Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

This is a blog to archive and showcase the prevalence of certain ways women are depicted in illustrated pop media, specifically how women are posed, drawn, distorted, and/or sexualized out of context, often in ridiculous, impossible or disturbing ways that sacrifice storytelling.

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Two submissions which I’ll do together!

Askara submitted:

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and J. submitted:

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This might be more in the purview of Boobs Don’t Work That Way, so I’ll leave the obvious unsaid, but there’s one thing both have in common: I don’t think they’re for people with foot fetishes.

I know I just said before that I don’t normally pick on the costumes, and I know this is Shi, Vampirella and Lady Death, but my friend had a caption that was too good not to share.

They escaped from a nudist colony and had to dress themselves by cutting apart a single very small outfit between the three of them.

I know I just said before that I don’t normally pick on the costumes, and I know this is Shi, Vampirella and Lady Death, but my friend had a caption that was too good not to share.

They escaped from a nudist colony and had to dress themselves by cutting apart a single very small outfit between the three of them.

I used to think that was a really flimsy costume, but now that I see how easily her leg dislocates, I realize that it’s actually tape to keep her body together.

I used to think that was a really flimsy costume, but now that I see how easily her leg dislocates, I realize that it’s actually tape to keep her body together.

"No, stop! if you wield the sword you will be as distorted as I!"

"No, stop! if you wield the sword you will be as distorted as I!"

Vampirella looks like her costume is FARRRR too tight on one side and she has no choice but to stand like that.

Vampirella looks like her costume is FARRRR too tight on one side and she has no choice but to stand like that.

steelneko submitted:


This was the featured comic in this week’s issue of Comic Shop News. I don’t think her top and bottom halves are actually connected to each other. And that the artist knows it, judging from that tiny cape hiding her waist.

I wonder if the artist originally had another pose envisioned… look at her crotch, you can see red fabric there from where her crotch is… except if she’s turning her butt to us like that, you shouldn’t be able to see her crotch.  However, if you block out that back leg and butt, then it makes a little more sense.  So, did the artist originally plan another pose where she’s not twisting away and then went with the boobs and butt (or was told to)?  Or did the colorist get confused?  I know I’m confused!

This was the featured comic in this week’s issue of Comic Shop News. I don’t think her top and bottom halves are actually connected to each other. And that the artist knows it, judging from that tiny cape hiding her waist.

I wonder if the artist originally had another pose envisioned… look at her crotch, you can see red fabric there from where her crotch is… except if she’s turning her butt to us like that, you shouldn’t be able to see her crotch.  However, if you block out that back leg and butt, then it makes a little more sense.  So, did the artist originally plan another pose where she’s not twisting away and then went with the boobs and butt (or was told to)?  Or did the colorist get confused?  I know I’m confused!

space-pioneer submitted:

I think you’re absolutely right about this Vampirella pic (http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/25116202002/steelneko-submitted-this-was-the-featured) being originally a different pose.



I have done a quick and dirty photoshop scrubbing out Vampirella’s right leg and placing it in a more plausible position. The result isn’t perfect, since it looks like she is leaning back into nothing, but the artist may have originally had more weight on the left leg. I think this shows pretty conclusively what the original idea was. I also think it is likely that her cape was positioned to cover up the change.
Makes you wonder why it was altered, and also how much of the carnage in this blog should be blamed on the artists and how much on the editors (who generally aren’t named and thus get away scott-free). It’s like they have a competition every month for who can construct the most nonsensical pose.

I think sometimes the artist (especially if the artist is not a “big name”) is definitely given direction on what to draw, or specifically told to change something to make it sexier.  I also think certain artists know what they’re hired for, and that certain artists are hired because they draw a certain way or a certain style.
I know that sometimes some people have the impression that I think only the artist has anything to do with the art, but I completely understand that this is more than just individual artists.  That’s the point of my blog, to show that this is an issue with the culture of mainstream “geek” media, and it can be about how artists choose to draw, and it can also be about which artists are hired, and what artists know they need to do to be hired, and what they’re told to change, and etc etc… it’s all of those things working together, both individually and systemically.
Conversely, I often see defenses that act as if all of this is merely just individual artists doing what they want and how dare I criticize their personal art.  Except it’s not their personal art.  It’s product.  And product can be criticized.  If this is their personal preferences, then those preferences are being selected for in the hiring process, and in whose art gets promoted and which artists get more freedom to draw what they want than others. 
(This is also why I don’t post commissions, because that is merely a reflection of what one single individual wants, rather than a reflection of what the industry is producing.)
Oh, and to your redraw.  Excellent work.  It does seem as if she was meant to be in that pose and it was hastily redrawn at the last moment.

I think you’re absolutely right about this Vampirella pic (http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/25116202002/steelneko-submitted-this-was-the-featured) being originally a different pose.

I have done a quick and dirty photoshop scrubbing out Vampirella’s right leg and placing it in a more plausible position. The result isn’t perfect, since it looks like she is leaning back into nothing, but the artist may have originally had more weight on the left leg. I think this shows pretty conclusively what the original idea was. I also think it is likely that her cape was positioned to cover up the change.

Makes you wonder why it was altered, and also how much of the carnage in this blog should be blamed on the artists and how much on the editors (who generally aren’t named and thus get away scott-free). It’s like they have a competition every month for who can construct the most nonsensical pose.

I think sometimes the artist (especially if the artist is not a “big name”) is definitely given direction on what to draw, or specifically told to change something to make it sexier.  I also think certain artists know what they’re hired for, and that certain artists are hired because they draw a certain way or a certain style.

I know that sometimes some people have the impression that I think only the artist has anything to do with the art, but I completely understand that this is more than just individual artists.  That’s the point of my blog, to show that this is an issue with the culture of mainstream “geek” media, and it can be about how artists choose to draw, and it can also be about which artists are hired, and what artists know they need to do to be hired, and what they’re told to change, and etc etc… it’s all of those things working together, both individually and systemically.

Conversely, I often see defenses that act as if all of this is merely just individual artists doing what they want and how dare I criticize their personal art.  Except it’s not their personal art.  It’s product.  And product can be criticized.  If this is their personal preferences, then those preferences are being selected for in the hiring process, and in whose art gets promoted and which artists get more freedom to draw what they want than others. 

(This is also why I don’t post commissions, because that is merely a reflection of what one single individual wants, rather than a reflection of what the industry is producing.)

Oh, and to your redraw.  Excellent work.  It does seem as if she was meant to be in that pose and it was hastily redrawn at the last moment.

It’s redraw-time

ka-atis submitted:

Original:

The pet monster creature in the front could easily be mistaken for Vampirella’s lower body. Therefore -

Redraw:

That could be useful in battle, like The Force in R-Type.

Okay, so this is going to be the first of the “pre-draw” or “fill in the bottom” posts!  This idea was suggested to me by a-noyd earlier today.
Basically, I provide half of an Escher Girl picture, and anybody who wants to participate will draw the bottom half of what they think follows.  It can be serious, or it can be for fun (i.e. a centaur), and then we’ll compare it to the original after a week.
I haven’t thought about prizes or deciding a winner or anything, but if people have an idea for those, (or want a winner picked at all), I’m all ears. :)  If we choose “winners”, I’d probably have a category for serious and a category for humorous.
First up, is this lovely picture of Vampirella, which has been on this blog before (so you COULD go back and see what the full thing looks like, but what’s the fun in that?)  Have at it! :D
Submissions can be submitted via Tumblr or emailing me at eschergirls@gmail.com.
Edit: To clarify if we have “winners”, it would be chosen by vote, and not by me.

Okay, so this is going to be the first of the “pre-draw” or “fill in the bottom” posts!  This idea was suggested to me by a-noyd earlier today.


Basically, I provide half of an Escher Girl picture, and anybody who wants to participate will draw the bottom half of what they think follows.  It can be serious, or it can be for fun (i.e. a centaur), and then we’ll compare it to the original after a week.

I haven’t thought about prizes or deciding a winner or anything, but if people have an idea for those, (or want a winner picked at all), I’m all ears. :)  If we choose “winners”, I’d probably have a category for serious and a category for humorous.

First up, is this lovely picture of Vampirella, which has been on this blog before (so you COULD go back and see what the full thing looks like, but what’s the fun in that?)  Have at it! :D

Submissions can be submitted via Tumblr or emailing me at eschergirls@gmail.com.

Edit: To clarify if we have “winners”, it would be chosen by vote, and not by me.

eschergirls:

eschergirls:

Okay, so this is going to be the first of the “pre-draw” or “fill in the bottom” posts!  This idea was suggested to me by a-noyd earlier today.
Basically, I provide half of an Escher Girl picture, and anybody who wants to participate will draw the bottom half of what they think follows.  It can be serious, or it can be for fun (i.e. a centaur), and then we’ll compare it to the original after a week.
I haven’t thought about prizes or deciding a winner or anything, but if people have an idea for those, (or want a winner picked at all), I’m all ears. :)  If we choose “winners”, I’d probably have a category for serious and a category for humorous.
First up, is this lovely picture of Vampirella, which has been on this blog before (so you COULD go back and see what the full thing looks like, but what’s the fun in that?)  Have at it! :D
Submissions can be submitted via Tumblr or emailing me at eschergirls@gmail.com.
Edit: To clarify if we have “winners”, it would be chosen by vote, and not by me.

Just a reminder to people about this “contest” :)  I’ve already gotten a few submissions.  I think I’ll run this for the entire week, then publish each submission throughout the next week.

Okay, I’ve gotten a lot of submissions for this challenge, and some people who are asking if it’s still too late to submit (it’s not), so this is just a reminder of the challenge for anybody who missed it, and also an update.  I think I’m going to start posting submissions starting Sunday, and then every day I’ll post 3 submissions (or more, I haven’t done the math yet of how long it’d take) until they’re done and then I’ll show the original image and people can compare and make decisions. :)
I have really enjoyed what I’ve seen so far, and the submissions have ranged from really nice “serious” ones to hilarious parody ones.  You guys are awesome.

eschergirls:

eschergirls:

Okay, so this is going to be the first of the “pre-draw” or “fill in the bottom” posts!  This idea was suggested to me by a-noyd earlier today.


Basically, I provide half of an Escher Girl picture, and anybody who wants to participate will draw the bottom half of what they think follows.  It can be serious, or it can be for fun (i.e. a centaur), and then we’ll compare it to the original after a week.

I haven’t thought about prizes or deciding a winner or anything, but if people have an idea for those, (or want a winner picked at all), I’m all ears. :)  If we choose “winners”, I’d probably have a category for serious and a category for humorous.

First up, is this lovely picture of Vampirella, which has been on this blog before (so you COULD go back and see what the full thing looks like, but what’s the fun in that?)  Have at it! :D

Submissions can be submitted via Tumblr or emailing me at eschergirls@gmail.com.

Edit: To clarify if we have “winners”, it would be chosen by vote, and not by me.

Just a reminder to people about this “contest” :)  I’ve already gotten a few submissions.  I think I’ll run this for the entire week, then publish each submission throughout the next week.

Okay, I’ve gotten a lot of submissions for this challenge, and some people who are asking if it’s still too late to submit (it’s not), so this is just a reminder of the challenge for anybody who missed it, and also an update.  I think I’m going to start posting submissions starting Sunday, and then every day I’ll post 3 submissions (or more, I haven’t done the math yet of how long it’d take) until they’re done and then I’ll show the original image and people can compare and make decisions. :)

I have really enjoyed what I’ve seen so far, and the submissions have ranged from really nice “serious” ones to hilarious parody ones.  You guys are awesome.