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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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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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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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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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