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!
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