Before Archery Camp I opened requests and suggestions, SageFillyLuna
suggested an archer in a tree.
I'm sure you all remember Lukas from most of my archery themed photos. We did an "Archer in the Wilderness" series once but that was quite a while ago so a little renewal might be nice - you can find the old shots in my "Archers" folder, though.
I tried to leave enough foliage in there to make them interesting. Lukas was kind enough to wear as little as possible for better anatomy reference, however, before you ask (and I know you will XD): YES, he was wearing something underneath the kilt. And NO, he usually doesn't but I don't think that sort of anatomy reference would be necessary here
ABOUT MY ARCHERS:
For the experts among you: Lukas is an experienced archer, the bow he uses is a recurved riderbow which comes in especially handy when you need flexibility and unlimited movement (switching side on horseback or in this case: crawling through the foliage - which is why we chose it for this series).
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 - especially when you have to shoot under difficult circumstances (balancing or kneeling on a branch, hiding behind bushes etc) which rings more true for fantasy archers, I believe.
There are many different styles of archery throughout the world and the Olympic style is NOT the gold standard, it's just one style.
For more information on archery please check my Beginner's Guide to Archery
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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