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JLA CG Concepts - Clark Bruce by DanielAraya JLA CG Concepts - Clark Bruce by DanielAraya
A few weeks ago, just for fun I started doing concepts for a faux Justice League CG movie. I've always been a huge fan of Bruce Timm and the DC Timmverse he helped create, and I thought it would be cool to basically design the JLA movie that I would direct if given the chance. I didn't do any huge drastic changes because I didn't want to betray the characters in terms of who they are and what they're about. I just wanted to build on what's already been established and tweak things the way I saw them. I was going to wait until I had more artwork before I posted this, but with all the freelance I've got, I don't think I'll be able to work on this again for a while.

THIS IMAGE: This pic is kinda what started the whole thing. I always thought Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent were a great opportunity to play with contrast. They both have similar features in a broad sense (Caucasian, black hair, relatively good looking) but I don't think they need to be drawn to look the same! These characters couldn't be more different, and so I tried to play that up with the shape language used in their design. I made Bruce primarily out of triangular shapes to associate him with danger, and I made Clark mostly out of chunky block shapes to emphasize a sense of protectiveness (which I think is what Superman is all about). I rounded the corners off on Superman's "blocks" to make sure the shapes were still comfortable and friendly.

I also made Bruce slightly more pale than Clark because I feel like it emphasizes the lack of warmth and is another way to appropriately add contrast to the characters.
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peace-bearers Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Artist
awie, wittle clark.
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Walker75 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
I love what you did here I get tired of artists drawing Bruce and Clark the same, with the only difference being glasses and may be different hair cut. I always pride myself in drawing them very different because they are different people.  Awesome work my man awesome work  
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kirateufel Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bruce looks so Bale :P
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OsmiumMachine Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's just what I was thinking. But if Bruce is Christian Bale, who's Clark? He doesn't look like Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh OR Henry Cavill...:?
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's funny, that was really accidental...
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Kestrelio Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really interesting take on the contrast between the two.  Bruce appears much younger than usual, but maintains the intensity appropriate to the character.  Clark looks huge, yet innocuous and doofy, the latter two are standard affectations the character takes on to maintain his identity.  Good work.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah I imagined this taking place shortly after the formation of the Justice League
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Captainjjb84 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Clark looks like Mr. Incredible while Bruce's chin is extremely pointed
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DLagers Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing work, the skin tones on Clark are perfect. Well done
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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KirRasamA Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really, reeeeally like your Bruce design. Clap  
But, you know what will make it even better? His famous bat-eyebrows and pointy ears from the TNBA-cartoon design!
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superdonx2 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
I like the shapes of the Bruce and clarks head, it reasembles who they are :w00t:
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TheDawrkKnight Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Your Bruce Wayne reminds me of Christian Bale in Batman begins after he had finished swimming in the pool with the European escorts...lol love it!
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Matsuemon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Once again, very nice work! Clark's rendering almost brings to mind The Incredibles, or something similar.
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AlanES Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, how does Superman EVER pull off "Clark Kent" looking how he does? LOOKIT THAT BLOCKY HEAD XD

This is so great.
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NightRobin89 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
These look absolutely great.
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Herr-Drosselmeyer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this, and personally I think the thinner, more angular face really suits Bruce here, makes him look a little bit like my interpretation of Sherlock Holmes and Batman is the world's greatest detective. I know he traditionally has a more square jaw but for a CG movie making the differences between Bruce and Clark more extreme is definitely a good thing, it's like if Dreamworks or Pixar were to do their versions of these characters.

Love the design, the colors and the expressions, great work. <3
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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KyoFlameAshHylden Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Clark: Any luck finding the comedian?
Bruce: Three nights, and not so much as a green hair.
Clark: Of course, you have been dividing your time between work and Lois.
Bruce: Is that a problem?
Clark: Let's just say I'm concerned. Your reputation is dubious, in and out of costume.
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just saying: i LOVE YOU =3 clark looks so charming lol I mean he is very welcoming and sweet looking open minded whereas bruce doesn't at all.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol thanks!
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Kaedegirl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are very welcome my dear :)
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cheenot Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D They look excellent! Thanks for sharing!!
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totalannoyance Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
im gonna have to chime in with the rest about bruce's jaw but nonetheless a great piece.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
To each his own. Thanks for the kind words
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teh0110 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
great! perfect its like how ive always imagined them
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KaedeX503 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! XDD
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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ARCraphael Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Haha, Bruce is probably thinking "Why the hell am i friends with this man?"
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol
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ApolloMasque Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it so, SO much.
If I may, I always considered Bruce to have a much stronger jaw. After all, it's all you can see when he puts on the cowl.
Everything else is perfect though. I always saw Superman as having a thick, sturdy physique. After all, he's from a planet with much higher gravity and all that.
And you're right, Bruce should be much paler than Clark, considering one is a farmboy who gets his powers from the sun, the other is a reclusive, nocturnal avenger.
And everything aside, I love Bruce's Dracula hair.
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional
This is perfect. Yeah, I'd have given Bruce a slightly more square jaw if I was doing it, but he looks great and very 'Bale' here. Clark is spot on in my eyes.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah I understand the tendency to want to give him a squarer jaw, totally make sense to make him look stronger
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional
Not so much that. I think it balances his cowl shape more. The square head and strong-man-chest of the Batman Animated Series still dominates my imagination when it comes to the Bat.
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rekka13 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
do you have one of them in costume? i'd like to see how the facial shapes translate there.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yes, it should be in my gallery
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kubagami Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE this! I've seen this style before, but I really like what you are doing with it. Great Job!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really glad you like it
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therealdboy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
kudos on characterization! You can really tell the personality difference between these two
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Paterack Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love this...I can definitely see a little bit of Bale in the Bruce Wayne. Namely the mouth. Great work!
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JerkPuncher Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
oh, man, one can see the personalities of the characters very clearly! great!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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cat-gray-and-me78 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Out of all the concept pieces you've made for Justice League this is ultimately my favorite out of all of them. Because it's as you said, it's a contrast between Bruce and Clark, Bruce has a more jagged and straight facial structure to match his no-nonsense personality and razor-sharp intellect. While Clark is made of more rounded and softer shapes to match his warm, trusting personality, but while they may be soft and round, they still look very sturdy and strong. Nice job changing up the regular Bruce Timm formula.

I know it might sound like I'm just branching off what you said, but I just wanted to state what I first thought of when I saw this.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha no I'm glad you like it for the reasons I intended!
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cat-gray-and-me78 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Good to hear! I hope you continue with this! :)
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Losrandir Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Send it to DC, man!!!
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ritsukayuki Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
This is so... this is so... oh god... i think i am going to cry... this so beautiful :icontearplz:
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks!
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KaelHyun Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Should have gone with the DCAU's Bruce which is warm when it comes to Charity's but when is all Business when something in his Company goes wrong
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