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Crouching Shepherdess by jacquelynfisher Crouching Shepherdess by jacquelynfisher
Seventh Sanctum's Class Act Contest - Entry #1
Generator: Humorous Fantasy Class
Result: Shepherd / Martial Artist

Being the shepherd of a flock of sheep can be a difficult and dangerous profession, which is why the few, the brave, the shepherds must have the skills to defend the defenseless and ward off the malicious. Not only must they be experts in the use of such tools as the shepherd's staff and slings but also must be proficient in hand-to-hand combat. The world, after all, is a dangerous place, especially for naive sheep.

Meet Antia, a shepherdess from a long line of highly renown shepherds-martial artists. In her family, the children begin their intense training at the tender age of seven, and only when they have proven they can protect their flock from all kinds of evil -- from wolves, bears, lions, dragons, pouchers, thieves, bandits, and the local, greedy overlord -- are they given the title "shepherd" or "shepherdess" and entrusted to watch the flocks alone.

Antia takes her profession extremely seriously, and even during the hours of calm, she practices her skills as the grazing sheep she is responsible for lazily look on.

This picture was a total blast to sketch and color. I hope you like! :aww:

:pointr: Original Sketch

Ink Art 1.3, Paintshop Pro 7

© Jacquelyn Fisher. 25 November 2007.
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:iconcabbyhat:
That's really cool. I love her pose. Not sure I can contend with this! ^^;
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jacquelynfisher Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! The pose was a little difficult to get right, but it was fun. :aww:

I really love both of your entries, by the way. :nod: I think you are a great artist, and I am sure you will do well in the contest.
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:iconcabbyhat:
Thanks for that. ^_^
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:icondragonscholar:
Putting this up tonight! Glad you liked the contest idea - I tell you people have gone to town on it!
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jacquelynfisher Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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:iconhisxservant:
Very pretty! The detail on Anita, her dress, and the sheep is great!
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jacquelynfisher Nov 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you so much! :aww:

I was a bit worried when I first decided to draw the sheep, so I did a bit of searching around the web for reference photos of black-faced sheep. I was surprised at how cute they turned out when I finished with them.
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:iconhisxservant:
You're welcome!

:D They're adorable. At first glance I was just like, "Oh, those are cute sheep." Then when I looked it again it was like, "ohmygoshhowtheheckdidshegetdetailliketha tintoasheep?! Cool." :]
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jacquelynfisher Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
At first I was worried that there would not be enough details to tell that they are sheep, and then, as I was coloring it, I was worried that I would put in too many details and ruin the effect. ^^;

So I am happy it all worked out! :aww:
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