September 16, 2021 3 min read
Doctor Harleen Frances Quinzel is a former psychiatrist, previously employed at Arkham Asylum, a former criminal, a mercenary, and the ex-girlfriend of the Joker, operating under the alias Harley Quinn.
After being manipulated by the Joker into assisting his escape from Arkham, Harleen was submerged in a batch of chemicals at Ace Chemicals, re-emerging as the Joker's right-hand woman. Over the years, Harley has become a nemesis of Batman, growing to become known as the queen of Gotham City alongside the Joker, notably committing numerous crimes. While her allegiance with the Joker meant she was never in any real danger, her long history of violence would later catch up with her.
Unlike many of Harley’s scene partners, her character was born for Batman: The Animated Series back in 1992. When one of the show’s creators, Paul Dini, was developing the character, he was watching an episode of a daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives. He watched an episode where Arleen Sorkin’s Calliope Jones Bradford is dressed as a court jester in a dream sequence. Thus, Harley was born.
Birds of Prey certainly has teased Harley Quinn finding companionship in a hyena named Bruce in the trailers. This isn’t a foreign storyline to comic book fans. She’s a notorious animal lover, and hyenas are her choice breed of pet. It begins when Joker owns a pair of them named Bud and Lou. Except he doesn’t really care for them. They are his guard and attack “dogs.”
Contrary to Harley Quinn’s sometimes ditz behavior, she’s a brilliant character. Interestingly enough, her early skill in gymnastics lands her a scholarship at Gotham State University. Due to her adoration for animals, she originally wanted to major in Veterinary and Biological Sciences but ultimately decided on Psychiatry. As a result, she earned a Ph.D. in her career that would someday lead her to Joker.
In this tutorial we used the following supplies:
Step 1. Let's start drawing by using lines and a circle to outline the character’s figure. (Pencil B)
Step 2. Then, draw the face and the hair with the help of construction lines. (Pencil B)
Step 3. Next, we move on to the body. There we draw the shape of the jumpsuit and outline the height and width of the cup in the left hand with lines. (Pencil B)
Step 4. Remove all unnecessary construction lines and make the shape of the hand with the cup. (Pencil B)
Step 5. Remove the remaining construction lines and proceed to the coloring. We start by making the overall tone of the suit (orange), hair (yellow, pink, and blue), and face. The eyes are made blue and black, and the eyebrows are brown. (Colored pencils orange, blue, yellow, pink, brown, black)
Step 6. Next, we move on to a more detailed study of the costume. Enhance the orange and add shadows with red and the highlights with yellow. (Colored pencils orange, red, yellow)
Step 7. Now we also work on the face and hair. The eyes and eyebrows are enhanced with colors, respectively, and for the lips, we use pink and burgundy. On the yellow areas of the hair, we make shadows with brown, on pink with crimson, and on blue with blue. (Colored pencils pink, burgundy, brown, light blue, blue, crimson)
Step 8. Next, make the overall skin tone using beige, and add gray shadows on the mug and T-shirt. (Colored pencils beige, gray)
Step 9. Let's move on to working out the skin. Increase the beige color and add shadows with brown. Also, add pink shadows on the left eye, and blue on the right. (Colored pencils beige, brown, pink, blue)