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Tomb Raider Reborn by dCTb Tomb Raider Reborn by dCTb
My attempt for the Tomb Raider Reborn contest. I almost gave up on this twice but listening to Sam Cooke songs somehow helped me push through to finish.

I had like 3 ideas, a small page of notes, watched the entire gameplay on YouTube (I have no game system to have played it anyway), peeked at a lot of the other entries, got discouraged, almost didn't even try, listened to some music, re-amped myself up, and read a bit on Lara Croft from wikipedia of course before doing the picture. I DID MY RESEARCH :iconsuccesskid2plz: And if you want to know my thought process for this picture, read on (It might be teeny tiny bit spoiler-ish but not really but here's a SPOILER WARNING anyway just in case) :

•I loved the game (even though I didn't play it) and the most memorable part for me was this radio tower scene where Lara went waaaaay up and the scenery was just gorgeous. I'm a sucker for huge landscapes so I made sure to emphasize that in the pic.
•I remember reading that for the rebooted Lara, the designers wanted the players to feel for the young tomb raider and they made a point about her eyes. I went through a few expressions and thought I'd show the more naive and frightened side of Lara before she was learning and adapting to everything she experienced on the island.
•The first time Lara took a life in the game had a pretty big impact on her--she noted on how it was really easy (not in an arrogant way but in a scary realization way that a human life can be cut so quickly and easily). So I wanted to somehow show her "washing the bloods from her hands" in a way.
•An important thing I realized was that this game was emphasizing "rebirth" a lot (obviously since "Reborn" is in the title) I wanted to somehow show rebirth in the drawing (but too many ideas packed into one image was difficult). The idea I initially came up with was for Lara to be emerging from the water because, to me, that very early scene in the game where Lara was submerged in water and nearly drowned only to be rescued made me think of a christian baptism: being submerged is signifying death to the old you and the resurgence signifies a rebirth of sorts to the new you. It was an entirely separate picture idea but I made sure to have Lara at least standing in water. A genius idea I saw from someone else's entry was of Lara laying in the fetal position with some rope resembling an umbilical chord--she was essentially a baby and that entry is definitely my favorite out of everyone's that I saw!
•Threw a sun at the top because Himiko=Sun Goddess
•The frame (which got lost by the time the picture became final) is kind of insisting the shape of the various icons you see when upgrading skills [link]. I wanted the picture to resemble a giant skill icon for Lara becoming the person she was going to turn out to be by the end of the game (essentially something like an ultimate "Survivor" skill that you might get rewarded with). I wanted to show her journey from bottom to top with the ship wreckage at the bottom and as you go up, you see different elements from the game experience and at the top would be the sun to signify the Himiko being the end of her journey on the island. The only element of that part of the idea I included was the sun at the top. But I did fortunately saw that the water pouring out of the frame was a great visual and opted for that favorably over showing the entire frame.

Artwork by *dCTb
All work done in GIMP
•Original file size 3100x4960 @ 300dpi
•Only standard GIMP brushes and filters used
•If you think it's too dark, please let me know! (I've been staring at this picture for SOOO MANY HOURS the past two days)

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EternityCheck Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work!
SirCassie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im in love... 0.o
DarkWarriorPincess Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing. I love the colors and shading you did. The game is fantastic and I love playing it. Keep up the good work.
GoldenSunlight Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the concept and the colours! <3
breackheart15 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Love details in the shadowing
yunamoonflower Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's nice to read all of your thoughts behind the final picture, which is very evocative. I finished the game and I really felt that "survivor" thing, and the will during the entire game to "save" Lara in every way possible. Beautiful atmosphere and color :+favlove:
rafaelluik Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I love how it feels like the mountains give shape her.
fulltime-daydreamer Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!!!
This tomb raider game is so fucking awesome and this drawing is just perfect.
Alexwind Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
wow..very beatify
Killer-Sweet Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student
Musica-Saito Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
legomaestro Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice one
blacktool33 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
A-B-Original Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on being a semi-finalist! You were featured here: [link]
Dorshiffe Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I want you to win this.
TofuMilkTea Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
gratz on making it into the top 25
Ca-roline Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
it is my favourite entry out of all the semi-final ones! wish u good luck, hope you'll win :D
kynero Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on making it to the Semi-finals; im rootin' for ya CT
ranka-mei Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
There is something incredibly imaginative and deeply artistic about this work! The conflluence of Lara and her surroundings, her blood being washed away with the water, whilst having her be reborn from it too, it's all breathtaking.

Other contestants, be afraid; be very afraid!
although every semi finalist have gorgeous artwork....this one caught my eye...the expression of lara's eyes full of dispelief, and perhaps hidden tears for the easy loss of human life is breath taking...i really like it...good luck hope you made to top 3
momotaro-momoDesign Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
wow.... it so cool.... this is great :D
mrdamron Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
It is lovely. Grats in making the semis and best of luck winning it all.
MISS-MONG Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really beautiful! I hope you win!
Luna-Fantasma Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Done in GIMP uh? :wow: I thought it was real watercolours ;
TheCuuks Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
nice! ;)
Ahkward Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Congrats on making it to semi finals, I love this one most. :D
Art-Gem Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I could totally see this on a bag, and if I did, I would most definitely buy it :iconyeahplz:

Beautiful work, I hope you win! :dance:
Aakami Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congrats on getting to the midfinal! And it looks absolutely amazing,so pretty :)
Sinn4u Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Well done on getting to the semi's man! Wish you all the best. Some other stunning entries up there but i think your piece is the most imaginative and stands well amidst the competition :fuzzydemon: good luck.
AgentPummel Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
congratulations! :D
svyre Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You made the semi finalists! ;D congrats!
Seeing the other artworks, I must say that lara croft's face in your piece ressembles her the most! So I still think you will win! XD
Proxy-0 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha good job on placing in the semi-finalis dude. Great piece ;D
Maestrander Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Naariel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations with being amongst the semi finalists in the Tomb Raider contest! :D:happybounce:
LittleMissSquiggles Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats dude! You're a semifinalist in the contest!
TheAlchemist-Cr33g Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work, dCTb.

I too really enjoyed this new incarnation, or "reboot" of Tomb Raider. I'm normally not a fan of Tomb Raider or Lara Croft, this game changed my mind completely.

As for this piece, I think it's great. I like how you emphasised the landscapes as you mentioned in your description. Your idea of "rebirth" is well illustrated, as Lara's pose, the object beneath her and the landscape to the sides, it does look like she is "rising", being "reborn". It's great. The red beneath her honestly looks like blood, like she is rising from a river of blood. That sounds very dark and messed up I know, but (SPOILER) it does remind me of that one particular scene in the third quarter of the game (END SPOILER).

The mountains to the side, because of their shape and colour, it really reminds me of angel wings. In this case, an angel of darkness, or an arch angel. I think that's an appropriate symbol for the new Lara Croft.

Excellent work - and good luck to you in the competition. All the best. :)
oakheart1824 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is my favorite of the 25 I love the surrounding around Lara. I hope you win!
QuixyAct Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I feel you have one of the strongest semi-final entries in the mix. Not only for a genuinely thought out piece but for some sense of presentation or explanation of your work to go along with it.

I wish you luck and hope the rest of the judging doesn't give you any gray hairs. : (
elfftw Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! I absolutely love it!
ShadowScythe85 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Congrats on making it to the semi-finals so far. This is a really great piece and hope it keeps going :)
xeighteenthornsx Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student
This looks so amazing. I hope your piece wins, it's so original! :D
1Mio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of my favorites from the top 25 entries!!
Good luck!
TrickyContestant Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Congratulations on making the top 25.
Crolossus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! It different form other entries in terms of the style - it reminds of some comic books. Also, you captured the look of her in-game face really well! Well done! :thumbsup: :)
TFSakon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Wow that's such a unique entry. I do love the look on her face it's not so extreme as most are. It has a fascinating variance of scale, with the mountains behind her. I do always love your palates and this one is curious in that it doesn't feel too cold, nor overly brazen, but still is quite dramatic. This I feel is likely due to the sun and background.
Wonderful piece though.
Vertous Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Artist
When you magnify the picture it really shows the work that you put in to this! I hope you at least get into the top three, or at least get something at all!
Paulax77 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my lock background on my iphone. I just love it
Nokadota Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
DUUUUUDE, this is awesome!
Dairedo96 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dont you mind if we'll use this art in our magazine? (It's free web magazine about games, movies etc.)
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