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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:
[link]
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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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
firstly, the arrow should go on the other side of the bow grip, the way she holds it it would fall off right away (technically it is possible to shoot like this, horseback archers and japanese archers do it like that, for example - but with the bow being tilted like that it probably wouldn't work)

the hand that holds the string seems a bit off, too - the arrow isn't nocked in and doesn't seem to have feathers; the index finger might get hurt from the feathers when she lets go or could deflect the arrow from its path; it also seems that only the middle finger is holding the string (although there are many draw styles, too, so I guess that could actually work - I know it's hard to see the fingers on the stock pic cause she's wearing a glove, so in case you're interested, here's the basic draw on another pic in a different angle but without glove: [link])

I hope I could make it a bit clearer, in case you're interested in drawing more archers, you may find my little tutorial-journal helpful: [link] and feel free to let me know if you have questions :)
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Sage-of-Winds Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yeah, I see it now! Also something I noticed, I'm guessing the quiver should be at the other side of her shoulder so she can reach over and grab and arrow...

Thanks a lot! I'll fix this right away :)
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh, yes - you're right. good catch :)
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the7seal Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want that bow!
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hand-made, too ^^
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I know this is a recurve bow but can you tell me anything else about it? I'm looking to get one like this. I love this series by the way xx
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
if you want to get one like this exactly you'll have to carve it yourself ;) we're mostly making our own bows (I just started mine this Sunday) with the help of a friend. I'm sure he'd take commissions but it might be difficult to ship the whole thing ^^
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LauraTolton Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oo lovely, ok would you be able to inquire how much a bow a bit smaller than this would be? thank you!
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
of course but it would all depend on what type of wood you'd like, the draw-weight, etc so you probably should talk to the bowmaker personally. we have a group page on facebook: [link] and you can find the bowmaker here: [link]
just write him a pn (he speaks English) and I'm sure he'll be happy to help you with your inquiries :)

btw, you've got a wonderful gallery - I just have to nudge you into the direction of my contest, maybe you'd like to join? :giggle:
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Capsicus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
yay i like archery :)
nice pic
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks ^^
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