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Harley Quinn Redesign Profile by Femmes-Fatales Harley Quinn Redesign Profile by Femmes-Fatales
For decades, the female costumed vigilantes and criminals of Gotham City have captured the hearts and imaginations of comic book fans worldwide -- myself included. I wanted to do another special series of drawings starring the Gotham Girls featuring them in a redesign (or in some cases remixes) along with a drawing of their "secret identity." I asked you all to vote for who you wanted to see first and that poll has determined the order of the Gotham Girls. In second place is Dr. Harleen Quinzel... otherwise known as Harley Quinn!

Let's face it -- one of the best things (if not the best thing) about Batman: The Animated Series is Harley Quinn. Her unique status as a comedic (yet somehow tragic) figure within the series has endeared her to many (myself included). While her comic book counterpart has done a number of unsavoury things which I'm not very happy about (particularly to Catwoman), Harley remains a character that I really like and am sad to see how the character has come to look less like a jester and more like a hooker.

I wanted to do something really, really fun for Harley's redesign. My previous design for her was a good jumping off place but the corset needed work and I wanted a better neck piece for her. I also wasn't happy with the belt. I redid the bodice to be more streamlined and made the belt look much more balanced while also giving her a rather cute jester neck piece. I am quite happy with the final look.

When it came to giving Harley a casual look, I struggled a bit. She's a character that I've found to not have a particular set style. However, I wanted something that was cute and playful but also effortless. There's something childlike about post-psychiatry Harley so I wanted to reflect that with the schoolgirl socks. I rather like the casual look too. It may not be as layered or put-together as some of the other Gotham Girls... but it's still cute!

Want more Gotham Girls redesigns?
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Megami-Uchiha Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's nice to see a redesign of Harley that doesn't make her look slutty. Fan redesigns are so much better.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes fan designs are better... sometimes they're not. Sometimes fans can push the "slutty" boundary further than comic artists can though more often than not said designs are meant to be erotic. Either way, I'm glad you like the design I did here.
kyubiman Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student
Ah Harley, who doesn't love Mistah J's personal cheerleader? Speaking of which, her casual look reminded me of a cheerleader for some reason.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well Selina most certainly doesn't love "Mistah J's personal cheerleader." :P It's hard to love someone who slit your throat, drugged you, manipulated you and shot you in the shoulder. Lol.

It's likely that the casual look reminds you of cheerleader gear due to the exposure of the legs and the high socks. Although, most cheerleaders don't wear long socks. They tend to wear short ones. They also wear long sleeves at times under their "shells" (i.e. the shirts).
CHCHcartoons Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
She has nice legs.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
GothamGirly Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Great design!
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DaColdOne Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm... I'll take that as you like the design?
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