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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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:iconhtrevor27:
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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:iconwonderingrose:
WonderingRose Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Photographer
nice amazing really
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:iconbrecelet:
brecelet Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I like the honeycomb effect of the mural
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
;)
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:iconastralguardian:
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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:iconjerome-k-moore:
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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:iconjerome-k-moore:
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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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe

:worship:
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Blooming-Pinguicula Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome propaganda!! :D
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D You got it!
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rileylaurent Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
The subtle propaganda is a nice touch. This really does have all the trademarks of a political poster, with the light and the upward angle. Great work!

And can I just say that I'm looking forward to seeing you post season 2 artwork? First episode already blew my mind, so I'm definitely looking forward to new character art!
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)

The classic political art featuring Che Guevara was the clear influence. I felt that would work on multiple levels. Indeed, the low angle appropriately makes Queen Bee appear lofty, while the light radiating from her adds a twisted beatific quality.

Season Two design art? Comin' up!
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ClydePerez Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome work. Hope to see more of her during the 2nd season.
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:iconbatfish73:
batfish73 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
she's a knockout
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
She's the bee's knees.
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Bella-Dean Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
I like the honeycomb touches in her hair. It gives it a mosaic quality, plus is a nice little pun on her name. The slight angle gives the impression that she's looking down on all who view her mural too.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
MOSAIC!!! That's exactly the correct term, and I neglected to use that in the description. Thanks!
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E-Ocasio Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   Artist
I love everything about the show. The credits roll so fast that I didn't know it was Marina Sirtis who did her voice.
I don't remember if the honeycomb pattern was part of her look in the show but it does look great here. Is a great remake of an old DC villainess.
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:iconthat-disturbedguy:
that-disturbedguy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Great piece man..I really really love this show!
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cheers!
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:iconthat-disturbedguy:
that-disturbedguy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
^^
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StephenBJones Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
nicely done, sir! :) pretty!
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:iconphilbourassa:
philbourassa Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Still one of my favorites. This drawing is truly the bee's-knees.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
PUN!!!
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:iconmadly9:
madly9 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Absolutely beautiful. Love everything about it, especially how made it look like "artwork" in a cartoon. Well done.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you kindly.
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:iconmadly9:
madly9 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
:)
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:iconpornomaniac:
Pornomaniac Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wallpaper time!
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CrazedPochamaXD Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing usage of colors!
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:iconicon-uk:
Icon-UK Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Exotic and beautiful indeed!
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Da-Wabbit Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how you incorporated the honeycomb pattern :)
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:iconaleana:
Aleana Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Ah I was waiting for you to show this one :) I love the graphic color choices.
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:iconicyashford:
IcyAshford Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
It looks a little funny that the dove is trying to fly away from her. XD
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:iconthat-disturbedguy:
that-disturbedguy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Its because the Dove knows how evil she is ^^
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Tigress62 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
This is incredibly well done. I think that you've nailed the elemnts that you listed very well. I also like that it 'deviates' from the shows style, as I did when I first saw the magnificent designs for the statues in the Hall of Justice. The honeycomb behind her made me smile, it was also a clever touch. :) On the whole, well done. The work that is produced for this show is amazing and it makes me very happy that you are able to share it here on DA. :D
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kryptocow Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous! I like how the honeycomb pattern shows up in the dark areas.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
They changed the honeycomb frame in the final version, which annoyed me a bit. But, that's show biz!
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