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Horseback Archer 6 by syccas-stock Horseback Archer 6 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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Bahmo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Awesome pose!
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SparrowDove Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, a very gorgeous and dynamic piece!  Beautiful work!
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :)
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Larpa-art Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
I wish that I can be an archer like him one day.
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
practice makes perfect, I hear ;)
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Larpa-art Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
True :)
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Sweetbananadreams Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you thank you thank you for some wonderful male stock !! I have been looking every where and its hard to find. Cant wait to use some of these, :) 
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
if you need male stock I can recommend :iconmanstock: - very impressive collection :)
glad you like my boys, though ;)
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Sweetbananadreams Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I went and checked it out and wonderful !! Thanks again 
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syccas-stock Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome :)
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