ok. while i cannot pretend to know who this woman is, (not a great fan of these sword and sorcery films), i can say that i like this image. it is vivid, interesting, and quite simply well drawn. there is great mastery of form, excellent use of lines for shading, and also, a real sense of three dimensions. A real sense of purpose in the eyes, and a truly 'real' feel to the character. with regard to previous efforts, i cannot really comment on that, but i dare say you have a good eye for detail. the flow of the clothing and hair is beautiful, and very natural. i get a good sense of a true person from this one. sensational. really enjoying this image. thank you for sharing!
For vision, i give this a four, purely because i don't know if this is an original idea for an image or a copy from a still photo.
for originality, i have to say, mostly because this is not a completely made up character, a three.
For technique, i see some nice quality in your art, and feel there is much to encourage you to do yet. for this i give you a four.
for impact. Well... i personally am, a sucker for an image with a lot of feels to it, so i can say that this has a good sense of reality and thought. therefore, i must also say a four
Vision 4 Okay, Well, I threw up a 4 in this area just because I feel that in order to get the hair/leaf effect you had to decide on a pose that did a feminine figure justice and work with your idea.
Originality 3 For this I went a solid 3. In all honesty, I have no idea who this character is. But with any fanart type deal, the originality aspect is in posing and settings and other kinds of interaction. The pose is nice, but is really just a standing pose. I have no clue if this character has or uses that hair/leaf effect or if it came from your head so I just disregarded that little spot.
Technique 5 This I gave a full blown 5. Not that it has much to do with this piece, but my good ol' Dad did a lot of landscape drawing using this sort of technique and texture so I immediately like it. The softness of this style works really well with the nature of her hair and clothes and I think you did a badass job shading and highlighting. I find the anatomy spot on as well.
Impact 5 On impact I stuck with 5 stars. The initial attention grabber is the stark contrasts in the character and then with this style, all the effort put into details- its definitely a piece you can look at and investigate.
At first when I heard about her I was surprised because she did not appear in the book. After that, I realised the construction of her character is a bit exaggerated. I mean, seriously, an Elven maid being able to wield the bow is ok, but an Elven maid being able to wield the bow and daggers and guard prisoners is far too much. In Tolkien's books a few women actually fought, but none had any important military position.