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Shield Maiden by giadrosich Shield Maiden by giadrosich
Size: 11x17
Medium: Brush, Quill and Ink
Copyright Notice: Image: 2006 by Bob Giadrosich/Sharayah Press. All Rights Reserved.

    This was mainly inked while sitting behind the table in the art show at Dragon*Con in late summer, and then finished up in the studio. Two different brushes were used: a #2 for the mainline, and a 10/0 for the finer detail. Both hawk- and crow-quills were utilized for the extra fine lines.

    Originally, this was meant to be a rendition of Eowyn (from J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tome), but I liked the idea of the darker hair on the figure, so in the process, it has become a female warrior. Name her what you will.

    I don't have a clue how long this took to finish, as it was part of a week long inking marathon of ten finished pencil images that have been hanging around the art board (some for as long as a year). All of these are spec pieces, done in-between assignments.
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:iconmackmaddie:
mackmaddie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
This is impressive. I first saw it on Google Images, and then shared it on Google+ for you :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the kind words and fave on this one, Madison!
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Eilathen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Wow, this is very very good! Her garment is very detailed and realistic. Well done!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Kurai. I try to do a lot of research into armor from different cultures, and then usually end up mixing quite a bit of influence until I get the "look" that I'm after. This one was primarily European in nature, seeing as how I wanted to portray a Tolkien-type character.
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EvigNattregn Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
J'adore!!
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:icongiadrosich:
giadrosich Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the kind words!
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Islander-60 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An awesome piece, wonderful detail!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Mark, for your kind words and the fave on this one! :D
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Islander-60 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure
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liaojiale Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
线条美丽呢~GOOD~
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
谢谢 :D
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Washu-kun Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautifully detailed in ink that (light background aside) almost reminds me almost of Gustave Doré's engravings.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love Dore's work, and spent a lot of time studying it when I first started out inking. He did like his rendered backgrounds, now didn't he!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, RS, for your kind words!! :D
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PurpleKiwee-137 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Please stop being so AWESOME.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ummm...okay! :XD: Thanks, Kiwee! :hug: (I think, lol).
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space-wolf Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture was featured in this week's art post on my personal writing/art blog Wolfish Written: [link]
I hope you don't mind!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Not at all! Thanks so much for stopping by the gallery and for the feature on your blog!! :D
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Beschaulichkeit Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Beautiful characters, very clean.
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I still like this, would love to see it in color =) But I am a horse fiend.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
K. Wanna color it?
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Huh? Its yours =)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Whose did you think it was, silly?
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Why would you want me to color it?
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:icongiadrosich:
giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
'Cause I don't have Photoshop...
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't have photo shop either, sigh.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:-( Well, I do have Photo shop...just not with me! It's on my desk top back in the U.S. Here, I just have a lap top, and no good graphic editing software on it! I've been wanting to do that "influence meme" that so many deviants have been posting which shows what sources the artist likes, but I can't even put one together because I don't have the means to do so.

:D
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haubing Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! That's one big-boned horse. Tough looking lady, too.
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
love the Horse!
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formenost Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow... good work
it reminds me Liz Danforth
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theOvercoat Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
wonderful detail!
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
If you'll pardon the pun, this is fantastic.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Um...what pun is that?

:D
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
It's a fantasy drawing. I said "fantastic." It becomes much clearer when you understand that I'm a huge dork. :D
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahhhhhhh!

:D
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Greykitty Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
I really like this one, as with all your works, I love the mad detail you put into everything.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, GK! I really have been trying to simplify the work lately, lol, trying to follow the maxim "It's not what one puts in, but what one leaves out!" The problem is, of course, I'm still too much interested with what is in the piece, lol.

:D
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rhunel Featured By Owner May 3, 2008   General Artist
You know, I always pictured Eowyn with brunette hair too, until they cast her with blonde hair in the movie. So who's to say she isn't Eowyn? The final word belongs to J.R.R. Tolkein, and he isn't talking. BTW Eowyn is my favorite character in his books, second would be Glorfindel, who got cut... :-( but I understand it was necessary to have more romantic emphasis.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep. I always lament the fact that one of my favorites, Tom B., always gets the axe from any adaption. Eveyone considers the trip through the old forest to be a side trip, but it is where the hobbits get their blades forged by the men of Westernese (sp.) which Tolkien states was part of why Merry's stab was so deadly to the Witch-King.

Oh, well! Thanks so much for the fave on this one, Debra (and the watch, too!).

:D
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melmire Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
It's really great, I can't even imagine how do people to draw like that...If Shield Maiden will by available as print one day, you can be sure I will buy it!
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Almeruve Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
It looks absolutely amazing!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words and the faves, Alme!

:D
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Almeruve Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
You're welcome. You really deserve them :)
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GreatScot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Damned awesome piece...love the details, especially in the saddle and the leather-work.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Chris, for the comments and the fave! This started out as a conceptual piece for a character, and just kinda grew from there, lol! Eventually, it was used in an illustrated poetry book as one of the main characters for the text.

:D
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HLGEM Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw this at Dragon Con and really loved it.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Dragon Con is a fun show. Are you going to be attending this year?

:D
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HLGEM Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have my hotel reservations and my roomates. Of course it is up to the jury as to whether I will be attending or showing my art. I was inthe show last year, but I'm not assuming that I'll automatically be accepted.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope to see you again this year! DC is always a hoot.

:D
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