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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veraliana submitted:


There is so much wrong with this. From the lack of organs to the butt displacement to the calf about to snap off to the headline.


A) Isn’t this kind of a bad idea?  Using photoshop to set a standard you might not be able to deliver?
B) I wonder if she consented to her image being used, much less being altered.  I (and people I know) have had experiences of dating/sex sites using images of amateur photos without the permission of the owner.
C) “Women who can’t say no” has disturbing implications.  Especially with “can’t” underlined.
Edit: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/16193666201/roundaboutparker-replied-to-your-post-re There was originally some controversy if she’d been photoshopped because this model is well known for having curvy proportions, but somebody did an animated gif with the picture this was taken from and indeed she has been photoshopped. (I added it into the post so you can see without having to go to the other post.)

veraliana submitted:

There is so much wrong with this. From the lack of organs to the butt displacement to the calf about to snap off to the headline.

A) Isn’t this kind of a bad idea?  Using photoshop to set a standard you might not be able to deliver?

B) I wonder if she consented to her image being used, much less being altered.  I (and people I know) have had experiences of dating/sex sites using images of amateur photos without the permission of the owner.

C) “Women who can’t say no” has disturbing implications.  Especially with “can’t” underlined.

Edit: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/16193666201/roundaboutparker-replied-to-your-post-re There was originally some controversy if she’d been photoshopped because this model is well known for having curvy proportions, but somebody did an animated gif with the picture this was taken from and indeed she has been photoshopped. (I added it into the post so you can see without having to go to the other post.)

roundaboutparker replied to your post: Re: Veraliana’s submission
Took this into Photoshop for a quick peek. So here’s a quick gif of the two pictures alternating: i41.tinypic.com/mtp6vn…. - As you can see she’s definitely been Photo-Chopped. Just goes to show how the smalls stuff adds up to WTF.
Thanks for doing this!  I knew she didn’t look the same!  So don’t feel bad Veraliana, you have a good eye. :)  As I said before, why do you need to touch her up even further?  She already had curves and proportions that society sees as attractive, and we have to Liefeld her up?
http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/16171052579/veraliana-submitted-there-is-so-much-wrong-with
That’s the original post that started this 3 part series by the way.
Took this into Photoshop for a quick peek. So here’s a quick gif of the two pictures alternating: i41.tinypic.com/mtp6vn…. - As you can see she’s definitely been Photo-Chopped. Just goes to show how the smalls stuff adds up to WTF.

Thanks for doing this!  I knew she didn’t look the same!  So don’t feel bad Veraliana, you have a good eye. :)  As I said before, why do you need to touch her up even further?  She already had curves and proportions that society sees as attractive, and we have to Liefeld her up?

http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/16171052579/veraliana-submitted-there-is-so-much-wrong-with

That’s the original post that started this 3 part series by the way.

Submitted by bampire
This is so awesome.  I keep feeling like she should fly off into the distance and then return to our hand. 
Original picture here: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/23095772036/anonymous-submitted-can-someone-please-explain

Submitted by bampire

This is so awesome.  I keep feeling like she should fly off into the distance and then return to our hand. 

Original picture here: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/23095772036/anonymous-submitted-can-someone-please-explain

miracleisyou submitted:

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I am offering my services to DC Comics as a Senior Managing Director, Crude Photoshop Corrections of Unfortunate Anatomy.

You’re hired.

Broken Spine - Other Angles

tsurera submitted:

Sorry for submitting again but here’s a response to this question- http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/25987292023/weve-seen-several-picture-of-boobs-an-butt-on-action

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Pink is the spine.  (If I knew I’d be taking more pictures I would’ve made this sculpt a bit more presentable XD )

And here’s a gif for good measure

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Very informative!

surelychoo submitted:

I dunno if this has already been shown, but I recently saw this floating around…

A bunch of people have noticed this ad, so I guess I’ll do another best of Escher Girls post. :)  This was submitted to me way back.  And before anybody points out that the model has big boobs and gives me the original picture, it was proven by way of animated gif that this was in fact photoshopped.

Yes, even somebody who has her proportions can always afford to be thinner and have bigger boobs.
As for the ad, I’m pretty disturbed by the prospect that they’re advertising women who CAN’T say no. o_o  That’s so f-ed up, especially since I think this is an ad for a Russian dating service or something of that sort. :\

surelychoo submitted:

I dunno if this has already been shown, but I recently saw this floating around…

A bunch of people have noticed this ad, so I guess I’ll do another best of Escher Girls post. :)  This was submitted to me way back.  And before anybody points out that the model has big boobs and gives me the original picture, it was proven by way of animated gif that this was in fact photoshopped.

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Yes, even somebody who has her proportions can always afford to be thinner and have bigger boobs.

As for the ad, I’m pretty disturbed by the prospect that they’re advertising women who CAN’T say no. o_o  That’s so f-ed up, especially since I think this is an ad for a Russian dating service or something of that sort. :\

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.)

Frakturpinne submitted:

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found it in the eschergirls archive, and I was bored so I made a redraw.


I completely missed that she didn’t have a glove on her right hand, my mistake. also on the 5th picture, the red is because green+white background did not mix well.

I would guess she is jumping over the fire and tries to pose at the same time? but her hair and clothes tell different…
either way, hope it isn’t too horrible. <:)

That is a great redraw, and a great way of showing the steps using the animated gif! :)

Edit: http://s8.postimage.org/cdu41acnn/echstergurl.gif

Liza S submitted:

Uh, I felt this would be an easy fix…

Mirra submitted:  Sheesh. The guy even seems surprised by what&#8217;s going on with her lower half.   Spines cannot stop our love!

But I did the fix with a mouse so…

Leaning fixed image

Upright fixed image

Fixing process

In case the gif isn’t readable, there were three possible explanations for the anatomy errors:

1-an elongated spine that can bend at a roughly 90 degree angle

2-a disembodied butt and legs is just standing behind the girl’s real legs

3-she’s a centaur.

And there were two obvious fixes, one with the girl standing upright, the other with the girl leaning forward. The overly long limbs I was willing to let slide as part of the artist’s manga style, but I could not shake the feeling that the artist broke that girl’s spine because either he/she wanted to show a panty shot but did not want to figure out how to construct the guy’s body, or he/she originally drew the girl upright but the editor/co-writer/whoever wanted to see more of an exaggerated panty shot and that extra @$$ was drawn as an afterthought.

My money’s on centaur.

Brought to my attention by darksidecat.

Now THAT makes total sense!  Maybe that’s what’s going on with some of the pictures in the “boobs don’t work that way” tag.  Smuggling bombs!

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