Escher Girls

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Dear artist: don’t trace pin up posters if you are doing a fight scene.  I love how you can tell where the floor is in the source image.  Also her left foot… that better be the deadly Sexy Foot Ninja Cobra Strike.  Of doom.

Dear artist: don’t trace pin up posters if you are doing a fight scene.  I love how you can tell where the floor is in the source image.  Also her left foot… that better be the deadly Sexy Foot Ninja Cobra Strike.  Of doom.

Ignoring that Ms. Marvel’s boobs have apparently grown as they’ve been fighting, look carefully at Ms. Marvel’s left side… it looks like the artist had her arm up originally, then forgot to erase it when she decided that Ms. Marvel should be catching Moonstone’s punch.
I found a good analysis picture from here:

That or Ms. Marvel grew a third arm as well as extra boobage.
Edit: if you can’t see the bottom picture, click on the grey photo icon and you should be able to. :)

Ignoring that Ms. Marvel’s boobs have apparently grown as they’ve been fighting, look carefully at Ms. Marvel’s left side… it looks like the artist had her arm up originally, then forgot to erase it when she decided that Ms. Marvel should be catching Moonstone’s punch.

I found a good analysis picture from here:

That or Ms. Marvel grew a third arm as well as extra boobage.

Edit: if you can’t see the bottom picture, click on the grey photo icon and you should be able to. :)

Now her boobs are slanting in the opposite direction.  Her body doesn’t look so great either.  Perhaps that’s acid.

Now her boobs are slanting in the opposite direction.  Her body doesn’t look so great either.  Perhaps that’s acid.

deannambrigman:

I found the original on Eschergirls
The most obvious odd thing about the original was the breasts. If you follow her hips she sort of looks like she is trying to face the wall but the breasts make it look like she is facing the “camera”. Also, because there isn’t a heavily defined line indicating the top of her left breast it looks like it is off center and lopsided. I know the artist was trying to depict her boob as being moved by her hand but it isn’t very successful. Also, her right forearm was very long compared to her left. Her left arm is also odd because if she has her arm straight down then her hand is too high. If you fold your elbow the hand does not go that far above your shoulder. I did make sure to do the pose and take a photo as reference to see where my own hands would fall and how my breasts would interact with my arm. 
So in my corrected drawing, I made her whole body face the camera. I kept her original face and her hair. I fixed her arms and tried to make them more natural. I also tried to indicate the weight of her breasts and have them be influenced by her arms. I did give her a more slender figure than what I usually draw. I also decided to move the water line down since it seemed odd when I put it up higher.
I do want to note for any aspiring artists out there, that the final pose is slightly different than the rough sketch I did. After I started filling in the muscles and tightening up the final lineart, I zoomed out and tried to look at it with fresh eyes. I did notice the breasts needed fixing and the arm and hand needed work. I adjusted it. Even after I thought I was done, I let it sit for awhile and came back to it and adjusted it even more. Never be afraid revisit your work and adjust it before moving on to the next step. 

Nice redraw!  She looks less snakey and her breasts look a lot better. :)

deannambrigman:

I found the original on Eschergirls

The most obvious odd thing about the original was the breasts. If you follow her hips she sort of looks like she is trying to face the wall but the breasts make it look like she is facing the “camera”. Also, because there isn’t a heavily defined line indicating the top of her left breast it looks like it is off center and lopsided. I know the artist was trying to depict her boob as being moved by her hand but it isn’t very successful. Also, her right forearm was very long compared to her left. Her left arm is also odd because if she has her arm straight down then her hand is too high. If you fold your elbow the hand does not go that far above your shoulder. I did make sure to do the pose and take a photo as reference to see where my own hands would fall and how my breasts would interact with my arm. 

So in my corrected drawing, I made her whole body face the camera. I kept her original face and her hair. I fixed her arms and tried to make them more natural. I also tried to indicate the weight of her breasts and have them be influenced by her arms. I did give her a more slender figure than what I usually draw. I also decided to move the water line down since it seemed odd when I put it up higher.

I do want to note for any aspiring artists out there, that the final pose is slightly different than the rough sketch I did. After I started filling in the muscles and tightening up the final lineart, I zoomed out and tried to look at it with fresh eyes. I did notice the breasts needed fixing and the arm and hand needed work. I adjusted it. Even after I thought I was done, I let it sit for awhile and came back to it and adjusted it even more. Never be afraid revisit your work and adjust it before moving on to the next step. 

Nice redraw!  She looks less snakey and her breasts look a lot better. :)

gingerhaze:

brofisting:

gingerhaze:

elevatorghost:

I’ve been staring at this panel for 15 minutes and I still don’t understand

someone who can draw please help me understand

I’m so confused

image

image

perfect mystery solved

That panel does get something right.  That is amusing.

(Source: littleghostpug)

nelc submitted:

So I had a go at redrawing Ms Marvel from:



I blew the dust off an old copy of Poser, which happened to have a pose very similar to the standard flying superhero one-knee out pose, and jiggled the view around until it was somewhat like whatever the original artist may have had in mind. Then I exported to Photoshop and coloured it up and added hair (I can’t figure out hair or clothes in Poser).
I originally left Ms M’s hip bare in the interests of keeping my re-render close to the original, but I felt chilly on her behalf, so I gave her the benefit of a bit more clothing. I don’t think it hurts the comparison between this and the original too much.
Interesting that this is a fairly unforced boobs’n’butt shot, now I step back and look at it, though I didn’t plan it that way. And I might have been better off moving her hand away from the camera; her arm may be a bit too foreshortened.

nelc submitted:

So I had a go at redrawing Ms Marvel from:

I blew the dust off an old copy of Poser, which happened to have a pose very similar to the standard flying superhero one-knee out pose, and jiggled the view around until it was somewhat like whatever the original artist may have had in mind. Then I exported to Photoshop and coloured it up and added hair (I can’t figure out hair or clothes in Poser).

I originally left Ms M’s hip bare in the interests of keeping my re-render close to the original, but I felt chilly on her behalf, so I gave her the benefit of a bit more clothing. I don’t think it hurts the comparison between this and the original too much.

Interesting that this is a fairly unforced boobs’n’butt shot, now I step back and look at it, though I didn’t plan it that way. And I might have been better off moving her hand away from the camera; her arm may be a bit too foreshortened.