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Dancing Wolf: Reborn Tomb Raider Contest by Eddy-Shinjuku Dancing Wolf: Reborn Tomb Raider Contest by Eddy-Shinjuku
Photoshop CS6: Painting, Illustration, Airbrushing, Matte Painting, and Post-processing.
Working hours: 100 +/- hours. (Spent 3~5 hours every weekdays for the past month)

COMPOSITION:
- In practical terms, the composition is made flexible for commercial use in a way this artwork can be cropped in many ways. I've purposely extend the canvas away from the subject matter (Lara) for this reason. Also the pocket just below and in front of Lara (the source of light flare) is suited for logo placement.

- Aesthetically, the bright radiant light symbolizes the warmth that Lara represents as she emerges from the cold backdrop. The tonal complementary here is metaphorical - it depicts a powerhouse of a survivor in contrast of the harsh and perilous high-ground environment.
- I found that Lara's body language in this new Tomb Raider is more primal, and in this 'hunter-ly' demeanor, I applaud the realism; here I tried to portray her in this instinctive survivor pose overlooking her environment and very in control of the situation while dodging and evading danger, as if this is her playground. In my opinion it resonates well with the game. Also I figured something that branches off from the identity of the 'classic' Lara Croft, so non of that gymnast move, just pure surviving here :nod:
Additionally, I felt she adapts the movements and pouncing of the wolves. Almost as if she was baptized and initiated by the local wildlife ;p
- Ropes here are symbolism, apart from complementing the flow they are prominent in the game as Lara's extension of survivability. So the ropes being all over the place here means she's in her elements and in control.

The rest I let the viewers to interpret as I could go on and on, anything, do reach me via comments for more....XD

TECHNICAL:
- Background is done in semi matte painting, lot's of textured brushes used.
- I minimized 'painter-ly' style and going for realism; the face alone took me 2 weeks to figure out, trying to create a unique face but still feels canonical in a way.
- I'm keeping things crisp and sharp, downplayed 'depth of field' and prioritized more on atmospheric, color and contrast value to portray depth.

:new: Second entry:
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:icontiancum:
Tiancum Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No words would do this proper justice. That is a crap ton of serious work right there. Major respect to you.
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elmjuniper Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best games ever. Fitting that this should also be the best fanart as well. :)
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:iconjmccoolguy4life:
JMCCOOLGUY4LIFE Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One word: BADASS! :D
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:iconvee-kay:
vee-kay Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconacetrooper07:
AceTrooper07 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
amazing
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:iconadamrobertsdesigns:
adamrobertsdesigns Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful, really like your tomb raider pieces and I love how its the environments that take centre stage :)
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:iconzeroxee:
Zeroxee Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Omg the details... epic! :D
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:iconjiyu-ni:
jiyu-ni Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool! :D
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!
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:icononejian:
onejian Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
too big pic,but it is impress me :love:
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:icondulonomad:
DuloNomaD Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great detail, really nice.
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:iconfreeza-frost:
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet job!
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome that you like this artwork! XD
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:iconfreeza-frost:
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcoem!
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:iconmizukichan00:
MizukiChan00 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
very wonderful!~:)
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words, hope you've checked my other piece: [link]
It was inspired by a scene in Final Fantasy X with Yuna&Tidus in the lake where orbs are flying about, but here is just much eerie-er ;p
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MizukiChan00 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you are very much welcome!~:)
wow~~ I saw it~
it looks great!~:3
thank you for the link!~:)
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TheDarkKnight1983 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Hi Eddy, just noticed your message. Yeah, your first entry also looks fantastic. So many effects, excellent lightning, so many details - I can imagine the efforts you spent on it! I could NEVER make it better - IMHO the only thing that doesn't really fit , is that Lara should wear a face that is full of pain, fear, stress and desperation. This one's is too joyfull (it seems as she enjoys the journey), because in the new game she is suffering so much before she become's the Survivor.
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Mangatellers Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lara looks amazing here. I really like the chaos on the BG and the coloring. Wonderful job. Well done! :D
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MitarashiXP Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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MasteroftheWicked Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
You really should do one in her survivor instinct mode that would be really awesome, like you old have sone glowing ropes or barrels in the background ! Doooo eeeet! :D lol
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:iconzero-optix:
Zero-Optix Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Absolutely love that there is so much background and so much action, at the same time! :)
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:iconacersense:
AcerSense Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Aw man. I want that for download. Not fair, but great photo.:(
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll make it available for that after the contest winner's is announced, that will be around the very end of the month :nod:
You can right click and 'save image as' for now ;D
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uWB8poP6 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
out of curiosity:
How much would a commision cost with this level of detail and resolution?
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I only do work at this level of details for 'work-for-hire' or under corporate contract which is around USD275 minimum. (yup, pretty cheap)
I'll sell the rights to my work meaning I won't be credited for the work when used commercially.

For my normal friendly and fun commissions, (you can read more in my journal) they range from USD30~USD70, the quality is almost fair, much lower in dimension, and I still have the rights to my work.
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uWB8poP6 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Yeah i read your journal, and while comparing your gallery with this work (or second entry to tomb raider) i think there is quite a quality gap so i was curious how much it would cost and USD275 is really cheap.
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DeusInDaemone Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
everything, except ugly lara, looks good
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Pizzamurai Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Ugly lara? You must have commented on the wrong art.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Awesome
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:iconjaquina:
Jaquina Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
COOL!! Really an action-pic! :D
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome for the support! :iconxd--plz:

Many thanks for digging this artwork :w00t:
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:iconjaquina:
Jaquina Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your so much welcome! XD
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:iconcourtney-crowe:
Courtney-Crowe Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow, this looks absolutely amazing!! You did a fantastic job on this :D
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome for digging this artwork! XD
Heapsful of thanks for your support too! :w00t:
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NuraNooni Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing job on this entry! I love the feeling of raw chaos in this scene. And poor Lara looks pretty calm through it all! Looks like everyone's got some steep competition. Including me!
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There are heaps of epically awesome entrees (including yours) that anyone could win at this point, it's up to the judges. I've foreseen this so I tried to make something that appeals commercially, hence this promo-art feel to it. Though my second entry is conceptually far off from this, here: [link]
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:iconnuranooni:
NuraNooni Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I saw that one too. I'm having a hard time deciding which one I like best.
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The other one goes a bit deeper into the game's theme :nod:
I supposed we shouldn't put too much pressure on ourselves if win or not; hope you had a blast from this experience and take interest in gaming fanart :w00t:
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UseTheBrakes Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Looks fine to me here, but I din't compare it downloaded yet. I may download it. Say, is this size good for wallpaper?
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm actually paranoid by the download bit, it could potentially disqualifies my entree if this work is found used in other site quite "commercially".
I encourage the view via download because the 1600px preview set by dA ruined the textures and details, perhaps slimming my chance big time as the judges may not see the real effort put into it :no:
Anyways, do try to check the full-size and tell me what you think, it's far cry from this preview lol
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JoshuaCamacho Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how dynamic this is. You get a great sense of what's happening without actually knowing what's happening. Even through all that, she's ready for the journey ahead.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I guess it's because she's somewhat on a vantage point and with this decisive expression - she's getting a clear view of what lies ahead even though the frame doesn't pan much to the right to show us viewers. Though the fire spark hints us of what may be ahead, danger.

Many thanks for your input, it comforts me to know that I'm in the right direction :w00t:
I'm stirring away from that 'desperate' depiction, tried to advance forward in the game where she is in her elements sort of to speak :nod:
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:iconjoshuacamacho:
JoshuaCamacho Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had to download the image to get a closer look at the details behind Lara. You definitely had story back there. Studying the scenery really pulls you into the image. And you're very much welcome.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There are number of stories in it, but not as well-coordinated as planned; it's as if they are contemplating on wandering off on their own. But I'm my own worst critic so I can't really tell what works and what doesn't. When you stared at the same imagery for hours, you'll become 'immune' to it in terms of it's visual impact. I'm very much at the viewer's mercy to know if the art makes the cut ;p
So, your input is an extension to an artist's visual sense; glad to hear yours! :w00t:
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:iconjoshuacamacho:
JoshuaCamacho Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now you're just trying to make me blush. And I'm glad to help.

I'm barely starting to enter that phase where one becomes blind to their own work after hours of dedication. I got a Tomb Raider image I intend to upload myself, I know I'm late but I intend show my hard work regardless.
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hope the option to submit in that Contest category is still open, or else just the regular categories.

If you read my profile front page, I enlisted few tips to improve your craftmanship by eliminating much errors as possible. The best and most used technique my professionals is to flip your canvas horizontally to see your art in a fresher view. You'll be surprised with so much areas for improvement found.
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:iconjoshuacamacho:
JoshuaCamacho Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I probably won't make it on time. I don't much care regardless.

Thanks, I'll most likely read it.
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Actually the judging of the entrees is shambolic, lots of great artist didn't make it. What really disappointing is the lesser arts got into the semi finals, 1-2 are blatant copy of the official promo art. I know another 50 artworks that is of supreme quality that should have gotten through ^^;
Mine included lol ;p

So just forget about it and take your time and submit your Lara art at your own accord, make sure it's not a rushed work :nod:
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asemharun Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!
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