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Female Archer 11 by syccas-stock Female Archer 11 by syccas-stock
Here's a collection of early archery stock with different models from our Archery Week. Different gals, different bows, different arrows, etc.


ABOUT MY ARCHERS:
For the experts among you: Melly is an experienced archer, she handmade her 40-pound drawweight bow, even handsteamed the recurved tips.
I was taking these photos during the tournament, which is why I didn't want to ask her to take off the sunglasses. In this particular photo she is standing on a hill and I'm taking the photo from a very low angle, hence the higher-than-usual anchor point.

Generally speaking, we are a group of intuitive archers. Our individual anchor points (point in face where the arrow is drawn to) vary from person to person, they are however consistent - most of us use cheekbone or corner of mouth.
Of course you can always argue about details and posture correction, but what's important to me is that if you use this stock in your art you can be sure that this is functional archery.

For more information on archery please check my Beginner's Guide to Archery below:

A Beginner's Guide to Archery in Stock and ArtWith movies like Avengers, Brave and Hunger Games, 2012 seems to be the Year of the Archers and many artists have already been inspired to create their own archer characters.
Whether you're thinking about having one of your OCs pick up bow and arrow (in writing or drawing) or you're a stock artist who wants to create some decent archery stock, I hope this little guide helps you understand the wonderful thing that is archery.
First and foremost, a little disclaimer: For this article I will mainly draw from my own experiences over the past few years. I am what you'd call an intuitive or instinctive archer, which roughly comes closest to medieval-styled archery. At the moment I'm shooting a modern Samick bow (without stabilizer or sights) and am in the process of making my own recurve bow out of robinia wood (similar to a few bows you can see in my gallery).
However, in archery there are many styles and differences in material used, draw, stance, finger position etc. – it all depend





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Levergunner Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Gotta love archery! Very awesome sport.
It warms my shriveled heart to see lady-folk engaging in such grand endeavors and having fun with it. :)

I'm no photographer, so I regret that I have little input for that.
I would like to say though that I encourage you and your compatriots continue having fun with it all! :D
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, thanks - the lady-folk are having great fun, trust me.
and don't worry about the input - this is stock-photography after all. as long as the light is decent and everything's in focus it should work for people ;)
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Levergunner Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Not a problem! And that's splendid to hear. One of the few things I like about this modern age is there being a greater abundance of ladies who have fun in outdoor activities and being bad arse. :D

Ah, wonderful. Hooray for seeing what's happening in photos! XD
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LadyNyght Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
I like the different perspectives and variety to you archery stock. :) 
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you, I try to keep it interesting ^^
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artJMOB Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Used Heartseeker by Lifestories 
Sorry for being late on the notification.
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem ;)
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Sage-of-Winds Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I used your reference here:
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Thank you :D!
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome and it looks really good - I'd have two corrections from an archer's view point if you'd like to hear them but the painting itself is beautiful :)
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Sage-of-Winds Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! What needs to be fixed :)? (is clueless when it comes to archery)
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