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The Outsider by TholiaArt The Outsider by TholiaArt
EDIT // 19 March // Just realized that the download picture here on DeviantArt is 72dpi, but my original file real size is full resolution at 300dpi :aww:


Wow. I thought I would never finish this on time ^^

So, this is my entry for the contest. I've started this piece few days after the contest starts. At the begining, I wanted to draw Lara alone, standing on the skull throne. But I felt like Roth was really important, because he pushed Lara to become a Croft. So I decided to add the guy too. Besides, he makes me think about Sully from Uncharted a lot, and I heart the character a lot so...
As I wanted this to really look like a poster, I thought about a nice way to place each character/element of the background and added many details I heart.

/SPOILER/ I played the game only a few days ago, and I was glad to see Roth holding a rifle as much as when I saw Roth giving the second pistol to Lara too. Indeed, I already had drawn the sketch a while ago and had no idea that my illustration would be quite accurate ! About Himiko statue in the background : I planned from the begining to put this here, but waited to play the game before doing the lineart so that I can have references pictures. /SPOILER/.

I've spent many hours on this, maybe about 36 hours from the very first doodle to final illustration. This is a lot, but I have to tell that the picture in real size is 6969*11811px, that's why it took me so long :aww:
Plus, I choose a different style from the current one I'm using lately, because many people already used a painting/concept style here on the contest. So, I wanted to show something different. And actually, this is the first graphic style I ever used, and this is my favorite too because reminds me the comic books :D.

Anyway, I enjoyed the game beyond the words (finished it a few days ago), and I had a lot of fun drawing this, thinking about all the good moments I had playing Tomb Raider. I think I would not have been able to do this without loving the game that much :heart: I'm glad Lara Croft is back, even if she's now very far from what we used to know.

All done with Wacom Tablet Cintiq21UX, Photoshop CS5.
Textures are from my own stock (scanned Sandpapers and coffee stains)

Thank you hun for having pushed me so far with to your advices :hug::heart:

Here are a few close-ups :

And the WIP process :

TombRaider LaraCroft © SquareEnix/ Crystal Dynamics/Toby Gard
Illustration © Priscillia Thomas
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Neilufa Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very cool, the textures are on point, love it! The composition reminds me of Drew Struzan's movie poster art, it's unique amongst all the other TR entries I've seen so far. Well done! =)
Amaya0624 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Wow, love this! You've done some pretty amazing stuff, but I think one of the coolest things (at least for me personally) is that a lot of what you've done (ie: Sailor Moon, Rinoa KH style, and Tomb Raider) all weirdly align with my interests too. Fantastic job on everything! :)
TholiaArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Loooool, thank you :heart:
ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
TholiaArt Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I wish I could do better with the colors, but I spent too much time on this and got bored at the end :-/
ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really? Well it doesn't show! I can't do digital art to save my life so I admire this piece a lot. :)
Lithana-Stia Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student
Salut ! :aww:
Très sympa ton travail ! Joli travail de composition, ça change beaucoup de ce qu'on a pu voir. On retrouve une Lara proche de celle qu'on connaissait avant en plus. Ajouté à ça, elle est belle, sans parler d'Himiko.
TholiaArt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello ! Ca fait plaisir de lire ça, beaucoup de personne m'ont fait la remarque que j'avais fait quelque chose d'un peu different, et c'était le but ^^
Et oui, j'ai pas pu m'en empêcher, il a fallu que je "l'Eidossise" un peu XD
Je suis entrain de refaire complètement la couleurs là, et sans le cadre, maintenant que j'ai le temps infini pour le faire comme je voulais :aww:
Lithana-Stia Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student
Oui, pas évident de tout faire dans les temps !
Et puis t'as bien raison de préserver ta vision de Lara et ne pas suivre celui du Reboot. On fait pas table rase du passé aussi facilement. :D

Contente de voir que tu es toujours motivée pour le retoucher même après la fin du concours.
TholiaArt Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Disons que j'ai adoré le jeu, mais que je reste fidèle à notre bonne vieille Lara de 40ans ^^

Oui, mais plus tard les retouches, là je repars sur du Final Fantasy :D
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