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JLA CG Concepts - Superman by DanielAraya JLA CG Concepts - Superman 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: Superman is a wholesome, good-natured guy with antiquated notions of heroism, and that's what I like about him. He represents a more honest hero, and SO many people don't like him because he's too corny, or not badass enough, and I think that's ridiculous. I hardly touched his costume at all because I wanted him to look corny and I wanted his image to reflect the dated quality of his beliefs. I really don't like when people try to make him like, this dark, violent, angry guy just for the sake of making him cooler.

Anyway I tried to make him primarily out of chunky square shapes, and I went as far as taking away the angles on his boots to make them a little more chunky and plain. I think he should be a big character to emphasize the fact that he's all about IMMENSE power and protectiveness. I know a lot of people say that he shouldn't be big because nothing would give him a workout, but I disagree because

1) Every time I see him lift something, he looks like he's straining real hard. Whether it's a car, a piece of rubble, a building, it all seems to be difficult for him.

2) The design reflecting the spirit of the character is more important to me than whether or not he'd be big in real life. He's powerful and he's protective, that's what I want my design to emphasize.
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ApolloMasque Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Superman should be EVEN STOCKIER. The dude comes from a planet with high gravity. His physique could reflect that, with a wider shape that could make it easier for him to pose as flabby, useless Clark Kent. Other than that, It's quite a faithful look at the Big Blue Boyscout.
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avenger09 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a great way of describing the differences between Supes and Bats. 

Clark Kent, is Superman.  Batman, is Bruce Wayne. 

For those who  don't get it, here's and explanation. Clark doesn't stop being who is his with the cape on, its just when he does he can help people at his full potential. 
Batman on the other hand isn't Bruce Wayne. That's -ironically just the mask he wears, to protect his true face.
 
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ConnorGeek Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Vary Nice it would be great for kids ( I Know Superman Is for Kids and Adults depending on who writes him) The Style is vary much like Pixar films and It would be great for a Bruce Tim CGI animated Film or show.

Vary Nice
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Matsuemon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Very nice, stylized version of Superman. Would be great in a children's comic or animation.
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AlanES Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lookit this guy. He looks like he just fell out of the Incredibles. I love it.

You would think a guy like Superman wouldn't fit in today's entertainment world because he has so much going for him. He can fly, he has heat vision and ice breath, he's bulletproof, he's almost invincible. He's practically perfect in every way.

And unlike SOME cardboard cutouts that run with that and somehow get away with it, Superman struggles DESPITE all that. It's like for all the power in this world and others, there's still something that can put him down, and the hook is to see how he overcomes that.

They call him "The Big Blue Boy Scout" for a reason. And I think your vision of him not only stays true to that, but amplifies it in an amusingly entertaining way. I mean, really, why do we need him to be dark, angry, and violent? That's BATMAN'S job.
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Force45 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm a big Superman fan and what you've done is brought back the classic look for which I love. This is the way they animated him in The Animated Superman show, freaking awesome. Bruce Timm is the man when he developed his style and made it animated and that's what I see from your interpretation of Supes. Great job on all the character's. Now I have to start drawing more JLU characters as well, lol!
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teh0110 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
perfect superman! just dont give him a Patrick Warburton style voice that just make him look like a moron. otherwise love it!
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TheWesInAwesome Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first thought I had upon seeing this was "Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles." Oversized upper body, extra large jaw, etc. I agree with CarlPearce that he should be an optimist, not a brooding character like Batman. However, with the large jaw and smile it looks as though you've crossed the line from friendly to moron. Superman isn't blind to the evil in the world; he just chooses to see the positive. And lastly, I still can't stand the underwear on the outside. The best thing the New 52 did was to eliminate that.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thennnnnn...we disagree?
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arkleseizure17 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I like the contrast between his costume's simple design and Batman's high-tech armor.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Liger-spark Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
It's brilliant how all the others ether, pout, look moody or are grim. and then big ol' blue boy comes along and is all smiles! It's so in character, while I'm a fan of new 52 I miss the 'boy scout' thing he had going on. It's why I like the old 70's superman movies (the first 2). this I must admit while I will always be a batman fan, is my Favourite you've done. it's just so different. In a world of eternal pessimism with the way things are reported, we need this type of hero. its why captin marvel and Supe's just make me laugh, because they can afford to be happy when the're effectively constructable . Great job on this.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! I'm very happy with the observations you made
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Liger-spark Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
well it's sort of my thing. good observational skills.
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional
Great. Love the face.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, most people reeeeally don't like his expression
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional
Bollocks to most people. He looks great. A nice, good humoured, nice guy. Just as Superman is supposed to be. He's not a dark brooding character like Batman. He is an optimist. He looks a little like Jon Hamm here too.
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leo-darkheart Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
You showed him as he'd look in real life. Hmmm interesting you think he'd really wear his underpants on the outside and not expect to laughed at and taken for a joke irl? Still a pretty solid drawing though though, he seems too nice looking. I guess I'm of a different generation where we like our heroes rather angry or not always smiling. Either way this is really awesome I like your style a lot. :D
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm fine with some heroes being like that, but not Superman. Trying to make Superman all badass is stupid and goes against the nature of the character in my opinon.

And nobody's gonna laugh at a guy whose skin deflects bullets and who can throw a car at you like it was a baseball.
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leo-darkheart Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I wouldn't laugh at him either but I would draw him up a different suit design without them just to be nice. :D
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That misses the point of the classic design in my opinion. Everyone has their tastes though.
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leo-darkheart Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student General Artist
In the classic design, yes that it would. But yeah we do have different tastes. I like variety I guess. Hope you don't mind but I'm watching your work. Have a blessed day :D
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Alright this is just damn cool.
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nawhereman Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
i love supes cause of the corniness too, and he looks awesome here with his big goofy grin. awesome designs!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SonGoharotto Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I seem to recall that even in the original comics, Supes was always portrayed as being muscular compared to other men. Not especially large or broad, but looking like someone who grew up on a farm.

Now that's a look I'd like to see. Superman always seems to have six pack abs and huge biceps, but working on a farm doesn't give you a body builder's physique. Clark is more likely to be stocky and barrel-chested, rather than having the iconic Timm V-torso. (Though I do love his art.) This would seem to make sense, especially if you consider that in most versions of the origin story, his powers didn't really kick in until his teenage years.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
true!
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DarylT Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Here here this is awesome!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DarylT Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
my pleasure. Did you use any 3D packages?
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nope. Just photoshop
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DarylT Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow, you got such a great dimensionality to it.
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Furyian Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012   Photographer
I really like this! You've got the overall feel of the character DOWN! I like how you've done the trunks and the costume - they look like they're made from a real fabric. GREAT job, here!
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TheLongHallway Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Man this looks great! One thing though. Could you..um..change his face a bit? I know he should look joyfull and all but he looks kinda weird. Just a thought. No offense :D
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
....no...I don't think I'm going to change this now...
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TheLongHallway Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Ok
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AresHart666 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
HAHA CG superman RULES! :) love this design...(giggles) reminds me a bit of that guy Metroman on megamind XD lols
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DreamaDove93 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness! He's smiling! what a change from all the glaring heroes/vigilantes I've been commenting about!
You know what I like about his costume? I like the little folds, it emphasizes how...thin the fabric actually is, it just goes to show that he doesn't need the protection of a think Kevlar suit, it also looks very comfortable!!!. I like his cute little smile and red cheeks, gosh the guy is adorable! haha, its like the big cuddly bear everyone wants to hug!

you know, for a guy his size I think that instead of worrying about physical pain he'd be a lot more vulnerable to emotional pain, he just seems like the guy to go a bit in shock if someone died on him on the job, the one to take it the hardest if there is not a happy ending. Not that that means that he's naive or emotional, just that a loss would affect him more than some of his the more hardened, cold-hearted partners (batman)
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Yarp. Nailed it in one.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha I'm glad you like! Those are definitely all the things I was going for with this
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ragdolls-and-robots Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this is good but I don't like the belt! Why not do the Superman Returns belt? I bet it would look cool, or am I the only one who liked that costume? Overall, this is a very good Superman composition!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, Never thought to look at the Superman Returns belt.
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ragdolls-and-robots Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just my preference! Your description of Supes is spot on and the fact that he is inspirational, his costume really emphasizes that! The returns belt, in my opinion, embodies your description perfectly!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I just googled it and I agree, it's a pretty good belt design
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capedwonder Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Bravo!

Jim Bowers
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www.capedwonder.com
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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KidNotorious Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
I'm finally commenting on this even though I've been admiring these designs since you posted them.

A personal third reason for Superman's size just crossed my mind...
3) He's a farm boy, they grow 'em big in Smallville.
... Any time I draw Superman I try to keep that in mind.
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Vidaurri Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
dude is great please make more superman family!!!!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That would be pretty fun
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Vidaurri Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
i think so!!!! congrat u art rules dude!
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