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YOUNG JUSTICE: HARM and SECRET by Jerome-K-Moore YOUNG JUSTICE: HARM and SECRET by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Animation Character Design, YOUNG JUSTICE, Greta, and Billy Hayes, Photo. Pencil, Digital Color.

In the Season One episode, "Secrets," my friend Peter David makes his writing debut on the animated YOUNG JUSTICE show with a story featuring two characters he co-created, Harm, and Secret. It's an appropriately haunting tale, to set the tone for Halloween.

It was my assignment to create a family "photo" for use in a brief scene. The photo image needed to portray the sibling duo in happier times, when Harm and Secret were still simply Billy and Greta Hayes. I thought it was obvious to go the hard-rocker route with Billy's design, preserving an edgy look for the man who would later become the psychopath. I depicted Greta as the doting little sister, embracing her big brother. But, you'll notice that I was careful not to have Billy return the embrace. Not quite. Although it's established that Billy definitely loved his sister, I chose to use his casual detachment as a subtle hint at the betrayal, and horrific tragedy that was to come (In the DC Comics history, Billy was actually adopted into Greta's family.). Of course, these are details that may be lost on the viewer. But sometimes in art there can be comprehension on a subconscious level. And even if my meticulous effort goes unmarked and unthanked, I still derive a simple, private satisfaction.

*If you use "Download" to take a closer look at this image, you might spot a secret little inside joke, if you have an eagle-eye! ;)

As always, these are my own color selections, and they may differ from that used in the actual episode. Here's a link to the actual photo as it appears in the epsiode: [link]

As you can see, my color selections are deliberately brighter, with the intent to strike a stark contrast between the happy past, and the dark present. Thanks for viewing! :)

**This image, and Harm and Secret are the copyrighted property of WB TV Animation, and DC Comics.
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kn1978 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
this pic is amazing I loved that episode
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CartoonNetworkgal Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your brother wrote that episode? TELL HIM I LOVE HIM!
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InfernoTornado Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
This was one of my favorite episodes, and I was all proud of myself like a jerk for knowing who Secret was. I'm so glad I can see a big version of this picture, I really is great! They look so happy and chill.. which makes it all that much sadder. You really designed them well, and the pose/body language says a lot. I love this!
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CHiKa-RoXy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Wow, you did a really good job on this! You really did put effort into it, I can tell. I find it funny how the show just drops little hints like these. It's like the Dick Grayson picture all over again. 

It must be pretty cool to have a friend that worked on the Young Justice show.  :D (Big Grin) 
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Harleymaus Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I donīt know this serie, but i like this picture.
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CHiKa-RoXy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
If you like heroes like Superman or Batman, "Young Justice" is a good show for you. If you don't, then cool. You appreciate the art for what it is :) (Smile) 
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you. :D
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Lock-the-Moon-Away Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh is the joke the number plate on the car?
secret?
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
;)
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Lock-the-Moon-Away Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha nice
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