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Perill by pictsy Perill by pictsy
My entry into the Tomb Raider Reborn Contest.

I made a conscious choice to go with a less dynamic composition. Many of the entries (of which there were tons of excellent examples) focused on action scenes. Very frenetic and energetic. They do look amazing. After watching some game-play trailers for the game, however, I decided to go for something that expresses my game-play experience from these types of games. It's not the moments of chaotic violence that get me on the edge of my seat. It is those tense moments staying out of sight before the enemies have noticed me. It is trying to kill the enemies off as quickly and quietly as possible giving me more chance of survival. It is stealth. There is always danger around the next corner or over the next ridge and I approach it with trepidation rather than rushing head long into the fray. That's how I play these games and that's what I wanted to express.

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Wow! I think your entry has that something that I can't see in most of the top 25. The atmosphere in this really fits the game!
In my opinion the composition would be a little better if the guy up there was looking to the opposite direction, but I might be the only one who thinks that. I still think this looks great. Especially the background is amazing!
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:iconpictsy:
Thank you for your kind words, I am glad you like my entry. I have not played the game myself so I had to watch youtube videos of game-play to get a feel for the visuals. I did get the impression from those videos that it has game-play elements that I really enjoy. Namely; shooting people from a hidden position with a bow and arrow. That pretty much sums up my Skyrim tactics. I am pleased you feel I have nailed down the atmosphere.

Composition wise, I did intend to have Lara looking more upwards than she is in the final piece but sometimes the artwork leads the artist - which it definitely did here. I agree that it probably would have been if the guy was looking in the other direction. Nevertheless, once you bought it to my attention it sort of looks like they are both looking at something else which might add another layer of narrative. I could just be clutching at straws with that one, though ;)
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LazaroRuiz Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this looks really good.
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:iconlovgreno:
Nice perspective.
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StormsChild Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE the composition you chose. Looks amazing. I don't really recognize her as Lara, tho, but still, wow.
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:iconpictsy:
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. I tried to stay as close to the new look Lara as possible, but I'm not really that good at character painting yet.
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:iconmaargoot:
Amazing composition but Lara looks like on drugs or something x/D
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:iconpictsy:
How do you mean?
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