How to Draw HARLEY QUINN (DC Animated Universe) Drawing Tutorial

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VILLAINS MONTH continues, this time with Joker’s seductive companion, HARLEY QUINN!

But the comic HARLEY QUINN won’t do. Because she first appeared in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES in her iconic sexy jester costume, that’s the version we’re going to go for. This particular one was drawn by the creator of Harley Quinn herself, artist and producer Bruce Timm. Timm has a very sleek, stylized cartoony look to his creations, and if you’ve ever watched any of the Batman cartoons back in the day, you surely would have come across his work.

Here’s an interesting tidbit about Harley Quinn and how she went from cartoon to comic:

“Harley Quinn was originally created for the cartoon Batman: The Animated Series by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm in 1992. She was originally only intended for the episode “Joker’s Favor,” however she became so popular overnight that she made more appearances on the show and it’s various spin-offs and movies. She was also in the comics that were part of the same universe as the television show known as the DC Animated Universe (DCAU). There she first appeared in The Batman Adventures issue 12 (1993).


She became so popular in fact that DC decided to bring her over into the mainstream DC universe. This Harley Quinn, however, lost some of the characteristics that made her so popular on the show and she was written as a much more psychotic dark character than she had been in the DCAU. Harley’s first comic book appearance in the continuity of the mainstream DC Universe was in Batman: Harley Quinn issue 1 (10/1999) which was written by Paul Dini.”

Happy drawing,


Harley Quinn first appeared on Batman: The Animated Series in the episode, “The Jokers Favor”. She was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm and inspired by Arleen Sorkin and one of her characters Harlequin. Harleen Quinzel was a former psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. Her patient was the Joker and he told her all his “secrets”, manipulating her into falling in love with the Clown Prince of Crime. Harleen Quinzel adopted the name Harley Quinn and broke the Joker out of the Asylum and became his assistant.

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  1. Divyanshi Jain
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    Hi i am Divyanshi Jain of India and you help me because i am finding a channel that make me draw all this and easily and i fond you it seriously was amazing channel and i think as you are doing Villians this month i think you should do my personal favorite JAMES MORIARTY i am hugh fan of Andrew Scott i think you should do his tutorial

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