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Another Guide for Drawing Archery Poses by JessKristen Another Guide for Drawing Archery Poses by JessKristen
I've been checking out other archery pose tutorial/guides out there and all keep thinking to myself is 'wow, there are some terrible forms out there!' lol I used to compete nationally and internationally in the recurve division, so I promise I some clue of what I'm talking about :) I wanted to create a guide that helps address proper recurve form, as well as throw in a few playful poses :D

Hope you guys find this handy!!

Here's my 1st helpful guide if you want more poses: [link]
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Skizzenbuch94 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
It's probably silly, but I made this drawing: skizzenbuch94.deviantart.com/a… thanks to your tutorial. So I wanted to thank you :)
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JessKristen Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool!!!! I'm so happy the tutorial helped to inspire you!!! :D great job!!
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Banished-Dreams Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
This is very helpful! Thank you very much!
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure!!! happy to have helped and inspired! :)
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MadAme-DragoNess Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just came across this Tutorial and I thought:" Finally! Someone knows how to tell people the way a real archer shoots with a bow!". You know, I get really pissed off when I see peeps drawing so weird strange poses or without respecting the way a string has to be held!
I saw in one of your comments that you are a recurve bow archer, like me, and you're holding some records! ^^ I'm not a great champion, but I won twice the second place at the Italian Championship :D
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!! I always loved the Italian archers... they were so energetic at all the team events chanting "Italia! Italia!" from the field. Actually, it was an Italian who taught me how to whistle really loud with my fingers LOL :D Congratulations also! Very cool about your awards!! I haven't shot in many years, not since 2003 was my last competitive year (wow!!... 10 yrs! how time flies...) but it was a wonderful time in my youth and college years and I've been considering recently about getting back into the sport. I'm amazed at how much its picked up in popularity here in the US since movies like Brave and Hunter Games came out... archery is the new hip sport. When I competed it was very underground, so its cool to see people taking such an interest! However, like yourself, I cannot stand when I see people portraying improper form knowing what I do!! LOL I felt it my duty to help instruct and I think I might do a few more, since this seems to be a very popular tutorial. It's nice to meet you and I hope you have a wonderful night!
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MadAme-DragoNess Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ehe, yeah, we always love to support our archers! ^^ I can tell you, I was shouting like a freak in front of my TV while I was watching our recurve man team at the Olympic Games xD
Gosh! Already 10 yrs D: I dare say I couldn't live without my bow! I started playing archery in 2005 and then I've never stopped doing competitions and training! :D
You know, here in Italy too those films have been really appreciated and we had a lot of new members in my company too! Well, it's good to see that our sport has become a bit "famous" but not everyone can understand the real meaning of archery and the hard hard work behind a good record.
Anyway, I'm really happy to have met you, and if you like to getting back into archery again I'll be really glad to invite you in Italy for some competitions! ^^ or just for a friendly training :D
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I started up in 1996, so I did it for about 7-8 years from when I was 13 through 21. I put SOOOOO much time into it, by the time I was half way through college, I needed a break LOL now my bow is WAY too heavy for me, so I'd have to get new limbs and new arrows to tune them all up, which is a bit more than I can invest at this time only b/c I'd want to have the good pro equip instead of some beginner stuff LOL :D I might try and find my bow and go out to the range tomorrow... my combo was set for a 44 lb draw back last time I shot, and now I'd probably only be able to pull back around 35lbs without hurting myself or endangering my form. Its hard to believe I used to shoot 300-500 arrows a day let alone at 44lb draw! Thank you so much for the offer to come over and shoot and train!! Much appreciated and should I ever have the opportunity to go to Italy, I will definitely take you up on that offer! Likewise, if I end up getting back into it, I'd also be very glad to invite you to some competitions or training over here as well! Im very happy to have met another pro archer on here and please do keep in touch! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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MadAme-DragoNess Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg! 44lb and 300 arrows a day! Gosh, dat's incredible, really! :iconbigeyesplz:
Now my bow is 40 lb and I may add some more lbs for the outdoor competitions, but generally I shoot with 41-42 lbs. :D
Ehe, that would be a pleasure for me to go and train with u too! ^^ :iconbigheartplz:
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL yeah, it was kinda nuts how much i shot back then.. i had no life LOL :) But it sounds like you are right up there with 41-42! not far off! :D
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MadAme-DragoNess Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, that's true :D but at the end of a long competition, I always end up with a terrible pain in my right shoulder! Dx
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you shoot left handed or right handed? would that be your bow arm or pulling arm? I was a lefty :) just finished my certification for massage therapy lol so if i ever get any pains or muscle knots, i know how to take them out now! :D
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greysky3 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you this is really helpful ^^
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure!! :D have a wonderful day!!
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greysky3 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for inspiring me!
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! :D Happy to do so!!
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Desheria Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really helpful.

(somewhat related: it honestly makes me laugh how often I see female archers in fantasy artwork with their backs turned at such an angle that you can see their butts and chest at the same time. The posture is just so awful.. )
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol yeah, its pretty rediculous.. when i was drawing this out my husband said 'that looks a little unstable?' LOL clearly, that pose is not about the stability or correct posture of the shot lol! :D
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stitchez17 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I compete in state/national/world NASP tournaments with a mathews genesis compound :) currently the third ranked team in the world. Glad to see some good poses!
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!! nice to meet you! I was the 2002 National US Recurve Women's champ and competed on Two World teams in 2001 and 2002. :) Its been a while since I've competed, but I still think I hold some CA State Championship records...last time i checked anyway LOL :) will you be going to the Vegas Shoot in Feb?
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stitchez17 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I haven't heard anything other than our usual plans to attend the State tournament in Columbus in Feb. What’s the Vegas Shoot like? I think I’ve heard of it before.
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its a money shoot more or less, just for fun, but I know theres typically a high win amount for compounders b/c so many enter. its usually in the mid weeks of Feb every year, not sure where its held this year, but its fun. I always enjoyed it b/c it wasn't really for state or national ranking purposes, but its always huge and people have a really good time.
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stitchez17 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It sounds fun. Our team pretty much has to pay for every trip we go on, I wish we could this year seeing as its my last with the team but its probably too close now to change plans since Stae is at the end of the month. Does it get a wide variety of archers?
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, yeah, thats pretty much how it was for me when i competed as well... that was the hardest part of archery, =all the expense in traveling around to all the events. from what I remember of the tournament there were people from all over, including international archers... but I dont recall any 'team' events, as its mainly everyone against each other going for gold, but if you can ever make it, team or not, I would recommend it for the experience of it all. it was a fun time.
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Sam-VM Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thanks, will see what we can make of this))
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome! :D hope it helps!
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evanesce24 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you! :D
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank YOU!! :D have a great night!!
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sabishiita Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very helpful, thank you very much.
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my pleasure!! happy you will be able to make use of it!! :D
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Lien-chan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Wow! This is great! :D I can't draw archery poses at all, but I always wanted to draw them, so this is amazing!
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thank you!! :) I used to not be able to draw them either, just keep practicing and you'll get it! :) promise!!
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Lien-chan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thank you! You're very encouraging! :D
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I truly believe, as long as we believe, anything is possible! :) never doubt!
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Lien-chan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I like your optimism!
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) Yet, another thing I learned while doing archery, LOL... the power of positive thinking. :)

I had to meet with a sports psychologist when training for competitions and they taught the art of Mental Management. Nothing in life is guaranteed, but the more you think about something, the more likely it is to happen. I didn't think so at first, but the older i got and the more I saw this was 150% true. Positivity. The brain doesn't hear the words 'not', 'dont', 'no'... if you say to yourself, I hope I dont miss the target, the brain will hear "miss the target" and more than likely you will be jinxing yourself to shoot a bad shot. Instead think, I'm going to hit the center of the target, and the brain hears 'hit the center of the target'.. and the likelihood that you will get the center increases. :)

Sorry... not trying to preach/teach!! I just get going on a subject and cant shut up :D lol Have a great night!!
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Lien-chan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Oh yes! I heard of this and I live by it as well. It's totally true, like you said!

You to!
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historianGirl Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very helpful. Nice idea to place the good way and show the mistakes people do.
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! Very happy to help! :) It drives me nuts when I see bad form... LOL what can i say, its the little things... :)
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historianGirl Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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crazy-aika Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! now i can rest in peace *o*!
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol :D
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
ooooooooo Helpful! :D
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay!! :D mission accomplished! :)
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AngelofNightmareRelm Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I will awesome job.
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you! hope you have a great day!
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TheNornOnTheGo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow! Thank you for this~ I will def use it sometime :D
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JessKristen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome! happy to hear! :D
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