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Dawn of the Icon by Inna-Vjuzhanina Dawn of the Icon by Inna-Vjuzhanina
I totally understand how no one likes reading long artist’s comments, but I really ask you to take few mins and read the idea of the piece. I didn’t want to create smth. that will be simply visually appealing, I put a lot of thoughts and ideas into this piece and I would be really happy to know that you took few minutes to read description to smth. that I’ve been creating for long weeks.

Idea:

When developing the concept of a survivor I didn’t want to show Lara in the midst of the action or in some life threatening situation. You can get washed out on the shore after a shipwreck and you will be called a survivor, for me the real survivor is who HAS survived in the end, who came through all the trials and was strong and resourceful enough to reach the top alive.

This reboot was meant to bring back the classic Lara into the spotlight, to tell her story. So I wanted to tell a little story in this piece too combining few key elements in the composition. First of all I needed Lara exiting a tomb. I necessarily wanted to indicate this is not just some random cave she’s standing in, but exactly a tomb. If you take a close look you’ll notice faint markings on both walls (this is how tombs in the new TR are indicated). I wanted to symbolically make this tomb like Lara’s final trial after completing which you get a final “piece of the mosaics” which clicks in its place turning her into the woman we know. Hence her pose. I depicted Lara is in a fighter stance, I wanted to capture the moment of her turning around and confidently rising her head towards the viewer. Covered in dirt and blood with ragged clothes and heavily bandaged, but fearless.

Lighting is very important part of the piece too. The new game is predominantly made in blue-greenish colors, I wanted to depict everything dark and sinister receding back into the cave while Lara steps from the shadows into the light to face the dawn of her new life. While her whole figure is still covered in shadow the first rays of sun are already lighting her face.

And here finally comes the part with the shadow she is casting. I made a little surreal turn with this, to emphasize that despite the fact that she is still wearing the clothes and hairstyle of the scared girl who appeared in the beginning, inside she is not like that anymore, she is the icon that can be confused with no one, she is the icon stepping into the dawn of her new life.

If you read till this point, I wholeheartedly thank you. :heart: Now you can skip the next part for it will be technical information only.

Process:

Tools: painted from a scratch in Photoshop. No textures or photobrushes or whatnot used. Created with basic PS presets + I made own brushes to get some parts better.

Time: eternity, really. Well if seriously, since the day the contest was announces I spent like 2-3 days thinking over different ideas and choosing this one as final. 1,5-2 weeks for shooting references, reading some tutorials, making researches. Around 3 weeks the painting process itself.

References: base of the stones was done looking at some stones I found in the neighborhood, most part of it was painted from imagination based on the made research, observations and tutorials.
I made own reference for Lara’s pose just to get the anatomy right, all the features were changed completely.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (c) Square Enix & Crystal Dynamics
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:iconglorielfwings:
Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the juxtaposition of the two Laras!! Great and powerful piece :D
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! Happy you noticed that little trick :aww:
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:iconglorielfwings:
Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It was an amazing trick! :) Adds layers of meaning to an already powerful composition :)
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Tiancum Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love how much thought went into this one. great work with the lighting and colors. i mean, the shadow should probably be a bit longer, given the angle of the sun, but i like how the shadow becomes her future "classic" self, so it doesn't matter too much. a beautiful piece all around, and one of your best in my opinion. :nod:
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, you're right, the shadows are way too short for such a low light. But at the time of creating the piece I was a total fool ignorant of all the principles of picture making :D Thank you so much for the kind words thought, great to see people are still liking my old work :hug:
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:iconbabou-shka:
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Gorgeous!
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, thanks :hug:
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:iconbabou-shka:
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
You're welcome :aww:
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:iconkingoftheplatypus:
Kingoftheplatypus Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Wow just WOW ! I love this pic, the lightning is perfect the pose is excellent and I particularly love the shadow of the old Lara. The background with the Japanese statue and the little details of the painting on the cave make it even more perfect, and, as I'm proud to tell you that I've read all of your description =D, I can tell that I totally love your vision of the new Lara Croft and how you made this pic.  
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, thank you so much, your comment totally made my day :aww: :heart: And sorry for the late reply :hug:
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:iconkingoftheplatypus:
Kingoftheplatypus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
You're very welcome it is really an awesome pic !
No problem for the late reply (usually I just don't have reply at all =D)
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lawsonme12 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I am a wordy man, but words fail me right now. I am in love with this piece. My words may fail, but your amazing art prevails. Thanks for this depiction of the gorgeous survivor that we all yearn to know and love to love. I love it. I love it. Did I mention that I love it... Thanks for the amazing art. You rock my socks off. I only have one question: Why didn't you win this contest?
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're adorable, your comment really made my day :heart: Ah, I just wanted to put so much sense and meaning into it which ended up being meaningful, but looking not too good. Should have gone for just an action scene with fancy effects :D But the winner is great, I love the first place piece so much :heart:
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
The best of May in Game art category in :iconparadiseofartists: you're featured in our blog: [link] and in our gallery: [link]

CONGRATULATIONS! :icongrin--plz:
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
:iconllamajumpplz::iconwelcomeplz: you deserve it!
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of March 2013. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 35 – March 2013 ) . :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly :aww:
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:iconrichardalexander:
RichardAlexander Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing,and I love the backstory behind it <3
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, glad you liked it :aww:
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sariruoskanen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
My goooood fugging gawwwdddd :O And that story :heart: I just can't get my eyes off this, beautiful, just beautiful, and amazing :heart:
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, sweetie! :heart: I haven't heard from you for ages, how are you? :hug:
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sariruoskanen Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I've had so much going on! but things are starting to settle down, I'm moving again too :D and I'm almost done with my dream outfit :heart: Hope things are good with you :hug:
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danyboz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Despite you're not selected, this is a great pict and a direct fave :clap:

But, to be honest, the majority of submissions are of high quality level ;)
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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XNAaraL Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Tomb ... pose ... fearless.
Dark shadows ... bright light
:heart:
own brushes ? Why?
:+fav:
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, why what? :D
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:iconmistertotality:
MisterTotality Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Only you...

...can create Tomb Raider fanart that is so loaded with details and symbolism, from a lifetime of fandom, that it elicits shock, awe, envy, and pride from many other lifelong fans. From reading many other comments here, it appears that you nearly brought some people to tears.

I really enjoyed reading the description of the piece, and your ideas for it. After watching you for 2 years, though, I can't say that I'm surprised at all to see you put this much thought, effort, and emotion into your work. I figured your process would be similar to this.

Of all the ideas and symbolism you employed here, my favorite by far is her shadow. That kind of portent really helps enforce the point of the game and the story that you're telling with this piece.

It's also reassuring to see you work in all your trademark details: true human anatomy and skin tones, dream-like lighting (in the distance, as per your ideas), white birds in flight amid beautiful clouds, distant (and properly lit) objects to assist perspective and depth.

Two more details which caught my attention were the hexagons of light in the lower foreground, and the sheer size of this piece: 61.2MB! This precipitated a search for more details. Are those skulls you painted on the left cave entrance (left of her flowing hair)?

Lastly, you should know that the level of advertising this game has received recently has actually put me off a bit. I was getting sick of seeing it everywhere. I even pass by an ad for it on my way to work everyday! As a result, I stopped paying attention to Tomb Raider fanart. However, seeing this piece, and especially that shadow, reminded me why I've been a fan of this franchise for years, and why I wrote that short fan-piece last summer. Only you... could do that for me.
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I dunno as for bringing other people to tears, but reading those comments brought tears into my eyes for sure. I put a lot of ideas and effort into the piece, but I had no clue if I actually succeeded in that and reading comments like yours is just... melody, really. :heart:

Haha, you're not the first one asking about "skulls/scary face". Happened not intentionally, I was just messing around creating textures, didn't notice I created a scary face resembling thing until I was told about it. :D But the good thing is that matches the overall idea just perfectly.

Ok, that's it, your last paragraph made me all tear-eyed again. Tissue paper industry will make millions because of me :D And I know what you mean, at some point of anticipating the game I got kind of tired of all the stuff around too, but not for long. From what I've heard from hard-core fans (like fans since Core Dynamics times) the game is freaking awesome and does brings classic Lara back in the end. I just can't wait to play it myself finally. Soooooon.
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FuinurCroft Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE it *__*
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: :heart:
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:iconfuinurcroft:
FuinurCroft Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome dear! :hug:
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:iconultrarender:
Ultrarender Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
крутяк))) я тоже сначала думал поучаствовать в конкурсе, но времени щас ваще нет :(
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Спасибо :) Да у меня тоже не было, но долг звал)
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Ultrarender Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
не, тут ваще капец какой-то, сессия на полтора месяца раньше, макет надо лепить огроменный - не знаю за что хвататься короч
и еще похоже я влюбился))
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ну полный пакет) Я думаю если б у меня универ был я б тоже фиг что успела. :D
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FrothyTheRabidCat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The attention to detail is absolutely stunning!
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :blowkiss:
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rockergirl180 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Amazing!!
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :blowkiss:
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:iconclairelyxa:
ClaireLyxa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Wow! Really amazing! speechless!
This piece is perfect! The rock, the water, the light and shading and of course Lara are so so nice! It is looks like a picture!
And the shadow of the futur Lara is a good idee!
You deserve to win this contest, because first this piece is fantastic and secondly because you spent so many time on it (for the concept and for the drawing).
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, my dear, I'm happy you loved it and thank you again for your support :tighthug:
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ClaireLyxa Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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Codinas Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love art and although this can be displayed in different ways ( eg, the string theory that explains the origin and evolution of our universe multidimensional, that although not proven as authentic, is elegant and beautiful by itself ) already is a great masterpiece. :reading:
Similarly, your works are so realistic and detailed that every time you show one here, I tell myself, this is a masterpiece and can not be improved. :nod:.........But then you surprise me with a new job and simply leave me without words to express what I feel. :iconfaintsplz:

PS: Well, actually as you can see, I never really am left without words!! =P
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You are definitely never left without words :D Thank you so much for your great comment! :heart:
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Codinas Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're weeeeeeeeelcome, Aida!!!!!! :iconmimose-stock:
It's a great pleasure. :phew:
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Mizidora Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Hi :wave:
Your art has been featured
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:wave:
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:iconinna-vjuzhanina:
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, thank you kindly for it :aww:
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Mizidora Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
My pleasure :D
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artsyspirit Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible! I really hope you win, I know you love Lara Croft! :P Plus, this piece has so much more emotional appeal! It's truly stunning! :) I love the shadow too :)
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