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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pokestineasked you:

In a few weeks I’m running a manga drawing workshop. It’s an intro class and I want to give out a list of good resources at the end. The problem is other than watch lots of anime, I don’t have many. So advice? My students aren’t very tech savy so books are best but I’ll take a few websites as well.

As usual, I will open this up to the floor (though I’d ask the OP to keep in mind that people may differ in what’s a good resource, so take suggestions as suggestions and check them out for yourself before you give them out as recommendations to your students.)  Anybody have any good manga drawing resources (or general anatomy resources) for Pokestine?

Boobs do work that way, and that way, and that way, and that way

Because people often ask me for resources:

http://www.007b.com/breast_gallery.php (NSFW)

This is a large gallery of different kinds of breasts (NSFW but there’s nothing sexual about the nudity).  They’re all front facing, so it’s not exactly an artist reference, but it is a good resource for seeing the diversity of breasts, because that’s something that mainstream images and art really have an issue with.  And I understand that a lot of people drawing have generally only seen breasts in mainstream depictions, or in porn, or whichever women in their lives they’ve been able to see naked (including themselves).   That doesn’t necessarily give that much diversity, so I think this site can be a great resource for that, and seeing different kinds of breasts and what they look like.

As this site says, even many women growing up worry if our breasts are “normal” because of how narrow the depiction of breasts in our society and our media is.  In my opinion, referencing real pictures like this is a better resource than a “how to draw comics” book that says “this is what a small breast looks like, this is what a big breast looks like.”

Note: this is only about the use of the site as a resource, not an endorsement of anything else on the site, so if there are concerns that the introduction of the site is cissexist (for example), this is not me making any statement about it by providing the link.


Morncreek submitted: 

"Boob Tips and Tricks!"
http://sanpasazzaro.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d52q993
I saw this pop up on the front page of dA today, and I thought it would be a nice change of pace to show someone who understands breasts.

Very useful!  Thank you for sharing the link! :)
Morncreek submitted:

"Boob Tips and Tricks!"

http://sanpasazzaro.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d52q993

I saw this pop up on the front page of dA today, and I thought it would be a nice change of pace to show someone who understands breasts.


Very useful!  Thank you for sharing the link! :)

About Swords

Andra submitted:

Hey thanks for your work!

Anyway, I just wanted to remark on something I did not read any complaints about, yet: Swords and their handling*. I know, with broken spines and horrid anatomy that does not seem to be too important an issue in these horrible sexualized caricatures of human beings. But as a woman who does some medieval swordfighting in her spare time, many pictures are just painfull for all the wrong reasons.

Of course, fighting stances were often criticized in this blog, rightfully so. I guess everyone who ever dabbled in any martial art knows that you want your point of balance as deep as possible, so high heels and long streched legs might not help. Neither do the swivelled poses in keeping your balance.

The sword you typically want to get between you and your opponent. What you don’t want is for instance limbs or bodyparts (like elbows) streching out of your guard (they make nice targets), or your sword streched someway behind your back, whilst you try to use it like a meatcleaver or an axe.

Instead you typically use leverage*. With your hands far apart on the swordhilt (another thing artists seem keen on ignoring) you can build up leverage to make a fast and hard strike.

The balance which makes this possible is in the design of the sword. By a balanced design the physical turning point is not far from the hilt on the blade, which makes it easy to strike around this turning point for the wielder. But, unfortunately, Artists ignore that for this balance in swords to exist you need an actual POMMEL. Nearly all sword drawings I have seen so far have almost none, so that the blade would be incredibly front heavy. (And let’s be honest here, with those sticks for arms the “women” on the drawings typically have, the swordpoint would just go straight to the ground with them unable to lift it.)

I did not see a reason for a long time: Why they would draw no real pommel able to keep a weightbalance? Any reference should help. For instance image-search a sword, even the most Fantasy-models normally have one bigger than the pictures*. Then it hit me. The swordhilt looks much more phallic without a real pommel. I guess if those barely-clad women fondle such a hilt, it is subliminally more erotic? Freud would be proud.
- Andra


*Please insert “That’s what she said” jokes.

Thanks so much for sharing this information!  Something to think about for artists/creators here who care about being accurate about such things. :)

The Hapless Female Assassin

jasonrainville submitted:

I originally decided against submitting this since it seemed like self promotion, but the recent discussion about the guild wars assassin and her slightly-more-but-not-quite-functional outfit prompted me to go ahead.

This is a writeup I made on practical character design dealing specifically with female assassins, and why most (including Nika’s redesign) in my opinion fail. I explain my opinions on common assassination tactics, how to make the character still attractive and what my ideal assassin would look like. I linked it instead of reproducing the whole thing since it’s REALLY long, but below is my for-fun stab at common female assassin design.

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Never be afraid of sending me self promotion!  The worst that happens is I don’t post it. xD

I’m sorry it took me so long to get to you.  I ignored my message queue for a bit because of stress issues.

I really like your blog post.  I think you make some great points and you really looked into what an assassin should and shouldn’t be carrying.  Obviously, exaggeration is part of fiction, so if people want sexy assassins carrying tons of weapons, that’s great, but one of the things I hear a lot in defending that is how “realistic” it is and you really blow a hole through that.

I like your suggestions on what you could do instead too. :)  I think this is a great resource for anybody thinking of making a female assassin and want to break a few tropes. :)

nechayano:

Ok I was recently reminded that this exists (i-I think someone DA-famous linked it or something because WHAT) and I think this may be relevant to tumblr’s interests so here’s my~female body variation tutorial~ whoo~

This came from some things I scribbled down when I was trying to keep my character designs consistent, and I realised that it kinda made me see bodies/proportions somewhat differently so I pasted it into this smarmy old tutorial, now cut up into (I hope) tumblr-friendly chunks so right-click for full size I think? (disclaimer: I don’t know anything and it is so far past my bedtime that it’s been tomorrow for a whole day so I’m going to nap and then maybe regret posting this.)

Because one of the most common requests I get is for tutorials on how to draw women. :)

euniko submitted:

interesting references

Some pretty interesting fighting poses to look at, for those interested in some references. :)

euniko submitted:

interesting references

Some pretty interesting fighting poses to look at, for those interested in some references. :)

rubitrightintomyeyes:

lesbiaaans:

Anon asked for some advice about eyes, and I… may have gone a bit overboard, ahahaha. I hope it turned out at least a little worthwhile!

This is a great guide!  I’d like to make one small note though—when drawing the pupil in profile in a realistic style, it should be slightly recessed in the iris.

But sometimes it just works to have the pupil right next to the cornea in a cartoony style, so it’s up to you for whatever you’re going for.

Sharing another tutorial for those interested. :)  (I know this isn’t about the female form, but I get a lot of requests for resources on drawing people in general, so I thought for those who might be interested, I’d share it in case they haven’t seen it reblogged yet. :) )

(Source: fairymascot)

pinlicous submitted:


I think this is a very good tutorial.  Especially concerning Escher girls.


Credit to: http://majnouna.deviantart.com/art/Guide-to-Movement1-Flexibility-66104159
This may be of interest to some people.  I often get requests for drawing resources/tutorials. :) 

pinlicous submitted:

I think this is a very good tutorial.  Especially concerning Escher girls.

Credit to: http://majnouna.deviantart.com/art/Guide-to-Movement1-Flexibility-66104159

This may be of interest to some people.  I often get requests for drawing resources/tutorials. :)