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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!
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My entry for the Tomb Raider Reborn Contest! Lara and his new environment...
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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.

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Thank you all for your support, and wish me luck in the contest!

Time: 50-60 hrs.
Medium: Photoshop CS2 tablet brushwork

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Mantis Shrimp, not really familiar with this creature and Google doesn't really help much... I'm really not sure about the "belly" part of the shrimp, so please tolerate with its weirdness... D:

I changed the color of the scribbles this time and they could be traced here: [link]

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~ 2 hours
SAI painter
Wacom Bamboo Tablet

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My other entries
"Long Jing Hu Meng" - Tiger
"Long Jing Hu Meng" - Dragon
Hoot
Alien in the Sea (You're here)
Under the Sea
Cheers. DA.
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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.
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I tweaked and reuploaded this image for the contest Train Your Brain.

Photoshop + tablet. +-10 hours

Don't forget to check out my fine art facebook page: [link]
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This is more what I was aiming for. Usually I like to stick to the tried and true red-white-and-black theme, but the Deviant Green went well with this, and kept truer to the feel of the site here.

Anyway, used the same brush pack for this as I did the other Design--Solid Ink Splatter, which has totally free liscencing and says I don't even have to give credit so I think I'm doing just fine here--and the logo. Took a generic Tribal Dragon tattoo thing and put every single one of FOURTY EIGHT splatter brushes on an individual layer and resized, twisted, skewed and warped them to make them fit parts of the dragon I wanted. I eventually hid the base entirely in order to fan out the wing, elongate the tail and add the claws.

Don't take the side view toooo seriously--I just warped the original template to make it look kinda like it would, so it would be evident that the loop on the back is the extension of the tail.


Anyway, I know I can't vote for my own design, but I actually want to wear this, so I'd appreciate any votes and/or publicity you could toss my way. I'd buy this shirt even if I hadn't made it. I freaking love it.
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Jordan Speer
Bowling Green - Kentucky
Student

Programs used: Bryce 5/ Photoshop



decided to replace my last entry with this one, for several reasons (mainly the size constraint). thanks for taking a look!
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Another one!, just for fun, man...I love this new Lara Croft, this time something more simple, and fast hehe, hope you peeps like it!
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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.
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