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Tomb Raider Reborn final by SethBrandon Tomb Raider Reborn final by SethBrandon
Lara pushed aside the tattered sail, and peered warily into the shattered hull of the once mighty vessel...

Here is my first entry in the Tomb Raider Reborn Contest.
Created for the contest, hand drawn/colored by me in cs5 with a "bamboo fun" tablet by wacom.
Original size 6000x9000 at 300ppi. (20in x 30in)

I fell in love with the character all over again, during the process of making this piece. It took a long time but I enjoyed myself the entire time.

Hope you all enjoy it as well.
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:iconcrwardenart:
CRWardenArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
oooooooOOooo it kinda reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You!!!! :)

the cover of the first pirates movie was an influence for my color scheme, I just pushed it a bit further.

Thanks for checking it out!!
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CRWardenArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
any time my artisan fellow, anytime, although i am sad that i didn't see your up in the 25 finalists :/ do you know who won top three or is that decided by horton?
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Horton according to the rules, but we've seen how the rules have been applied.

Should be decided by the end of the week. In my mind, out of the top 25 there is only one.
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:iconcrwardenart:
CRWardenArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
one winner? or one original?
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:iconsethbrandon:
SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One that should be the winner, but there are a few other successful pieces.

Unfortunately not 25 successful pieces:(
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CRWardenArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
well there will other contests to join my didnt make it either, but that was kinda my fear but its cool
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KinShiraa Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its really really cool :iconshaplz:
i love all the darks and lights you added but the background isnt the same, it might just be because of the fire though but nice job^^
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav too.
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megillakitty Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
To answer regarding why you my not have been chosen: The values are so high contrast, it can get difficult to read. The other entries show a bit more sophistication with color use, mood, and atmosphere. The drawing here is great. It's a really really good foundation. Keep practicing with making colors and values more sophisticated (greater range of colors and values). Keep up the great work and don't get too discouraged!
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The high contrast and complementary color scheme were deliberate. I call it comic book chiaroscuro. ( or...finally, a Rembrandt for my generation. :)
If I had chosen a more painterly realism style with the over all piece, instead of my personal line heavy style, then the bold "punchy" colors would have been a detriment, here I feel it defined the mood of my price nicely. I have studied color theory extensively and feel that for this piece I made the right choice.

I have had comments in both directions -"love the colors" and " to heavy on the colors" so I feel this is a taste question, and not a technical skill question.

Thanks you for taking the time and adding your well thought out comments:)
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DragonOfTheFire Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I faved this one as it holds my attention and I liked the figure work. Your lighting on her trousers made me think of leather or PVC material I believe the lighting may have been over done there. having said that she could be wet from rain or swimming so its not a full negative point, There is a difference in foreground to background and feels like two different pieces of art and need more of a link to each other, and the torch reflections in the water does not look quiet right and seems to go too far back into the background. the detail of the rocks, trees and rain in the background works really well, and the foreground detail also works very nicely.the artwork as a whole is something to be proud of. I would also encourage you to view my own entry and feel free to comment as honestly...
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment:) I was actually trying for wet leather for the pants. (Thinking to myself, this isn't the Lara who runs around in short shorts, she needs some tough protective wear. This is also why I gave her, the forearm protector.)


I see what you mean about the red in the water, I was trying to hint at the red sail being reflected behind her but maybe I missed the mark there.

Thanks again for commenting
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DragonOfTheFire Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
no problem I do really like the piece and rate it very highly. as I do for alot of your art think I may have to start watching you.
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool:) :)
Thanks again for checking out my work
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jdmacleod Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see a lot of people stating that the problem with this one is that she doesn't resemble the Lara from the game. The rules didn't state that she had to, only that she didn't resemble Angelina. I don't think many of the finalists work resembles the game Lara either. I mean come on, one of them looks like Maggie from the Walking Dead. I like this work. Nice colors and light shadow tones. Has a look very reminiscent of 80's game covers. Too bad we all couldn't have won something!
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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jdmacleod Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
np
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AnetaChalimoniuk Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
nice, you have very uniqe style :) and reading your comments I see you are very upset about the judging just like me XD
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for checking it out...and yes a bit upset, oh well...
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Jheckman42 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
I love this entry. My only critiques would be that she doesn't resemble the new Lara in the game, but more a different Lara wielding the same materials and weapons if you know what I mean. Also they wanted something to be print worthy to show off the new game and Lara, I do not think that this quite fit that requirement. I love everything about what you did though. Very unique and different from others. Good work!!
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the input :)
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Jheckman42 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
No prob man, again, I loved your entry.
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DreamsOn86 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks great! :)
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm still so angry about the judging,it's like they didn't even read the rules!
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DreamsOn86 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah you're right it is obvious the judge's lack of interest but what can we do? Don't you see here are some people who say that we are complaining because we didn't win but it's not the case :(
Well sometimes life's not fair so are this kind of competitions..
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:iconemproductiondesigner:
I can't believe this didn't make the finals! The judges clearly don't know what they are doing! I really wish there was a way to find out what the heck they were thinking. It's like they didn't really look at all of the entries. What a disappointment!
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!!!!:)
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KeithKern Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome. Definitely should have made the finals in my opinion
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I had high hopes, but I guess there is no accounting for taste:))
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KeithKern Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your hopes were warranted. It's an awesome piece
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LaraValentina Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
super cool!!!!!! one of the best i've seen
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, very much!
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littlewing2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece! Wish you luck with it. Check out mine if you like:

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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I like the feel of "a new day dawning" in your piece! Good luck!
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7days7sins Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Great work!
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yours is very nice as well, we have a similar theme, and color scheme, good luck
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7days7sins Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Thank you! Yeah, there's similarities :)
Good luck to you too \о/
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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Yojimbo-Bixler Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Artist
This is an awesome portrayal of LC. I fell in love with your art all over again during the process of discovering this piece! The mood is so dark, macabre and ominous, yet she's so luminous in a rembrandt lighting sort of way--which adds to the complexity of the overall composition. She's out there, in the shit of the world with it's rotted and wetness, looking for something... what is she searching for? The man of her dreams? A treasure of gold and jewels? A rich man's favorite archeology piece? Her lost pirate father? Her mother? Hell, she may be searching for the keys to the ship... can't start it up and they may have fallen off her carabiner clip back at the log-fun ride. Will they let her back in the park without the colored bracelet? Who knows, but the images brings it all this out and more!
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You rock brother! Glad you saw it!
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RBWennekes Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the details are nice, the ship in the background, the 'fire theme', but I can't really say that this is 'her real face', still I think this is yet one of the best I've seen so far.. keep up the good work ;) love it..
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks,

I referenced the face from the mirror shot in the trailer for face shape and feature placement. So any variations were intentional. An attempt to make this version mine. And I was really sick of everyone using the same face and hair obviously copied or traced from the from the TR website. ( you know the one, its in like 90% of the entries)

Thanks for the feedback
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VinRoc Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Seth, this is a cool piece! The darks might me a little too dark, and the yellow seems a little over powering for me personally, but all in all great piece!
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I was going for a churiaschuro feel. Thanks for checking it out.

I appreciate the feedback!
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Yojimbo-Bixler Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Artist
Chiaroscuro my man!!!
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ofimpossiblethings Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Wow. Very nicely done!
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SethBrandon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I am very proud of it!
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