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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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MountainMan246 Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago
I will always prefer villains who at least have a point and frighteningly may even be right about everyone being better off under their benevolent dictatorship (of course make education great so the common man does know what is best for him and his children's children and democratic republicanism can work) like Ra's al Ghul if the environment isn't brought into balance no matter the means or cost the future for the human race will be worse than any dystopian fiction and will lead to the extinction of the human race not through misadventure but suicide through stupidity or Lex Luthor who as he says if he was calling all the shots could end famine and cure cancer and he could his mind is capable of anything perhaps give everyone ultra high-tech non polluting technology and maybe even superpowers (without the White Martians ancient experiments all humanity would be like the Kryptonians or Daxamites) lead humanity and the rest of the universe to unimaginable glory remember Red Son he united all humanity and led us to a golden age that lasted millions of years, no poverty, disease, war, crime, terrorism, or environmental problems and science and art advance.

A lot of villains seem unaware that if they used their mind and/or other talents for legitimate business causes or the government could be far more profitable than any crime spree.

When you live in a world of such technology and people with four digit IQs why in the nine hells haven't you solved the world's problems of poverty and disease, everyone should be given tech and powers.

Of course vigilantes can be sanctimonious hypocrites judging others and letting themselves go un-scrutinized condemning others when they do the same thing for less reasons I think it is disgusting they don't share their scientific breakthroughs (of course inventors should be well compensated) with the scientific specifically medical community or their skills with law enforcement agencies far more good than beating up thugs and psychos fight crime at its source ignorance and poverty. I realize due to rarity and complexity mass production may not always be possible or at least cost effective and due to difficulty not all could take brutal training but a little bit could go a very, very long way. A hero doesn’t just save people a hero teaches the people to take care of themselves. The ability to think of future generation when calculating pragmatic utilitarianism is what separates us from the animals. The world is not the way it is because of thugs and psychopaths, corrupt businessmen/politicians (which contrary to fiction are the exception not the rule) but because most people are too stupid to know what is best for them the extreme left and extreme right get caught up in their ideals and refuse to acknowledge brutal facts of reality no real world understanding of the extreme complexities of politics, economics, technological logistics, and how they’re all interconnected in the long run. People want everything right here right now the whole world just handed to them on a silver platter think just by complaining something will happen without a tangible plan. Such a plan will require a lot of long, hard, boring work all day every day for generations.

There will always be some exploitation, the best and brightest will elevate themselves over the common man, it’s nature, best for the species, it improves the standard of living of the human race as a whole, as long as they don’t kill anyone or otherwise actively oppress, free trade and enterprise is the only thing that has ever led to long lasting meaningful peace.

I'm glad the government has Suicide Squad, Cadmus, Checkmate, the Elite, Amanda Waller, and the new female Spy Smasher, Cameron Chase I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting accountability from superheroes, having checks and balances on these living breathing weapons of mass destruction seems quite reasonable to me one will go left when they should go right and innocent people will die it WILL happen, not saying black ops don't have their necessity they can be used as a force of good.

Have you heard of The Boys?

Say you're Harry Truman, do you drop the bombs or do you drown the home islands in the blood of U.S. Marines BATMAN has no answer to that question

I hate how the heroes can act like school bullies I don't care when it’s the sickos who enjoy killing people, the child molesters, the thugs too stupid to understand anything else, and crime lords even the ones who properly manage the implacable illicit businesses of city life, they’re probably still thieves and killers so keeping them on leashes is probably smart, but when they do it to the likes of Luthor and Maxwell Lord I almost understand doing things like dropping an atom bomb on Gotham to kill Batman

Sometimes the greatest good for the greatest number just means the least amount of suffering.

The villains even ones with godlike power may fear Joker but they are in awe of Lex Luthor.

I like to think Lex like Adrian Veidt in Watchmen can go toe to toe with any non powered hero develop his own fighting style and workout program in addition to being scientific/business/political overall Renaissance man, that his white suit as powerful as his power armor.

In the comics Mercy is an Amazon as in Wonder Wonder Woman can go toe to toe with Supes and she has a partner Hope I like to think they're from the Citizenry space Amazons ruled by Wonder Woman's aunt Astarte with guns as powerful as green lantern ring.

As President Luthor eliminated the national debt, brought unemployment to almost zero, it was HIS leadership that got us through two alien invasions and even the heroes admit without it we would have fallen.

Only through Lex has there ever been an instance where humanity unites and thrives in the cosmos

Until the citizens of the DC Universe say they'd rather have Lex solve the problems of the world instead of superpowered people punching things they don't deserve the cancer cure and etc.

Humanity's fate should be in the hands of humans.

Ancient humans were the settlers of Rann, Thanagar, and Krypton, life began on earth.

Superman undermines humanity's worth and accomplishments in a lot of ways. He stands for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. (Until he revoked his own citizenship, of course) However, this is also why Superman is easily hate-able by so many people. He's perfect and meant to be a perfect solution, but it also takes away mankind's ability to do anything on our own. Yet he still believes in us despite the knowledge that humanity is such a strange, destructive, creative, terrifying, and beautiful species.

A civilized man accuses specific individuals of specific crimes felony and fraud otherwise people should mind their own business this does not mean we ignore things that aren't evil but are nevertheless dangerous.

When you can dodge bullets, out-fly missiles, and swim across the surface of the sun it's only a matter of time before you start thinking you've better things to do than save the world for the two hundredth time. And through it all, the Last Son of Krypton protects us. For that very reason, Lex Luthor will never stop until the Man of Steel is dead at his feet.

Then again, maybe I'm just looking too deeply into Lex Luthor and what he represents to me in the DC Universe.

Love the art work! Keep it up! :)
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Humanity is just a wretched, selfish, primitive little child that will inevitably destroy itself if left to its own devices.  Children need guidance, and discipline, protection, and nurturing in order to survive.  As they mature, they are ready for higher education as preparation for adulthood, and a coming into their own.  Humanity has not been in existence long enough to understand how they themselves work, let alone the world and the universe around them.  The glimpses of what higher lessons there are in science, and mathematics humanity has merely misdirected into more tools for warfare, and the ruination of the environment.  Humanity is too wretched and too stupid to govern itself, and so its doom is sealed without outside intervention.

Those who hate Superman as a symbol only feed into the immature, narcissistic, and proud cycle of chaos, vanity, and self-annihilation.  Clearly, Superman is a Messiah figure, the rejection of which typifies the unruly, self-obsessed society bent on independence from God, exemplifying the plight of a three year-old toddler daring to insist that he can make his own world upon a fast-eroding beach with high tide approaching, and the sun beginning to set.
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Batbane2020 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Did u get my note
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I don't think so.
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gordhanx Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Really like the details, pose, expression, colouring and background.
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AUTODECEPTITRON Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
"As long as I have the rock, you can't stop me. But it is bothersome to have you always trying, so, the deal is this: you leave me and my operations alone, and I and my little green rock will leave you alone."
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SPY0027 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Lex Luthor, my favourite jerk of the DC universe.
Fantastic job. :heart:
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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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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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RobertBell79 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Fantastic
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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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JulianBrogden Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Lex looking very regal. Great pic...
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batmanvillans23 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student
i think this is a fantasic painting :)
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Writer
What about an heroic Lex out ot save the word?

[link]

Hope you like. :)
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Why is Luthor always shown as a chrome dome?
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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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ogrebear Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Luthor for President!

Again!
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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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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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ClydePerez Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
AWESOME!!!!
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Mich974 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Digital Artist
fabulous! work great!
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cfakatsuki Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Damn bastard will never die will he
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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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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
impressive.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great pic of Lex.
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome!!!
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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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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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clemon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :)
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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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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's been that kind of year.
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