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.
*Lex Luthor, and all images are the copyrighted property of DC Comics, and Warner Bros Animation.