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TMNT - Rocking The Cradle by merrypaws TMNT - Rocking The Cradle by merrypaws
It's nothing short of incredible that it's taken me this many years to draw any TMNT fanart, given that I almost wore out the tapes we had back in the 90's. And it's also funny what kind of things you start paying attention to as you grow older. As a kid, I didn't pay much attention to Splinter. But as time went by, I came to realize some things.

In this day and age, it's no small feat raising a child to be a decent person. Let alone four. Especially if you're a single parent. Top that off with the fact that you're raising four children who are, well, DIFFERENT, when you're shunned by the society as a whole, and I can only come to one conclusion. Splinter, besides being a ninjitsu master, and a super-cool mutant, is also a real Super Dad.
And like all parents, there must've been times when he's had to compromise between his lifestyle and the demands of parenthood.

So, let this silly doodle be my tribute to the amazing rodent, who played some small part in my own upbringing as well.
Lines and colors are all SAI, with some polishing done in PS.
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:iconcelandinegranger:
CelandineGranger Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so precious! And I agree. Splinter is a totally awesome dad!
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JinxSphinx Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Awwww
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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Splinter is probably my most favourite of the TMNT characters. He just seems like the most awesome father-figure ever. X3 Wise, fair, loving, strict, and yet can have moments where he's actually pretty funny. X3 Haha 

Anyways, this just shows just how awesome a dad he is to the brothers. X3 I can totally picture this; it's super precious and sweet. I love how he's so content, so relaxed as he's meditating and using his tail to rock the brothers. X3 It's such a fun and cute idea. :giggle: Lovely work!
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:iconmemory627:
Memory627 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Professional Writer
I think I just died from cuteness overload. X3 :faint:
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:iconwhenyinmetyang:
whenyinmetyang Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
this is one peaceful pic.
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BlueManiac359 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
This is adorable. I love how you thought of the tire swing as a cradle. They all look so cute bundled together.
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Cute.
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RAYork777 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't agree more! Splinter is a tribute to single parents, or any parent trying to raise children. And I sooooo want a turtle tot episode!!!
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:iconchloeleerogers1997:
ChloeLeeRogers1997 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We need a turtle tots episode in the 2k12 series stat!
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:iconimaryi:
IMaryI Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Agree
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:iconchloeleerogers1997:
ChloeLeeRogers1997 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I want it so much!
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:iconimaryi:
IMaryI Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Me 2 i find that it would be super kawaii♥
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:iconmerrypaws:
merrypaws Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Hear, hear.
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:iconchloeleerogers1997:
ChloeLeeRogers1997 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Imagine all the shaningans!

Tot Mikey should be voiced by :iconcatbugplz:
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:iconcynder3601:
Cynder3601 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014   General Artist
That is cute! :)
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:iconchasehawing:
ChasehaWing Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
oh my god...that is the most adorable thing in the history of tmnt...
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:iconjesusfreakunlimited:
JesusFreakUnlimited Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This.... Is... Adorable.... Beyond..... Words!.... *collapses*
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:iconnakuru-nebelung:
Nakuru-Nebelung Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
*dies of cuteness in 3, 2, 1 ...*
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:iconlucifer-apollyon:
Lucifer-Apollyon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
There are no words in any language capable of expressing how much I absolutely love this piece. It, by itself, is beautiful, but your thoughts on Splinter just make this piece amazing. :)
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Amotortugasninjaleo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Owww i love when master splinter care the baby turtules
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:iconkittenkat50239:
KittenKat50239 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Dawwwsss!!Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1]  Master Splinter, go you!!Italy (Thumbs Up) [V2] 
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:iconturtleena:
Turtleena Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Cute!
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:icontiger-tail:
tiger-tail Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
so adorable 
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:icongoldenthebat:
goldenthebat Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
AWWWWWWWW!KAWAII!
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:icondominique-lefalle:
Dominique-Lefalle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Sooo cute! :) 
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LoveableHothead Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
AWWWWWWW SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconbproductinz:
BProductinz Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
the exact positives of being a mutant ^^ too cute
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:iconfrillyreptile:
FrillyReptile Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
look at those turtle tots they're so cute!
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:iconsnowonia22:
snowonia22 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
la in love So cute!!!!
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:iconhundi12:
hundi12 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist
This is so cuuute x3
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TurtleFan2 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Too much cuteness!
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teriaizer Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
aww this is adorable! A cute cute picture and a beautiful observation. Love it!
I love the 2012 Splinter! :) :) <3
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:iconbluerosekelly:
BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Oh my gosh little turtle babies! this is way too cute! XD XD XD Splinter is a great father. :)
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:iconmeatymeaty:
meatymeaty Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Spin it good 
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:iconkessielou:
KessieLou Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could just kiss their little green Tennis-ball like head!:iconadorableplz:
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:iconxxxdragoncharmxxx:
xXxDragoncharmxXx Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
aw so cute! ^^
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:iconbunnychan12:
BunnyChan12 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Splinter you wise rat 
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:iconnightangel285:
NightAngel285 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWWWW!!!!! THIS IS SO SWEET!!!!!!
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:icontwinscover:
twinscover Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awww... that's so adorable :iconblushingplz:
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:icongirlforgod99:
GirlforGod99 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, this is so sweet. I love it!
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:iconanimeluvrforever:
AnimeLuvrForever Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
KAWAII!!!!!!!!!!! Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Senpai notice me) [V3] D'aww Misty 
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:iconcrimsonbloodbender88:
Sweet!
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:iconphoenixofthesea:
Phoenixofthesea Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This....... is a cuteness over load......
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:iconshalialove:
Shalialove Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is too cute, it's so lovey
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nightthevampire Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg so cute!
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kiraynn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
aww... sweet babies! Yasuko Takasu (Fangirling) [V1]  yes, I definitely agree. Splinter is an amazing dad and he deserves more credit 03  
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:icon54viruses:
54viruses Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Master Splinter was always my favorite turtle... ;P
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:iconsunstarphoenix:
SunstarPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
You're right, Splinter is one of those super!parents.

-Kai
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ToriEnglish Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I never really thought about Splinter that way.. Good point ya have there ;) 
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CrystallicSky Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
OMG, that's adorable. :love:
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