WB Animation, HALL OF JUSTICE STATUES. Pencil.
Sometimes the responsibilities of a character designer crosses over into other areas of a production. In this case, because statues were needed for the Hall of Justice, I was required to render a series of elements that essentially qualify as background art. Here we have the founding members of the Justice League in all their glory as immense carved figures (Aquaman, The Flash, The Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Martian Manhunter). The idea was to convey a sense of awe, as the young protegés of the League enter the Hall for the first time to behold this sight.
Now, I chose to take artistic liberties, stepping away from how the characters are depicted in the YOUNG JUSTICE show (in the art style of Phil Bourassa). I wanted to make these figures even more "larger than life," as if sculpted primarily from an artist's impression, rather than from the subjects' actual appearance. I was inspired by the various art deco sculptures around the city of Manhattan (Atlas, and Prometheus), as well as the famous Colossus of Rhodes (for Superman).
* DISCLAIMER!!! This background was sketched by a different artist than Hakjoon Kang, whose finished illustration appears in the final aired version. Due to a personnel change, and improper communication, the new background did not accommodate my figures as well, and so they had to be digitally squashed to fit into the smaller area. I was disappointed by this, since I felt that this lessened the desired impact.