Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

This is a blog to archive and showcase the prevalence of certain ways women are depicted in illustrated pop media, specifically how women are posed, drawn, distorted, and/or sexualized out of context, often in ridiculous, impossible or disturbing ways that sacrifice storytelling.

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Remember kids, if you don’t eat your vegetables, your organs will shrivel up and die, and then your breasts will want to run away.

Remember kids, if you don’t eat your vegetables, your organs will shrivel up and die, and then your breasts will want to run away.

My friend, RenegadeSaint, who is a 3d artist, made this to illustrate his problems with “Escher Girl” art.
The DA link (with his more detailed commentary) is here: http://renegadesaint.deviantart.com/art/Sensible-Storm-vs-Escher-Storm-273776493

My friend, RenegadeSaint, who is a 3d artist, made this to illustrate his problems with “Escher Girl” art.

The DA link (with his more detailed commentary) is here: http://renegadesaint.deviantart.com/art/Sensible-Storm-vs-Escher-Storm-273776493

Another piece by my friend, RenegadeSaint, this one is a parody of Rob Liefeld’s “art”.  (Notice the steam to cover the feet)

Another piece by my friend, RenegadeSaint, this one is a parody of Rob Liefeld’s “art”.  (Notice the steam to cover the feet)

Redraw, skintight armor

Emily Smirle submitted:

I had a look at the picture from here and facepalmed especially badly. I like armored women with swords kicking ass. This isn’t it.

I wanted to do a redraw, but my art isn’t drawing, it’s CGI. But, that ties in here, because there’s a niche area of CGI where the idea is simply “Provide a model to “draw from life” from, when you can’t afford/access a real model to pose for you.  It lets you get things like perspective and posing and “no, joints don’t actually do that” down, because the programs won’t let you do completely impossible joint rotations/bends. I recommend some of the artists you’ve highlighted get themselves something like this if they can’t get into real-life life-drawing classes, and can’t hire someone to come pose for them for their professional work…

To illustrate some of what’s wrong with that picture I set up a scene trying to match it as closely as possible. Even being allowed to cheat (more on that later) I couldn’t match the pose exactly - it’s just not physically possible. But here’s a good start - and this lets me pick out a lot of the problems with the picture, because I can take my camera around and look at her from the side…

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To get this close I had to shorten her right thigh, lengthen her left shin, lengthen the top part of her ribcage, shorten and distort her abdominal area, and I still couldn’t duplicate it.

To duplicate it, the top section of her torso (top of shoulders down to top of breasts) would have to be a separate segment that can rotate independantly, and the rest of her torso would have to bend back OVER her right thigh into the background, while her shoulders and head somehow simultaniously go forward. Talk about Eschergirls.

So if we take our camera around to stage right (our left) here’s what it looks like:

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Things to note: Her left leg is supposed to be her front leg, out in front to stabilize her as she comes forward/down off that pile of rocks. There is NO WAY that’s possible. She’s also stabbing herself in her head.

On the original, which I wasn’t able to match due to not even CGI figures wanting to be twisted around like that… she’s sticking her butt out (as in this picture) but then wrapping her torso over her left thigh to the back (check out the lines up the center of her torso - she’s leaning BACK over that leg).

This is not a balanced position, and the artist has a bizarre sense of “in front” and “in behind”.

If the artist had used a life model, even a family member who doesn’t look anything like the character, he would have caught these problems.

If the artist had used a wooden doll or a CGI doll, he also would have caught this - he could look at it in 3 dimensions, move around the figure, and see how totally freeking impossible it was.

This is REALLY interesting!  And it’s also a really great idea to re-create one of these poses in 3d art and seeing what it looks like from other angles.  Also that’s some excellent analysis, and I don’t think I have much else to add, except that, unfortunately, I don’t think “balanced and effective fighting position” was chief priority for the artist.

RenegadeSaint submitted:

I <3 monster boobs and porn face! How dare you call them icky?! RADFEM!

You fanboys just don’t get it.  This isn’t about me finding them icky.  It’s not personal.  I just have a problem with women being shown with big breasts that men find desirable and god how I wish I had breasts that big.  I don’t need your approval, I TOTALLY CAN GET A DATE!   And the way you’ve splayed her out like that is so f-ing misogynist.  It’s not because I wish I looked that good in that position that I have a problem!  AND I AM TOTALLY NOT JEALOUS OF HER FOR BEING THIN AND PRETTY!!!  HOW DARE YOU SAY I AM!
I’m going to go into a corner and cry now.

I <3 monster boobs and porn face! How dare you call them icky?! RADFEM!

You fanboys just don’t get it.  This isn’t about me finding them icky.  It’s not personal.  I just have a problem with women being shown with big breasts that men find desirable and god how I wish I had breasts that big.  I don’t need your approval, I TOTALLY CAN GET A DATE!   And the way you’ve splayed her out like that is so f-ing misogynist.  It’s not because I wish I looked that good in that position that I have a problem!  AND I AM TOTALLY NOT JEALOUS OF HER FOR BEING THIN AND PRETTY!!!  HOW DARE YOU SAY I AM!

I’m going to go into a corner and cry now.

Her legs say she&#8217;s walking away.  Her upper half says she&#8217;s challenging me to a fight.  I&#8217;m confused.

Her legs say she’s walking away.  Her upper half says she’s challenging me to a fight.  I’m confused.

Broken Spine - Other Angles

tsurera submitted:

Sorry for submitting again but here’s a response to this question- http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/25987292023/weve-seen-several-picture-of-boobs-an-butt-on-action

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Pink is the spine.  (If I knew I’d be taking more pictures I would’ve made this sculpt a bit more presentable XD )

And here’s a gif for good measure

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Very informative!

bishyt submitted:

So I saw this submission of Donald Duck She-Hulk you posted earlier, and wanted to do something with it. Unfortunately i’m not that brilliant with anatomy myself, so redlining or fixing is out of the question.
What I do have however, is Daz Studio 4 and a lot of spare time on my hands.

Quack.

bishyt submitted:

So I saw this submission of Donald Duck She-Hulk you posted earlier, and wanted to do something with it. Unfortunately i’m not that brilliant with anatomy myself, so redlining or fixing is out of the question.

What I do have however, is Daz Studio 4 and a lot of spare time on my hands.

Quack.

bishyt:

deathspeaker:

eschergirls:

bishyt submitted:

So I saw this submission of Donald Duck She-Hulk you posted earlier, and wanted to do something with it. Unfortunately i’m not that brilliant with anatomy myself, so redlining or fixing is out of the question.
What I do have however, is Daz Studio 4 and a lot of spare time on my hands.

Quack.

Oh my god we need different angles on this! I just HAVE to see it from the front, back and the other side!

Just so you know, the original gif was animated, but Tumblr broke it being too large in size.
Imgur has no problem with it though.


Here&#8217;s the rotating animated gif version of the 3d render of She-Hulk&#8217;s pose for those asking to see it from other angles.

bishyt:

deathspeaker:

eschergirls:

bishyt submitted:

So I saw this submission of Donald Duck She-Hulk you posted earlier, and wanted to do something with it. Unfortunately i’m not that brilliant with anatomy myself, so redlining or fixing is out of the question.

What I do have however, is Daz Studio 4 and a lot of spare time on my hands.

Quack.

Oh my god we need different angles on this! I just HAVE to see it from the front, back and the other side!

Just so you know, the original gif was animated, but Tumblr broke it being too large in size.

Imgur has no problem with it though.

Here’s the rotating animated gif version of the 3d render of She-Hulk’s pose for those asking to see it from other angles.

Saint Mecha submitted:



This is the boxart for the Japanese version of Shadow of the Damned.(clean version without all the logos).
I don’t think Garcia Hotspur can save Paula from her spinal cord injury,She need a doctor, not a demon hunter.

This image keeps making me laugh.  He&#8217;s holding her meaning to save her, and she looks like she&#8217;s falling over dead in his arms.

This is the boxart for the Japanese version of Shadow of the Damned.(clean version without all the logos).

I don’t think Garcia Hotspur can save Paula from her spinal cord injury,She need a doctor, not a demon hunter.

This image keeps making me laugh.  He’s holding her meaning to save her, and she looks like she’s falling over dead in his arms.