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i like drawing young, attractive female characters as much as any other person but this time i wanted to mix things up a bit. have a quick portrait of Ursa, a female warrior who survived long enough on the battlefield to reach the middle age. i'm curious to see how the community will receive her.


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(c) len-yan
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Kenjiz Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017
I am definitely playing a paladin/fighter character in my next D&D campaign using this portrait!
pwnsage Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Nicely done.
BWS2K Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
HibernatingFreckles Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
SO refreshing to see a confident mature woman in armour. Love her stone cold facial expression and the beast-embossed shoulder guard details 🤓
Random-Derp Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Finally. I honestly love when a character feels unique, and this one for sure is. A mature, strong female knights, that's a really rare sight which is a shame
RedRacoon09 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Kinda cool. Would like to see her in action.
Miinda1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
Honest to God, this is the most unique and awesome picture I've seen of a female character in a long, long time.
There are thirteen a dozen pictures of young, pretty female warriors who have poses and looks that suggest that they are walking onto a cat-walk.

This lady has a look that says decades of combat and an expression that declares that the toll is not only physical, it's mental too.
Damn powerful!
ojeffery Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is utterly fabulous.
fknbrsrkr Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
I think she's awesome!!!! Do you do commissions? I would like some bear warrior art for my musical project.
dirtyglasses Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Well done. An honest reminder that surviving battles, even as a winner, takes it's toll. You've captured that in both the scars but also the look.
PlayerTwo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
It's far more difficult than it should be to find pictures of badass older people, especially women. Thanks for this; it's awesome both for that reason and for being great art on its own!
Auramis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Easily one of my favorite fantasy pieces I've ever seen. Not just for the fact that you've drawn a grizzled old woman warrior, either. The lighting is amazing, I love the simplicity in the armor compared to most fantasy sets, the brush style: it's all so good!
Shinzhon Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just PERFECT
Cyan94 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
very intense! *_*
TheMorRioghain Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   General Artist
This is brilliant! Even more so since there is such a dearth of older female heroes/warriors! This is a character with actual...well...character. I also love her armour and that piercing expression. Very well done! Clap 
reliikkiART Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Holy heck, this picture is all kinds of awesome!!
CharlotteHintzmann Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
extremely well received over here!
Yaakov-Weinstein Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
There's so much story to her just by looking at her face. Wow!
Dracawyn Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015  Professional Writer
She looks like a total badass. I love her name too. That, paired with the armor tells a story about her by itself.

The colors and lines are beautiful too. This is an all around excellent piece.
Darkmaster006 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
She is tired of everyone's bullshit, you can see it in her eyes. Truly amazing work, love the quite origininality.
BabakoSen Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
F*ck yes, more battle-scarred, realistically-armored women, please.
For your amazing art skills and for this piece especially, you gain a watch. A female warrior wearing practical armor, with scars on her face to symbolize the many tough battles of the past, possessing the age of one who is experienced, and the air of one who will bravely and fiercely fight until the day she is slain?  

kroriarty Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
There needs to be so much more art like this of female warriors. Amazing work.
arschpo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
:headbang: :stupidme::stupidme::stupidme::stupidme:  :squee::squee: Great Artwork :squee::squee:   :stupidme::stupidme: Amazing :stupidme::stupidme::stupidme::stupidme:  :stupidme:
Lyle101 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
did you use angelina jolie as a reference?
Agacora Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Looks like Lin Beifong decided retirement was no reason to stop kicking ass.  
Darkmaster006 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Indeed hahaha.
doctirderp Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
do you do black and white layer, then overlay color mode ontop for this?
len-yan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes, that's pretty much how i begin with every picture. i add final details in colour though.
doctirderp Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the reply
Marmodre Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
I love this kind of character. Not only are they way too rare, but they open up for some awesome character-ideas. I get the feel of a gritty, vicious lady, not interested in the arrogance of youth or the wry comments of other males. Hardened, serious and capable of fighting as well as any other man, perhaps even better, she makes an imposing figure in both the field and the meeting-room. Awesome, truly.
VMJML1er Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014   General Artist
ursa  (superman)
XenoSolii Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I want to see a movie about Ursa!
Svitlit Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
I LOVE the idea!
Namidabana Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Old warrior lady with a badass practical armour, scars on her face and a calm, wise expression. I think I love you.
Desmodeus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps she made it this far by wearing practical armour? ;)
rachelbostwick Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Noelen Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
wow, you can hardly see 'old' people in the draws here on DA. Everyone create young, beautiful people but you did something else! And that's amazing. Actually I don't see her as old lady. She looks awesome, full of pride and wisdom. I really like this one!
Meggie272 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Really, really gorgeous character design. I love her intensity and her understated strength. Obviously a survivor. Thanks for changing up the female warrior image a little bit!
SepiaWren Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful. I love the way the texture on the breastplate mirrors the texture of her skin. Weather-beaten and battle-scarred, just as it should be! I'm gradually learning how to draw and paint older people - it's so nice to have a wider range of character types to portray, rather than just young and smooth-skinned! Gorgeous work, full of story and character, and very well executed on a technical level. Well done!
HakaiAkumu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
its refreshing to see an older lady with visible age lines! As always, your works is amazing!
Levy-Wilson Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
She looks like she's right out of Skyrim!
Ellorna Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Urse looks like a woman with experience. Definitely not someone you'd want to mess with either. I love this piece.
rutterkin1 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Very well done, I love her expression
VATROU Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
She looks wonderful, you can see almost everything she's been through just looking at her. 
Comical1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow incredible!!!!!!!!!!! :wow:
warriorneedsfood Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Dig it!
Upnapistim Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Wow nice 
flower-the-fabulous Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
So glad to see someone drawing soemthing other than just young warriors, it gives me a sense of female empowerment to see an older woman who has survived battles!  Absolutely love this.
LCorneliussen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
My eyes puked, couldnt handle the awesomeness!
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