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Seeing one too many female warriors with
ridiculous armor designed by Fredericks of Hollywood, I had to put my two cents in.
It takes more than a prop sword and armor to convince anyone of a womans worth as a
So I found a model I believe has it in her to really fight
well. Who could, if the situation demanded it, do whatever it took to win. I
took her out in the backyard and within twenty minutes with a sword she looked like a pro.
A true natural, though she had never had any martial training; once she allowed
herself to do it, she really was capable of doing serious damage with a sword. I
then handed her the sword in the painting and let her go she was scary.
Ill be painting action paintings with her in the future because when she chops or
slashes with a sword it looks believable.
For two weeks she posed and I painted her from life.
Throughout those weeks she continued to practice cutting with the sword she posed
with. This way when she held the sword, even in a standing pose, it looked natural.
All the work paid off because I took the barely dry painting
(32 x 42, oil on canvas) to the World Fantasy Convention in Corpus Christi where it won
Best in Show.
Held by Honor - small
image size: 7" x 9"
on 8 1/2" x 11"
Held by Honor -
image size: 10 1/4" x 13 1/4"
on 11 3/4" x 16 1/2"
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