Quite a while back, I did a series of 3 drawings of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles paired with other ally characters from the series. It started with Raphael and Casey Jones, then Michaelangelo and April O'Neil and finally Donatello and the Fugitoid. I spent the entire weekend working on those 3 drawings but didn't have any time to do the final drawing of Leonardo paired with an ally. Even though I really wanted to finish off the set, I just simply couldn't find the time and eventually forgot. Well, I finally remembered this weekend so I dug out the original thumbnails I drew up for this and went to town on it. I had always planned for Splinter to be paired with Leo and really enjoyed drawing him. As with all these drawings, I mixed a little of both the cartoon and original Mirage studios versions.
As for what reminded me that I needed to work on this....Well, on a Facebook thread where I mentioned me drinking sake' and maybe geting a little tipsy as I was drawing, my friend Jon told me I needed to draw a "nice pic" of April O'neil. So I ended up whipping this up and posted it on Facebook for him to see. This drawing brought to you courtesy of my 14 year old self.