I remember once I was riding the subway in Toronto, there was a lot of commotion at my stop which I soon found out was focused around an elderly man who had slipped down the stairs and was bleeding quite profusely. It was scary, but he was surrounded by people who were already dealing with the…
I think I might have miscommunicated my intent: the character is not an archer for sport, but as profession, a bit like the English longbowmen; the setting is a pre-modern/early-modern world one (sorry; character limits were an issue in that ask). Thank you very much for the answer, though! I appreciate it and it should help.
Yeah, I got that but considering professional bowmen have more or less been made redundant in a modern age people who do archery for sport are probably the next closest reference you’re going to find. If you want, in a modern day and age, to find good archer references for whatever reason my advice would be googling something like “archery competition”, “archery champion”, “competitive archery”, “archery club”, “winning archer”, “archery hunting” anything like that.
I am trying really hard not to be rude here but I don’t know what difference you expect that to make in advice that basically amounted to “use google and consider other factors”. “Being an archer” isn’t going to define the character’s physique, Are they and endomorph? Ectomorph? Mesomorph? What kind of physical activity do they participate in? Do they stand on a hill all day and wait for a deer to pass by? Do they chase enemy soldiers through the forest? Do they stealth around hostile territory and avoid confrontation? Do they sit in bed and eat bonbons waiting for the call to arms? Do they work on the farm when they aren’t supplying archery services? Are they well fed? Are they struggling to sustain themselves? What kind of food do they eat? Do they have a long trek to and from where they live and where they work? Are they on the road a lot? Do they walk? Do they ride a horse? Do they nap in a cart pulled by oxen while they commute? Do they chop their own firewood and carry their own water? Those are the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself because they’re the ones that are going to help you decide what your character will look like more than “does archery”.
You guys do realize that when Anna and Kristoff get married, Sven is going to be the Best Man at the wedding. He’s going to have to give a toast. Kristoff is basically going to talk about himself in his Sven voice for 45 minutes.
"…and never in my life have I met a lad more pure of hart.”