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Mad Love Page 1 by Carliihde Mad Love Page 1 by Carliihde
This is the first page in a series of 5 pages of narrative, illustrating the birth and death of the character we all know and love, Harley Quinn. It's done in a sort or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde way, showing the progression into insanity and it's inspired by the Mad Love episode of Batman the animated series. I think Harley Quinn's story is so tragic, one of most well written stories of any other DC character. In short, it's just a girl who falls in love and is willing to sacrifice everything for this man. She sacrifices her heart, her life and her sanity for someone who will never love her back. I feel like I can connect with her (not just because I used myself as reference, OBVIOUSLY heh) but because I can relate to that feeling of just wanting to be loved and doing anything for someone to have their love. It is beautiful and tragic.
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:iconrubyrouge649:
rubyrouge649 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how at just the sight of Joker, Harley is starting to descend into madness.
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) I would too i think hah
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:iconwheeze86:
wheeze86 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
both of their expressions in the last panel are superb.
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Tracassin465 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
my favourite page!
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks!
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:icontracassin465:
Tracassin465 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
pleasure
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:iconsylvia-san:
Sylvia-San Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it !
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) I'm glad! Thanks!
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:iconsylvia-san:
Sylvia-San Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem :3 <3
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kozispoon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha, I totally agree with everyone else. That last panel has so much "ZOMG want him" appeal to it. The twist of her mouth is awesome. Making the shadows the shape of a heart was a very nice touch as well.
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KoshDrawfag Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
This is great, but...that last panel? It took our brains places. Bad, stupid places.
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PhantomGirl Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Pretty sure it wasn't love at first sight though...I mean, Harley's no beauty...

XD Just joking! XD XD XD
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PJBhavsar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
her expression in the third panel is superb! someone could probably write an essay on the significance of that expression and how it is perfectly captures the start of her obsession. hats off!!
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Carliihde Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you so so very much!
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leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
I'm just surprised no-one around her, her colleagues that are also psychiatric professionals, noticed that she was getting a little too close to him...
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
haha, yeah, I know, me too
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:iconleviadragon99:
leviadragon99 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
:shrug: Ah well...
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:iconblithefool:
BlitheFool Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. You did a bang up job with this. The whole thing is really beautiful. Great work!
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you!
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Jedd-the-Jedi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
In.
Cre.
Di.
Ble.

The whole idea for this project is great, and your style is really really lovely to look at - your backgrounds looks just as good as your people, and you excel at doing incredible emotions that completely tell the story without the need for any words. It is beautiful, it is tragic, and credit to you.
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!!
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:iconcall-me-crimson:
call-me-crimson Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
These are pretty awesome! It's amazing how much you can put into so few images.
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you very much
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KroenenLMH Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
You, my friend, are awesome. Instant fav and watch !!!!
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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:iconkroenenlmh:
KroenenLMH Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Welcome!!!
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harleyquinnx Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Writer
Love the diamond-shaped earrings. Allusion to what's to come!
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
hah, that's so cool you caught that! :) I hid it in there to see if anyone could
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darkminion Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
<3 harley. But what was this drawn with (excuse my lack or artistic knowledge outside of inking comics and pencil sketches)? The black in each panel looks so much different than the rest of the work, was it done with something different? The emotion in the faces of the characters is amazing. I particularly like the 4th panel on this page. The emotion you give in the body of the joker and the face (with out even needing to show much) is great. I also love harley's facial expressions (especially the dramatic change in the character) from panels 3 to 5. Its very well done, obviously the same character with dramatic facial changes. I would love to be inside their heads during all of this (<---show me your dialog! =D)
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Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
This was done in mostly 2H then went over with 3B pencils on watercolor paper. You get a pretty rough texture from it and i was able to get darker darks with the paper. I wanted to add even deeper blacks and smooth it out with a wash or black watercolor but i ran out of time. :) Thank you very much for your in-depth critiques hah, but there is no dialog to this silly! Its supposed to be kind of a silent memoir of sorts. But if you listen to these songs, Heretic -sound of animals fighting, Move on now -Hard Fi, Oh Sombra! By Electrelane or Ash Fountain by GOBBLE GOBBLE, they kind of get the point across with the emotions I was trying to portray. Very tragic.
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darkminion Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I'll have to do that.
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darkminion Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I just realized how retarded I sounds say the black looks different in a black and white page... but I mean the shading and the parts that are a dark black (ie The arkham asylum sign and harley's glasses).
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darkminion Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I just cant win tonight... its supposed to say "how retarded I sound saying." Too many thoughts to make sentences work I guess.
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AltoCat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
N'aww...she looks so innocent in the third panel...
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
hah :) BUT THEN... BANANAHh
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oketsu Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Artist
Wonderful! I really love that last panel!
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Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks Sian!
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PinkPirateParrot Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
LOVE IT SO FAR

loving the last pannel
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you! I hope you like the rest
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jokersdoll Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Oh that last panel! :faint: Unf! Gorgeous!
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) You! Thank you!
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AnastasiaCatris Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty awesome stuff using yourself for reference in these - mostly because if I was doing a Harley story and still shared a studio with you, I'd be asking you to do the exact same thing ;) What other short, hot, blondes (well brunette now right?) would I have just lying around? ;P
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Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
hehe aw, thank you so much girl
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ForeignNoise Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
I think I fainted when I saw this. This is absolutely amazing!! I like how you did the lighting to look like a heart in the last panel. Clever!
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Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it!
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eccentricass Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Perfect crooked smile!! I love it!!! :heart:
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:iconcarliihde:
Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks!
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Trickycat21 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
haha this is awesome. You do an awesome Harley.
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Carliihde Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D THanks!
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