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March 14, 2013
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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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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!)
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