Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

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This must be an advertisement for the new Warrior Bratz line.

This must be an advertisement for the new Warrior Bratz line.

I think this is a rare picture where the woman is actually boobs and butting the other way.
What amazes me most though, is that… this isn’t Liefeld.  It shocks me because all of the feet are hidden, but it’s not Liefeld, which means… there are others.

I think this is a rare picture where the woman is actually boobs and butting the other way.

What amazes me most though, is that… this isn’t Liefeld.  It shocks me because all of the feet are hidden, but it’s not Liefeld, which means… there are others.

Hi

ka-atis submitted:

Thanks for making this great journal. It’s entertaining to look at all those strange girls. But also, it’s really nice to see that there are so many other people who feel like me.

For fun, I just made some sketches based on some of your uploaded images, to show some things which really creep me out.

Here we go - basketball-butt, robo-pelvis and brasspipe-hips. And, not to forget the weird chest regions or snake-bodies without organs. This looks weirdly exaggerated, but it does demonstrate what I actually see. No wonder I feel alienated. :P

Happy horror

and, for convenience, links to the originals:
http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/17318402541/so-thats-what-happens-when-the-witchblade-bonds
http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/16945805337/gapes-at-tempests-upper-body-what-is-that
http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/17106563888/the-only-commentary-that-comes-to-mind-right-now

These are so brilliant I want to hug you.

Deodato seems to have moved the plasticine from Glory’s legs to her arms.  Also, on her legs, um… what?

Deodato seems to have moved the plasticine from Glory’s legs to her arms.  Also, on her legs, um… what?

Jonny submitted:

Rob Liefeld knows how to draw women perfectly. Especially ones that defy the laws of physics with their waists.

This neither titillates nor intimidates me.  Maybe they’re trying to defeat their foes through a mixture of disgust and pity?

Jonny submitted:

Rob Liefeld knows how to draw women perfectly. Especially ones that defy the laws of physics with their waists.

This neither titillates nor intimidates me.  Maybe they’re trying to defeat their foes through a mixture of disgust and pity?

crossyarts:

eschergirls:

databat:

eschergirls:

Battle of the bendy insect women!
(and is that little red thing at the bottom supposed to be the red and white girl’s foot!?)
Edit: as somebody in the comments pointed out, her arms are really frightening too.  The one holding the bow is like a tiny little t-rex arm.

Ok…ok…
I am not the best artists by any means. In the past, I tried to give artists the benefit of the doubt because…well most of them are traditional (Pen on paper) and have deadlines to fill…so some things get looked over.
But maybe
Just maybe
If they didn’t focus
on trying to fit tits and ass
into every shot
THEN MAYBE
JUST
FUCKING
MAYBE
THEY CAN FOCUS ON MAKING EVERYTHING ELSE
SUCK
LESS.

That’s exactly it.  And that’s why I post all sorts of anatomy screw ups for women because I’ve noticed that a lot of the time, the artists seem to be “okay drew the sexy bits… bored now”.  So even if plasticine legs or an arm growing out of her back are not done “for teh sexy”, they happen because the rest of her was being drawn “for teh sexy”.   There’s a bunch of pictures in the tumblr where it really does seem as if the artist just got bored after drawing her face and breasts (or her butt) and the rest of the body just didn’t really matter.

ok normally i leave this shit alone since i’m not that great at anatomy but this cover is really interesting to me because it makes sense as a pose 
the archer lady has to arch her back to aim the bow, glory has to curve her whole body to swing her sword up, and that fighter would be turning alongside the archer to get at glory too
as far as covers go this is perfect for making a lot of sexy shots in a completely natural setting

the only pose I had to change was glory’s (to show that she’s moving her body to swing up) and the other attacker’s (i could have drawn her strafing but i thought the perspective leg made it look more dynamic)
see glory isn’t attacking the archer she’s cutting an arrow in half
that is a perfectly legit reason to have your tits in view of the camera and arching your back
i wish i could see a better artist do this cover

Great redraw!  The insect women and EXTREME everything makes it harder to figure out what’s going on (your breakdown was perfect) and the redraw, even roughly, is much more clear what’s happening. :)  The back girl also looks like she’s trying to join the fight now rather than tilting her head like a confused cat.

crossyarts:

eschergirls:

databat:

eschergirls:

Battle of the bendy insect women!

(and is that little red thing at the bottom supposed to be the red and white girl’s foot!?)

Edit: as somebody in the comments pointed out, her arms are really frightening too.  The one holding the bow is like a tiny little t-rex arm.

Ok…ok…

I am not the best artists by any means. In the past, I tried to give artists the benefit of the doubt because…well most of them are traditional (Pen on paper) and have deadlines to fill…so some things get looked over.

But maybe

Just maybe

If they didn’t focus

on trying to fit tits and ass

into every shot

THEN MAYBE

JUST

FUCKING

MAYBE

THEY CAN FOCUS ON MAKING EVERYTHING ELSE

SUCK

LESS.

That’s exactly it.  And that’s why I post all sorts of anatomy screw ups for women because I’ve noticed that a lot of the time, the artists seem to be “okay drew the sexy bits… bored now”.  So even if plasticine legs or an arm growing out of her back are not done “for teh sexy”, they happen because the rest of her was being drawn “for teh sexy”.   There’s a bunch of pictures in the tumblr where it really does seem as if the artist just got bored after drawing her face and breasts (or her butt) and the rest of the body just didn’t really matter.

ok normally i leave this shit alone since i’m not that great at anatomy but this cover is really interesting to me because it makes sense as a pose 

the archer lady has to arch her back to aim the bow, glory has to curve her whole body to swing her sword up, and that fighter would be turning alongside the archer to get at glory too

as far as covers go this is perfect for making a lot of sexy shots in a completely natural setting

the only pose I had to change was glory’s (to show that she’s moving her body to swing up) and the other attacker’s (i could have drawn her strafing but i thought the perspective leg made it look more dynamic)

see glory isn’t attacking the archer she’s cutting an arrow in half

that is a perfectly legit reason to have your tits in view of the camera and arching your back

i wish i could see a better artist do this cover

Great redraw!  The insect women and EXTREME everything makes it harder to figure out what’s going on (your breakdown was perfect) and the redraw, even roughly, is much more clear what’s happening. :)  The back girl also looks like she’s trying to join the fight now rather than tilting her head like a confused cat.

geekdonnatroy:

No this one was not good mister Liefeld,
I drew in my own style this time, and did a quick redesign for Glory and Avangeline
I’m just wondering there are so many good artists that DC and Marvel shove off, and Liefeld still gets jobs, thats the price when you have contacts in the industry.
Thats the only thing I envy about Liefeld 
the rest, he became a example of “how to draw” for many young artists in the 1990’s
and remember I don’t have nothing wrong with the person, I have issues with his art.

I love this redraw, they have so much more personality. :)

geekdonnatroy:

No this one was not good mister Liefeld,

I drew in my own style this time, and did a quick redesign for Glory and Avangeline

I’m just wondering there are so many good artists that DC and Marvel shove off, and Liefeld still gets jobs, thats the price when you have contacts in the industry.

Thats the only thing I envy about Liefeld 

the rest, he became a example of “how to draw” for many young artists in the 1990’s

and remember I don’t have nothing wrong with the person, I have issues with his art.

I love this redraw, they have so much more personality. :)

emthegiant submitted:

Can I just…leave this here?

And here’s a good look at the cover of the issue he’s talking about: 

image

I just…I can’t.

If you don’t mind the video, he actually talks about the ridiculousness of both of these ladies as well as the ridiculousness of the comic itself.

Consider it left. :)

Something horrifying the video revealed was that there’s an alternate cover for this comic:

image

WITH REAL ACTUAL WOMEN ON THE COVER!  I can only guess at the thought process in Liefeld’s head that has him look at those models and goes “nah… not hot enough… how come she doesn’t have this big gap in her back?”

tabgha:

It’s that girl! From that thing! By that guy. Uhh… Rob Liefeld! Yeah!

Sorta redraw of an infamous pic. I kinda lost it nearing the end (a whole FIVE MINUTES in.) I think she’s wearing literally nothing but pouches. She can keep ONE.

I was gonna do both of them. I really was. But I have a god awful headache and WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ONNNNNN

But now they look like humans!  You’re wrecking Rob’s beautiful vision of a world filled with insectoid women!

For those that want the original to compare to:

http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/15479440045/okay-and-now-it-begins-bring-on-the-liefeld

There’s the “infamous” picture.

mandel21 submitted:

I’ve wanted to try and redraw something for a while. The previous post brought my attention to this thing. Tabgha did an excellent redraw but when I saw the original image I just had to try to redraw it. My anatomy is not great at all, so this was a good ‘excuse’ to practice.
I’m not familiar with the characters and the image doesn’t really tell me anything about them. So while drawing I made up my own story/personalities and tried to incorporate it in the image. But by doing so the poses got more tweaked then intened.
What happened:
Got rid of the B&B pose
Gave giant-lady a body to “match” her boobs/thigh + the world need heavier characters
Changed giant-ladys pose so she’s drawing her sword + flexing(?) holding up her shield
The regular sized lady got a new haircut
The normal sized lady got a spear because fuck swords
Both characters were blessed with organs
Changed expressions a bit on both characters

Wow, Glory looks hella awesome.  (And yes, I have seen the also awesome Ross Campbell Glory, because I can feel people’s fingers on the “message” button already)
I think it’s awesome that you and Ross Campbell both thought of the same type of build for Glory by the way. :)

mandel21 submitted:

I’ve wanted to try and redraw something for a while. The previous post brought my attention to this thing. Tabgha did an excellent redraw but when I saw the original image I just had to try to redraw it. My anatomy is not great at all, so this was a good ‘excuse’ to practice.

I’m not familiar with the characters and the image doesn’t really tell me anything about them. So while drawing I made up my own story/personalities and tried to incorporate it in the image. But by doing so the poses got more tweaked then intened.

What happened:

  • Got rid of the B&B pose
  • Gave giant-lady a body to “match” her boobs/thigh + the world need heavier characters
  • Changed giant-ladys pose so she’s drawing her sword + flexing(?) holding up her shield
  • The regular sized lady got a new haircut
  • The normal sized lady got a spear because fuck swords
  • Both characters were blessed with organs
  • Changed expressions a bit on both characters

Wow, Glory looks hella awesome.  (And yes, I have seen the also awesome Ross Campbell Glory, because I can feel people’s fingers on the “message” button already)

I think it’s awesome that you and Ross Campbell both thought of the same type of build for Glory by the way. :)