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I guess we should at least be thankful that her torso isn’t swiveling to face us.

I guess we should at least be thankful that her torso isn’t swiveling to face us.

What bugs me about this is that her torso doesn’t actually twist, so her arm and breast are just in the wrong place.  This might actually be the first case of boob flounder where you can only see one boob.   It’s actually frightening the more you look at it.  A real Escher painting effect. 

What bugs me about this is that her torso doesn’t actually twist, so her arm and breast are just in the wrong place.  This might actually be the first case of boob flounder where you can only see one boob.   It’s actually frightening the more you look at it.  A real Escher painting effect. 

Well, since she’s a Bionic Woman, I suppose she probably has an actual swivel waist.

Well, since she’s a Bionic Woman, I suppose she probably has an actual swivel waist.

brokenlanguage submitted:

Someone, ANYONE, please explain to me how Red Sonja’s boob that’s further away is larger than the one that’s close! PLEASE? I don’t understand. Is this how boobies work????

What I find really interesting is how this really illustrates the lack of diversity in women’s faces some comics artists have.  The cover is supposed to be a blend of Red Sonja and Sara Pezzini, but it’s clear the artist just drew a single female face and fiddled a little with the eye make up and hair. -_-

brokenlanguage submitted:

Someone, ANYONE, please explain to me how Red Sonja’s boob that’s further away is larger than the one that’s close! PLEASE? I don’t understand. Is this how boobies work????

What I find really interesting is how this really illustrates the lack of diversity in women’s faces some comics artists have.  The cover is supposed to be a blend of Red Sonja and Sara Pezzini, but it’s clear the artist just drew a single female face and fiddled a little with the eye make up and hair. -_-

ghostarin submitted:

Fixed this picture a bit. Small improvement I hope?
I unbroke Sonja’s back and gave her organs, and made her breasts more, uh, possible? Also made their legs somewhat better..
Again, I’m not the best artist out there, but I couldn’t help myself.
The thing that bothered me the most though was their faces, or can I say, THE FACE. Seriously, if they aren’t supposed to be identical twins, stop it. Now, if it’s supposed to be that they’re alike, I still made some minor changes. Like, making Sonja’s face “sharper” and Sara’s rounder. Not much, but perhaps enough to see that they’re different people. :I 
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Nice!  I think you did a good job differentiating the two (I don’t know either character good enough to tell you if that’s what they “should” look like though) and showing that you can have 2 beautiful women and still have simple differences in the face that make them both look very different.  One of the big issues for me and others about comic art is that there doesn’t seem to be any consistent idea of what characters look like, and this is especially true with female characters where you have artists who seem to be able to draw only one female face and often, one female body type.  (I also blame a lack of internal art direction for this.)  Rather than going “okay Supergirl has a longer nose than Huntress” they seem to go “I’m going to draw a woman, so here’s what a sexy female face looks like” and that’s it, the only differences are hair, eye and skin color.  And as you just showed, it doesn’t take that much to make small changes that make a big difference.

ghostarin submitted:

Fixed this picture a bit. Small improvement I hope?

I unbroke Sonja’s back and gave her organs, and made her breasts more, uh, possible? Also made their legs somewhat better..

Again, I’m not the best artist out there, but I couldn’t help myself.

The thing that bothered me the most though was their faces, or can I say, THE FACE. Seriously, if they aren’t supposed to be identical twins, stop it. Now, if it’s supposed to be that they’re alike, I still made some minor changes. Like, making Sonja’s face “sharper” and Sara’s rounder. Not much, but perhaps enough to see that they’re different people. :I 

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Nice!  I think you did a good job differentiating the two (I don’t know either character good enough to tell you if that’s what they “should” look like though) and showing that you can have 2 beautiful women and still have simple differences in the face that make them both look very different.  One of the big issues for me and others about comic art is that there doesn’t seem to be any consistent idea of what characters look like, and this is especially true with female characters where you have artists who seem to be able to draw only one female face and often, one female body type.  (I also blame a lack of internal art direction for this.)  Rather than going “okay Supergirl has a longer nose than Huntress” they seem to go “I’m going to draw a woman, so here’s what a sexy female face looks like” and that’s it, the only differences are hair, eye and skin color.  And as you just showed, it doesn’t take that much to make small changes that make a big difference.

This is one of several images ghostarin submitted, but I’ll take them one at a time.
I really think this pose was traced/copied from an image of a woman chained up because that’s what it really looks like to me.  When I first saw the smaller version I just assumed she was tied up until I realized that was a sword in her hands.  Even the expression seems to fit “tied up and frightened” more than “warrior fighting with a sword.”
Also, her body looks odd, like her legs and hips are deflating and her breasts are lopsided.

This is one of several images ghostarin submitted, but I’ll take them one at a time.

I really think this pose was traced/copied from an image of a woman chained up because that’s what it really looks like to me.  When I first saw the smaller version I just assumed she was tied up until I realized that was a sword in her hands.  Even the expression seems to fit “tied up and frightened” more than “warrior fighting with a sword.”

Also, her body looks odd, like her legs and hips are deflating and her breasts are lopsided.


yellowis4happy submitted:

Found this at a Salvation Army when I was visiting Victoria, B.C., a couple weeks ago, and had a friend snap a photo of it.
Sonja’s really outdone herself this time. I think this a pretty good contender for the “bizarre anatomy” tag, don’t you?

I replaced the photo with a high res version of the cover.  I hope that’s okay.  It’s just easier for people to see it.  She kinda looks like a turkey.

yellowis4happy submitted:

Found this at a Salvation Army when I was visiting Victoria, B.C., a couple weeks ago, and had a friend snap a photo of it.

Sonja’s really outdone herself this time. I think this a pretty good contender for the “bizarre anatomy” tag, don’t you?

I replaced the photo with a high res version of the cover.  I hope that’s okay.  It’s just easier for people to see it.  She kinda looks like a turkey.

Red Sonja: Collarboobs with a Sword.
She looks pretty bored and unenthused about this battle too.

Red Sonja: Collarboobs with a Sword.

She looks pretty bored and unenthused about this battle too.

I’d be making that face too if my clothing was shrinking and constricting like that.

I’d be making that face too if my clothing was shrinking and constricting like that.

People sometimes ask me what crotchleg is.  That, my friends, is crotchleg.  (Also it looks painful.)

People sometimes ask me what crotchleg is.  That, my friends, is crotchleg.  (Also it looks painful.)