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Horseback Archer 7 by syccas-stock Horseback Archer 7 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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:iconalex-the-samurai:
That must be really difficult. It looks amazing!
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syccas-stock Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
definitely takes some practice, yeah ;)
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:iconhyenacub-stock:
Hello! I have featured this picture in my Legend of Zelda Feature. [link] If you'd like to give the feature and your stock more exposure, please feel free to fave and/or pimp it. :XD:

If I happen to message you multiple times it just means I have featured more than one of your images. C:
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hyenacub Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Holy CRAP is this epic!! Great action shots, and great facial exxpressios!
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syccas-stock Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :) Thomas is truly a natural in front of the camera - he doesn't know it yet but next month we'll take some more stock photos :D
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hyenacub Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome, I'll have to check it out!
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foxxstudios Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Downloading and will be using in a manip :D Thanks so much!
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syccas-stock Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
cool, looking forward to seeing it ;)
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foxxstudios Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah nevermind.
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Lidstir Jun 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nice face there.
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