Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

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OKAY.  ARTISTS!  LISTEN UP!  You see that curve you keep drawing that attaches her leg to her waist?  That curve you love to draw so much?  That is her hip.  It is a ball and socket joint.  It rotates.  If the leg is not straight down, the hip should not be either!  Thank you for your time. :)
(click on the dislocated hips tag to find more examples)

OKAY.  ARTISTS!  LISTEN UP!  You see that curve you keep drawing that attaches her leg to her waist?  That curve you love to draw so much?  That is her hip.  It is a ball and socket joint.  It rotates.  If the leg is not straight down, the hip should not be either!  Thank you for your time. :)

(click on the dislocated hips tag to find more examples)

This is the larger version of the last post’s picture.   Besides the broken hip on the middle girl (the girl in black has a broken hip too), look at her leg. That’s serious plasticine! 

This is the larger version of the last post’s picture.   Besides the broken hip on the middle girl (the girl in black has a broken hip too), look at her leg. That’s serious plasticine! 

Maybe there’s actually two people in the bathtub?

Maybe there’s actually two people in the bathtub?

I am currently blogging from that pose.  This. Is. Very. Uncomfortable.  Ow.

I am currently blogging from that pose.  This. Is. Very. Uncomfortable.  Ow.

I think the girl in black’s breasts are trying desperately to flee because they want to get away from the orgy of twisted spines and whatever the f- is going on with the fishnet girl’s left leg.

I think the girl in black’s breasts are trying desperately to flee because they want to get away from the orgy of twisted spines and whatever the f- is going on with the fishnet girl’s left leg.

I’m choosing to interpret that as her wearing a protective cup rather than that the artist sketched her naked with pubic hair and just drew clothes on top.

I’m choosing to interpret that as her wearing a protective cup rather than that the artist sketched her naked with pubic hair and just drew clothes on top.

They really should have given Ash the chainsaw hand to hold her, it would explain her organless torso, broken spine and rib joints.

They really should have given Ash the chainsaw hand to hold her, it would explain her organless torso, broken spine and rib joints.

I saw this at the back of my Transformers comic this week.  Yay Danger Girl and J. Scott Campbell are back, with more broken spines, plasticine and organless torsos than ever!
Edit: Yeah, one of those 2 women is missing half her leg. o_O  I didn’t even notice that, I was too busy gaping at the butt and boobs pose.

I saw this at the back of my Transformers comic this week.  Yay Danger Girl and J. Scott Campbell are back, with more broken spines, plasticine and organless torsos than ever!

Edit: Yeah, one of those 2 women is missing half her leg. o_O  I didn’t even notice that, I was too busy gaping at the butt and boobs pose.

lesstitsnass:

Dear Scott Campbell, 

Please, sir, please get yourself in some life-drawing classes. Not just freeform sessions, an actual class where you will learn about line of action, anatomy, and realistic movement and posing. I know this helped me a lot, and I need to schedule my time to life draw again. Barring that, please consult books on anatomy for artists, I’m sure you have some, you must, but please.

Also, it would be helpful for you to take some archery classes. They say draw what you know, and if you don’t know it, find reference. Not just reference as to what a bow looks like, but how you actually shoot one. 

Thank you. 

Yet another (awesomely done) redraw/breakdown of a J. Scott Campbell cover.   Also, you should follow this blog if you’re interested in redraws of the stuff on Escher Girls because it’s dedicated to fixing up bad, sexist comic art.

Danger Girl Redraw

Danger Girl Redraw

jenniart submitted:

I tried to make them look healthier. I’m not an anatomy expert and foreshortening isn’t my forte so I didn’t do much to the girl on the left other than give her a more believable waist. I completely changed the pose of the girl on the right and I think she looks sexier this way… instead of broken. 

Anyway, thanks for doing what you do. I love the blog.

Thank you. :)  I really like your fix up, and the pose on the girl on the right looks much better.