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YOUNG JUSTICE: QUEEN BEE MURAL by Jerome-K-Moore YOUNG JUSTICE: QUEEN BEE MURAL by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Animation Character Design, YOUNG JUSTICE, Queen Bee Mural. Pencil, Digital Color.

For the first season episode, "Image," I was assigned to create a political mural of Queen Bee. This was for a scene where the mural would appear on a wall behind various foreign dignitaries on a rostrum before the national media.

Whenever I create images that appear in the YJ universe as "art," I opt to deviate from the show's animation style, as established by the Emmy Award-winning Lead Character Designer, Phil Bourassa. The idea is that "art" within this cartoon universe should represent the interpretive vision of an artist, as the subject is rendered larger than life. Going "off-model" is deliberate. In fact, that's the whole point. I took this same approach in designing the pantheon statues for the Hall of Justice in the opening episode of Season One.

Here, I endeavored to depict Queen Bee's exotic beauty, along with her aloof, regal quality. There is a touch of abstract modern art, with the stark, flat colors and shapes, on top of a tiled texture. The classic political art featuring Che Guevara was the clear influence. I felt that would work on multiple levels. The low angle appropriately makes Queen Bee appear lofty, while the light radiating from her adds a twisted beatific quality.

The tile mosaic is patterned after a honeycomb. Yeah, it isn't very subtle, but I couldn't resist trying to be cute. Heheh.
The dove was included to falsely depict Queen Bee as a peaceful and benevolent ruler, rather than as the dictator of Bialya.

It's so cool that actress Marina Sirtis provides the voice for Queen Bee, as I often had the privilege of drawing her likeness on the covers of DC's STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION comics. I met her many years ago, and she's a very beautiful, genial, and hilarious woman.

As always, these color selections are my own, and they do not necessarily reflect those of the final version used in the actual episode. This image is the property of WB TV Animation.

Thanks for viewing! :)
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htrevor27 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
All glory to the hypno-pollen...
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la-sinopia Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
wow!!!! great!!!!!
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WonderingRose Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Photographer
nice amazing really
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brecelet Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I like the honeycomb effect of the mural
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
;)
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AstralGuardian Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Really, Marina Sirtis voices her? I never noticed! :iconrlytearplz: This is so cool!
Queen Bee is awesome and her design is lovely.
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thepyve Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I had to pause the video when I saw this in Image. Very nice work. =D

I'm assuming you're allowed to post YJ stuff again? Can't wait to see more!
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:lol: Gotta love dictators preaching about peace :P
Great work mate, as always! I don't get tired of saying how much YJ rocks!
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! And it's hard to get tired of your praise.
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