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Donatello+April 'I will Fight For Him by JasmineAlexandra Donatello+April 'I will Fight For Him by JasmineAlexandra
Okay I get so sick & tired of people making fan stories of April as some damsel in distress that gets hurt for attention, or acts like a piece of furniture that just stands there while people stand around & fight. She is not a cheerleader, she is an active character learning from the most kick-ass Sensei!

She is not a Disney Princess from the 1950's.... she is more like Merida from Brave than Snow White or Sleeping Beauty (Seriously, I have never ever met a wimpy GINGER! They have a fiery temper like their hair!). So here I wanted to portray her more than just a character trope... or what others have portrayed her in fan-stories.
She is more than just an object of Donnie's affection.

She lost her father to the Kranng! She is not crying & moping in her room, cause no-one understands her....she is not some damn Bell from Twilight!

She is learning to fight back & learning fast (cause she know she has to & also...who doesn't want to learn to be a kick-ass ninja????).

She is being stalked & chased by a mafia gang, who have taken her freedom away... but she is feisty, she is not going to let a bunch of jerks take her down easy!

She is also funny with her quick wit & not one to dwell or go woe is me (like some tropes & fan-stories that I can't stand to read).
She is a fighter in spirit & if pushed comes to shove, she will shove back.

Here she is standing up & defending Donnie... she knows she will most likely get killed or worse, but she is not going to run away & cry, she is standing up for her family & kick ass doing so!.... like any New Yorker I know would do!

I also wanted to experiment in using a bit of Adventure Time stye with a manga influence....

I do not own the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or any of the characters. I am just an insignificant insect that is just a fan. All characters belong to 2012 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. Based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman.
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I completely agree with you i think the only thing you COULD do its just my opinion, maybe show were Donnie's eyes are?. because when i looked at it at first i kinda chuckled thinking 'where's his eyes? is that on purpose?'
Other than my little opinion, I love the adventure time twist you put in the picture, you did an amazing job the sutle blood smears and stains on the characters and backround. The coloring and shading is great too! I do admit I gotta respect april ALOT more now XD
(shes a cool character and ain't no dainty flower)
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Critique by galgamex1234 Jul 2, 2013, 5:03:44 PM
This piece is really well made. I like how you made her look pretty accurate to show but gave it your own little twist. I also like the shadowed Shredder there its looks pretty bad ass. Also I'm glad your one of the ones who designs April as a fighter because I'm not too big a fan of Damsel's in Distress but I get her needed to be rescued in the first few episodes. Now I do have one nitpicks but it's nothing to get upset about. I think the white boards that they're on is a bland color maybe a faded brown or a dirty auburn.

All and All I really like this piece and look forward to more art from you in the future.
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ArtistRanger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
go April
Loki-Kitten1985 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
The April in the cartoon from the 80s was a damsel in distress, but April from the 2012 version is not, she is even willing to fight alongside the turtles and Casey. That is probably why I like this April a lot more than the one the 80s cartoon so I am glad you made a picture where April is being a bad ass.
DolphinGirlWriter Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
THANK YOU!! I am getting sick and tired of female characters that are one dimentional. And then I saw APRIL O'NIEL actually TRYING to DO things!! Actually ACTIVE!! Even when she was behind bars, so to speak. Since then, I have LOVED her!!'s true there are times where I want to yell at her for being an idiot, but still, it's better than some of the OTHER females in shows...
And I AM noticing that recent shows and movies are making females more developed and active. As in "I don't NEED a love interest to progress through my life!" Which is really awesome.
(Although I DO hope that she and Donnie get together, I have a feeling she just sees him as her closest friend that she doesn't want to lose, not even in risk of a relationship such as 'boyfriend/girlfriend' thing...but at least she's careful with his obvious feelings towards her)
I LOVE seeing April actually standing up for the turtles in battle...although there are few ever made in the fanart, so I am REALLY happy to see this! ^_^ also, brave enough to stand up to The SHREDDER...PERFECT!
As soon as I found out that she was going to be trained as a Kunoichi, I was so hyped... :happybounce: 
*reads the rest of the description* wait, adventure Time? *scrolls up* OH! The face!! ...Cool! :D I like it!! ^_^
wolfblue13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
tmntgirl123765 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
ill help you too! for Donnie...
XxMistressMomoxX Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This remind s me of a small fanfic I made right after the episode the gauntlet came out. This caused my heart to pound! Excellent work.
MidnightPrime Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never like the whole April being a damsel in distress. Like to see her step up and taking a roll of kicking ass for a change.
Neko-mirichan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
April is as badass as all the turtles and Splinter, she is a warrior!! Not a princess e.e
Awesome, job!
DonaTurtle Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   Artist


no...he he can't be dead can h-he?

Plz tell me he's alright or I-I just M-Might Just       :iconcryforeverplz:

alopex320 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Artist
He's fine just out cold
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