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YJST: PHANTOMS - Lara and Jor-El



WB Animation Character Concepts, YOUNG JUSTICE: PHANTOMS, Lara and Jor-El.
Media: Digital.

For the Fourth Season of YOUNG JUSTICE, I was assigned two of the preeminent Kryptonians to design, the parents of Superman.  Basing my concepts on previous versions of Jor-El and Lara, including that of former Lead Character Designer Phil Bourassa, I came up with something suitable to use as the likenesses for the ice sculptures appearing in Superman's Fortress of Solitude.  They wanted Lara's hair exposed, rather than the tight cowl from earlier designs which may have been too cold, antiseptic, and soulless.  I added the El family crest to her outfit, with a cape that draped asymmetrically.  Stylized circlets suggesting modest crowns rather than plain and dated headbands added the right regal touch of status.  I gave  Jor-El's circlet more of a technological design, while Lara's is a bit more mystical.  Finally, along with Jor-El's obvious resemblance passed on to his son, I hinted even more at Superman with the colors of Jor-El's tunic beneath his robes, and the inner lining of the robe sleeves.  Of course, color didn't matter at all for the ice sculpture application, so this detail was for my own amusement. 
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IcyAshford's avatar

This is gorgeous! Would have been nice to see them in color.