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The First of the Search from The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Been drawing this stuff too much lately.

Definitely keeping the Norse/Viking influences in the designs concerning her culture, since the author clearly has drawn his inspiration from the Jötnar/Hrímthursar; they even have names like "Rime" (Hrím) and "Frost-" in the later volumes. TF strongly reminds me of Jötnar like Járnsaxa ('Iron-Seax').

Her sword is inspired by a Viking-age blade found in a Finnish warrior woman's grave. It belongs to one of the most beautiful prehistoric swords found in Finland.

(c) Stephen R. Donaldson

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ErebusRed Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Impressive!
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zorm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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PuffinKDP Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I think her shoes ought to be armoured too, considering that most of her (humanoid) foes would be quite a bit smaller than her.

She looks rather wistful.
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zorm Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Right, someone else also commented on this. Based the footwear on Roman army caligae, but perhaps I'll give her something different when I draw her the next time. Gave Rime & co. granite-capped boots, though. 
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skebz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
ugh man you're stuff is amazing!! :D very inspiring :D
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zorm Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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Qwilion Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
I agree with guitarfan this lacks something in the image to show the scale of her actual size.

Steve Russell
Rite Publishing
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zorm Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Would need a different image altogether, since adding just one human character wouldn't fit the composition. I do have a picture somewhere in my gallery, though, that shows the scale of Linden/Covenant against that of Pitchwife/Gossamer.
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guitarfan01 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Yes! I love The First!
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guitarfan01 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Only thing that might improve it is a little Covenant or Linden for scale. :D
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zorm Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Wouldn't really have fit the atmosphere and composition of this image, though. ;) However, regarding scale, the top of Linden's head would just about reach her hips.
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guitarfan01 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, the composition is fantastic as is.
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Allwillbemine Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
The attention to detail is inspiring.
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ForTheLoveofSatire Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Love its practicality and the detail in the design.
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Paudraic Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool style.
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sipowicz1993 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Good God, this is incredible! Thanks for posting it to the FemaleMuscle group, so we got a chance to see it!
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zorm Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011   Digital Artist
No problem. Someone else requested it, I didn't know about the group's existence.
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MusclegirlKyoko Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good drawing!

it is from game?
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nanamegami Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
I really, really dig the textures here, both metal and rock and moss. I don't know how you did them, but they really add atmosphere.

I also LOVE the woman. You actually drew a woman in armor with a proper body, for the most part (no, she's not 'overweight', she has muscles O.o) Her armor looks sensible, well designed, I really like it. (Yes, her breasts are a bit big for my taste, but that's my taste and by no means a negative aspect of the picture)


...Sorry for the random comment from a random person from randomia, I just wanted to drop a comment after stumbling on your gallery and really liking this piece the most.
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zorm Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011   Digital Artist
No need to apologize, I love reading people's comments. :) They're altogether too rare these times.

I'm not too fond of the present-day portrayal of warrior women in chain mail bikinis, all vital organs exposed to sharp, pointy objects. Unless one's skin is made of flint, that's scarcely practical (besides, the First of the Search was described to carry proper armor in the books).

Anyhow, glad you liked it. :)
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Effaeldm Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Thank you for uploading your art to DA, not all the people find the Watch easily, maybe even some of those not aquainted with SRD's books will get to read them :)

This one is among the most awesome of your works, a rare and wonderful combination of fantasy and realism.
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Zousha Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's always impressive to see feminine armor that actually looks like armor. :)
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Qlockwork Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Too much? There can't be too much of your stuff? This is awesome!
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Tizrak Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Nice work - I really like it!
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
eikös tuo miekan kahva ja ponsi ole Suomesta naisen hautalöydöstä? mahtavat yksityskohdat!
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zorm Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Joo, Suontaan 'soturinaisen' miekkahan siinä inspiraationa... XD Enpä voinut vastustaa kiusausta.

Kiitti!
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
jep olen tuon väistimen ja pommen meinannut hommata replicana itselleni ja muokata vanhemmasta viikinkimiekastani USA sta löyty hyvä paikka missä kohtuuhintaisia ja hyvälaatuisia tekeleitä. [link] sivulla vaikka mitä mahtavaa ainut hankaluus oli tullin kanssa,kun tilasin vaimolle kupurarintasoljet yms. mutta siitäkin selvittiin.
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zorm Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Olen kyttäillyt aikaisemminkin tuota kauppaa ja tuumaillut, että joskus pitäisi jotain sieltä tilata... osaisipa vaan väkertää miekan, niin eiköhän nuo Suontaan vempeleet tulisi väkisinkin hankittua. :)

Kävin Hattulassa viime viikonloppuna (Suontaka siinä lähistöllä) ja siellä joku kertoi, että muistakin naisten haudoista on miekkoja tavattu Suomessa. Olisikohan ollut Kalvola yksi niistä paikoista, tosin en yhtään tiedä, että minkänäköinen ase sieltä on löytynyt.
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Jep pitääpä kaivella kans noita kirjoja,jos löytyisi tietoa asiasta. muistaakseni yhdellä miekkaforumilla yksi Suomalainen väitöskirjaa tekevä (Mikko Moilanen)
kertoo yksityiskohtia miekasta laitan linkin keskusteluun.

Hermeetikon sivulla miekasta jotain
[link]
tässä uusi versio miekasta (800e!) ja forumia eteenpäin 3sivulla on Moilasen info
[link]

mies oli tutkinut 2008 yli 70 suomesta löytynyttä miekkaa,joka oli vain kolmannes kaikista löytyneistä.. ja loistomiekkoja on suomessa ollut yllättävän paljon.
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Paulcellx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive details the ones you put on her armours! :meow: Very exotic! But don't you think the girl looks a little bit overweight? Well, just my opinion. :meow:
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zorm Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks :)

Well, I wouldn't really know what's 'overweight' concerning her species. But when I conjure up a mental image of a woman about 11,5ft tall, carrying heavy stone armor, and described as 'brawny' in the book, I can't see her filling the measurements of the stereotypical contemporary fantasy warrioress (and personally I don't like it much either). Rather, my impression follows the early 20th century Valkyrie model [link] and adds about 5-6ft more height to that.
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TheScreamingNorth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore how realistically you draw women warriors. She looks like she's going to fuck someone up off screen.
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zorm Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Haha, thanks, just attempting to stay canon. XD I don't recall it word to word, but it was described that her frown had the sharpness of a whetted sword edge, or something along those lines. Not very amiable.
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monkanian Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Very nice detail! Is she standing in a ocean cave?
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Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
As always, it looks freaking amazing. You seriously astound me. *shakes head*.
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