character and decided to interpret it this way.
KAUFENBERG: Growing up in the 80’s, I have numerous TMNT memories but my favorite one is when a neighborhood friend would bring over his Turtle costumes and we would battle it out in the backyard. The costumes came with a weapon and a mask that had a turtle nose connected to it. I thought they were the coolest thing ever.
I jumped onto this project a bit late in the game so there were only a few characters to choose from. King Lionheart stood to me because I always enjoy drawing animals and thought it would be fun to depict in in a more vintage style.
SKUMMBEAST: Which was your favourite of the four Turtles?
KAUFENBERG: Definitely Michelangelo…nothing beat his nunchucks.
Thanks, Matt! You can follow more of MATT KAUFENBERG’S work at:
MATT KAUFENBERG’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
ART OF MATT KAUFENBERG ON FACEBOOK
MATT KAUFENBERG ON TWITTER
MATT KAUFENBERG’S BIGCARTEL SHOP!
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Coming up next tomorrow …. “WALKABOUT” by Robb Mommaerts!