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Hey, did you see that archery guy?

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 26, 2015, 9:02 PM
Last week the video of Danish archer Lars Anderson doing seemingly badass stunts with his handy bow and some homebrew footage set the internet ablaze with excited babble about all the cool things he could do as an archer. The video, advertised as "badass danish youtuber destroys every hollywood archery myth" featured an amateur archer performing super fast shooting, melee shots, and pulling arrows out of the air to return fire.

In an era of pop culture permeated by Arrow and Norman Reedus as the coolest survivor sporting a crossbow in Walking Dead, archery *is* a pretty cool subject to talk about, and what I think Lars succeeded in doing was to make us all believe that we too could be an "average person" that could shoot badass arrows and be super cool.

A week later, criticism of the video is now challenging his claims. Jim MacQuarrie on Geek Dad argues that this guys is perpetuating misinformation. On the other hand, Lars is obviously really good at social media and got the attention of all the interwebs. I think maybe what Lars is most guilty of is exaggeration, as he does explain how he does what he does, but leaves out details about things like the weight of the bow and the overall efficacy of the shots (we don't know how many shots didn't make it during filming and were edited out, for instance). Snopes confirms that the speed of the archery work appears to be real, and offers some explanations for how it is achieved:…

BUT, being no expert in the field of archery, I have a very different take on the outrage that some supposed archery professionals are feeling: I think it's really cool that all of this attention means I get to learn a lot of new things about archery in my news feed. So why not let the criticism and discussion of archery begin with an open mind? I'm in favor of archery getting recognition! Let's all be nerdy and start talking about what we really do know about it historically as well as in contemporary practice!

For those interested in the critique, here is the Geek Dad article:… (Also, I've now found a cool new blog to read called Geek Dad!)

Taking Aim project:… (supposed to be a professional documentary about archery from the archery consultant who worked on Arrow)

And, because the point of what this all should really be about is how archery is super cool, here is a video of archers doing cool things!

Are you into archery? 

6 deviants said OMG yes, I want to try it!
3 deviants said You n00bs! I'm a total pro. I was into archery before it was cool!
No deviants said Nowai, it's so overhyped because of media!


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AllForFire Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Ah, hello, Merry Christmas to you!
I'm terribly if I'm bothering you, but I'm A fellow Bioware fan who recently started posting his Dragon Age Fan-fictions.
Just minutes ago I submitted some of them by mistake to the Mass Effect folder of your BiowareFanClub for review.
I immediatlely re-submited them to the Dragon Age folder, but I merely wanted to give an apologetic heads-up.
Again, terribly sorry for the mistake, hopefully if you find my stories up to snuff, and I submit more in the future, I'll be more certain to be mindfull of the setting.
Cheers Warm Tidings and Happy Holidays to you and All your Kin Sir!^^
InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
No worries! If the other admins haven't sorted this out for you already (I'm on and off on dA) then please let me know. Happy New Year and hope your 2015 is starting off to a kickin' start!
Mad42Sam Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Thank you for the fav :)
werewolf90x Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey i finished my mass effect artwork. but my work is not in the gallery. WHY
InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Hi werewolf90x -- I am assuming you're asking why it hasn't been added to the :iconbiowarefanclub: correct? Can you link to me what work you're talking about?
werewolf90x Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist……

but your guideline saids the polished thing. i worked really really hard on them
InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
You composition and the proportions would be okay. Unfortunately, I think it's the way that you did the outlines that is probably baring it from entry. If you're working with a pencil sketch, may I suggest that you use a marker or Sharpie to draw some thick outlines first (called inking) before you scan and color them in? If you are working digitally, try downloading a free program like GIMP that will let you do multiple layers (it's really much easier for coloring, too!).

Here is a simple How-To for inking:
YouTube instruction video:…

Believe me, it makes a world of difference in your drawing!
animot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot for the watch!
noborux Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Hey dude, hows life been for ya?
InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Hey you! Life has been ups and downs. Definitely what they call "interesting times". Overall, great learning experiences, lots of stories, miss hanging out with my online buddies, though. How've you been?
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