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Poised for the Strike

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Published: March 19, 2014
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This entry is for Tomb-Raider-Groupies Tomb Raider Memories contest :icontomb-raider-groupies:. Category: Traps and Danger

I have been waiting years for a contest just like this one...based on our memories playing Tomb Raider. Now, as a lover of all the classic TR games, it was very difficult for me to pinpoint just one favorite memory. But, Tomb Raider 2 is my absolute favorite game, so that made it a bit easier to narrow down. (For those of you who have not played it, I feel very sorry for you! Find a way to play it, you'll be hooked!)

One memory that really stood out to me was the eerie spider cave in the Temple of Xian level. Now be honest with yourself--you knew you were totally freaked out when you were surrounded by pitch blackness and the only thing you could see was that giant glowing mutant spider egg sac floating above your head! When those huge spiders start attacking, who wouldn't be ready to whip out that grenade gun and blow those spiders back to hell?

This painting was made with much painstaking love. I use the TRLE and therefore have access to texture files, of which I pulled colors from for my color pallet here to make it truly authentic. I drew Lara traditionally, scanned her and colored her separately from the rest of the painting. I also had to add eerie green lighting to her and the spiders, which was a lot more challenging with a tablet than I had anticipated. (You see, I am a life long colored pencil artist so this was new territory for me.)


This is my third ever digital painting, and boy was it a learning experience. Please forgive my beginner techniques at digital painting, if this were colored pencil it would have been done weeks ago. ;)

Painting Soundtrack: Just Push Play by Aerosmith www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ5dAv…

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syahilla Digital Artist
Lovely art!:heart:
I love TR classic!
Congratulations!:w00t:
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Thank you!
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syahilla Digital Artist
You're welcome:D
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amhermanProfessional Digital Artist
This is really great. I love all the detail work and the action between Lara and the giant spiders. That egg sac looks nice and gross too lol
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Just Push Play: Aerosmith 2001 Song & Álbum Cool 🤘🤟🙂🎸
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ArtisticAdventuresProfessional General Artist
Thanks, I am not that good at digital art, I may redo this as colored pencil, I am much better at that.
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Congratulations for winning first place!

this is truly an amazing representation of the TR vibe!
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ArtisticAdventuresProfessional General Artist
Thanks. Blush 
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El-FracasorHobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations for winning! Kudos! #1 
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ArtisticAdventuresProfessional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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MyNameIsLuxAnnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!! Awesome!! Good luck with the contest!! I tried out too :XD: That's sooooo cool!!! I LOVE IT :D
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ArtisticAdventuresProfessional General Artist
Thank you so much for your kind feedback...good luck to you too! :D
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MyNameIsLuxAnnaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Very welcome ;) thank you :)
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MY FREAKING /&%¤#¤%!!!!!!!! :jawdrop:
Girl, you are the definition of epic right now! Such an awesome entry, love Lara's flowing pose filled with determination and all the details in the background! :heart:
The spiders and the egg sac looks so realistic, great job! Best of luck in the contest, you are gonna knock 'em flat!
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ArtisticAdventuresProfessional General Artist
Thank you so much!!!! Hug :happybounce: Nod I worked really hard on it, so I am so glad to hear that you like it. The spider egg sac was very hard to get right...it still doesn't look quite like how I envisioned it, but its close enough. ;)

You're so sweet. Thank you for the beautiful feedback.
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome, just telling the truth. ;)
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ArtisticAdventuresProfessional General Artist
Awww :) :hug:
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Forty-FathomsProfessional Digital Artist
As a judge I have to to be non-biased and say, good job!

As a friend and total Lara Croft fan-freak, this is amazing!!! I love this so much! The spider, the pose, the eery glow about the pit, and my God! All that texturing of the cave pit is astounding! You really out did yourself this time dear! :faint:
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Thank you most graciously, Miss Sarah. :) I worked so, so hard on this! :D
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Forty-FathomsProfessional Digital Artist
You're welcome hun! :tighthug: I can tell since you did such a magnificent job on it! :D
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PeterAJHobbyist Digital Artist
LOOKS AMAZING !!!!! :D:D:D:D 

Well done :D 
I wish you the best of luck in the contest :) :) :) 
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ArtisticAdventuresProfessional General Artist
Thank you Peter, your feedback means a lot to me. :)
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PeterAJHobbyist Digital Artist
I hope to see more of these in the future :D 

awesome work :)
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ArtisticAdventuresProfessional General Artist
Thanks!
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