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:

Vera sent this in:

This is a photo with my camera of a magazine in the doctor’s office. My first thought was… Emma Watson can do the butt and boobs pose! I checked online for similar photos and the closest I can find is http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/2549732/emma-watson-mtv-movie-awards-2011-01/, so I now conclude that someone let one of your featured artists do the photoshopping.

At least we know it’s not Ian Churchill because her limbs still look human width (and her face still looks like a distinct woman), and it’s not Deodato because her legs don’t look like plasticine.  The rest of you, come stand in front of the class please.

Vera sent this in:

This is a photo with my camera of a magazine in the doctor’s office. My first thought was… Emma Watson can do the butt and boobs pose! I checked online for similar photos and the closest I can find is http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/2549732/emma-watson-mtv-movie-awards-2011-01/, so I now conclude that someone let one of your featured artists do the photoshopping.

At least we know it’s not Ian Churchill because her limbs still look human width (and her face still looks like a distinct woman), and it’s not Deodato because her legs don’t look like plasticine.  The rest of you, come stand in front of the class please.

Japanese scan

Usagizero submitted this:

I don’t know if it’s photoshop or what, but i came across this ad while looking at a Japanese magazine. Scared that they kind of make some of the drawn ones look healthy. 

When I and others say we want comic book heroines to look more like real people, I don’t think this is really the solution we had in mind.

Edit: To clear it up, yes it is photoshop.

Filby submitted:

Some more Wayne Reynolds wtf-ness. I didn’t know witches get non-euclidian anatomy as a class feature.

I want a skirt with a pocket for holding bones now…

Filby submitted:

Some more Wayne Reynolds wtf-ness. I didn’t know witches get non-euclidian anatomy as a class feature.

I want a skirt with a pocket for holding bones now…

Anonymous asked: I love the Tumblr, it's always good for a laugh (although incredibly cringeworthy). I was wondering what you think about the Storm series illustrated by Don Lawrence? I just checked some of the albums and so far, no swivel waists, boobs growing from strange places or contortionist anatomy. Do you think actually being allowed to show nudity quells this urge to come up with desperate poses that will show teh sexy? (of course, the Wikipedia page shows the WORST possible example from the series)

Actually, I’ve been thinking along those lines for a while.  From my experience, a lot of actual porn comics seem to have way better poses (not always anatomy, but then it’s porn) and it feels like the artists, knowing that they get to draw sex and actual naked women, don’t do this “hee hee hee, I’m so naughty!” thing that we see in (what should be) non-porn comics, with the need to stick butt and boob in every shot even if it doesn’t work, and the stupid costumes.  As I said in a post 2 months ago, a lot of these artists act like they’re NEVER going to draw a sexy woman again, and they NEED to put all the butt and boobs into a frame they can.  (I also don’t understand why women can’t be sexy while looking strong.  Especially, given that you’re drawing and writing HEROES.  If you aren’t interested in heroic poses, perhaps porn and not superheroes is more your thing?)

And slightly off topic: I’ve honestly been a big advocate for having more mainstream porn comics, and for DC and Marvel to have non-canon porn comics, so people can get their Starfire screws all the Teen Titans fantasies out there, and it doesn’t end up in what SHOULD be stories about superheroes who fight crime in strong poses and costumes that look badass.  I know that everybody thinks that comic book feminists hate sex, but I don’t hate sex, I just think rather than forcing porny costumes, body parts and poses into superhero comics because the artists feel their sexual fantasy overrides my power fantasy (while also condescending the readership as horny kids who buy comics only to get off), let’s just be mature about this.

Pay the artists who clearly WANT to draw porn.  Give the niche that WANTS porn their porn and quit with the chainmail bikinis and “this is totally not porn if I don’t draw her nipples” art, and let’s have actual superhero comics that are about our power fantasies of being strong and amazing and powerful and having adventures.  There’s a place for Supergirl porn, and a place for Supergirl beating the crap out of giant robots.  I have no problem with that.  I have a problem when Supergirl’s arms are the size of drinking straws and she’s busy posing her breasts to the camera so her waist is swiveling and there’s no way she can be actually fighting that robot.

It’s win/win.  We’d have Supergirl looking like an actual SUPER girl and Churchill can draw “Kara does the Justice League” and we’d all be happy! :D  (Oh and let’s not forget “Tony and Steve’s Extracurricular Activities”. XD )

PS: I don’t think this is a magical cure to Escher Girls in comics though.  Artists still need to stop treating women as an alien species that they’re making up.  They need to get over seeing every frame with a woman in it as a lingerie ad, and they need to care more about our poses and anatomy outside of just drawing our breasts.  They seem able to do it for men, women really aren’t that different.  Really.  You can look outside your window.  We’re EVERYWHERE. (Though, if they think we’re an alien race, that might scare them.)

How to “enhance” a photo

hallokatzchen submitted:

http://thechive.com/2011/12/01/how-to-enhance-a-photo-and-by-enhance-i-mean-horrifically-butcher-14-photos/

A friend of mine linked me to this article, and I immediately thought of this site.

Even though this is probably not news to anybody reading this tumblr, this is still seriously screwed up.  And it’s not surprising that artists who grow up around shopped “real women” in casual media they consume (and are socialized to see as being attractive), that when they impute their sexual fantasies into female heroines (which is a big reason for the bad art to start with) it comes out with the organless, bent bodies as well as the poses meant for their own titillation.

Vervain  submitted:



All Cats Are Escher Cats
Look at those hind paws.  A cat has a spine like a Slinky.  A woman?   Does not.  If your art’s underlying skeleton looks like this cat, and  is NOT a cat, you may want to fix that.

Yup!  If your female human characters are posed like your pet cat… that might be a hint you’re doing it wrong.  Or you’re Greg Land, and you’re in a rush and you have nothing to trace and oh my god oh my god… and then you spot that picture of Fluffles in your wallet…
All Cats Are Escher Cats

Look at those hind paws.  A cat has a spine like a Slinky.  A woman?  Does not.  If your art’s underlying skeleton looks like this cat, and is NOT a cat, you may want to fix that.

Yup!  If your female human characters are posed like your pet cat… that might be a hint you’re doing it wrong.  Or you’re Greg Land, and you’re in a rush and you have nothing to trace and oh my god oh my god… and then you spot that picture of Fluffles in your wallet…

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trancie submitted:

A friend posted this on Google+ today; I thought of your Tumblr right away!

http://www.progressiveboink.com/archive/robliefeld.html

Ohhhhh Rob Liefield.

xD  This is kind of the reason why I haven’t initially posted any of Liefeld’s stuff.  People have already pointed out all his bad art, and how he thinks women are 20 heads tall and his obsession with pouches.  But sometimes I feel bad for him, he’s become the scapegoat for ALL bad female character art, people just assume it’s all by him and there’s a LOT of other offenders.  And I didn’t want this blog to start off with people saying “yeah but that’s Liefeld, he can’t draw ANYBODY”.

Anonymous asked: Poor Shi, she's just born with a terrible deformity.

It really does seem that way. :(

Edit: For those that haven’t seen the Shi pics:

http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/tagged/Shi


And the infamous “Shi sleeping at right angles” picture: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/12442141633/this-is-probably-one-of-the-worst-positions-ive

Anonymous asked: Actually, boobs "pointing" sideways happen when the breast size goes up abruptly during puberty or while getting breast implants. On real women it usually happens to both boobs and makes it hard to get good cleavage, so it's not something the average artist thinks about, or wants to give to a "sexy" heroine. (I still love this blog, don't worry. :D)

I’m not worried :3  But that isn’t what boob flounder refers to (I did the definition a while ago) It’s when the chest literally is slanted towards us given where the shoulder is etc and she’s not tilting..