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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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:iconlolimapeanut:
This should have been a winner. Wow.
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:iconconcalamidades:
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
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:iconbrau:
this looks awesome!! super fan of the game too. 
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RolandBoyce Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really amazing!
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:iconbelledaynight:
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!)
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transfuse 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!
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:iconbelledaynight:
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!
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Lmomjian Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the background is just unbelievable! incredible job man!
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:iconxitement:
ohhhh my god nice piece :)
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