Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

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Annnd we have a new contestant for top helicopter woman! 

This one is even more impressive because she’s not swiveling at the waist but apparently from her rib cage.  It’s like a combination of the Biohazard and Black Widow poses.

(From Street Fighter Tribute, Udon Entertainment)

Charlie submitted:

*Flies to Neverland* Because, as we all know, when women pass puberty all of their organs are removed and they are immediately shrink wrapped.

My first reaction was “ok, but it’s real vs illustrated”, but then I took a second look at the image, and yeah, it’s really interesting how the men hardly change at all in comic form.  There’s obvious intent to keep the adult male versions reflective of the real life ones.  They don’t get anything exaggerated, while the women get the usual comic book cinched in waist, large rounded breasts, etc additions, plus they’re thinner, even the ones that are the adult versions of the kids (look at Catwoman’s arms o_o)  And their bodies, of course, end up looking identical. (On a side note, it’s also annoying that neither Penguin is fat.  Like, they already made Amanda Waller thin in the nu52, and now Penguin here too? :\ )
(Promotional images for upcoming DC comics TV show, Gotham)

Charlie submitted:

*Flies to Neverland*

Because, as we all know, when women pass puberty all of their organs are removed and they are immediately shrink wrapped.

My first reaction was “ok, but it’s real vs illustrated”, but then I took a second look at the image, and yeah, it’s really interesting how the men hardly change at all in comic form.  There’s obvious intent to keep the adult male versions reflective of the real life ones.  They don’t get anything exaggerated, while the women get the usual comic book cinched in waist, large rounded breasts, etc additions, plus they’re thinner, even the ones that are the adult versions of the kids (look at Catwoman’s arms o_o)  And their bodies, of course, end up looking identical.

(On a side note, it’s also annoying that neither Penguin is fat.  Like, they already made Amanda Waller thin in the nu52, and now Penguin here too? :\ )

(Promotional images for upcoming DC comics TV show, Gotham)


Rocketroach submitted:


Hikaru and Akane
Hikaru and Akane from Gokujō Parodius (1994)

One girl, Two Girl
Red Girl, Blue Jellyfish
Hikaru and Akane

Hikaru and Akane from Gokujō Parodius (1994)

One girl, Two Girl

Red Girl, Blue Jellyfish

kitty-cat-angel:

I found this picture on a lunchbox at a convention I went to this weekend. I couldn’t wrap my head around the pose so I tried to draw it from the side. I regret that decision wholeheartedly.

This picture has been on Escher Girls before, and it’s just bizarre now as before. The side view make it look even weirder.

Maybe it implies the lunch that’s found inside will be lopsided.

(Original image from Intron Depot 1, Masamune Shirow)

submitted:

  • procrastinating on work so here’s a luxura redraw lol
  • their old poses are not actually physically possible so their new ones are kind of martial arts inspired i guess?
  • i kind of suck at feet…and hands…and perspective..and proportions
  • not bothering with giving them sensible clothing
  • here’s a .tif with lots of layers

After seeing this post I tried to do a redraw of it.

I really liked the idea of the armor the character had (well…what was left of the armor) and tried to make her pose less…odd, but this redraw is a fast sketch so it isn’t that much finalized and I didn’t do her weapon and some details on her original armor. (And there is probably some issues with the anatomy too)

This is a very cool redraw.  I like her expression and the action pose. :)


deadclear submitted:





while poor sakura is getting beaten, i’m more concerned about cammy’s spine there

Never get into a fight with a rubber woman when she is in a rush to pull out her atomic wedgie.
(From “Spin Knuckle” card, UFS Street Fighter card game, artist: Omar Dogan, Udon Comics)

while poor sakura is getting beaten, i’m more concerned about cammy’s spine there

Never get into a fight with a rubber woman when she is in a rush to pull out her atomic wedgie.

(From “Spin Knuckle” card, UFS Street Fighter card game, artist: Omar Dogan, Udon Comics)

Oh right, Escher Girls officially turns 3 years old today!

Happy Birthday to this site! :D

I should bake a twisted cake.


funnylittlewitchgirl submitted:


So my boyfriend picked up a manga called “Tenjho Tenge” (it’s apparently #10) and found this mess a few pages in. Apparently she is not, in fact, possessed by some demonic entity as it would appear at first glance

Being the lover of a professional tetris block is always so heartbreaking.
(From Tenjho Tenge #10, Oh! Great)

So my boyfriend picked up a manga called “Tenjho Tenge” (it’s apparently #10) and found this mess a few pages in. Apparently she is not, in fact, possessed by some demonic entity as it would appear at first glance

Being the lover of a professional tetris block is always so heartbreaking.

(From Tenjho Tenge #10, Oh! Great)


habaneropepperpotts submitted:


(Credits: Invincible Iron Man v3 #21. Artist is Mark Bagley. Character is Carol Danvers aka Warbird.) In this shot, Carol is doing an excellent impression of a centaur. A ridiculously top-heavy centaur and I’m not even talking about her breasts. It’s also close to a boobs and butt pose but not quite.

Captain Centaur to the rescue!

(Credits: Invincible Iron Man v3 #21. Artist is Mark Bagley. Character is Carol Danvers aka Warbird.) In this shot, Carol is doing an excellent impression of a centaur. A ridiculously top-heavy centaur and I’m not even talking about her breasts. It’s also close to a boobs and butt pose but not quite.

Captain Centaur to the rescue!