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Published: November 29, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 Jerome-K-Moore
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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Adobe Photoshop CS2 Macintosh
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analothor2's avatar
this is awesome..err super 
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halloween101Hobbyist General Artist
perfect. just perfect :)
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christopherwright77Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awsome !!!  ive always liked and admired jose luis garcia lopez ( my personal fav' supes artist !! ) and your "homage" to his supes flying pose just really did justice to him and just your art style alone is so much fun to check out jerome :)  i miss y.j on cartoon network......
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Jerome-K-MooreProfessional Filmographer
Thanks so much, Christopher.  But I must point out that the art style used here reflects that established by Mr. Phil Bourassa, the Lead Character Designer on the YOUNG JUSTICE show. 

By the way, I showed this tribute piece to José Luis García-López himself, and he was very pleased, flattered, and humble in his response.
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christopherwright77Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)  yeah ive seen phil's art on da and he has a great style , the look he designed for the young justice toon is just so slick .... by far its still one of my favorite cartoons of all time ( and im a kid of the 80's so i grew up on all those great 80's toon like thundercats, silverhawks, thundarr the barbarian ect..) and i give props to all of you that worked on YJ as its imho, one of the greatest 'toons of all time... that is great  the jose luis garcia lopez thought well of your homage, he to me is one of the deffinative superman artists of all time.. him and gil kane & dan jurgens...i could go on... hahaha !!! i never get tired of checking out your art here on DA jerome.. its great inspieration for those days i hit a wall and donmt want to sit at the drafing table !!!!  thanks for everything !!!  now to go look at JOSE LUIS GARCIA LOPEZ art  :)  mabey some wrightson and colon art also.... :)
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DemonQueen17Hobbyist General Artist
I just adore this picture with his classic pose.
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Superman: Being a boss since 1938
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Jonas-LionStudent Artist
it is that it is in "schooled"
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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.
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Jerome-K-MooreProfessional 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.
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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.
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First thing that came out of my mouth was: AWWWW
then I'm like wait, he makes me go hubba hubba:)
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manikaiHobbyist 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=)
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Hehe...he's smiling! That's so rare for the angsty Superman from Young Justice!
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I wish Superman was more like this on occasion on "Young Justice." Then he would treat Superboy with respect.
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NeoconvoyStudent General Artist
Great work!
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WPardlowHobbyist Traditional Artist
I just glanced at this and knew what it was about. Excellent!
MightyMorphinPower4's avatar
Awesome one of supes here
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Jose-RamiroHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... this is super!
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Kim-Possible333Hobbyist Filmographer
amazing work, really hope i watch those episodes when i have time
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If my school had lockers, then that girl with the fan-photo of Superman would've been me.
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Thats a cute smile! :)
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