Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

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solitary-serenity submitted:


Spider-Buck, Spider-Buck, poses just like Spider-Woman does
This is a quick parody painting of that recent Spider-Woman variant cover by Milo Manara, complete with painted on spandex uniform!! 

This is very good work for a parody. 
Little known fact: Mandatory sexiness is part of Hydra training.

Spider-Buck, Spider-Buck, poses just like Spider-Woman does

This is a quick parody painting of that recent Spider-Woman variant cover by Milo Manara, complete with painted on spandex uniform!! 

This is very good work for a parody. 

Little known fact: Mandatory sexiness is part of Hydra training.


xenohound submitted:


i tried to fix this post but it was a lot harder than i expected it to be?? nothing about that pose makes sense. why is she floating. is she floating? if she’s floating why doesn’t she just turn around? why is there a butt on her thigh? who put those water balloons in her vacuum latex suit?
but yeah i apologize for the scribbliness of this fix, i got kind of frustrated

Despite the unfinished scribbliness, I do like the gist of what you were going for.  She looks very confident and bold.  Focusing on the arm attack rather than showing breasts and butt adds more of a sense of conflict to the picture.

i tried to fix this post but it was a lot harder than i expected it to be?? nothing about that pose makes sense. why is she floating. is she floating? if she’s floating why doesn’t she just turn around? why is there a butt on her thigh? who put those water balloons in her vacuum latex suit?

but yeah i apologize for the scribbliness of this fix, i got kind of frustrated

Despite the unfinished scribbliness, I do like the gist of what you were going for.  She looks very confident and bold.  Focusing on the arm attack rather than showing breasts and butt adds more of a sense of conflict to the picture.


pointless-nonsense submitted:


This is from Batgirl #34. I thought this looked pretty normal until I realized that was Black Canary’s butt.

I know this is a fight scene, so it’s understandable to have a twist to show some in motion stuff, but oh my god, so many things are off about this.

This is from Batgirl #34. I thought this looked pretty normal until I realized that was Black Canary’s butt.

I know this is a fight scene, so it’s understandable to have a twist to show some in motion stuff, but oh my god, so many things are off about this.

lesstitsnass:

It’s a two-fer! Courtesy of @dcwomenkickingass, and specifically this post, I had to do an edit of these, while my storyboards wait. 

I’m not going to go into long explanations here, I hope the drawings do speak for themselves. In the first case, it’s a Land being Land, although I do have to say that he did give a butt to Silk, as opposed to his usual ablation of hips and gluteus maximi. However, he unfortunately did it wrong. 

Artistic anatomy is all about drawing structure, from the inside out. Your muscles by themselves can’t look right if they aren’t placed on top of a properly proportioned skeleton.  Boobs won’t look right if they aren’t drawn as following the curve of the ribcage, its center line, or the movement of the arms which either pull or push on the pectorals on which the breasts hang. The arms back mean the shoulders are lowered, and the angle of the hands will be different since there’s a 3/4 turn on the torso. It shows that Land is drawing by guessed shapes, copied contours and practiced repeated motions. There’s no real structure underneath his shapes.

And if we look at the legs, I can only picture Kitty Pride phasing out of a wall: the legs look like they got mangled up to look like stumps. But even structure-wise, there is no thought put into whether the pose actually works, which is why it looks so clumsy. The legs should be reversed due to the line of action that’s in the torso but not followed through into the pelvis and legs. And I’ve been using the coil technique a lot in order to make my volumes work - it should be obvious by the roughs above - which help me figure out things like foreshortening. 

Silk too was a problem of lack of structure, proportions all over the place, and lack of weight and purpose, but it felt moreso than Spiderwoman. I used the same pose Land did but worked out the skeleton first, using rotation arcs in order to properly proportion the length of the various limbs. I don’t know these characters and I might not have used these poses, but Silk here definitely looks like she’s dancing.

The variant cover by Manara looks like a pose right out of porn, pelvis up and cheeks spread, costume looking like body paint, and it makes me very uncomfortable. She doesn’t look like a superhero about to strike, she looks like she’s about to get… well, it’s a porn pose. This is sexualisation. It also reminds me of the Dog Bone sexy shape. 

So I turned the pose sideways to figure it out, and to see what would work better. The sideways pose as is, as you can see, is angled to do quite the opposite of ass-kicking. Were she to try to leap from that pose, she’d fall flat on her face. The second pose is the “coiled like a spring”, but in the camera angle of the cover, it’s an ugly, ugly pose. So I tried to do something in-between, and just by making the pelvis horizontal and lifting the torso off the ground, I’ve managed to move the center of gravity so her weight is on her feet instead of her knees, she can use her arms to maneuver in most directions, and you still get an interesting body shape to look at. I think this works better, and much more ready to spring into motion.

Wanted also to say thanks for all the reblogs, likes and recent follows! I appreciate each one of them, and it’s because you’re still sharing and commenting that I came back to do this. However I’m still really busy! I won’t be posting a lot, but I do plan on posting more than I have. Back to storyboards for me! 

Great breakdown of both Spider-Woman covers by Kanthara from Less Tits n’ Ass, More Kickin’ Ass (which I strongly recommend as a follow for people who like redlines/redraws/fixes). :D

I’ve seen a lot of battle bikinis while running this blog, but some ribbons holding up a metal crotch plate is a new one on me.

I’ve seen a lot of battle bikinis while running this blog, but some ribbons holding up a metal crotch plate is a new one on me.


yondamoegi submitted:


I made the redraw of this picture http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/94928867835/the-deadly-dance-of-spine-bending-and-boob
First of all, look at their poses.

Look at their arms. They’re bended, it’s weak. Girls don’t want to strangle each other, they’re just touching each other.
Look at Batgirl’s legs. Well, the left leg can’t bend like that at all. The right leg is bent around alienlady’s leg… Well, maybe Batgirl is falling… but it still looks eeeeh.
So, overall, this pose looks like they’re dancing tango or something.

So, if you want to add tension, you can try to add more straight lines to your characters. It’s all about more cleaner lines of action.
What’s your character doing? Are they relaxing, or are they engaging in action? Relaxing action line will be more curvy.
at least that’s what I think

So, yeah, I tried to fix that. Tried to fix some of the anatomy too, even if I ended up with boob/butt pose, I hope it’s more or less natural spine curve.

I really like this redraw, and your analysis of the original.  I also like what you said about keeping in mind what’s supposed to be happening, and “What’s your character doing?” because I think that’s often what’s missing in stuff on this blog.  The storytelling is sacrificed because the focus is “how can we show her boob” or “how can we make this an ass shot” etc rather than “what’s supposed to be going on?” which is often supposed to be a dramatic or intimidating scene.  Not necessarily as much for the original cover in this case, but for others, it can be pretty egregious.
Also that second picture makes me smile.  They look so cute together. :3

I made the redraw of this picture http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/94928867835/the-deadly-dance-of-spine-bending-and-boob

First of all, look at their poses.

Look at their arms. They’re bended, it’s weak. Girls don’t want to strangle each other, they’re just touching each other.

Look at Batgirl’s legs. Well, the left leg can’t bend like that at all. The right leg is bent around alienlady’s leg… Well, maybe Batgirl is falling… but it still looks eeeeh.

So, overall, this pose looks like they’re dancing tango or something.

So, if you want to add tension, you can try to add more straight lines to your characters. It’s all about more cleaner lines of action.

What’s your character doing? Are they relaxing, or are they engaging in action? Relaxing action line will be more curvy.

at least that’s what I think

So, yeah, I tried to fix that. Tried to fix some of the anatomy too, even if I ended up with boob/butt pose, I hope it’s more or less natural spine curve.

I really like this redraw, and your analysis of the original.  I also like what you said about keeping in mind what’s supposed to be happening, and “What’s your character doing?” because I think that’s often what’s missing in stuff on this blog.  The storytelling is sacrificed because the focus is “how can we show her boob” or “how can we make this an ass shot” etc rather than “what’s supposed to be going on?” which is often supposed to be a dramatic or intimidating scene.  Not necessarily as much for the original cover in this case, but for others, it can be pretty egregious.

Also that second picture makes me smile.  They look so cute together. :3

This is an alternate cover of Spider-Woman #1 (the other cover by Greg Land has been on this blog earlier).
I assume in this issue, Spider-Woman fights a villain who makes decoys of heroes using plasticine, but he forgot to factor in that people’s clothes aren’t bodypaint, and he messed up her head positioning.
Io9 noticed that the artist for this cover has previously drawn a very similar pose for a previous piece:

This is an alternate cover of Spider-Woman #1 (the other cover by Greg Land has been on this blog earlier).

I assume in this issue, Spider-Woman fights a villain who makes decoys of heroes using plasticine, but he forgot to factor in that people’s clothes aren’t bodypaint, and he messed up her head positioning.

Io9 noticed that the artist for this cover has previously drawn a very similar pose for a previous piece:

Vicious fantasy sea warrior battle, or underwater lingerie dancing championships judged by dragons?  The eternal question.

Vicious fantasy sea warrior battle, or underwater lingerie dancing championships judged by dragons?  The eternal question.

I don’t know what kind of creature this character is, but apparently she doesn’t need something as inconvenient as organs…

She looks like she’s wearing her bones on the outside of her body, so maybe that’s what’s going on.


queenribbon submitted:


Nooot EXACTLY a redraw because I just scooched her leg over.
I’ve never played this game, but I felt bad for this lovely lady and her back. I thought maybe she could use some help. With a little twisting I discovered the SPIRIT of the pose is possible, but not the way it’s drawn…
There are probably still some anatomy errors in the fix, but it’s not quite as bad, I think.

This actually looks quite good!  Just moving the leg over and having it not look so gratuitously out of place just for a butt shot helps so much.

Nooot EXACTLY a redraw because I just scooched her leg over.

I’ve never played this game, but I felt bad for this lovely lady and her back. I thought maybe she could use some help. With a little twisting I discovered the SPIRIT of the pose is possible, but not the way it’s drawn…

There are probably still some anatomy errors in the fix, but it’s not quite as bad, I think.

This actually looks quite good!  Just moving the leg over and having it not look so gratuitously out of place just for a butt shot helps so much.