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Ascension by transfuse Ascension by transfuse
First off, lemme chime in, along with everyone else and their mom, that the new Tomb Raider is an amazing work of art. You can clearly tell that Crystal Dynamics poured their heart and soul into this labor of love. It's been a while since I've played something this good; if you haven't played it yet, go play it now!

So yeah, this has been one long-ass month of staying up til 2~4am most nights to work on this after I get out of work. I lost track of how many hours it took, but my slow ass took over 100 hours to work and rework the pose, angle, background, lighting, and details and I still feel like I could keep working on this for another week or more. In the end though, I'm really happy with the result; definitely one of my best works and hopefully a worthy homage to the awesomeness of the new Lara. :)

I tried to make the literal theme of ascension cool-looking (Lara fearlessly rock climbing in a beautiful/dangerous environment) while keeping the figurative theme of ascension subtle (Lara's struggle through Hell to reach salvation above) so that it wouldn't come off hammy. I also wanted to prominently feature the storm in the background because it played such an important role in the story, as well as to add an overall sense of impending doom/urgency to the image.

Oh, and btw, the climbing axe: most awesome piece of equipment ever.

Hope ya dig. :D
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Miraclekid92 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
AkiraSaeko27 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Tomb Raider *w* I love it!
Esau13 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another entry i found better than the third place winner!
BMFreed Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beutiful. You've managed to mix so many elements in one picture successfully. Bravo! Just bravo!
shadamy20 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Love the style
ultimatede Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
solid fan art!
LolImaPeanut Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
This should have been a winner. Wow.
concalamidades Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Nice job man...i've been looking for more art of samus aran...could someone give me some links to appreciate good art? :P Thnks
brau Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
this looks awesome!! super fan of the game too. 
torikara02 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
RolandBoyce Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really amazing!
BelleDayNight Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
I was at A-fest this weekend and made me think of you so I thought I'd check out your DA...this one is amazing!!!!  I like your work avatar---very cool!  (Especially the sword pose!)
transfuse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Jenny. It's been a while since I've been to a convention, even as just an attendee. It's tough to make it to 'em nowadays 'cause of work. D: I definitely need to go back one of these days though!
BelleDayNight Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Well now you can bring the wife along!  There are so many cons throughout Dallas!  Let me know if you decide to go to one!  I miss your face, Ivan!
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the background is just unbelievable! incredible job man!
xitement Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
ohhhh my god nice piece :)
raxom90 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! In love the perspectives!!
aefyn Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Writer
Seriously epic artwork :D
kainkusanagi Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love everything about this piece. Good job!
Greg0s Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
HvonD Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! :D
yasuryay Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
This masterpiece Should be the Winner! :(
Petitspas Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Wow, the background is astouning.
davanart Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, absolutely mind blowing piece of work! So beautiful!
straightshot Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Beautiful artwork, The sky is incredible, and I love the way she is looking up to the sky with the light shining on her face.
EmersonOvens Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its amazing!
worldsunknown Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
FWIW, this was my favorite entry. In addition to your technical detail, I like the fact that you chose to highlight Lara ascending and rising above her fear. It shows that she's starting to become who we know her to be.
transfuse Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, I'd thought I'd done a fairly thoughtful and meaningful entry displaying her growth and determination, but I guess it wasn't what the they were looking for. Ah well. Glad you like it though. :)
Siegfried40000 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I'm sure you'll win!
transfuse Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, actually I didn't even place. =P You can check out the winners by clicking the "View Winners" button under my drawing.
Siegfried40000 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a shame, I'm sure the choice was really hard for the judges, because your artwork was damn fine and you had all your chances
A-Myriad-Butterflies Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student
Don't get me wrong, the winners were good pieces - but I think this deserved a place in the top 3.
ultimatesol Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
SHIT!!! how could u be not in first 3 :rage: :rage:

u should win this contest :(
Bastidores Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Why didn't this win!?!?!
alicexz Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I looked at the page of winners and wasn't sure I was in the right place since this wasn't up there. ;D
Pavel-Sokov Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013   General Artist
Hey this is great! Composition is dynamic due to the fun viewing angle and your use of sun light is very cool! Although I have never seen lightning on a sunny day before.
transfuse Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :) Daytime lightning isn't very common, but it happens. This is the closest image I could find of a daytime storm in a similar scenario:


No lightning in it, but it at least shows that it's feasible for sure. The convenient thing about the weather in this game is that [spoiler alert!]
it has a mind of its own and can pretty much do whatever it wants. There's a part in the game where it starts snowing, which wouldn't normally happen-- even Lara herself says it's strange weather before she finds out what's actually happening.
Timotiikeri Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Great picture! and the game is GREAT!!!
CharlieWilcher Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   General Artist
This is excellent! One of my favorites from the competition!
Coqkie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Gorgeous ! :heart:
A-B-Original Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on being a semi-finalist! You were featured here: [link]
Purpleground02 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Niiice clouds! And that forest below. :wow: Good work on Lara too.
freakje72 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
cool, great work, artworks are amazing
eXeViuS Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I reaaley hope you win!
Great work and good atmosphere!
JoshuaCamacho Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your color scheme is amazing. This is one of those unique looks that are hard to turn away from. You got her face down very well too. I do get a sense of terror, but its not very strong and your very choice of color is to blame. Still I love looking at this one. Great stuff.
PlexisOrion Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Just to let you know this was my favorite out of ALL the semi-finalists, its the only one with a distinct style and color palette.
hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
weeeeell.... from the finalists, this is my first place. super good picture. good luck!
KejaBlank Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
i guess, this picture has a real chance to win! The style, the movement, the colouring and the detail are incredible. And her face is lovely. Very good job on this!
Mitsukismirror Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! I really love your colors and the amazing background! :D
StandingLast Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow ... WOW ...
Good luck on the win; and congrats on getting to semi-finalists !!
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