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Predator: Bowhunter by rachaelm5 Predator: Bowhunter by rachaelm5
This piece was inspired by the marvelous Uruk'hai from the first Lord of the Rings movie. I loved the ogre-critters' armor and I thought that it would translate very well to a Predator's muscular frame.

I also don't do a lot of detailed backgrounds like this, so I found the landscape (an amalgam of various nice spots in Colorado and Utah) both challenging and enjoyable.

I drew this with my Zig pens, and it took close to 30 hours to complete. I worked on it almost exclusively over my lunch periods at work. :D

Edit: Big thanks go out to :iconankewehner: for the very informative article on how to properly grip a bow and fire an arrow without causing yourself serious injury!

Bodacious colored version by :iconnoodleboy88:

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:iconmiss-dnl:
Miss-DNL Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful work here!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. This is one of my personal favorites, too. :D
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Miss-DNL Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem and i can see why ^^
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Suvd Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW NICE PREDATOR ART. I LIKED ... :D

:weed: :weed: :weed:

SORRY ...
I'm bad English Languages.
T'm from Mongolia. :phae:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
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XxXDeadlyxShadowsXxX Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool Love it
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :-)
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XxXDeadlyxShadowsXxX Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
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grisador Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Yautja Archer Very Good
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :-)
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Wolf8292 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
i always wanted to see this, a predator with a bow, of course my bow was a really advanced compound bow, and the predator was one i envisioned, with a crocodile style mask, with croc jaws carved into the front like the celtic pred, but this is just too fucking cool, really nice work
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, man!

I was going for something fairly brutal-looking with the Predator's longbow; if I tackle a design with an advanced compound bow, I'll want to use a more advanced-looking armor style for the Predator as well. It's a fantastic idea, though, and I'll keep your recommendation in mind when I come 'round to this concept again. :-)
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Wolf8292 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
no problem, i saw your picture and i didn't believe what i was looking at at first, iv'e always thought a predator that used a bow would be bad ass.
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:iconmonchiken:
monchiken Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You made so great line art :clap: !!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you like it. This one is still among my favorites. :-)
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monchiken Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are quite welcome :D
Keep nice works ;)
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noodleboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
this is awesome if you dont mind i would like to try and color this
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love to see what you can do with colors on this. Poke me when you're finished!
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noodleboy88 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
and you got it
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
fuck yes.

i like the top-knot. ;)
and those arrows look fragging painful!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You betcha.

I was aping the Uruk'hai design pretty closely, and the topknots bouncing as they ran just *amused* me. Had to keep it for the Predator, too. That, and those arrows that have a half-inch wide shaft, all sticking out of Boromir. Ouchies FTW. ;p
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
pain and suffering!! ;p i hope the Pred is ace enough to get a kill shot a bit quicker tho. :devilish:
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predator-fan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student General Artist
wow this is amazing and the huge amount of
detail is just perfect the time spent was definetly
worth it :thumbsup:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. This is still one of my personal favorites from my pile of Predator pictures. I definitely want to do another piece like this when I have some free time!
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predator-fan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student General Artist
no problem
you definetly should do another piece
like this cause this is amazing
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
"Stay low to the grass, so it can't see you, aim for the heart, that way, if you miss, you have a large margine for error. Remember that, son."
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*snicker*

True words; good advice. :D
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Skarboy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
This piece has iven me tones of ideas armour is lovely fit on the pred. The thought of a bow gives it a real feral savage-like look.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to provide food for thought. Fellowship of the Ring and its sequels provided me with tons of reference material for all kinds of applications - Predator armor was just the first happy thought that flitted through my headspace. I really liked the way that the armor plates overlapped, and the evident strength required to operate a longbow of the size the Uruk'hai were using. Savagery is our friend. :D
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TheSocialist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
man i would love to see this in color =D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By all means, have at it. ;-)

I only envisioned this one as a black and white piece - I think in two totally different modes when I do color, or when I shade with ink. I didn't even THINK about a color scheme for this because I was so focussed on the textures and contrast.
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TheSocialist Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
really? lol i will try to find some time lol !! its a very nice piece ! i do love the textures =D
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great details and great work on the background and the shading. :D
Really nice work on the bow it got lots of details and signs like the culture of the Predator would made it.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

Yeah, I've always been puzzled by the fact that we never see Predators with this kind of ranged weapon. They have plasma canons and the Frisbee of Death, but I've not seen anything quite like bow-and-arrow or even a tool like the atlatl to make a spear cast go farther. At any rate, after I saw Fellowship of the Ring for the fifteenth time, it finally occurred to me that the Uruk'hai would translate almost seemlessly to Predator, at least as far as the look and weaponry went, so I tried it out and voila! Got a halfway cool drawing. :D
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob.
Cool, and I am agree with ya. :D
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
:wow: I like the way that the bow fits in with the motiff of the predator's equiptment.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. I've never seen any Predator equipment that fits into this catagory of weaponry, so a fairly ornate and spikey longbow (which could double as a blunt instrument of much bloodletting) seemed fairly appropriate. :D
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Mecha-Shadows-13 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006
I think if I were a pred,(which im not) that is the way i would hunt. silent and deadly
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Terra-fen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's freakin' awesome! Preddies are sweet, and bow hunting rules! :D I don't think I've ever seen this concept for the Hunters, great job! <3 and :+fav:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - thanks very much. I hadn't seen a bowhunter concept either - the guys don't use many ranged weapons, even in the comics. I thought it was high time someone took that into consideration. :-)
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Terra-fen Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah...Everything they use is pretty short range. But I guess that's for the honor, right? Hand-to-hand combat, so to speak. :D I'm a freak for Preddies...or Yautja, as some ppl get bent out of shape if ya call 'em Predators. Ah, well.
I like it. Lol...and awesome to use it.
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SilverCoils Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005  Professional General Artist
I love the concept of the bow and all of the utter detail you managed to shove in this, it gives it a feeling of severe camoflauge. Awesome work!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Heimerich Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2005
O_O Holy... whoa, I'm speechless _ the amount of detail id gorgeous, you know I dig this kind of illustrations _ and bravo! for the bg you should DO it more often -
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)

I will definitely try to do more of these detailed backgrounds. There is no other way to make it easier to draw them!
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predator-ellie Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
Awesome job! (as always) i love the work you put into it, all the minor and major details really make this peice stick out! :D lotr orc..woot! lol =P

~Ellie
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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QuestingRaven Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, the details are astonishing. Beautifully done.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I'm proud of this one... At least for the next couple of weeks. :D

By the by - I like your new avatar image. :glomp:
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QuestingRaven Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
:D you shoudl be proud of this, and not just for a few weeks. The research you did on the pose really accentuate the image :D

As for the Avatar ... I'm not jumping 100% on the bandwagon, but I am concerned with the future of DA.
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