"The Strength" card deals with discipline and control, something that Merida seems to lack. She is impulsive and brash, but she always follows her heart. For all of her skills, it's not until Merida confronts her fears and takes charge of her life that she shows her true strength.
The traditional composition of the card had a lion and a woman, symbolizing that with presence of mind anything was possible. It was also stressed that the woman look calm, and not struggling to overpower the lion. I replaced the lion with a bear (for obvious reasons haha) and Merida always seemed most at peace while she was with her bow so I drew her doing that. I wanted her hair to look at once like fire but also like knot work. I also really like how the colors in the background help her stand out. Enjoy!