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Explorer : Reborn Tomb Raider Contest by Eddy-Shinjuku Explorer : Reborn Tomb Raider Contest by Eddy-Shinjuku
This is my second entry, I decided to break away from the usual gritty Lara depiction and make a tribute to Square Enix by portraying not only Lara, but the conceptual beauty of the gaming environment, specifically the ancient Japanese lore and it's supernatural realm. Hope this artwork contributes to the concept.

CONCEPT:
Sacred hidden sanctuary comprise of shrines and temples that when Lara visits under the full-moon's light this ghostly ruin becomes 'alive' with mystical and spiritual presence, reminders of this once holy place.

- The ghostly lanterns boats represents wandering spirits/geist who in the past were that of devotees, dwellers and pilgrims; they are drawn to this sanctorium even in present time, and most probably to eternity.
- The looming temples personifies itself in a way that 'they' are watching over Lara, towering over a mortal who appears in this forbidden vicinity after hundred of years from abandonment.
- Orbs and particles materializes due to presence of otherworldly manifestation.

LARA:
- The ice axe, as if gestured by Lara, is practically the new Tomb Raider emblematic item, it identifies the reborn Lara Croft, equivalent to the classic dual pistols H&K USP Match. The fact that it was handed to her by Roth makes it poetic, like a initiation of her becoming a true Croft.
- Here I try to depict the 'explorer' within her as we are easily distracted by the hunter and survivor side of her. This art attempt to dial in on her passion, the legacy.
- Lara's symbolic footing on the sharp stalagmite portrays her lightness and at the same time the perils of adventure as if life is balanced on the tip of a bull's horn. At least in Tomb Raider :nod:
- Lara's 'looking back' pose is to show her acknowledgment towards viewers, especially Tomb Raider gamers. I believe this has a strong effect in the artwork.

TECHNICAL
- Perspective-wise, it bends more towards creating drama and impact, hence I do not adhere strictly to 3-point perspective, though with a touch of distortion and this diagonal lasso'ed dutch angle.
- Background is Matte Painting.
- Here I'm going for that gaming promo art look with a balance of 'painter-ly' style and realism.


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DarkLusterSoldier Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow wow wow!!!! amazing!!! great!!
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DeadDancers Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it.
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Violet-Hydrangea Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist
its simple amazing, i like it :)
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awesome-hero Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
DUDE...........HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR ART SO FREAKING AWESOME?
THis is freaking ridiculously awesome!
My freaking god man............ lol this srsly is like at the same level of official art. I really love this my friend.
The background is just massively phenomenal. Your a master at this.
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Soulgraphica Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
:)
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HamtaQuestTV Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Wow that's a facking amazing work ! :O
And the picture size is just awsome ! :3
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Maya-Rudsen Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HO... LY... SHIT. This is freaking epic!!!
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Amanda-Lara1996 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Darn... Thats some really pretty art! :O
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome for the support! XD

Btw, pointers: You should invite more members to your group and affiliate with the big guns of the TR groups here in dA :nod:

First up, go to your group's gallery, look for artworks you like and invite as many of the artist of as possible, everyone loves a new TR group.:w00t:

Cheers! :D
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Amanda-Lara1996 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, thanks for the assistance! :D
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