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Quinnicide

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Published: September 11, 2013
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My stab at illustrating the script DC provided for their talent search: www.dccomics.com/node/305151

This was done purely for fun. I'm not looking to land a gig working on a big-name comic. I'd much rather focus on my own projects than work on existing IPs.
Besides, there have got to be more talented artists out there whose style would better fit the DCU than mine. I honestly don’t think I could work fast enough for them, anyway!
:D

There has been quite a bit of internet chatter about the script DC chose for this, mainly in regards to the oversexualization of Harley Quinn (which I can’t really argue with) and how the script requires her to be depicted in a bath.
Lots of hysterical people criticising DC for “requesting her being drawn naked”.
I’d planned out my page before I’d read any of these comments. She has to be in a bath, so that she’s naked is pretty much a given, but it had never occurred to me that Harley should be rendered in any kind of pseudo-soft-core pose. That’s just not in key with the character that I know.
If you read the script and thought that was what was required, that says more about you than it does DC.

It reads:

PANEL 4
Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.


Not:

PANEL 4
Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen. We are witnessing all this from a birds eye view. Suds and steam obscure the nipples but not the full rack. Her free arm is curled just under her boobs, raising them slightly out of the water and at the same time squeezing them together gently.
A rubber duck floats over her snatch. It looks happy.


If each panel of a comic tells a story, this one is meant to relay that the apparently suicidal Quinn is about to fry herself….and she’s going to be thorough about it. There’s no reason for nudity to be any kind of hang-up or focus at all, hence its complete absence from my interpretation.
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EvAneScfan's avatar
EvAneScfanStudent General Artist
Your submission is my favorite so far. Good luck!
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101000011110Hobbyist General Artist
I'm Confused...is she trying to kill herself or?..
777gothmog's avatar
Don't do it! I love you!
Antioch2's avatar
I disagree that viewing the premise that way says more about me than DC, but I do kind of like this particular piece of art.

It's dark and funny but it doesn't really seem sleazy. She's just disappointed she couldn't kill herself the way she wanted to. I think that's the best way you could draw it without it becoming a parody, but I still kind of feel weird about it because suicide is kind of an icky thing to joke about imo. Not that it can't be done, just. I don't know. It makes people feel bad and it makes me feel a little uncomfortable too, I don't know what else to say about it. The sexualization of it was kind of a problem, but not really the main problem.

But yes, it looks great! I like it. I don't know if people are trying to give you a hard time over it, I certainly don't mean to and I'm sorry if I've contributed to that.
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Kitsch1984Professional General Artist
Your art is very awesome!!!
PunchieTheNeko's avatar
PunchieTheNekoStudent Artist
:3 I like it.
arthurnonimus's avatar
Love the little ducky on the side. It just sets off the whole thing I think.

Also the link is dead, but the Internet Archive has it cached at web.archive.org/web/2013091403….
Kaynime's avatar
KaynimeStudent General Artist
the perspective work and detail in these is great, and full of personality.
However, with DC's request it was never the sexualisation aspect that bothered me, it was the fact they were kinda making a joke about somebody attempting suicide. It just felt really, really low to me.
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PeixesdeAquarioStudent Traditional Artist
I can't believe you actually drew these.
Ugh, that makes me sick.
Antou-desu's avatar
Antou-desuHobbyist Artist
I really enjoy the perspective in the last panel.
(Also, love the commentary.)
JMiera's avatar
JMieraProfessional Filmographer
I love all of these panels...but what I love the most was your comment about what the 4th panel says :3
justsantiago's avatar
justsantiagoProfessional Filmographer
Awesome! I did this too. lovely line art, your expressions are great!
bread-bunny's avatar
bread-bunnyHobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of a book called Suicide Bunnies, or something like that.



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WhiteHawkmlpHobbyist General Artist
hope you win :)
napolid's avatar
very classy fourth panel
Valadomi's avatar
ValadomiHobbyist General Artist
Oh Harley.. Everything about her makes me want to protect her somehow. She is by far my favourite DC character and I love what you did with her here. This invokes so much.

About the script.. There will Always be someone, who can find something in anything to outrage at, won't there? It's really sad, because it seems this is the most emotion and passion these people get out of life..

On the other hand, there will always be people on the other end of the spectrum as well ^^
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Twilight16MasterHobbyist Writer
well done, and well said. I agree with you, and it just plain makes sense. I like your interpretation far better anyway. I will admit, though, I didn't realize that this was Harley until I read the description. you art style is significantly different. but yes, it was just for fun anyway.
merle's avatar
This is a great set! I still can't bring myself to like the new outfit, though. Impractical and just...well...it doesn't say "Harlequin" to me at all. It's not even a little clown-themed!
firegal3000's avatar
firegal3000Hobbyist General Artist
I love the style of each of the pieces and the concept really does fit Harley well. I think you did an amazing job on this set and if the contest isn't over, best of luck. If it is over, hope you at least placed something!
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WhimsiiHobbyist General Artist
Yes you don't have to draw Harley in the bath naked as everyone is twisting their panties about. You've shown how it can be done, however the implication of turning suicide into some sort of joke, or making it just to add some sort of "drama" I feel is far more sinister, and lazy on script writers parts.
psilorder86's avatar
Just looking at the pictures, her expression in the last panel looked more like "oh, i guess i'll have to do it the boring way....."
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teamzothProfessional General Artist
This is awesome!
I had also drawn one, but i wasn't sure if i was allowed to post it until after the contest. But i seem to be seeing people all over the place posting them, so maybe i'll just not care, and throw mine up on the net as well...
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