Like anyone with a pulse, I'm a big fan of Batman villains. The iconic Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman have gone through a lot of redesigns in their costuming, so I wanted to create a modern twist for each femme fatale. Using Adobe Photoshop, I tried to capture how I think each character would believably decide to dress, street clothes or otherwise.
Ivy was a blast to work with because her natural colors are already so vibrant. It was fun to bring in darker elements and represent her infamous love of plants in a different way.
You're probably wondering, why the tattoos? If you recall, Ivy's typical costume is crawling with vines and other elaborate patterns, so tattoos seemed a natural fit for her look.
Selena Kyle is definitely a striking character (not even Batman can take his eyes off her), so keeping her design mysterious and enticing was a fun challenge. She's always been one of my favorite antiheroes, and this design is definitely a personal exploration more than anything.
#SuicideSquad (plus the Arkham Games and New 52 stories) brought Harley Quinn to life in a very visually interesting way that's tied to the heart and soul of the character.
For my own take, I decided to give Harley a more relaxed feel by loosening her pigtails. I also took a more traditional approach to her coloring. Also, I can't resist including her mallet of choice, which hopefully brings out the bold style of her kicks.
Harley depiction is a nod to her classic depiction, where she and her mallet had more than a few big hits:
Thanks for reading (and looking)! Here's the full squad in all their Bat-hating glory. Feel free to check out my Instagram for more sketches and fan art!