The Woodland keeper

This is the fruit of my labour over the last few weeks. I have entered the piece into the "Digital Artist 2009" competition and I have high hopes for it. The story behind the image is that this lady's sword is imbued with magic from the natural world. The magic prevents it harming the earth, trees and plants so when she rests her arm on the sword there is no danger of it piercing the earth. Her armour and sword are meant to reflect her unity with nature, hence the leaf motif of the shield. The rest of her clothing also focuses on organic forms to further convey her love of nature. If you go to a much earlier post you can see the original pencil sketch. Enjoy.