How to Draw the Joker

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"Smile, because it confuses people. Smile, because it's easier than explaining what is killing you inside."
- The Joker

The Joker is a DC Comics supervillain, the arch nemesis of Batman. The Joker has been the enemy of Batman from the beginning; he first appeared alongside the Dark Knight in the debut issue of the Batman comic book in 1940.

The Joker is a criminal mastermind and expert chemist who employs weaponized props, including deadly gags items and acid-spraying lapel flowers. The Joker is generally considered to be an insane villain with a warped sense of humor. His origin story involves a dip in a vat of acid, which bleached his skin and turned his hair and lips an unnatural shade.

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During the 1990s, the Joker picked up a romantic interest and sidekick - Harley Quinn, his former psychiatrist.

Did you know? Batman writers planned on killing off the character of the Joker during his first comic book appearance. He was "spared by editorial intervention," and has since been Batman's archenemy for eight decades.

Would you like to draw the Joker? This easy, step-by-step DC Comics character drawing tutorial is here to show you how. You will need only a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished character.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ the Joker

How to Draw Joker: Step 1

1. Begin by using curved lines to sketch the Joker's face. Use long, curved lines to draw his cheeks and chin, which is a sharp point. Use shorter lines to outline the brow bone.

How to Draw Joker: Step 2

2. Draw the Joker's nose, erasing guidelines as necessary. Use two curved lines that meet in a sharp, downward facing point.

How to Draw Joker: Step 3

3. Draw the Joker's sinister eyes. Outline each eye using two curved lines. The shape should be pointed on each end. Then, draw a small circle in each eye.

How to Draw Joker: Step 4

4. Draw the Joker's smiling mouth. First, outline his thin lips using curved lines. The upper and lower lips should meet at a point on one side. Connect them on the opposite side using a jagged line, enclosing the teeth. Draw a curved line to separate the upper and lower teeth. Then, draw straight lines extending from the lips to differentiate the individual teeth. Notice that the teeth look crooked and uneven.

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How to Draw Joker: Step 5

5. Enclose the Joker's ear using a curved line. Draw a sharp backwards "S" shaped line to detail the inner ear.

How to Draw Joker: Step 6

6. Enclose the Joker's hair using a series of curved lines. Notice the rounded indention on the forehead, and how the hair on top of the head forms locks with sharp points.

How to Draw Joker: Step 7

7. Draw long, curved lines descending from the head to form the neck and shoulders.

How to Draw Joker: Step 8

8. Sketch a triangular shape just below the neck, forming the collar of the garment. Then, draw curved lines alongside the nose and corner of the mouth, transforming the smile into a demented snarl.

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How to Draw Joker: Step 9

9. Use curved lines to sketch the floppy bow tie beneath the garment's collar.

How to Draw Joker: Step 10

Color the Joker. He typically has a pale face, red lips, yellow teeth, green hair, and outlandish clothing.

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