Entry for the Tomb Raider: A Survivor is Born- contest
What inspired me to create this piece are the different environments that Lara Croft encounters through her journey. No matter where she goes, danger is always there. May it be high or low there is no escaping her destiny. I tried to understand what makes her Lara Croft and came up with the idea titled "Embrace". I believe that Lara's Adventures makes her who she is and the more dangerous it is, the more tougher she becomes as she develops her character.
I wanted to add emotion and meaning in this image that defines her. An entire story in a single picture. From my perspective, i see Lara Croft get reborn not once, not twice but from every adventure. She embraces the challenge, she adapts to it and makes it her world!
I thought I'd try out for the Tomb Raider contest. There is no way I'd win, there are so many art works that are much MUCH better! But I'm really happy with this~ I did everything by myself! I'm so happy!
I loved the new game, it was so amazing, the the cut scenes were wonderful! I liked the action too, everything about it was so beautiful.
My entry for DA's Beautiful Creatures Light or Dark Contest. I have not read any of the books so I relied on the the pictures and art style of the film to create my composition. I made her becoming a light caster to contrast with her dress that she is wearing in the poster and I used colors to create the warmth of light and the impression of sunrise in the background.
Done in markers, fine tipped pens, glitter gel pens, a white gel pen, and colored pencils.
Here's my entry for the Tomb Raider contest! I wanted to do a classic portrait of Lara (it was surprisingly difficult to get her face & expression right!) that fans of the game would appreciate, and tried to convey some of the intensity she is known for using dynamic colors and brushstrokes. Seeing all the amazing entries so far almost got me discouraged - but, I had fun painting this and it's an honor to compete against so many great artists. Good luck to everyone who entered!
Drawn and painted from scratch in Adobe Photoshop with a Wacom Cintiq 21UX. No textures and no outside stock photography used for ref or otherwise. Done in approx a zillion hours. Full size 4800x6720px at 300DPI.
(I'm looking forward to getting this game for the PS3!)
EDIT: I wanted to share a wonderful comment from someone who played the game and was able to relate to this artwork (shared with the permission of ~King-o-Fools ) "Though after playing the game, I don't interpret your dynamic brushstrokes and colors as Lara's intensity: If you haven't played the game yet I won't spoil anything, but its an "Origin Story". When you play it you'll understand, but I see your swirling brushstrokes like they're enveloping HER, like how she's forced to deal with the chaotic situation she's been thrown into. The blues make me think of the ocean water (since she's trapped on an island) yet also lead back to oh-so-innocent Lara and her blue shirt. The Black and reds portray the darker and more gruesome side of the storyline as well as a literal interpretation for blood which would relate to her experience with death in general." I really appreciated this commentary since it is exactly what I was going for!
Thank you so much to everyone else who commented too, I appreciate your support and am thrilled to be in the semi-finals!
As well as being my entry for the "train you brain" contest, it's also a concept art for my upcoming demo real! My idea has withstand lots of changes, but somehow I think I'm really going somewhere with this one!
My really big entry for the good vs. evil contest...
I have been working on this for some time now, and I thought I'd explain this piece a little bit.
I didn't want to do the classic devil vs. angel interpretation, or the face split into two pieces... This piece is supposed to be more than that...
It represents evil through greed. Greed is the desire for greater and greater wealth and power. In this scene, the hands desperately cling to precious stones, coins, and jewelry as it falls like sand through their fingers. The sand represents the worthlessness, and inconstancy of all evil and selfish desires.
The sand falls through the fingers showing how their greed is never satisfied, and simply grows on itself. The sand pools at the bottom, surrounding everything, and suffocating those trapped beneath it. None of the greedy hands try and help the one struggling from underneath. Both this and the suffering faces emerging from the dunes represent the consequences of sin and reckless greed.
But where does good come in. I struggled with this for some time before deciding, and eventually decided to leave it up for interpretation. Is good simply the absence of evil, or is it more than that?
Humans with their hands designed for taking, grasping, and stealing, represent evil in this picture. The good, therefore, is the one thing devoid of human influence: nature. The tree seemed to fit in with the piece, being the one beautiful part of the picture.
Also, the tree coming out of the hand (which is decomposing into soil) serves as an analogy for the ability of humans to do good deeds, even if this ability is usually neglected.
Thank you all for your support, and wish me luck in the contest!