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Warrior Woman by SvenjaLiv Warrior Woman by SvenjaLiv
A warrior woman on a mission. I've been working on this one for faaar too long and I've had enough of looking at it and fixing little things, so I'm posting it. I'm pretty sure there are a few problems with anatomy, because pfft who needs a reference, right? :roll: (Answer: I do. Clearly.)

I wanted to keep the palette pretty restricted, which worked far better than I thought it would. I must've painted and re-painted her at least five times, though. Who needs proper prelim sketches, right? (Uhmm... yeah. :blush:) But I'm done now. And I learned quite a lot from this so it was worth it.

I hope you like her anyway. I'm still learning my way around the world of digital art, so if you have any suggestions on what I can improve next time, let me know!

Media: Digital.
Time: ~20 hours.
References: Photo of the Wicklow Mountains.

If you like my work, you can "like" and follow me on Facebook: [link] :heart:

Note: Don't take this and claim it's yours. If you want to use it anywhere, ask permission, and credit me in some form.
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:iconbecmi:
becmi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I love it - feminine and fierce!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! ^^
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NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
I had a random urge to search for images of warriors to better visualise a character of mine. I entered 'warrior girl', and was bombarded by over-sexualised, horrendously impractical objectified weeds. Then I entered 'warrior woman'. Instant differnce. Love this immensely. Faved.
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inugome18 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I am also looking for a warrior for my own character. This almost fits the bill in comparison to the character of my manuscript. Good job! And thanks for not sexualizing it.  -.-
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, really? That's kind of awesome. I don't care much for the metal-bikini-clad "warrior" either, I know I'd never be able to fight like that. :giggle: I'm glad you like this, thank you so much!
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hotsinfulbody Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great stuff
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Lady-Katsa Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Finally! Functional armor!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, I know, right? :XD:
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Mabitsa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Really nice! That armor covers more that 10% of the body. (Y)
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha yeah, amazing huh? :XD: I'm glad you like it! Drawing armour is far too much fun to limit it to 10% *lol* thank you! :hug:
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Carradee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I really like it!

Bust doesn't look quite right to me. Her body's tilted, so why is her bust line horizontal?

Still favorited, though. :)
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Actually there's a bit of perspective distortion going on, if you look down at her feet, they're tilted the other way. You're looking "up" at her face and "down" at her legs and feet, so her bust and torso are pretty much horizontal. But I probably did mess it up a bit, I didn't use a proper reference. I've learned for next time though. Thanks for the feedback, and the favourite of course! :heart:
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Foxi1309 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Emotion are well drawn on her face, colours are great choosen, landscape is like a real one... In one world: great!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cool, I'm very happy to hear that - thank you!
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Steffel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's totally lovely! The color scheme is great and works really well. What I like best is her clothing and the textures on it. The background is amazing as well while not distracting too much from her.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, glad you like it! I enjoyed painting the clothes. Textures are fun. :D
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Vikarina Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
That picture is great! Now I think I have an idea for LARPing
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh really? That's so cool! Thanks!
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Gareque Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
If this is no prelim or reference, then I am gobsmacked... It looks fantastic.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, I sketches it first of course, but there's no reference and I worked from the first sketch. Thanks so much! I'm very glad that you like it!
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Gareque Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish I could draw like that from memory... I cant even draw that well WITH a reference lol...
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's all down to practice. I need to use more references, actually. References are good. I wish I'd had one for this one.
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Gareque Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aye. I practise when and where I can, but I am only able to copy direct at the moment. I am attempting to do an initial drawing, then work on variations of it afterwards. Should be easier when I an use adobe again though lol!
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annsquare Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, your piece is featured here! [link]
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh cool, thanks so much! :heart:
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annsquare Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:huggle:
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PotassiumK Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SUCH an awesome picture! This makes me want to know more about her and where she's going and why. But then I always read too much into pictures.
This is all digital?
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really? That's cool! I love it when one of my pics intrigues people. :aww: It's all digital, yep! I overlaid a papery texture to make it look a bit more like a painting, but it's all done digitally. :)
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PotassiumK Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's awesome. :)
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ForTheLoveofSatire Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Would you feel comfortable submitting this image into the Battle Ready Womyn group? [link] Were a group dedicated to realistically armoured women warriors and respectful interpretations of them and feel this artwork fits group qualifications. Hope you chose to contribute! (This group is specifically best suited for the Fantasy folder).
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hey! Yeah, absolutely, that'd be cool! I'm on my way. :) Thanks for thinking of me!
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batgirl916 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow that is really good! Have you ever played dungeons and dragons?
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks again! ;) :heart:
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batgirl916 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I like it! Have you ever played dungeons and dragons?
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: I haven't, actually. Was going to once but it just never worked out. Why?
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batgirl916 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The girl kind of reminded me of one of my characters. So I think I posted it twice.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, really? Cool! :D Love it when that happens! And no worries about posting twice, I appreciate every comment I get. ;)
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batgirl916 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I think all your work is great! Your a really good artist!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's so nice of you :aww: Thank you! :glomp:
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist
Love the hair! It's refreshing to see a warrior woman in practical clothing which isn't too elaborate. I like the muted colour scheme.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I wanted to keep it practical... fancy armour always looks pretty, but the impracticality of it always bugs me. *lol* So I'm really glad that you like this! Thank you! :aww:
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Appleminte Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cheers!
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MeadowsFiftyNine Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Impressive
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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spessence Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
great backround ^^
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, glad you like it!
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YaensArt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A little longer arms and the anatomy is perfect IMO. Really beautiful btw, her face really looks unique, I love those colors and it is a wonderful landscape! There are many other reasons for me to fave it (for example the light that shines through the clouds *___*) I'll do so.

Those paintings without a reference picture is much more interesting to me because it is so... original. Keep it up, you rule!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for your comments and the :+fav: as well, I really appreciate it!

I like drawing without a reference, even though it's more challenging. So I'm glad that you approve! ;) I'll do my best to keep it up :D
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