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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Celebrenithil wrote:

Hello!

I’ve been wanteing to jump in the recent Tumblr trend of having male superheroes get a similar costume treatment than of their female peers, but then I discovered your awesome blog and I was inspired to go one step further.

If I may, I’d humbly present you Crimson Starwizard

Thanks a lot and hope keep up at this blog for a long time, it’s pure gold! :D

Thank you Celebrenithil!  I feel honoured to have inspired such awesome parody art! (I’m sure Deodato is blushing too)  And don’t worry, I still have a ton of images in my backlog to come.

And without further ado, here’s Celebrenithil’s hilariously awesome Crimson Starwizard:

On the topic of last post, here are two deliciously amusing links that have been passed my way.  They aren’t about drawn women, but they are about how women are posed in real life, for advertising and pin-ups and how they’re just about as practical and realistic as some of the art on this tumblr.

Sociological Images - Yolanda Dominguez: Exposing the artificiality of women in fashion

Peta Pixel - Men photographed in stereotypical pin-up poses

Maybe these comic artists aren’t that far off after all!

Another great submission from Celebrenithil!
Go Make Me A Sandwich - Blade and Soul: YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG
Great take down and break down of the problem with the proportions that women are given in a video game.  Sadly, this proportion issue is one that a lot of comic art has too.  Check it out!  (the picture is from the blog post, I hope comic artists take note)

Another great submission from Celebrenithil!

Go Make Me A Sandwich - Blade and Soul: YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

Great take down and break down of the problem with the proportions that women are given in a video game.  Sadly, this proportion issue is one that a lot of comic art has too.  Check it out!  (the picture is from the blog post, I hope comic artists take note)

gingerhaze:

sixteentons replied to your post: I think in my perfect world, people wouldn’t have…

get an exorcist. you’re possessed by the spirit of liefeld.

xD  The sad part is that I haven’t even done any Liefeld (to the best of my knowledge, there might be one by accident in there) and I still get so many examples of this.

SpazticCat submitted:

So, that WTF cover a few days ago? I pointed out the errors. I don’t have a tumblr, but I posted it on my deviantART account, so here’s the link, if you’re interested, since I don’t know how to send attached files to you. I’m a sequential art student at SCAD and these things just make me laugh/cry/want to pretend I’m not from earth.

http://spazticcat.deviantart.com/art/facepalm-266660626

I’ve included the picture for those without a DA account.  It’s under the cut because of somewhat NSFWness.  This is an excellent anatomy breakdown SpazticCat!  Awesome!

(This is the cover that the breakdown is of just in case people don’t know.)

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Men in pin-up poses

uropygid submitted:

Not sure how relevant this actually is to this blog, but I figured you’d get a laugh out of ‘em!

http://www.petapixel.com/2011/10/04/men-photographed-in-stereotypically-female-poses/

I posted that link previously, but it never hurts to share it again!  Thanks :) (especially since I have like 10x the followers I had back then)

This is an excellent piece about creating sexy but sensible fantasy armor for female characters

http://madartlab.com/2011/12/14/fantasy-armor-and-lady-bits/

This is another awesome mock/breakdown of the issues in the design of video game/comic characters.
Found at: http://gaygamer.net/2009/03/fan_art_friday_its_not_that_se.html
Image credit to Celtzombie at DeviantArt
Edit: Though, I think the use of the word “slut” there is a bit problematic, (I just noticed it.) but I get that the whole thing is meant to target the artists that design the costumes (and anatomy).

This is another awesome mock/breakdown of the issues in the design of video game/comic characters.

Found at: http://gaygamer.net/2009/03/fan_art_friday_its_not_that_se.html

Image credit to Celtzombie at DeviantArt

Edit: Though, I think the use of the word “slut” there is a bit problematic, (I just noticed it.) but I get that the whole thing is meant to target the artists that design the costumes (and anatomy).

http://www.jimchines.com/2012/01/striking-a-pose/
This is amazing, and I applaud the author for making this post.  This is a male fantasy author who put himself in various female poses from fantasy novel cover art, including his own book, to show how ridiculous the poses are (and also he realized how much pain he was in in some of them).
What’s interesting about the picture I chose is that the girl is in a boobs and butt pose, and he doesn’t even come close in his attempt because of the pain he said it caused him.

http://www.jimchines.com/2012/01/striking-a-pose/

This is amazing, and I applaud the author for making this post.  This is a male fantasy author who put himself in various female poses from fantasy novel cover art, including his own book, to show how ridiculous the poses are (and also he realized how much pain he was in in some of them).

What’s interesting about the picture I chose is that the girl is in a boobs and butt pose, and he doesn’t even come close in his attempt because of the pain he said it caused him.


Jake Hale submitted:

this reminded me of your blog, without the critique
http://geektyrant.com/news/2012/1/11/sexy-2012-disney-princess-pin-up-calendar-wowzers.html

I think it says something when a showcase of your art is disturbingly similar to this blog.
And since my commentary is what separates me from J. Scott Campbell’s fans… here’s my comment on that picture:
Step 1: Insert foot into own butt.Step 2: Flight?
(and where’s her other arm?)
Jake Hale submitted:

I think it says something when a showcase of your art is disturbingly similar to this blog.

And since my commentary is what separates me from J. Scott Campbell’s fans… here’s my comment on that picture:

Step 1: Insert foot into own butt.
Step 2: Flight?

(and where’s her other arm?)