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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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:icondarklustersoldier:
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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:iconviolet-hydrangea:
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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:iconhamtaquesttv:
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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:iconmaya-rudsen:
Maya-Rudsen Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HO... LY... SHIT. This is freaking epic!!!
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:iconamanda-lara1996:
Amanda-Lara1996 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Darn... Thats some really pretty art! :O
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
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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:iconamanda-lara1996:
Amanda-Lara1996 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, thanks for the assistance! :D
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timmywheeler Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
yet another fabulous take on the world of light. you're just too damn good
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Haven't heard from ya for a while, how's things these days?
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timmywheeler Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
artisticly...quite good. really coming into my style i think. life. good too. daughter just turned two, selling cd's. how about yourself.
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LadyUkitake Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! This is amazing. I love this!
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:iconfreeza-frost:
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! this is awesome!

worthy of being official art!
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, it has this poster feel to it :nod:
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:iconfreeza-frost:
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool!
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:iconemiliomorles:
emiliomorles Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!
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:iconmizukichan00:
MizukiChan00 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
wow!~
this is very great!~:)
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Laragwen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's WONDERFUL !!
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MasteroftheWicked Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
[link] do one in survivor instinct mode!
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:iconiamzuo:
IAmZuo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The best work I've already seen here! :wow: So many details, good idea and... Your work is amazing :heart:
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Many many thanks for your sweet and very kind words!:icongrin--plz:
It rejuvenates the soul hearing it after countless of hours working on it - it got me pretty beat and emotionally drained hehe
If you don't mind, do check out my first entry, it's not as subtle as this one, but that is the most effort I ever put in any artworks :nod:
[link]
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:iconiamzuo:
IAmZuo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your first entry is awesome too, I must say that :love: When I look at works like yours, I'm really envious, because I am not able to do any like them... All I can do is drawing with pencils and I'm not even as good at it as I want to. Making digital art would always be impossible for me, I have no time to learn, how to do it. All I can say is keep doing your work, as you do! :heart:
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TheDarkKnight1983 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
A true Masterpiece, Eddy!
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome for you support as always! XD
If you don't mind, do check out my first entry and tell me what you think: [link]
It's a very huge art, so do take your time viewing it in full-size, thank you very much again! :squee:
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Awesome
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great for dropping by and viewing this artowrk, cheers! :w00t:
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kamilszy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lara is so beautiful and light there! :heart: Looking lovely! She wins hearts. :worship: Her leg on the rock makes such a pose to admire, feminine style! 8-) Loving her silhouette, face and hair! And the background is epic, so strong with the use of perspective and mystery of the lights and the building. Lighting is amazing here, the beams of light coming through the cave opening way high up. And it nicely underlines Lara. Fantastic work! :clap:
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome that you finally get to view the full-size and completed version :nod:
My weakness is that I tend to be a fanboy when it comes to LC and in a fanboyish manner may lose sight of the overall intent of the artwork lol.
The shadow play on her is the key to create obscurity, she's somewhat looking enigmatic. It's strong imagery I believe, it mirrors her surrounding, and it's obviously isn't a cheerful place ;p
Btw, I've glad to be back using light, to me it in itself is art ;D
I guess you won't be expecting desperate Lara from me; that depiction suited well when the game was unreleased to portray an untrained survivor thrown into a perilous island, but the game is already out and I believe the tide has change, it's about portraying further into the game - the in control survivor.
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JaeBlaze06 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Its so eerie! Good job :)
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great that you found it that way! :w00t:
Just trying to show the supernatural portion of the game :nod:
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JaeBlaze06 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I definitely get that vibe :)
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DesoPL Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Good luck in the contest! I hope you can win! :dance:
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm afraid I may have to give up on that, there are too many epic submissions in the contest ^^;
Btw, is the Citadel DLC any good? I may download that soon :w00t:
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DesoPL Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Is good? IS THE SAME EPICNESS LEVEL LIKE SHADOW BROKER! AND BETTER THAN OMEGA! BUY AND DOWNLOAD! :) I really enjoyed playing this DLC. Sure storyline looks nice, but later... Armax Arena owns!
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ArtFurry Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
wow this is just great!!!! in my opinion the precious one was more action jam-packed and this one is one intense composition... both are different and more impressive then one another :wow:
good luck
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm spreading the variety to show that there are more to Tomb Raider than just a young Lara Croft learning the hard way of survival lol
Also it's good to make two distinctively different dynamics of artworks;. It's hard to choose and depends what you are looking into. This second piece might be preferable if you like the environment and the lore in the game. It appeals to hardcore Tomb Raider gamers and might not for the general populous as they might find it difficult to clue in of what is happening in this artwork. Some may be puzzled of why supernatural events has to do with Tomb Raider until they actually played the game.
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ArtFurry Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
well for me it is hard to say which one is better... Both have a unique concept .. i think the previous one would work amazingly for promotional poster and i this one would be better as a Game's CD cover :D
so yea..
n i agree unless u know the game one can be a little clueless ... but that can b a excitement factor :D ... it would make other wanna know what tht is :)
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alberic-cheneau Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
you deserve to work a crystal dynamics
you have a big talent
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There are over 2000 entrees and I can safely say at least 200 are better than mind ^^;
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alberic-cheneau Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I said as your in the first 50
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alberic-cheneau Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
hi eddy can I know the size of your illustration too good
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's very big alright, you can see the resolution and file size details on the right panel under 'Featured in Groups' section.
By the way, many thanks for you support as always, it's great that you keep up with my effort in art :w00t:
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griddark Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
typical work, simply amazing, some well refined skill in those hands of yours =Eddy-Shinjuku
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Skill acquired by hundreds of hours of honing are awesome, but in the practical world it's the impact of the art that does it. I'm still short on how to utilized these craftsmanship effectively. Need more time to absorb the real essence of art :nod:
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griddark Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
We are all our own worst critics :)
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AYMIR Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you. Great piece of art!
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Plentiful of appreciation for your support and kindness! XD
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amirulhafiz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Totally different from the previous one, but as usual your details always breath taking :) amazing job with the distorted perspective and the castle!
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