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Horseback Archer 11 by syccas-stock Horseback Archer 11 by syccas-stock
This is Thomas, our host during our bi-annual Archery Week, when we're basically camping in his huge backyard, shoot some arrows, get a little drunk in the pool and overall have a great time. Oh, and of course the archery tournament at the end of the week - when everyone realizes that they *should* have been practising all along...



ABOUT MY ARCHERS:
For the experts among you: Thomas is an experienced archer and riding instructor and also has shot from horseback prior to this stock session. He's riding an Icelandic Horse - a hardy, sturdily built breed that makes up for lack in size by their refusal to take crap from anyone. His garb is reflecting his Hungarian roots, the bow is a Grózer replica of those used during the conquest period (890-955) -  shortbows come in especially handy when you need flexibility and unlimited movement (switching side on horseback).

There are many different styles of archery throughout the world and also many different styles of horseback archery. Thomas' technique resembles that of Lajos Kassai. He nocks the arrow on the left side of the bow and draws the string with three fingers (Mediterrean) - however, horseback archery requires easy and fast reloading, so you will often see arrows on the right side of the bow with the archer drawing with their thumb (Asian).

Of course you can always argue about shooting styles, draws and posture, 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 any direct questions please contact him directly at DerLaCroix

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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FictionChick Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used your beautiful stock here: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Thank you!!
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
turned out really cool! :)
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FictionChick Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! And thank you for your wonderful stock!
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Qirai Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Used the horse as a reference here [link]
Thank you for the wonderful image :heart:
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is amazing :)
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Qirai Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!:aww:
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Forward-Darkly Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
YOU SIR ARE MY REFERENCE HERO
This was me today
*wild family-friend job appears*
--I need my character wielding a flaming arrow *wheeze* oh yeah he has to be on horseback--

Me: :iconcannotevenplz: how am I supposed to draw that?

-checks deviantart- :iconcloudsweetjesusplz: theres actually an awesome ref....

(Now I have to find some good dragonborn refs.....dun dun dun. side note WHY IS A DRAGONBORN ON A HORSE? sorry ignore my ramblinggs)
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not gonna ignore your ramblings, they're really entertaining :D
glad you found the images at the right time (had a few people yelling in despair "I NEEDED THAT LIKE... A WEEK AGO?! WHY DIDN'T I FIND IT EARLIER??"
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Forward-Darkly Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
tell me about,and thanks a lot for having so much awesome stock

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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome - most of it I owe to my models ;)
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