--- Oh my god, thank you very much, I never thought I would made it. ;_; I'm happy that some of my favorites made it under the top 25. If you want to see my personal winners, you can check out my latest journal. Congratulation to all who got selected. ----
This is my entry for the Tomb Raider Reborn Contest I worked really long on it and I hope everything looks fine, since absolutely no references/stockphotos were allowed for lara beside the asset pack. ^^' For this artwork no textures, just brushes were used to create it.
Rain Brush from Spriritsighs-stock [link] (awesome sets of brushes, go check them out!) ^__^ Brushes from Natascha Röösli (kyena) which she shared long ago (I love them so much ;__; ) and some various free brushes.
I'm very excited for the game as most participants so I was very happy when they announced this contest ^^ I really love this "selfmade" bow of Lara (which you can see in the trailers) so it was a must to draw it Hehe, I wonder if such a selfmade bow really works that well, but it seems Lara is a true pro with it ;D
First off, lemme chime in, along with everyone else and their mom, that the new Tomb Raider is an amazing work of art. You can clearly tell that Crystal Dynamics poured their heart and soul into this labor of love. It's been a while since I've played something this good; if you haven't played it yet, go play it now!
So yeah, this has been one long-ass month of staying up til 2~4am most nights to work on this after I get out of work. I lost track of how many hours it took, but my slow ass took over 100 hours to work and rework the pose, angle, background, lighting, and details and I still feel like I could keep working on this for another week or more. In the end though, I'm really happy with the result; definitely one of my best works and hopefully a worthy homage to the awesomeness of the new Lara.
I tried to make the literal theme of ascension cool-looking (Lara fearlessly rock climbing in a beautiful/dangerous environment) while keeping the figurative theme of ascension subtle (Lara's struggle through Hell to reach salvation above) so that it wouldn't come off hammy. I also wanted to prominently feature the storm in the background because it played such an important role in the story, as well as to add an overall sense of impending doom/urgency to the image.
Oh, and btw, the climbing axe: most awesome piece of equipment ever.