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"Elven Archer" by Zuya Zarei

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A Wood Elf on the verge of releasing her arrow. She doesn't have a back story or a name yet, but I am toying with the idea that she is from the same tribe as Tipper. I really don't envy the target she has in sight...

I wanted to do something different with elven hair, rather than have it long and flowing. For a while now, I have wanted to draw an elf with African features. As practice for that, I gave this one cornrow braids.


9 Nov 200545 Michelle L. Gerst
I really like the style of this, how her ear and bowstring stick out of the composition. Good pencil work!

:-) Zuya Zarei replies: "Actually, it is mostly charcoal. I only used pencil to put in the more delicate lines. Long live the charcoal stump!

Thank you for commenting."
12 Nov 2005:-) Rebecca D. Hardy
Very nice! I love how you did the border. Very classy. Your very talented....Great job neighbour.


:-) Zuya Zarei replies: "*looks at feet in embarassment* You are too kind, neighbour."
1 Mar 200645 Anonymous
This is simply breathtaking...I can almost hear inhale deeply, one last time; the slight squeak of her leathered hand, drawing back the arrow. The tension of the moment is expressed very well!!! I only have one bit of constructive criticism...her braids. The patterns are wrong. Braided or plaited hair has more of a chevron look, rather than the oval shapes. Other than that...I expect to see your work in the art galleries! Good luck!

:-) Zuya Zarei replies: "You are too kind 2

You are right about the braids. I think one of the strands has a general chevron pattern, which is the one I started with. All the rest ended up as ovals. That is definitely something to be careful about in the future.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting."
8 Apr 2006:-) Tina Huynh
Extremely detailed on the thimble(?)/glove, especially with its aligning just slightly beneath her ear.

I personally believe that long flowing hair would get in the way of an adventurer, who must constantly be alert and moving about. I mean..it could get tangled in the wind or distract a person x_o or..what if someone caught a hold of their hair and yanked at it?! Ouch!

:-) Zuya Zarei replies: "..and for a Wood Elf, who lives most of her life in the trees, imagine having to constantly disentangle your hair from the branches.

Pulling back the bow string past the ear is a feature of Far East Asian archery. I actually learned a lot about archery because of this picture.

Thank you for commenting 1"
31 May 200645 Virpi M. Hänninen
Ths picture has a great composition, and the shadings are really good!

:-) Zuya Zarei replies: "Thank your very much. I am glad it turned out well 1"
27 Jun 200645 Drowned Ammet
I hate to be nit-picky, but you would never hold an arrow that way, unless you really felt the need to lose you fingernails and whack yourself in the face with the arrow and/or (ouch!) the bowstring. It's the bowstring that you want to pull back on, with the arrow only held on by the nock, so that it doesn't get stuck and possibly drive through your other hand.
The braids and shading are lovely! It's a good comp

:-) Zuya Zarei replies: "Nit pick away. That is the entire reason for these comment forms 1

I do have to differ with you regarding the way the arrow is held. I did quite a bit of research on it since I, too, was surprised. This is the style of archery found in the far east. The particular style of this one is Kyudo, the Japanese art of archery. They use a pick to pull the bowstring beyond the ear, thereby attaining a higher velocity from the arrow. Similar devices were used in other parts of the world in the form of thumb rings.

Thanks for stopping by 2"
29 Mar 2007:-) Heidi Hecht
This is my favorite pic out of your whole gallery.

7 Zuya Zarei replies: "oo..a fan 14

Keep your eyes peeled. This wood elf will make an appearance as a full-fledged character very soon 1"
13 Jul 2007:-) Shelz Keast
Very nice neck and hand. Also like her hairstyle, gives her personality I reckon.

:-) Zuya Zarei replies: "The hairstyle certainly sets her apart from most other elves. Her personality is currently being fleshed out, so I'm getting excited about her nowadays 2

Thanks for commenting."
14 Jul 2007:-) JoJo Thomason
neat perspective. I usually hold my arrow differently when aiming, but then I'm not an elf ^^

:-) Zuya Zarei replies: "...and likely you are not practising Kyudo 2 It's fascinating how different far eastern archery is, simply because of different goals.

Thanks for commenting 1"
17 Jul 2007:-) Melissa O´Dowd
Saw this on the "comment exchange 4" tour, and had to stop by. This is just breathtaking. It looks really realistic. Well done on the shading. Love the way the image bursts from the frame.
Well done!!
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'Elven Archer':
 • Created by: :-) Zuya Zarei
 • Copyright: ©Zuya Zarei. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Archer, Arrow, Bow, Braid, Cornrows, Elf, Fletch
 • Categories: Anime / Manga, Elf / Elves, Head or Facial Study, Warrior, Fighter, Mercenary, Knights, Paladins, Weapons, Bows, Swords, Blades, Rapiers..., Woman, Women
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen, Mixed Media, Mechanical/Technical Pencils, Erasers
 • Submitted: 2005-10-29 23:30:03
 • Views: 1185
 • Resolution: 750x557

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