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YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION: LEX LUTHOR PAINTING by Jerome-K-Moore YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION: LEX LUTHOR PAINTING by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Animation Character Design, YOUNG JUSTICE: INVASION, Lex Luthor Painting. Pencil, Digital color.

In the Season Two episode, "Satisfaction," Lex Luthor and his bodyguard Mercy Graves [link] come under attack at the LexCorps offices from the real Roy Harper. Behind Luthor's desk is an enormous self-portrait which conceals the entrance to a cache where the tycoon retrieves a case containing an item that may lead to Harper's-- satisfaction.

Yet again, I was enlisted to create an image of a character in the show (rather than a character design) which would directly appear on screen, however briefly. Of all the portrait images I rendered, this one turned out to be the most difficult due to the tighter time frame, and my own learning curve. The assignment seemed like an afterthought, as it was added to my plate late in the game. After some quick discussion, show director Doug Murphy sketched out a rough idea of what he wanted, and I took it from there, careful to adhere to his concept before going a few extra miles on the background elements. It was important to depict Luthor as an egotist, reminiscent of Napoleon. He poses near a globe as if he is master of the world. I used the long curving lines of the bound drapes to direct the viewer's eye toward Luthor. The large heavy rope/cords helped to subtly suggest Luthor's obsession with cold restraint, and a manipulative control over others.

The design of the Lex Luthor character is by Phil Bourassa. These colors are my own, and do not reflect those used in the final version on screen.

Cheers!

*Lex Luthor, and all images are the copyrighted property of DC Comics, and Warner Bros Animation.
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:iconspy0027:
SPY0027 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Lex Luthor, my favourite jerk of the DC universe.
Fantastic job. :heart:
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:iconvictor4782:
victor4782 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Let me guess.  Lex paid the best tailor to get him a Kryptonite green suit.  What a douche!
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
This is very fitting of Luthor's character.
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:iconyourmom10:
yourmom10 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
With Lex's ego, this is small stuff. 
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Oh lord, if that Napoleon painting Doesn't SCREAM Ham, I don't know what does.
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:iconrobertbell79:
RobertBell79 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Fantastic
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:iconpathwreck:
pathwreck Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
such an honest man! Lex for president!
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Lex Luthor has such a vast empire, yet there's a darkness to him that some (like Superman) realize.
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:iconjulianbrogden:
JulianBrogden Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Lex looking very regal. Great pic...
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:iconbatmanvillans23:
batmanvillans23 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student
i think this is a fantasic painting :)
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:icons7alker117:
S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What about an heroic Lex out ot save the word?

[link]

Hope you like. :)
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Why is Luthor always shown as a chrome dome?
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:iconajjusts:
ajjusts Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
You can really see the little bit of Lex Supy has in him.. speaking of which am I theonly one who finds it funny that not only Batman, who's gotten a child killed and one Batgirl crippled, AND Lex Louthor, THE NUMBER ONE bad-guy of Superman, make a better parent than Superman? Also, they can call Supy a 'little brother' all he wants, but that's not true...
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:iconogrebear:
ogrebear Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Luthor for President!

Again!
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:iconamalgamunicorn:
AmalgamUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I am so happy to see this! When the episode in which this was featured first aired, I saw the picture on the wall and began laughing at Lex Luthor's self-admiration and conceit. This captures his personality very well :)
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you. It was a good idea by the producers. Character can be evident in Attitude, Action, and Atmosphere (the things a person chooses to surround him/herself with).
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:iconclydeperez:
ClydePerez Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
AWESOME!!!!
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:iconmich974:
Mich974 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Digital Artist
fabulous! work great!
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:iconcfakatsuki:
cfakatsuki Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Damn bastard will never die will he
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:icondkalban:
Dkalban Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome, shame it had to be destroyed.

"MS. TESCHMACHER! GET ME AN ARTIST FOR A REPLACEMENT PAINTING, NOW!"
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:iconredjoey1992:
RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
impressive.
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:icondraconicat:
Draconicat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Perfect! *applauds*
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! *bows*
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:iconimaginationstarie13:
imaginationstarie13 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Writer
The picture is amazing, and all of those little details that add to his character depiction are well thought out. Well done!
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much!
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:icontheatomicdog:
TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
"I am Alexander Joseph Luthor--known to the world, of course, as Lex Luthor-- and I am here to ask you a question."

So much symbolism in this pic. Well done and fitting its subject.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much.
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:iconmightymorphinpower4:
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Awesome one of Lex here
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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:icongojira012:
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I noticed that the head of Lex's strike team is named Otis
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yup. Good ear. Sounded like the actor was even trying to mimic Ned Beatty.
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:icongojira012:
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Why do I have a feeling there's more to Superboy that Lex isn't telling him.

Also ...I can't resist...Otis Berg!
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
"Miss Teschmacher's got her own place--"

"Otisburg!??"

"I-It's just an itty bitty place--"

"OTISburg!!!???!!!"

...

"O-Okay! I'll just-- wipe it off...!"
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:icongojira012:
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Actually wouldn't it be Ms Graves?
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Not if we're referencing the 1978 movie (which we are). Haha!
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:icongojira012:
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
So Jason Todd once existed in young justice from what i've seen
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
So it would seem, however briefly.
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Great pic of Lex.
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:iconjoshawafrost:
JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome!!!
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:icondemonqueen17:
DemonQueen17 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do have to say. Some people may prefer the Joker or the Riddler or whoever, but Lex Luthor has got to be one of my all time favorite villains. He may not have any super powers, but he has one of the most brilliant minds in the DC Universe and the new episodes coming down the 'pike have me excited for the rest of the second seaon.
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:iconrileylaurent:
rileylaurent Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
The drapes are classy. =) Love the ideas behind them and the globe. He just looks really...smug.
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:iconclemon:
clemon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :)
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:iconjrcarter:
jrcarter Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I can't help but think, "I'm Lex Luthor and I approved this message."
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's been that kind of year.
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:iconteentitansman:
TeenTitansMan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Indeed. Lex Luthor would decorate his office with himself.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Or with Superman's entrails.
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:iconillustratorerik:
IllustratorErik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lex depicts himself in his usual subtle and humble way I see.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Gotta love yourself before anyone else will love ya? Hahaha! Unless it's Mom.
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:iconbryce1350:
Bryce1350 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Makes me think of the infamous Dorian gray...
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
But in this case, it would be Dorian Bald. Heheh.
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