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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deannambrigman:

I cleaned up the linework from my initial sketch and fixed some issues that I saw after looking at it with a fresh eye. This is based on the Catwoman 0 cover, and the blog Less Tits and Ass did a good breakdown and redraw of the original. I kept the original face and arm, although I adjusted them a bit.

Very nice! :D

deannambrigman:

I cleaned up the linework from my initial sketch and fixed some issues that I saw after looking at it with a fresh eye. This is based on the Catwoman 0 cover, and the blog Less Tits and Ass did a good breakdown and redraw of the original. I kept the original face and arm, although I adjusted them a bit.

Very nice! :D

Thanks to Tartancrusader in the comments of the redraw post, we now have an animated gif of the redraw and the original Dagger picture, and it is wonderful.

Thanks to Tartancrusader in the comments of the redraw post, we now have an animated gif of the redraw and the original Dagger picture, and it is wonderful.

jonnycravat submitted:




I know it’s a bit sloppy, but the felt the need to redraw this poor woman!!
And yes, the pose is still a bit wonky, but at least her organs and spine have reappeared! I also gave her a bit more clothing. I imagine it’s hard to fight the forces of evil in just a bikini. 8l




I think the reasoning is since she’s covered in fur, she’d be hot if she wore too much (but she needs to wear something, either for her own feelings of modesty, or for society’s) and I’m fine with that since Beast is in the same situation and he’s usually portrayed as just wearing a speedo type thing.

jonnycravat submitted:

I know it’s a bit sloppy, but the felt the need to redraw this poor woman!!

And yes, the pose is still a bit wonky, but at least her organs and spine have reappeared! I also gave her a bit more clothing. I imagine it’s hard to fight the forces of evil in just a bikini. 8l

I think the reasoning is since she’s covered in fur, she’d be hot if she wore too much (but she needs to wear something, either for her own feelings of modesty, or for society’s) and I’m fine with that since Beast is in the same situation and he’s usually portrayed as just wearing a speedo type thing.

justthemiles submitted:

I kinda liked Nikki Doyle from your previous post, especially because she so.. manly in a way. Her bodytype is just neat. Drawing her was great practice, to explore different bodytypes. I hope I did the character justice here. Still learning how to properly draw humans.

justthemiles submitted:

I kinda liked Nikki Doyle from your previous post, especially because she so.. manly in a way. Her bodytype is just neat. Drawing her was great practice, to explore different bodytypes. I hope I did the character justice here. Still learning how to properly draw humans.

Jess submitted:

Supergirl Re-Design
I wanted to make a design that included some pants. 
Supergirl Re-Design

I wanted to make a design that included some pants. 

I saw this on your blog and thought, “What an interesting organism that must be!”

So I threw it up on Fire Alpaca in a different perspective.

I don’t know how much I should regret this.

 

5 minute fix

I like the picture for the most part, except for those annoying little things that make Barbara all twisted up.  Thing is, 5 minutes with Photoshop and she’s no longer twisted.  I’m not even sure if it qualifies as a “redraw” since I did so little.

Sometimes I wonder if the original was intentional, or the product of editorial interference.

So I photoshopped this pose: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/44534883626/peppersupreme-submitted-the-pose-is-cool-but 

I moved her back leg down and rotated it a small amount, made it so her belt wasn’t, like, sinking into her flesh anymore, and changed her boot that’s nearest to us, because it didn’t make sense the way it was before. I also got rid of the boob outline (hello, we can already tell she has them!) and the other line that was on her stomach for no reason.

And here’s a round up of the dating site ad redos that were submitted to me.  Those 2, (submitters in order of pictures shown) and this one.

First was submitted by an anonymous.

mywildmind submitted:

Here’s the redraw/hawkeye test for female pose I did after seeing this post. Not so good , but the guy’s fun to draw, and of course the obligatory duck face that comes with it, also the vintage hawkeye face was needed due to technical difficulties with the dress (why so short).Still check out The Hawkeye Initiative for their stuff on the subject.

So I decided to see how much I could fix of this with a very hasty (like, two minutes) photoshop job, and… wow.

Two minutes in photoshop. TWO. F&#%ING. MINUTES, and she looks like a person who could actually exist without being in constant pain.

I just find it sad when you can change one thing just a teensy bit and it has this much of an impact on the overall look. It’s like when an airline maintenance team comes tragically close to discovering a flaw in a plane shortly before said plane explodes in midair and has a terrible crash that kills everyone on board*.

Also, I’m beginning to suspect the original was drawn by someone who knew at least a little bit about human anatomy (although the arms are absurdly skinny but then again so are mine so I’m willing to cut a *little* bit of slack there**), but then someone else came in and said “NOPE NOT SEXY ENOUGH and… yeah. I don’t know.

*I’ve been watching too much Air Crash Investigations lately.

**but not much

It’s amazing how much of a difference that makes.

(Original post for those that missed the link in the submission text)