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WB Animation, YOUNG JUSTICE, Superman. Pencil, Photoshop color.

I got the chance to render a shot of Superman for the show, following Phil Bourassa's art style, but posing the character more actively than usual. As character designers, we're primarily called upon to depict figures in static three-quarter "turns." Very encyclopedic. However, occasionally there is a need to supply more expressive material.

This piece was intended as reference for a generic "fan photo" of Superman, to appear briefly in a later episode. I used the opportunity to pay tribute to artist José Luis García-López, re-working one of his iconic Superman poses!
Up, up, and away!!!

***UPDATE -- It can now be disclosed that this image was created for the YOUNG JUSTICE episode, "Schooled." It appears very briefly as a photo in a student's opened locker once Superboy crashes into it during his battle with the evil android Amazo. Upon noticing the photo, Superboy angrily smashes the door upon which it hangs.

When I got the assignment, I immediately reviewed my memory for all the iconic Superman poses that would be ideal. Because it was a fan "photo" for a girl, I didn't want to depict Superman in a typical flying pose with clenched fists, and a determined scowl for his facial expression. I thought it would be too aggressively masculine. I figured a dreamy-eyed high school girl would more likely fawn over a more gentle, lighthearted image of her hero. And so, I selected this pose, originally conceived by José Luis García-López. The character is smiling warmly, and his hands are open as he soars like a bird, a plane, a SUPERMAN!!! :)
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DemonQueen17 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just adore this picture with his classic pose.
NewSupermariolegends Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Superman: Being a boss since 1938
Jonas-Lion Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Artist
it is that it is in "schooled"
DanielNadia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
A fitting tribute to one of my favorite artists of all time. José Luis García-López's Superman was one of the sole Superman designs that ever interested me, alongside the Fleischer design. I think that the designs and renderings of you and Mr. Bourassa can be marked as another Superman design that interests me.

Beautifully done.
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much. Your taste in Superman art and artists is similar to mine, as I also revere the Fleischer design. It was gratifying to get a very positive response on this from Mr. García-López himself, over on Facebook.
DanielNadia Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Wow, that's the highest esteem anyone can receive!! Mr. López is one of the nicest artists I've ever met, he had very constructive things to say about a piece I did.

It's cool to have someone who likes the same designs you do, especially someone who is tasked with designing for animation professionally.
monkeydoo1995 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
First thing that came out of my mouth was: AWWWW
then I'm like wait, he makes me go hubba hubba:)
manikai Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly iconic picture, I just found it was made by you - awesome!
Always liked the more lighthearted and mellow Superman - guess, I'm still a bit of a dreamy fangirl, too=)
LadyKatamari Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Hehe...he's smiling! That's so rare for the angsty Superman from Young Justice!
Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I wish Superman was more like this on occasion on "Young Justice." Then he would treat Superboy with respect.
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