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Decided to call this finished, I wanted to create the finale scene of Tomb Raider, with colder colors and sharper details. I originally had an axe in her one hand, but decided to really go for that end game look and also the classic Lara with dual pistols, I took inspiration from Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness Game cover, _
I added the bow as an art piece as I really loved the recurve bow and wished it was the finale bow.

Matte Painting.

The background is matte painting of different snow textures really, I focused more on painting Lara and re-working her from older painting's I've done, giving me more time to work on her face and pose, and all the little details, like clothes and skin.

3D Effect.

I used High Pass sharpen, And Split the image into RPG colors, moving red and blue around to create a blurry 3D effect. Turtorial Link - [link]

Original Sketch Idea was with the axe, but decided to go a different way with it after painting. - [link]

Painted in Corel Painter 12 - Edited in Corel Photoshop Pro X - Downloaded brushes from
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Technocron01x Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
Is it all right if I use this as a cover image for my story?
KingfisherSilentArmy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this...I recently wrote a poem inspired by Lara would you mind if I used this as the heading picture for the poem? please get back to me either way, thanks.
CrashLegacy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Great art.

I hated the compound and competition bows. I mean really where the hell did those bows come from? Everything else you could imagine being scrounged up or made on the island, but those two bows? hell, Lara  MAKES the latter. I mean really? I could imagine something like a compound bow made with wooden limbs and such not looking that bad and like something that could have been made on the island.

I suppose it wouldn't have been that bad if Jonah or Lara had mentioned the compound bow being Lara's own that he found washed up, or commenting that it was going to be a gift for her from Roth or just something. I'm only making those suggestions because it at least seems that Lara had previous training in archery so the bow wouldn't have been that odd to find on the Endurance.
SeanNash Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I agree with you! and wow that would have made so much more sense if it had been Lara's Bow washed up or as you said a gift from Roth or something! I didn't like the compound bow myself, it just felt out of place on that Island. I really didn't expect such an advanced weapon to be on the island, even the rifles and that had bits added to it to make it look a bit more suitable to the environment Lara is in. But I hope in the next game we see something different on not a big chunky Bow :giggle: 
CrashLegacy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Right. the compound bow being's Lara's own bow has basically become my own personal head canon to explain away it's existence. ...and I just ignore the competition bow's existence.

The thing is the compound bow was so awkwardly introduced that I couldn't help think 'WTF'. Every other upgrade Lara's handed is given some sort of explanation, usually Lara looking at something she found and going 'what if I...' and making the upgrade, attachment, ect on the fly.  Here It was like the devs looked at the bow model and it's upgrade property and were having trouble coming up with a way for Lara to get it in the game and just settled on this because they didn't have the time to come up with something better. The thing that gets me is that it isn't even necessary, they only use it to make the player talk to the survivors before going elsewhere. They could have just as easily had a cutscene trigger upon entering the area to do so.

I really didn't like the upgrade system in the game...well the weapon parts 'upgrading' the weapon into an entirely new one bugged the hell out of me. personally I would have rather the 'upgrade' weapons either be found on particular enemies (like mini bosses) or as part of the treasure hordes found in the tombs. Don't have Lara making all sorts of weapons at a campsite, I mean I could have seen her making throwing knives, spears, and other simple weapons. But guns? even if you had the parts I'd imagine you'd need some tools to do the job, tools Lara probably doesn't have.

Personally I hope in the next game the bow sticks around, it's the new Lara's signature weapon and they've already shown us a great deal of uses for the weapon. I just hope they go for something more ...rustic than the end game bows. 

On a side note I thought the exploding arrows were a nice touch. I don't recall if they did, but it would have been nice if they were used as an alternative to destroy the 'grenade doors'. The penetrating arrows on the other hand I wasn't too pleased with. It'd be cool if you could use them to pin enemies to walls or penetrate lighter cover and stuff, but shooting completely through a guy? that was just unnecessary and clunky to use. imagine shooting an arrow into a wooden barricade a guy is using for cover and pinning him to it, to nailing a guy to a wall. That's sick uses of penetrating arrows, shooting through one dude and hitting a guy behind him? not so much.
AshBrad93 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
You drew this???

This is fantastic :)

I could need someone like you for the Metal Gear fan film me and some others are producing
toughraid3r37890 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful and amazing work!! :D
SeanNash Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you very much :thanks:
Ginny89 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really amazing work . I like the colder tones and simply love the fact that you draw Lara with two pistols,just how we see at the end of the game , when the real Lara finally comes to life.
SeanNash Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah thank you very much Ginny89 :aww: Yeah I really wanted to capture the Lara we see at the end :D Gave me goosebumps to see the dual pistols :giggle:
SilentMortal Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Truly amazing work once again, my friend. :)
SeanNash Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you Amanda :thanks:
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