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Braving the Caverns by Ashley-Q Braving the Caverns by Ashley-Q
So here it is! The culmination of a month's work. The big project that I've alluded to in passing over October.

At the end of September, Meagan Marie of Crystal Dynamics (super talented cosplayer, too--check her out here at *Meagan-Marie) told me about the digital exhibition the team would be unveiling throughout October to celebrate 15 years of Tomb Raider. She also mentioned that she wanted to get some fans in on the artistic action--It probably goes without saying that I didn't need a whole lot of persuading to say yes.

Here's my somewhat verbose description of the direction I was hoping to achieve:
    Two of the attributes that made Lara so appealing to me are her beauty and strength. I wanted to keep those characteristics evident in this portrait, but also present the uncertainty and even fear that Lara must overcome in the 2012 title. As an artist, I love to play with bold colors and strong lighting, and I felt that cave setting illuminated with a few torches would be a great way to incorporate my personal style in the piece. I didn’t want the colors to offset the foreboding atmosphere of the caves, however, so I opted to show the eerie human-sized cocoons that hang from the crevice and a menacing silhouette in the background.


And lastly, if you want to download wallpapers and icons of various sizes, check out the official Tomb Raider Flickr.



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:iconlaraayane96:
LaraAyane96 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Wooooooo, is fantastic!!!
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Gorgeous work
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:iconpencilsketches:
Pencilsketches Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Its beautiful!!!
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:iconsamu85:
Samu85 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Beautiful!
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:iconblacknroses:
BlackNRoses Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Nice...
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:iconfeline927:
feline927 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
who's she??
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not familiar with the new Tomb Raider? She's Lara Croft!
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:iconfeline927:
feline927 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
really?? she is lara croft? she is more GREAT than the film!!!!! O.O incredible... thanks for all and greetings
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:icontl-designz:
TL-Designz Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
love it
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:iconshiuka96:
shiuka96 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
wwoooww!! amazing!!
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:iconshadowyzman:
shadowyzman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wowww!!
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:iconanzuchi:
Anzuchi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Wow this is just really amazing. Really love the details of the dirt, blood and cuts ! Her expression is really well done too and her eyes, I cannot stop looking at them. Nothing I would change about this piece and really, all that time and effort you put in it really paid off :D
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GameFreakZone Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
This is unbelievebly good!
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconanastasiasun:
AnastasiaSun Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
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:iconval-raiseth:
Val-Raiseth Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
I like it a lot
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I love your cosplay, btw. I've featured it a few times on my TR blog: [link]
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:iconsonruki:
SonRuki Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Gorgeous! :heart:
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconilovesadventuretime:
ILovesAdventureTime Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing. :wow: :clap: Excellent work. :aww:
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconilovesadventuretime:
ILovesAdventureTime Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :iconsuperheroglompplz: :meow:
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:iconlaragwen:
Laragwen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your drawing about Lara Croft !
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconzoe-wesker:
Zoe-Wesker Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsilverwarden:
Silverwarden Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love: This looks amazing !
I love the effects of shadows and lights- warm and cold colors.
I wish I could do this !
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! You have some great renders in your gallery. :)
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:iconsilverwarden:
Silverwarden Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome !
Thank you :) I wish I could draw better..
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just gotta stick with it. :)
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:iconsilverwarden:
Silverwarden Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod:
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:iconiamprincesskitana:
IamPrincessKitana Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DevilMayCry6 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow...thats... AWESOME
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconkakumei-tifa:
Kakumei-Tifa Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
This is amazing! Really nice work.
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmistertotality:
MisterTotality Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
This is awesome! Some great fan-art for what should be an awesome game.
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Waiting until next year for the game is going to require some serious patience.
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TombRaiderEdition Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
OMG !!! I LOVE YOU ! This pic is the best TR9 pic ever made ! HER FACE IS SO BEAUTIFUL ...

I want this pic on the box of the game , in the official web site of TR , on my chamber ...

It's so beautiful

:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:

THANK YOU !
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BaronKastigrOBeefdip Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best Tomb Raider images I've ever seen. More than stands up to anything in the movies!
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:iconashley-q:
Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Kenneth!
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BaronKastigrOBeefdip Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh. My. God. This is gorgeous! Holy cow Ashley! You did such a great job on this. I adore the lighting, the shading and the warm colors. Awesome work! :highfive:
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Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again, girl! :squee:
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome, Ashley. :cuddle:
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Keifus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous, as I've already told you. I love how you made the new Lara more familiar to me and less of a stranger. It's the look in the eyes. That expression is distinctly 'Lara'. And of course the technique and the lighting and colouring is superb. :+fav:
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Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Keith! :hug:

I've actually seen some mixed comments about her face--Some people say she doesn't look a thing like Lara, some say she's too young, some say she looks too much like the old one. It's crazy how one face, one character can have so many interpretations.
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Keifus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't imagine how people can't see Lara in her face. She's got Lara's face for a face! Anyway, I'll have to get some tips off you on how to paint fire cause I struggle with it desperately sometimes and you've totally nailed it. Only just really noticed how perfect it is.
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Ashley-Q Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:

The fire was one of the hardest parts for me. I looked up a million tutorials and reference pictures, and started over God knows how many times, lol. Mostly I stuck with just using white and super bright, saturated yellow, orange, and red, worked in a little smudge tool usage, and kept the opacity low when doing the kind of "wispy" look around the edges.
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