Escher Girls

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Lady Nilstria submitted:

I just had to do this one. Partly because it looks so ludicrous, but also because I could not help myself.
I can’t decide if she’s a dance hall girl about to give a performance or asking the guys with hats for a manicure. Take that away and you pretty much have a woman standing on a balcony railing. That’s boring, and I know if I did that several people would be unsatisfied, so I asked myself, “How can I show how she got there?” I chose climbing. It lent itself to a nice line.
Upon inspection, her legs are different lengths. The femur is also longer, by far, than her tibia and fibula. That’s not how it works. Her pelvis, though at least not displaying an elongated spine, does this odd tilting rotation. I do not think it either comfortable or conducive to balance.
Please ignore how badly I drew that cape. Sometimes I hate capes. >__>

Yup, as I said before, often just fixing up the anatomy of a pose ends up revealing that the pose itself was never that interesting in the first place.  I really like your alteration and how she appears to have leapt down onto the balcony. :)

Lady Nilstria submitted:

I just had to do this one. Partly because it looks so ludicrous, but also because I could not help myself.

I can’t decide if she’s a dance hall girl about to give a performance or asking the guys with hats for a manicure. Take that away and you pretty much have a woman standing on a balcony railing. That’s boring, and I know if I did that several people would be unsatisfied, so I asked myself, “How can I show how she got there?” I chose climbing. It lent itself to a nice line.

Upon inspection, her legs are different lengths. The femur is also longer, by far, than her tibia and fibula. That’s not how it works. Her pelvis, though at least not displaying an elongated spine, does this odd tilting rotation. I do not think it either comfortable or conducive to balance.

Please ignore how badly I drew that cape. Sometimes I hate capes. >__>

Yup, as I said before, often just fixing up the anatomy of a pose ends up revealing that the pose itself was never that interesting in the first place.  I really like your alteration and how she appears to have leapt down onto the balcony. :)

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