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For Paizo Pathfinder.

If you are interested in reading about the process for this image, please check it out on the Shadowcore blog! (Also, because its full of awesome artists who's work you should follow.) =)
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Easycompany506 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
What most people don't know is that there WERE female Samurai that fought along side the men in Feudal Japan. They were called onna-bugeisha. By default women in a samurai family were required to train on naginata, kaiken daggers and the martial art of Tantojutsu and were expected to defend the household, the family and their husband's honor in times of war. However there were women who even fought on the battlefields. Tomoe Gozen was a perfect example. Though this semi-died out by the Edo period.

Still, you not only created a beautifully made portrait, but you also showed a glimpse of an obscured page in history. Bravo.
FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's cool!
Judgethunder Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
I did this with it..

Is that alright?
ErinPrimette Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This design is so much better than those skimpy armor that some professional game designers put many video game females into.
FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks!

Though, speaking from experience as a professional concept artist... sometimes I think the skimpy armor is a bit out of my own hands. =/ I do try to go beyond the chainmail bikinis though. It is good to have a range of character types and we see too little of that for sure.
Dwemble Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is inspiring.  I made an account on this site just to comment on it.  I want to say as a male Sci-Fi/Fantasy enthusiast, that I tire of seeing female characters with disproportionate bodies, skimpy clothing or worse; armor, and unnecessarily seductive poses that have nothing to do with the content, action or tone of the piece that contains them.  Your work is exactly what I've been wanting to see for years.  Not only is it technically impressive and aesthetically pleasing, but shows that women in fantasy art can be as strong and heroic as men, and don't have to be overtly sexualized to do so.  Which is not to say that they can't be sexy.  Thanks so much, you've made a very enthusiastic fan.
47ness Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
Totally agree with you there (male as well). I feel like deviantART definitely disproportionately rewards artists who rely on overt sexualization (I guess it's right there in the site's name, huh? ^^; ) and, yeah, it has a snowball effect on the entire industry mindset.

But hey, there's always a chance to lead by example as this particular artist did. :)
FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  It can be a hard balance to strike. Since I'm female, I do get annoyed at how frequently woman are portrayed as inseparable from being sex objects.  Yet at the same time, being a strong, sexy female is just as much hero worship as strong, bulky men is for guys.  I think really the key is context, and I try to keep that in mind. I'm not going to shy away from cleavage where it feels appropriate, and sometimes I do just want to draw sexy women well (because women are beautiful)- but I try to strike a balance when I can. 

Thanks again =)
Kai-Chi23 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I would like to use this for my home brew Table Top RPG.
If you wouldn't like me to use this picture please contact me.

You will Of course be credited :)
FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, the major concern I have with this is that the rights for this piece are already own by Paizo. You would not be able to use it for anything that you plan on selling or distributing- this is a legal matter out of my own control.  If you want to use it for your own personal enjoyment, that is ok.

Kai-Chi23 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013

It would be only used in a non profit table top gaming group 
xelianthought Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<font><font>Bom trabalho!</font></font>
Beautiful handiwork - and beautiful characterization. I do not want to be at the receiving end of that gaze. =P
Gerlint Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
wow, this is so cool, and the detail is incredible!
jessiegirl91 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Love the Look
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
I like the armor design X3
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great :thumbsup:
Tamagouch Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Muito linda essa Imagem...Merece um Joy e um Love :D
ToonTakeOne Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
This is amazing. There is so much detail and depth. Great work.
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
libitinadream Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
i love the colors! very beautiful
FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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