Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

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acey submitted:

Not sure what Scarlet and Elektra are doing here… but I don’t think it’s fighting…

It’s interesting that there’s a slightly different version on the Marvel database which, presumably, was what Marvel ended up publishing (the picture above is from a Greg Horn artbook).  I wonder if somebody thought it was just a LITTLE too obvious what Horn was tracing from in the original and asked him to change it.

Not sure what Scarlet and Elektra are doing here… but I don’t think it’s fighting…

It’s interesting that there’s a slightly different version on the Marvel database which, presumably, was what Marvel ended up publishing (the picture above is from a Greg Horn artbook).  I wonder if somebody thought it was just a LITTLE too obvious what Horn was tracing from in the original and asked him to change it.

slipstreamborne:

Redraw time!

So I’ve already done one mini-deconstruction of this bit of Horn porn tracing fuckery, but the more I looked at it the more it ticked me off, so I decided to do a full redraw. 

In trying to keep the poses as close to the originals as possible while still making physical, non-porn sense, the major issue I dealt with was trying to make both characters stand up.  The poses as originally drawn only make sense lying down or with another person there for support and balance. 

While Scarlett looks more or less okay, in the original she can’t really support her own weight on that leg.  I changed the tilt and rotation of her pelvis into something more in line with a high side kick.  I also gave her back her the bones of her pubic arch, as Horn seems to have erased them in either an attempt to hide the fact that he was tracing for porn or in keeping with the comics trend of everyone having concave crotches. 

Elektra also got a major pelvis re-work.  It took a couple of tries (and a few times dropping it like it was hot in front of a mirror) to get a reasonable pose where she looked like she was dropping down and to the side to duck a kick instead of just falling over backward.  I went ahead and did the initial sketch with the full bodies to make sure that the leg positioning made sense all the way down to the feet and give both women a sense of solidness to their stance. 

Some rough skeletons, as a I am quite fond of them: 

As for the details final drawing, after a few tries I gave up on Scarlett’s crossbow.  Pretend it’s there.  Weapons aren’t my strong suit, and it doesn’t make sense there in her left hand, anyway (if she’s a leftie then why is the holster for it on her right hip?).  Made the curl of her right fist tighter to give more power to her defensive block (probably should have put the cross-bow there, but whatever), and switched out the yellow thong part of her costume for something in a more bikini cut, to reduce the need for mid-battle wedgie de-lodging.

Some minor changes to Elektra’s costume as well.  Those ribbon things might look cool but I have no goddamn idea just how they’re supposed to stay on.  Turned the forearm ribbons into a more boxing-style handwrap, and the bands on her upper arms and thighs into tattoos of some sort (I’m only generally familiar with her character so for now they’re scribbly and generic, since I don’t know enough to give her something meaningful to her backstory).   And I gave her back the back flap of her costume, since Horn seems to have forgotten it in his drawing, leaving her to fight Scarlett completely bare-assed. 

Oh, and I got rid of the porn faces, because dude.  What the fuck. 

I love what you did with the redraw, where Scarlett’s leg is actually connecting with Elektra’s head.  I find a lot of battle scenes that end up on Escher Girls have two women who don’t seem to actually be trying to hit each other.

hypervelocitywolfcannon submitted:

I work at a LCS, and when this cover showed up in the week’s new releases, the urge to draw a certain parallel just would not go away…
If I could’ve printed out a high-quality colour print of the Mile High Club poster and put it in front of the cover without repercussions from work, I’d have done it so fast. As it is, my little piece of paper stayed up for a decent chunk of the evening. Unfortunately, it was not busy and hardly anyone was around to see. If a feminist makes a statement in an empty room, does she make a difference? :P

Very fitting!  Those are some intense vacuum-sealed boobsocks in the Danger Girl/GI Joe cover.

hypervelocitywolfcannon submitted:

I work at a LCS, and when this cover showed up in the week’s new releases, the urge to draw a certain parallel just would not go away…

If I could’ve printed out a high-quality colour print of the Mile High Club poster and put it in front of the cover without repercussions from work, I’d have done it so fast. As it is, my little piece of paper stayed up for a decent chunk of the evening. Unfortunately, it was not busy and hardly anyone was around to see. If a feminist makes a statement in an empty room, does she make a difference? :P

Very fitting!  Those are some intense vacuum-sealed boobsocks in the Danger Girl/GI Joe cover.

Baroness is really reminding me of Insect Talia here.

Baroness is really reminding me of Insect Talia here.

Charlie submitted:




All I did was looking for ponies…
http://generalsjoes.com/wp-content/gallery/idw-danger-girl-gijoe-5-preview/DG_GIJ-005-pr-1.jpg
Hi. It’s Campbell’s cover for Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #5 by IDW. I simply couldn’t resist. Face I’ve seen on Campbells girls many times already, clearly painted-on t-shirt and especially that gun which looks like it was cut out of thick cardboard aside, it’s like he took a relatively normal posed girl and cut a huge hole in her body to give her swayed back. Also, it seems like part of her left breast is missing and though we see her pelvis from three-quarter view, her right butt-cheek is drawn like in profile. Plus, girl in background, who must wear one hell of a corset, because her waist is thinner than her head. Ouch.


The new MI-6 spray-on shirts had an unfortunate debilitating side effect.
All I did was looking for ponies…

http://generalsjoes.com/wp-content/gallery/idw-danger-girl-gijoe-5-preview/DG_GIJ-005-pr-1.jpg

Hi. It’s Campbell’s cover for Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #5 by IDW. I simply couldn’t resist. Face I’ve seen on Campbells girls many times already, clearly painted-on t-shirt and especially that gun which looks like it was cut out of thick cardboard aside, it’s like he took a relatively normal posed girl and cut a huge hole in her body to give her swayed back. Also, it seems like part of her left breast is missing and though we see her pelvis from three-quarter view, her right butt-cheek is drawn like in profile. Plus, girl in background, who must wear one hell of a corset, because her waist is thinner than her head. Ouch.

The new MI-6 spray-on shirts had an unfortunate debilitating side effect.

pierreguyot submitted:

Hi! I saw this picture on your blog and I thought it would be a good idea to try and redo it :)
The most obvious thing is that she seems to have no organs between her torso and her hips (stylization can be great, but it does not match the overall style of the illustration). Moreover, her t-shirt seems to be transparent and her neck and shoulders are awfully small in my opinion. I also thought that the hand of the girl in the bottom left part of the picture was way too small compared to her head.
I hope I managed to improve this somehow. Anyway, keep posting, this blog is amazing and I think it helps a lot (at least for me) in un-learning those sexist representations :)

pierreguyot submitted:

Hi! I saw this picture on your blog and I thought it would be a good idea to try and redo it :)

The most obvious thing is that she seems to have no organs between her torso and her hips (stylization can be great, but it does not match the overall style of the illustration). Moreover, her t-shirt seems to be transparent and her neck and shoulders are awfully small in my opinion. I also thought that the hand of the girl in the bottom left part of the picture was way too small compared to her head.

I hope I managed to improve this somehow. Anyway, keep posting, this blog is amazing and I think it helps a lot (at least for me) in un-learning those sexist representations :)

gill-ia submitted:

Yay, my first submission here! I love this blog ^^
When I saw this I thought it’s a perfect one to try some liquify tool on it in Photoshop. I tried to make some place for her internal organs, made her butt a bit less ridiculously big, and her shirt to look like an actual shirt and not just sprayed-on paint, but still keep her somewhat sexy. Also made the girl in the background less thin. It’s not perfect but I hope you like it :)

gill-ia submitted:

Yay, my first submission here! I love this blog ^^

When I saw this I thought it’s a perfect one to try some liquify tool on it in Photoshop. I tried to make some place for her internal organs, made her butt a bit less ridiculously big, and her shirt to look like an actual shirt and not just sprayed-on paint, but still keep her somewhat sexy. Also made the girl in the background less thin. It’s not perfect but I hope you like it :)

YonYonYon submitted:

So… I wanted t redraw this picture http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/40100908315/charlie-submitted-all-i-did-was-looking-for and I did it. Sexey, curvey and bootey. On the left is the original. On the middle you can see my schemes. On the right is the final product of mine. I’ve got confused with her hips and arms but I hope I didn’t messed with them too much.

This is a very nice redraw, and you did the whole cover too.  I really like what you did with her clothes because they look… like clothes. 

YonYonYon submitted:

So… I wanted t redraw this picture http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/40100908315/charlie-submitted-all-i-did-was-looking-for and I did it. Sexey, curvey and bootey. On the left is the original. On the middle you can see my schemes. On the right is the final product of mine. I’ve got confused with her hips and arms but I hope I didn’t messed with them too much.

This is a very nice redraw, and you did the whole cover too.  I really like what you did with her clothes because they look… like clothes.