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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wanderersride submitted:

Was looking through old Soul Calibur art. Xianghua breaks her own spine so you don’t have to. ):

She’s very considerate to agree to tutor us in sword techniques while also on her way to an urgent interview.

wanderersride submitted:

Was looking through old Soul Calibur art. Xianghua breaks her own spine so you don’t have to. ):

She’s very considerate to agree to tutor us in sword techniques while also on her way to an urgent interview.

onewayconversationalist submitted:

I usually only stalk this blog, but I just couldn’t resist uploading this one. It’s Soul Calibur concept art of Xianghua, who’s apparently been drawn in the b’n’b pose many more times than once (I can think of three, including this one, off the top of my head). The artists really need to lay off this poor girl.

Her legs are also doing a thing that makes me wonder how practical it is for her to get up and turn around to face whoever is attacking her, or is she just going to fight crouching with her back turned.

onewayconversationalist submitted:

I usually only stalk this blog, but I just couldn’t resist uploading this one. It’s Soul Calibur concept art of Xianghua, who’s apparently been drawn in the b’n’b pose many more times than once (I can think of three, including this one, off the top of my head). The artists really need to lay off this poor girl.

Her legs are also doing a thing that makes me wonder how practical it is for her to get up and turn around to face whoever is attacking her, or is she just going to fight crouching with her back turned.

MrsTeatime submitted:

A fix for this: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mberzwHoG31r34y4ho1_500.jpg
I tried to make it a proper side-shot by moving her right leg and hiding her right breast. The positioning of the legs is still a little wonky but she’s definitely less twisty now.

MrsTeatime submitted:

A fix for this: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mberzwHoG31r34y4ho1_500.jpg

I tried to make it a proper side-shot by moving her right leg and hiding her right breast. The positioning of the legs is still a little wonky but she’s definitely less twisty now.

pinlicous submitted:

Just a little tweaking is all it needed.  It’s such a shame all that beautiful talent is wasted on nonsensical sexuality.

pinlicous submitted:

Just a little tweaking is all it needed.  It’s such a shame all that beautiful talent is wasted on nonsensical sexuality.

JZBai  submitted:

Hello!I usually only just read this blog, but I was inspired to actually post something after reading through the comments on onewayconversationalist’s Xianghua submission and its various re-draws.Many were discussing the practicality of the fighting stance and I just wanted to add my own two cents as a person who has Chinese kung fu experience and also practices a sword art.  The bottom line is that Xianghua’s pose by itself is both unrealistic and impractical in combat.  I went through the trouble of breaking it down and showing other alternatives that are both reasonable in combat and fitting for Xianghua’s kung fu style.  I’m not sure if my drawing is good enough or if it’s appropriate for the blog, but I do know good kung fu when I see it and Xianghua’s pose is not that.  Peace.

JZBai  submitted:

Hello!
I usually only just read this blog, but I was inspired to actually post something after reading through the comments on onewayconversationalist’s Xianghua submission and its various re-draws.
Many were discussing the practicality of the fighting stance and I just wanted to add my own two cents as a person who has Chinese kung fu experience and also practices a sword art.  The bottom line is that Xianghua’s pose by itself is both unrealistic and impractical in combat.  I went through the trouble of breaking it down and showing other alternatives that are both reasonable in combat and fitting for Xianghua’s kung fu style.  I’m not sure if my drawing is good enough or if it’s appropriate for the blog, but I do know good kung fu when I see it and Xianghua’s pose is not that.  Peace.