Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

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From The Manual of Exalted Power: Lunars RPG book.
I’m going to quote from the artist’s DA for what the company told them to do:

I know, I know… a lizard with boobs might be a little odd, but  she’s kinda half human, so I guess it works. They wanted her all hot and  wearing next to nothing. o_o

Enough said, I think.

From The Manual of Exalted Power: Lunars RPG book.

I’m going to quote from the artist’s DA for what the company told them to do:

I know, I know… a lizard with boobs might be a little odd, but she’s kinda half human, so I guess it works. They wanted her all hot and wearing next to nothing. o_o

Enough said, I think.

greuh submitted:



Players dubbed it “the cameltoe of roleplaying”
When it was first out, this cover was dubbed by Exalted fans on rpg.net as the “cameltoe of roleplaying”. The worse thing, I think, is the “crotch perspective” intensified by the fact that all the statues around (look again, there are statues) seem to be looking at her butt…

Given how that fabric looks like paint over her breasts, maybe we should be impressed there’s as little detail as there is over her genitals.
Players dubbed it “the cameltoe of roleplaying”

When it was first out, this cover was dubbed by Exalted fans on rpg.net as the “cameltoe of roleplaying”. The worse thing, I think, is the “crotch perspective” intensified by the fact that all the statues around (look again, there are statues) seem to be looking at her butt…

Given how that fabric looks like paint over her breasts, maybe we should be impressed there’s as little detail as there is over her genitals.

chibiwakki submitted:

The pose looked almost feasible, so I thought I’d do a comparison. It’s not senshistock quality, but now I have a better idea of what I look like at a really low angle.

Useful!  Thanks for doing the reference! :)

The pose looked almost feasible, so I thought I’d do a comparison. It’s not senshistock quality, but now I have a better idea of what I look like at a really low angle.

Useful!  Thanks for doing the reference! :)

nelc submitted:

This is a redraw of the cover of Savants & Sorcerers, seen here. It was done using Poser and Photoshop, as is my want. The model used is an unmodified Victoria, with a fisheye camera angle, and the clothes were painted on in Photoshop, because I still haven’t figured out clothing in Poser.
The pose itself isn’t too bad, seen in a normal view, I think, considering that the subject is supposed to be making mystical passes to form the Exalted charm Death of Obsidian Butterflies (which summons a host of sharp-edged butterflies to cut one’s enemies to ribbons). She’s vertical and not unbalanced or overly bent or twisted, though she is placing one foot directly in front of the other. Probably something to do with the spell-casting.
The camera angle exaggerates the hips somewhat, but not as much as in the original picture. I think I could have made the model more hippy while still within human norms, but it still wouldn’t have matched the ultra-callipygous, wasp-waisted original. I couldn’t get her boobs to point in the directions of the book cover; I had to either bend the model down, or alter the camera angle, which totally altered the composition.
I’m still not sure whether I could have given the picture enough headroom to place the arch in the cover’s position without altering the camera angle. I may experiment some more, now I’ve got the redraw done.
The clothes are still ridiculous, of course. I don’t quite see the point of a teddy with pauldrons, for instance. But who am I to comment on what a sorcerer in mythical times may wear? 

nelc submitted:

This is a redraw of the cover of Savants & Sorcerers, seen here. It was done using Poser and Photoshop, as is my want. The model used is an unmodified Victoria, with a fisheye camera angle, and the clothes were painted on in Photoshop, because I still haven’t figured out clothing in Poser.

The pose itself isn’t too bad, seen in a normal view, I think, considering that the subject is supposed to be making mystical passes to form the Exalted charm Death of Obsidian Butterflies (which summons a host of sharp-edged butterflies to cut one’s enemies to ribbons). She’s vertical and not unbalanced or overly bent or twisted, though she is placing one foot directly in front of the other. Probably something to do with the spell-casting.

The camera angle exaggerates the hips somewhat, but not as much as in the original picture. I think I could have made the model more hippy while still within human norms, but it still wouldn’t have matched the ultra-callipygous, wasp-waisted original. I couldn’t get her boobs to point in the directions of the book cover; I had to either bend the model down, or alter the camera angle, which totally altered the composition.

I’m still not sure whether I could have given the picture enough headroom to place the arch in the cover’s position without altering the camera angle. I may experiment some more, now I’ve got the redraw done.

The clothes are still ridiculous, of course. I don’t quite see the point of a teddy with pauldrons, for instance. But who am I to comment on what a sorcerer in mythical times may wear? 

bishyt:

So I decided to do an eschergirls redraw tonight. Basically I saw someone had posted a photo of themselves pulling a pose from this artwork, and I figured this was the perfect opportunity to practise my anatomy referencing. I made the buddy more voluptuous to try and match the original character design in a more realistic way. Couldn’t really make it the finer details of the costume though, and the face ended up looking like something you’d see in one of those budget “how to draw manga” books. Still like how it came out though.
Drawn on my Samsung Galaxy Note tablet using Autodesk Sketchbook.

bishyt:

So I decided to do an eschergirls redraw tonight. Basically I saw someone had posted a photo of themselves pulling a pose from this artwork, and I figured this was the perfect opportunity to practise my anatomy referencing. I made the buddy more voluptuous to try and match the original character design in a more realistic way. Couldn’t really make it the finer details of the costume though, and the face ended up looking like something you’d see in one of those budget “how to draw manga” books. Still like how it came out though.

Drawn on my Samsung Galaxy Note tablet using Autodesk Sketchbook.