Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHH  It turns out I NEVER put up the scans I made of Christopher Hart’s “how to draw” books!  I thought I did!  Time to correct this. >:\

Let’s start with him teaching us how to turn heroes into villains.

I love how the male hero gets more clothed as he turns evil.  In fact, he gets SO clothed, you can’t even see his face!  But the female hero starts losing chunks and chunks of clothing.  I guess we should be thankful she didn’t end up with battle thong, or maybe she will if she gets even MORE evil!  (And the guy will have another 5 layers of armor.)

Edit: Other good points from the comments:

- She gets heels when she turns evil, because we all know high heels = sexual woman = evil (her lack of clothing also plays into that.)

- Her fall is described as being from a “traumatic event” which is in contrast to the male hero, and goes into tropes of women being hysterical, emotionally fragile and whose mental and emotional state must be carefully controlled.

- She goes from white skinned and blonde as a “good girl” to non-white, with frizzy hair (and before it turns orange, it gets progressively darker) as the evil girl.

A) I love how drawing women to him means “drawing women who wear make up in a style I like” and that superheroines apparently spend a lot of their off-time applying mascara and eyeliner.
B) Men can’t wear earrings?  Women must?
C) Again, the intense fear of making women “masculine.”  Apparently nose bridges are only for men now.  We must inform our DNA of this! 
D) I wish he would stop using “woman” to mean just one really really thin narrow standard of beauty.  Supposedly, he’s teaching people how to draw WOMEN right, not “this particular woman, complete with make up and pouty lips.”
He’s not teaching us how to draw women as much as his (and society’s) artificial idea of what women should look like, complete with eyeliner, mascara and earrings.

A) I love how drawing women to him means “drawing women who wear make up in a style I like” and that superheroines apparently spend a lot of their off-time applying mascara and eyeliner.

B) Men can’t wear earrings?  Women must?

C) Again, the intense fear of making women “masculine.”  Apparently nose bridges are only for men now.  We must inform our DNA of this! 

D) I wish he would stop using “woman” to mean just one really really thin narrow standard of beauty.  Supposedly, he’s teaching people how to draw WOMEN right, not “this particular woman, complete with make up and pouty lips.”

He’s not teaching us how to draw women as much as his (and society’s) artificial idea of what women should look like, complete with eyeliner, mascara and earrings.

I love how this isn’t “how to draw women’s calves in high heels” it’s “Female Calf Muscles”.  And he actually says: “because high heeled shoes force the calf into a flexing state” as if high heels are just… growing out of our feet. 
Anyway, ignoring that, here we’ve got a girl with her butt facing us of course.   Wanna learn how to draw women’s legs and calves with her in an action pose or facing us?  Too bad.  You want to be a comic artist after all right?   Then this is the perspective you’re gonna be drawing most women from.
I’m also trying to figure out the story behind that pose.  I wonder what she’s doing.  Intergalactic dance championships?

I love how this isn’t “how to draw women’s calves in high heels” it’s “Female Calf Muscles”.  And he actually says: “because high heeled shoes force the calf into a flexing state” as if high heels are just… growing out of our feet. 

Anyway, ignoring that, here we’ve got a girl with her butt facing us of course.   Wanna learn how to draw women’s legs and calves with her in an action pose or facing us?  Too bad.  You want to be a comic artist after all right?   Then this is the perspective you’re gonna be drawing most women from.

I’m also trying to figure out the story behind that pose.  I wonder what she’s doing.  Intergalactic dance championships?

More Horrible How-to-Draw Tips from Andy Smith

kajedheat submitted:

Another page from Drawing Dynamic Comics by Andy Smith. Note the varieties in the figures.

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*phhhh hahahaha*

One girl as slightly more muscle definition. That’s all I can see. What about you readers? Can you spot the difference?

Even for the men, his idea of variety seems to be just different sizes, but at least they are obvious different sizes.  When we get to women it’s like… whuh?  Really?  Variety?

On the other hand, I bet he’s really good at those “spot the differences” puzzles!  “Wait, that butterfly is a SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SHADE OF ORANGE than the original picture!”

That’s Christopher Hart teaching us how to draw men.  Seems like a lot of variety.  He even includes non-muscular thin men and fat men.  Looks good.  I’m glad that we have an artist who gets that there’s a variety of characters you might have to draw and that different body shapes adds to the differentiation of characters!  How refreshi-

Um… So we have one thin athletic large breasted woman… one thin slightly smaller breasted woman, and a whole bunch of thin large breasted women… and apparently pants are banned in the Hart-verse.
My brain boggles at how he could create those 2 pages and not have his head explode from the double standard.
Edit: I forgot to comment on the captions (I was tired when I was writing this up)  Even though men are allowed in the Hart-verse to be fat, apparently they can either be jolly or villains, but not heroes.  And with the women he outright admits that we exist only for sex appeal. -_-

That’s Christopher Hart teaching us how to draw men.  Seems like a lot of variety.  He even includes non-muscular thin men and fat men.  Looks good.  I’m glad that we have an artist who gets that there’s a variety of characters you might have to draw and that different body shapes adds to the differentiation of characters!  How refreshi-

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Um… So we have one thin athletic large breasted woman… one thin slightly smaller breasted woman, and a whole bunch of thin large breasted women… and apparently pants are banned in the Hart-verse.

My brain boggles at how he could create those 2 pages and not have his head explode from the double standard.

Edit: I forgot to comment on the captions (I was tired when I was writing this up)  Even though men are allowed in the Hart-verse to be fat, apparently they can either be jolly or villains, but not heroes.  And with the women he outright admits that we exist only for sex appeal. -_-

I love how men aren’t just fully clothed in Christopher Hart’s world, but that they always seem to have their faces covered too. xD  As usual, the woman seems to have left large chunks of her outfit at home (though she does have half her face covered, which I guess is good because we wouldn’t want her to mess up her carefully applied lipstick would we?  Remember, she’s been applying that lipstick since before she got out of the washroom!)
But I’m posting this specifically to note:

On men they show strength.  On women, they show sex appeal.

Which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone given that it’s pretty obvious to most that men in comics are drawn to embody strength and power while women are drawn to be appealing to the presumed-to-be hetero male reader.  But it’s nice that he actually says it, since a common excuse for Escher Girl art is “but men are meant to be sex objects too!”
As I always say, I’m fine with people who say “but comics are MEANT for hetero men and their sexual fantasies!” and then we’ll have THAT debate, but let’s not pretend okay?

I love how men aren’t just fully clothed in Christopher Hart’s world, but that they always seem to have their faces covered too. xD  As usual, the woman seems to have left large chunks of her outfit at home (though she does have half her face covered, which I guess is good because we wouldn’t want her to mess up her carefully applied lipstick would we?  Remember, she’s been applying that lipstick since before she got out of the washroom!)

But I’m posting this specifically to note:

On men they show strength.  On women, they show sex appeal.

Which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone given that it’s pretty obvious to most that men in comics are drawn to embody strength and power while women are drawn to be appealing to the presumed-to-be hetero male reader.  But it’s nice that he actually says it, since a common excuse for Escher Girl art is “but men are meant to be sex objects too!”

As I always say, I’m fine with people who say “but comics are MEANT for hetero men and their sexual fantasies!” and then we’ll have THAT debate, but let’s not pretend okay?

This is totally off topic:
How To Draw Sci-Fi
How To Draw Star Wars
There, fixed it for you.

This is totally off topic:

How To Draw Sci-Fi

How To Draw Star Wars

There, fixed it for you.

Inspired by some of the comments in the last post where people had theories about what that girl’s expression means, let’s have some fun!
What’s on her mind?
(I think it’s “Jeez, why did I ever agree to be chained to this dude?”)

Inspired by some of the comments in the last post where people had theories about what that girl’s expression means, let’s have some fun!

What’s on her mind?

(I think it’s “Jeez, why did I ever agree to be chained to this dude?”)

NSFW, picture under the cut

umnachtung submitted:

I discovered your blog yesterday and had to go through one of my books because this was bothering my mind so much. Anyway this picture is from a series of “How to draw Manga” books. This one is about drawing different body types and ethnicities.

However the anatomy in those is pretty awful. I didn’t notice it when I was looking at it 5 years ago when I got the book. But now after I had a few hours of nude drawing classes I can’t agree with this anatomy anymore. I circled the feet in this because… what is this, seriously?

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skllxmnky submitted:

As an artist trying to break out of my block, I been doing some sketches to get back into the feel again. However, rather than admiring some peoples work, I have been starting to find major flaws with them when I try tp apply it to my drawing. I decided to look at one of the How to draw Manga books by Hikaru Hayashi & Go Office, and I just happened to come across these 2 pages. Do these seem even remotely correct since these are the infamous BB pose?

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Just thought I ask considering this is supposed to be a tool to help readers how to draw, and trying to find the right source to do half realistic, half stylized.  Thank you.

The first one doesn’t look bad, the second one… is she doing the boobs and butt pose while jumping?