Escher Girls

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People wanted me to re-introduce some of my favourite Escher Girls from the beginnings of this tumblr that might have gone ignored, so here we go… be careful what you wish for.
http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/10479929762/what-i-was-going-to-snark-about-her-weird
This one is definitely one of the most horrific I’ve seen.  It’s by Mike Deodato and at first, all I thought was that the costume was ridiculous and that she gets broken at the waist by the dragon, but then I realized… that’s her other butt cheek, that’s not empty white space… and then my brain broke in two.
Edit: Okay, some people have said that might be a stripe.  I’m looking hard at it and I can kinda see how that could be a stripe.  I hope it’s meant to be, it’s so hard to tell.  Regardless, she’s still broken at the waist (and yes the middle little woman is broken too).

People wanted me to re-introduce some of my favourite Escher Girls from the beginnings of this tumblr that might have gone ignored, so here we go… be careful what you wish for.

http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/10479929762/what-i-was-going-to-snark-about-her-weird

This one is definitely one of the most horrific I’ve seen.  It’s by Mike Deodato and at first, all I thought was that the costume was ridiculous and that she gets broken at the waist by the dragon, but then I realized… that’s her other butt cheek, that’s not empty white space… and then my brain broke in two.

Edit: Okay, some people have said that might be a stripe.  I’m looking hard at it and I can kinda see how that could be a stripe.  I hope it’s meant to be, it’s so hard to tell.  Regardless, she’s still broken at the waist (and yes the middle little woman is broken too).

Lady Nilstria submitted:

I don’t remember if someone redrew this. Oh well.
Remember, kids, women have spines, muscles, and internal organs governed by a set of laws Man cannot just ignore whenever they want. AND WEAR PANTS. Women who exercise strenuously have smaller breasts because of a lack of fat. Unless they’re fake. But you don’t have a thing for fake breasts, right? Right? @____o

Nope, nobody’s redrawn this yet.  Excellent job. :)  I love also that the hair is adding to the idea of action too, rather than just being this big swirly mass.

Lady Nilstria submitted:

I don’t remember if someone redrew this. Oh well.

Remember, kids, women have spines, muscles, and internal organs governed by a set of laws Man cannot just ignore whenever they want. AND WEAR PANTS. Women who exercise strenuously have smaller breasts because of a lack of fat. Unless they’re fake. But you don’t have a thing for fake breasts, right? Right? @____o

Nope, nobody’s redrawn this yet.  Excellent job. :)  I love also that the hair is adding to the idea of action too, rather than just being this big swirly mass.

turnstylecalibrations:

eschergirls:

WHAT!?  I *was* going to snark about her weird nipple placement and that the artist should have drawn her whole body first before wrapping the dragon around her… then I noticed that you can see TWO butt cheeks… and then my brain blew up.
I wish we could take away that dragon and extrapolate what her body must look like!


I decided to doodle my perspective of this serpentine fiasco.
First, I tried the dragon. About 5 times. (Admittedly, I never solved my Rubik’s cube.) Yeahhh. Well, I couldn’t solve this dragon either. There’s always 1 leftover coil. Not saying it’s impossible…but, I’m pretty sure this woman is.

Great attempts at understanding this!  (And yes, it has been pointed out that the line is probably a strap that’s oddly drawn.  I addressed it in a previous post but it’s not in this one that the OP reblogged.)

turnstylecalibrations:

eschergirls:

WHAT!?  I *was* going to snark about her weird nipple placement and that the artist should have drawn her whole body first before wrapping the dragon around her… then I noticed that you can see TWO butt cheeks… and then my brain blew up.

I wish we could take away that dragon and extrapolate what her body must look like!

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I decided to doodle my perspective of this serpentine fiasco.

First, I tried the dragon. About 5 times. (Admittedly, I never solved my Rubik’s cube.) Yeahhh. Well, I couldn’t solve this dragon either. There’s always 1 leftover coil. Not saying it’s impossible…but, I’m pretty sure this woman is.

Great attempts at understanding this!  (And yes, it has been pointed out that the line is probably a strap that’s oddly drawn.  I addressed it in a previous post but it’s not in this one that the OP reblogged.)

This is from Mike Deodato’s Jade Warriors, which you might remember from this post.  Apparently, the series, originally published by Image, has been re-released on the web.  Handy!
I know that’s meant to be her armpit, but I keep seeing the girl on the left’s arm as coming from beneath her breast.  And the girl in blue’s buttcheek is falling off.  And… oh god… the horror.
Also, while this may SEEM as if it’s exotification of Asian women, actually, this is just what we do on weekends with our girlfriends (and pet dragons).

This is from Mike Deodato’s Jade Warriors, which you might remember from this post.  Apparently, the series, originally published by Image, has been re-released on the web.  Handy!

I know that’s meant to be her armpit, but I keep seeing the girl on the left’s arm as coming from beneath her breast.  And the girl in blue’s buttcheek is falling off.  And… oh god… the horror.

Also, while this may SEEM as if it’s exotification of Asian women, actually, this is just what we do on weekends with our girlfriends (and pet dragons).

I think this is supposed to be sexy and a male fantasy but oh my god somebody get her an ambulance.  And I think that’s acid, not water that’s dripping off her, look her boobs are already starting to melt off her chest!

I think this is supposed to be sexy and a male fantasy but oh my god somebody get her an ambulance.  And I think that’s acid, not water that’s dripping off her, look her boobs are already starting to melt off her chest!

"Amazing creature" is right.  (And if we extrapolate where her knee is off the page, her thighs might be the length of her upper body.)
Also… that is not water… it was either raining milk outside, or she got into a fight with Spider-Man, or…

"Amazing creature" is right.  (And if we extrapolate where her knee is off the page, her thighs might be the length of her upper body.)

Also… that is not water… it was either raining milk outside, or she got into a fight with Spider-Man, or…

ghostgreen:

i decided to waste some time on a re-draw of this Mike Deodato drawing from the Eschergirls tumblr:

here is three reasons why the above image is unsuccessful:
1. the point of this splash page is to show what a hot babe goddess this chick is and only succeeds to nightmares about snake women with rock hard nipples
2 “ANGEL SORAYAMA” (lmao, what the fuck) does not look Asian by any indication whatsoever. 
3. EVERYTHING ELSE, GOD DAMN

You know, it’s not just because the anatomical issues are fixed that I love this redraw.  I know it’s meant half as parody, but you do a much much much better job of conveying the scene.
Even in just inks, it’s obvious that she’s wet and toweling off.  The water is in places that makes sense, and her clothes and hair look properly soaked.  Even in black and white her jeans look wet, and in the original it was just that weird white goo hanging off of them.
By having her completely face us, we still get a shot of her breasts peaking through her soaked shirt, but it makes SENSE rather than the weird snake thing we got, and that’s because you chose ONE idea of sexy to show rather than trying to do a whole bunch at once (I wanna show BUTT and BOOBS and the arch of her spine from the side! etc etc).
Also, the more one tries to exaggerate hotness, at some point, it starts getting less and less hot.  She looks very attractive there, but if you exaggerate the breasts into balloon breasts, get rid of any room for organs, make her legs twice the height of her body, etc etc, you get “wtf is that” not “oh my god, a goddess.”
And finally, by having her face away, you have a good shot of her face and ability to convey the scene through expression, which you did an EXCELLENT job of.  She’s looking back at him, and there’s definitely interaction between the two happening.  It also looks much more natural, like this is just a really attractive woman toweling off, rather than participating in a photo shoot where she’s pretending to towel off.
I know, I usually don’t write this much, but I thought this was an amazing redraw and a really good opportunity to point out that it’s not just “oh my god anatomy”  but also that often focusing all about making a sexy pin up that shows as much butt, curved spine, boobs, legs, etc as possible, really hurts telling a story and conveying the scene in one panel, and that’s what you did excellently.  You don’t need to know the context or even read the dialogue to get some sense of what’s happening in this single panel that you redrew. 
Even the change in expression with the guy tells the scene much better.  He looks genuinely stunned at her beauty and that a beautiful woman would happen to have found refuge at his house.  And yeah, he looks like he’s staring with barely the ability to speak words.  In the original he looks kinda perplexed, maybe even a little amused in his confusion.  Mind you, I would be perplexed if I was looking at the original girl too.
Bravo. :)

ghostgreen:

i decided to waste some time on a re-draw of this Mike Deodato drawing from the Eschergirls tumblr:

image

here is three reasons why the above image is unsuccessful:

1. the point of this splash page is to show what a hot babe goddess this chick is and only succeeds to nightmares about snake women with rock hard nipples

2 “ANGEL SORAYAMA” (lmao, what the fuck) does not look Asian by any indication whatsoever. 

3. EVERYTHING ELSE, GOD DAMN

You know, it’s not just because the anatomical issues are fixed that I love this redraw.  I know it’s meant half as parody, but you do a much much much better job of conveying the scene.

Even in just inks, it’s obvious that she’s wet and toweling off.  The water is in places that makes sense, and her clothes and hair look properly soaked.  Even in black and white her jeans look wet, and in the original it was just that weird white goo hanging off of them.

By having her completely face us, we still get a shot of her breasts peaking through her soaked shirt, but it makes SENSE rather than the weird snake thing we got, and that’s because you chose ONE idea of sexy to show rather than trying to do a whole bunch at once (I wanna show BUTT and BOOBS and the arch of her spine from the side! etc etc).

Also, the more one tries to exaggerate hotness, at some point, it starts getting less and less hot.  She looks very attractive there, but if you exaggerate the breasts into balloon breasts, get rid of any room for organs, make her legs twice the height of her body, etc etc, you get “wtf is that” not “oh my god, a goddess.”

And finally, by having her face away, you have a good shot of her face and ability to convey the scene through expression, which you did an EXCELLENT job of.  She’s looking back at him, and there’s definitely interaction between the two happening.  It also looks much more natural, like this is just a really attractive woman toweling off, rather than participating in a photo shoot where she’s pretending to towel off.

I know, I usually don’t write this much, but I thought this was an amazing redraw and a really good opportunity to point out that it’s not just “oh my god anatomy”  but also that often focusing all about making a sexy pin up that shows as much butt, curved spine, boobs, legs, etc as possible, really hurts telling a story and conveying the scene in one panel, and that’s what you did excellently.  You don’t need to know the context or even read the dialogue to get some sense of what’s happening in this single panel that you redrew. 

Even the change in expression with the guy tells the scene much better.  He looks genuinely stunned at her beauty and that a beautiful woman would happen to have found refuge at his house.  And yeah, he looks like he’s staring with barely the ability to speak words.  In the original he looks kinda perplexed, maybe even a little amused in his confusion.  Mind you, I would be perplexed if I was looking at the original girl too.

Bravo. :)

toastyhat submitted:

Okay, well, this is slightly awkward, but in the interests of representing the original art’s intention as closely as possible, I tried to make it an anatomically correct and sexy re-draw. :/ Lady-lovers in the crowd will have to tell me whether I succeeded.
Lessee.  Anatomy issues mainly taken care of, rain water actually looks like water now, and she’s sitting on the arm of a couch because who sits on a table like that?  That looks damned uncomfortable.
I like to do the really horrible ones because my own stuff looks better by comparison, I think… XD

Oh wow, I really like this redraw, and I think you did a good job of making it still look pretty sexy.  Her expression really sells it. 

toastyhat submitted:

Okay, well, this is slightly awkward, but in the interests of representing the original art’s intention as closely as possible, I tried to make it an anatomically correct and sexy re-draw. :/ Lady-lovers in the crowd will have to tell me whether I succeeded.

Lessee.  Anatomy issues mainly taken care of, rain water actually looks like water now, and she’s sitting on the arm of a couch because who sits on a table like that?  That looks damned uncomfortable.

I like to do the really horrible ones because my own stuff looks better by comparison, I think… XD

Oh wow, I really like this redraw, and I think you did a good job of making it still look pretty sexy.  Her expression really sells it. 

Ignoring the hilarious sexist dialogue for the moment, the side of her back just transitioned into the back of her back. o_o
(Now back to the hilarious sexist dialogue.  Damn those FEMALES being so mean to nice men!)

Ignoring the hilarious sexist dialogue for the moment, the side of her back just transitioned into the back of her back. o_o

(Now back to the hilarious sexist dialogue.  Damn those FEMALES being so mean to nice men!)

Eliza submitted:

What really bothered me about the original image was that that pose really is possible, if she’d just moved her legs a bit to the side and the anatomy not been quite so… round.
But more than that, as a writer what I see is an info dump, and some generic sexy pose to make it worthwhile to the audience. And that’s just lousy storytelling.

This is a really excellent redraw, not just because it fixed the optical illusion effect that the drawing/coloring did to make it look like she was bisected, but it makes the scene so simple and relatable.  She’s thinking in a way we understand “fuck, I’m gonna get my friend killed.” rather than turning on the verbosity and talking about how females hurt men and etc…
Or as my friend zhinxy put it about that scene: How do I tell Bob that the Yakuza space dragons activated my internal verbosity?
Back to your redraw: her face, expression and everything are also excellent, it really sells she’s depressed and concerned about the whole deal.  The panel is still sexy, but everything about it is conveying the story and the scene to us while being sexy.

Eliza submitted:

What really bothered me about the original image was that that pose really is possible, if she’d just moved her legs a bit to the side and the anatomy not been quite so… round.

But more than that, as a writer what I see is an info dump, and some generic sexy pose to make it worthwhile to the audience. And that’s just lousy storytelling.

This is a really excellent redraw, not just because it fixed the optical illusion effect that the drawing/coloring did to make it look like she was bisected, but it makes the scene so simple and relatable.  She’s thinking in a way we understand “fuck, I’m gonna get my friend killed.” rather than turning on the verbosity and talking about how females hurt men and etc…

Or as my friend zhinxy put it about that scene: How do I tell Bob that the Yakuza space dragons activated my internal verbosity?

Back to your redraw: her face, expression and everything are also excellent, it really sells she’s depressed and concerned about the whole deal.  The panel is still sexy, but everything about it is conveying the story and the scene to us while being sexy.