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YOUNG JUSTICE: THE TEAM by Jerome-K-Moore YOUNG JUSTICE: THE TEAM by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Animation, YOUNG JUSTICE, The Team. Pencil, Digital color.

THE STORY:

In the midst of production on Season Two of YOUNG JUSTICE (YJ: INVASION), I was handed a rush assignment for the Warner Bros Home Video DVD release of Season One, Part Two (subtitled, "Dangerous Secrets"). Alas, because our Emmy Award-winning Lead Character Designer, Phil Bourassa was overloaded, it fell to me to handle the art chores on this project, endeavoring to maintain the show's high quality standards. At every opportunity, the producers of YOUNG JUSTICE prefer that the art used by other WB departments and/or outside licensees be created or supervised by the artists on the show. Otherwise, the characters are at risk of being rendered off-model, or out of character. Unfortunately, poor quality is an all-too-common condition in the marketplace. Usually, this is due to time and budget constraints. In this case, we had decided to grind it out in-house.

So, the pressure was on me to make a good showing, even though the deadline was tight. I didn't want to let Phil down, and I enjoyed the chance to finally draw our main characters all on my own, doing my best Bourassa impersonation. Haha!
Now, originally, I was to work from the layout sketches provided by Home Video. These weren't very imaginative, just the simple, silhouetted shapes of the characters, low angle, back-lit in front of a generic city background. The silhouettes would have been easy. However, I was directed to fully render the characters so that the images could possibly be utilized again in other marketing applications.

It was a straightforward (and dull) sort of composition, so no fancy action poses were allowed. The tricky problem with the layout was the spacing. The entire hero ensemble would only fit within the required parameters if they were squashed laterally, no overlapping. Because these images needed to be reusable, I elected to render each separately, and allow them to be digitally squeezed into the required frame. On the final DVD package, the silhouette idea is virtually abandoned, which seems to imply that the clients liked the art too much to blacken out the figures after all. However, they still did alter the final art, arbitrarily, which is typical. Artemis, and Miss Martian were given toothy grins, which, at least on Artemis, looks grotesquely forced. Oh, well.
Here's a look: [link]

Anyway, as another of my exercises in Photoshop, I've colored up my own version, using a generic street photo background that I swiped off the internet (Lazy! Hahaha!). I didn't bother with fussy cast-shadows, but I like the way the photo BG helps make the artwork pop, almost in a 3-D sort of way.

I also had to create a second design for the foreign market DVD cover. Maybe I'll polish that one up as well, and post it sometime soon.

Thanks for viewing!
Cheers!

* All YOUNG JUSTICE images are the copyrighted property of Warner Bros.
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:iconjukkart:
Jukkart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So whatever became of that foreign market DVD cover? Can you show that too? :)
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yes, I just need to locate the file, and fix it to my satisfaction.  :)
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:iconjukkart:
Jukkart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Can't wait! :)
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:iconalienau:
alienau Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
hay can you do all of the aliens and the ultimates and the ben 10-000 aliens from omniverse but in young justice style i asked a lot of art guy and thay did not comment back so can you do it thanks comment back
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:icondeath-ark:
Death-Ark Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Wow, awesome job. I seriously like how well the shading is done, not to mention how well you drew the characters. XD
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much. :D
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:icondeath-ark:
Death-Ark Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
You are welcome. XD
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:iconsmlthegrartist:
SMLtheGRartist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok now I'm like Metal Emote 
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
The Team is ready for anything.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Anything except the show's cancellation.
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:iconsmlthegrartist:
SMLtheGRartist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
they will seriously cancel it? Waaaah! 
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:iconhtrevor27:
htrevor27 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Artemis...
:drool:
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:icontitanbeast:
TitanBeast Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey hey, wwatch it. Artemis is mine! :D
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:iconhtrevor27:
htrevor27 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
I'd go through the entire Team AND the JLA to have her!
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:icontitanbeast:
TitanBeast Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would go through the entire DC and Marvel universe to have her!
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:iconhtrevor27:
htrevor27 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Well, we have reached an impasse.
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:icontitanbeast:
TitanBeast Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I win :w00t:
:pat:
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:iconhtrevor27:
htrevor27 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Very well.
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:icondanielnadia:
DanielNadia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
The stances, the expressions, they all capture the essence of the characters perfectly. I'm especially partial to Robin.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
'Partial to Robin' are you? Hmm... I wonder how that can be. Haha! Thanks!
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:icondanielnadia:
DanielNadia Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Yeah, ever since I was a wee lad. I guess the acrobatic skill and defiant personality were a reflection of what my younger self were a reflection of the daring person I wished I could be. That, or the bright colors.

No problem, thanks for responding!
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:iconqtcomics:
QTcomics Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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:iconstudiorisingstar:
StudioRisingStar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Still looks cool even with the lazy bg lol..
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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:iconstudiorisingstar:
StudioRisingStar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Anytime Captain! Your an inspiration to me!
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:iconespioartwork31:
EspioArtwork31 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Nice Digital Pencil Rotoscoping Wallpaper
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Umm-- what???
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:iconqtcomics:
QTcomics Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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:iconmiudream:
miudream Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just awesome :3
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:iconbleachlover01:
Bleachlover01 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Everyone's looking smug today. Did they just encounter the Riddler?
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
No, they just had their Kellogg's Crispy Smirkies for breakfast.
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:iconbleachlover01:
Bleachlover01 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Those sound delicious. :)
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, but they get stuck in your molars, and as you use your tongue to remove them you wind up looking like you're smirking all the time.
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:iconsomyname-itsjillian:
somyname-itsjillian Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
THEIR SMIRKS THOUGH
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:iconzae369:
Zae369 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
They also made Artemis' eyes blue. They make that mistake a lot. Btw, was this drawing of Artemis used in or as reference for one of the later episodes where we see her memorial?
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Quite observant of you!

As for your question, I don't believe so, but it's possible.
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:iconcovert15:
covert15 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is cool!
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:iconicyashford:
IcyAshford Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Nice. I like the slight light blue outlines on each of them. Miss Martian's smirk looks a little creepy to me though.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Sorry about that if you think it looks creepy.
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:iconmightymorphinpower4:
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Awesome one
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:iconjoshualam715:
JoshuaLam715 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Nice job on the characters! At least home video didn't put a toothy smile on all of the characters. I did DVD packaging back in the day and nothing would surprise me.
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:iconftakaishia:
FTakaishiA Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I miss them so much :(
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:iconfightsforfun:
fightsforfun Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i LOVE this show!!!
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:iconalissadj814:
alissadj814 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i still like this team the original then they had to go make love intrests like zattana and rocket...
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:iconjrcarter:
jrcarter Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I love how Superboy is the only one not smiling.
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Or smirking.

Yeah, the way Superboy is written, with all his angst, he seems perpetually somber and grim as a default.
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:iconcylor:
Cylor Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
AWESOME.

Even with the scheduling delays, YJ is hands down my favorite show right now. I'm literally in awe of everything you guys have pulled off so far, and I hope we'll have a lot more to look forward to in the future.
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:iconmysticgaze:
mysticgaze Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I'm pretty sure I drooled a bit when I saw this. INCREDIBLE work, Mr. Moore. :clap:
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:iconjerome-k-moore:
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I hope you didn't ruin your keyboard. ;)
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:iconmysticgaze:
mysticgaze Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Hahaha, my keyboard is nice and dry! The front of my shirt suffered the most damage. :P
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