Escher Girls

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elkian submitted:

Alright, I’ve been struggling with myself over submitting this or not, but I finally decided to try it.
I’m fixing this lovely image of Tinkerbell(?); it just somehow spoke to me.

I kind of want to give the artist grace because the work IS stylized. But that doesn’t excuse the main issues here. I mean, even the perspective is weird - there’s a near top-down view of the pirate ship, but then a sort-of side view of Tink, suggesting that she’s flying sideways. It could be superimposed, but certainly doesn’t appear to be, so either way it’s a failed objective.

This…pretty much speaks for itself. The good ol’ boob-joint, stripper-heel foot, what is either a very poorly described back of the dress, malformed pelvis, or most likely a butt flounder to compliment the boob flounder. The single visible hand is also a bit odd, and in fact the whole arm and extended leg have strange joints and muscles. And of course, the foot in the butt; not only is it a strange pose, but the leg seems to be missing about half the calf muscle. As for the missing arm, we could pretend it’s hiding behind the wings (which are apparently opaque), but still.
My main problem with the pose is that it’s extremely unnatural - not completely impossible, but not something you would spend effort and energy on while trying to fly. 

Here’s a rough and ready redraw of the pose - not going to win any awards, but hopefully a little more sensible and natural. It’s still a strange and awkward pose - leaning forward over the bent leg would make the most sense.

Aaaaaand lastly, I tried to pull this off myself. :I I’m a bit (very) chunky and not very (at all) flexible, so here’s me literally holding the pose. Also, my mom (who helped me with the photos) claims that a gymnast could at least pull off the butt-heel part. 
…my knees really hurt. Elkian signing off.

elkian submitted:

Alright, I’ve been struggling with myself over submitting this or not, but I finally decided to try it.

I’m fixing this lovely image of Tinkerbell(?); it just somehow spoke to me.

I kind of want to give the artist grace because the work IS stylized. But that doesn’t excuse the main issues here. I mean, even the perspective is weird - there’s a near top-down view of the pirate ship, but then a sort-of side view of Tink, suggesting that she’s flying sideways. It could be superimposed, but certainly doesn’t appear to be, so either way it’s a failed objective.

This…pretty much speaks for itself. The good ol’ boob-joint, stripper-heel foot, what is either a very poorly described back of the dress, malformed pelvis, or most likely a butt flounder to compliment the boob flounder. The single visible hand is also a bit odd, and in fact the whole arm and extended leg have strange joints and muscles. And of course, the foot in the butt; not only is it a strange pose, but the leg seems to be missing about half the calf muscle. As for the missing arm, we could pretend it’s hiding behind the wings (which are apparently opaque), but still.

My main problem with the pose is that it’s extremely unnatural - not completely impossible, but not something you would spend effort and energy on while trying to fly. 

Here’s a rough and ready redraw of the pose - not going to win any awards, but hopefully a little more sensible and natural. It’s still a strange and awkward pose - leaning forward over the bent leg would make the most sense.

Aaaaaand lastly, I tried to pull this off myself. :I I’m a bit (very) chunky and not very (at all) flexible, so here’s me literally holding the pose. Also, my mom (who helped me with the photos) claims that a gymnast could at least pull off the butt-heel part. 

…my knees really hurt. Elkian signing off.

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  1. ambientfreak reblogged this from eschergirls and added:
    Tinkerbell, why is your foot on it’s way up your rear?
  2. chazzfox reblogged this from monofaced and added:
    Agree^
  3. monofaced reblogged this from eschergirls and added:
    Are.you.kidding.me? Congrats on making the anatomy worse,ruining a picture and adding a cramping extra toe for good...
  4. charmed7293 reblogged this from eschergirls
  5. devilsfruitsalad reblogged this from eschergirls and added:
    So. If anyone wants to know why I loathe Scott Campbell as an artist, here you go. And he literally does this in every...
  6. densityofstates reblogged this from eschergirls
  7. yuzuviii reblogged this from eschergirls
  8. anotechaotic reblogged this from eschergirls and added:
    Reblogging for the final picture because the original really isn’t that bad.
  9. c-ecilgershwinpalmer reblogged this from elkian
  10. elkian reblogged this from imheliababe and added:
    Be careful doing it though, it’s really easy to hurt yourself. Even seemingly easy parts of a pose can leave you sore »
  11. soircitte said: This is Tinkerbell? The hell it is. She can’t bend like that.
  12. shokatsuryou said: I dunno about that butt-heel pose, guys. Half the foot seems to have been wedged in between the buttocks.
  13. babbitofcthulhu reblogged this from eschergirls
  14. imheliababe reblogged this from eschergirls and added:
    Omg ppl should try poses on themselves before drawing more, this really lays out all the problems you fixed.
  15. trininjaturtles reblogged this from eschergirls