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Tomb Raider Reborn Contest Winners

Thu Mar 28, 2013, 1:20 PM

Square Enix's Senior Art Director Brian Horton, says:

"This piece has great impact, you can feel the motion and intensity and it deserved the number 1 spot. Great work Hamsterfly!"

In addition to having his work sold internationally as a print in the official Tomb Raider store, *Hamsterfly has also won:

  • Tomb Raider XBOX 360 Console
  • $6,000 USD
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*
  • dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack
  • 1-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
* Depending on availability

Square Enix's Senior Art Director Brian Horton, says:

"It was great to see so many styles and KatieMiriL's piece is a fantastic interpretation. Dynamic posing, strong composition and a bold treatment earns this second place."

*KatieMiriL has won:

  • Tomb Raider XBOX 360 Console
  • $3,000 USD
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
* Depending on availability

Square Enix's Senior Art Director Brian Horton, says:

"It was cool to see so many Tomb Raider fans embrace the bow, this piece from Mineworker looks fantastic and does a great job capturing her new signature weapon."

*Mineworker has won:

  • Tomb Raider XBOX 360 Console
  • $1,000 USD
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • DeviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*
  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
* Depending on availability
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Winners for our Tomb Raider Reborn Contest have been chosen by Brian Horton, Square Enix's Senior Art Director. Find out which pieces of amazing Lara Croft fan art took home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place -- with our top winner receiving $6,000 cash and inclusion as a print in the official Tomb Raider store.
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ElsaAriel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  New member Student Filmographer
All great, though maybe I would have picked a different for two! But who am I talking I can't draw that good so great job everyone!
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jonsmith512 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
The second is a joke when compared to many who did not place. I can't believe they got 3000 for that.
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Roturier Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
#3's a beauty, but I thought the same thing MichaelThom did re: the bow and arrow. I suspect it's because he is another archery buff, like myself.

All three are fabulous. I like #2's old pulp comix look.
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Hakuru15 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student Artist
These are some awesome art works!!!!!
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MichaelThom Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats to the winners, and before I say this keep in mind I did not participate in this one, but is it just me or does the third place winner look a bit amiss in the fact that her arrow does not line up with the bowstring she's drawn back?
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Avvoula Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
I was going to point out exactly the same! With all the awesomeness of the first two places, I feel that the third place could have impressed me more...
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ReneeTherrien Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first place winner definitely deserved his/her prize! Everything is so well drawn, to the smallest detail, wherever you look, you're dumbfounded by what you see. I could honestly stare at the picture for hours and not get bored of it.
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Emmie-Pendleton Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
third place let's me down with the blue eyes. seems to minor but everyone's so busy kissing ass to point it out =w= the first place is definitely deserved. correct details and absolutely dynamic and perfect with the use of motion blurring. it looks like it should be moving ♥ definitely worth it's first place. i like the 2nd place because it's different. it's not super detailed hi res massive painting portrait..thing. its simple and effective, and best of all, different c:
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Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think they're too busy kissing ass to point it out, they're probably just letting it slide because of how awesome the rest of it is.
I mean, shit, it looks fucking perfect!!
I think they all deserve their places, but I saw one of the contestant's art and I wish it got a place, but I still love these ones as well.
C:
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Avvoula Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Actually, there are some anatomy and perspective issues there, and I'm pretty sure there were better ones, but it's still a pretty good piece :shrug:
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Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess so.. This was old I completely forgot about my reply.. x'DD
Sorry, lol.
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Avvoula Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Haha I know, I just couldn't help commenting here :'D
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Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh, that's okay~~ x'DD
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Betakamo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
6,000$ ?!? jawdrop revamp  Makes you motivated to become better at drawing
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Cool7days Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconikrplz:
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Irfarious Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The bow is a brilliant weapon. I used it the most in the entire game. Congratulations to all the winners. A request to square enix, this is the cutest version of lara croft ever. Beats all the previous versions. Please do not modify in the sequels.
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seever123 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congratulations to all the winners.
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nikiraider Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Awesome! All of them! I wish I can do something like that! :)
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:iconpashcheek:
PashCheek Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
super !
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batmanopolis Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well done, all of you.
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iiibrokeyhu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason I like the 3rd one...

But they were all great, good job!
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WIW6Zz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
As bold as the 2nd may be I, too - simply can't push it before Mineworker's piece!
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iiibrokeyhu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree :3
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larmyne Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
6,000??? JESUS YO!
Wow!!! they must be damn proud!
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thrudeyes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
well ya know art is subjective
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ArantxaCosplayer Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favourite: 2nd drawing
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Antervantei Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The problem with this contest is that there were too many Good entries.
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clokverkorange Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
The bow immediately makes me think of Hunger Games.

The number 3 entry should have been number one, in my estimation. Whoever that black haired girl is in the first image, she doesn't look like Lara at all.
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Terramoo Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite is #2. They all have done wonderful jobs. I like number 3's hair because it shows a lot of motion which is why the back bit is blurry. I also like number 1's background.
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yumehime04 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the first one, but Why is Lara's hair so dark??? :(
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Gokiru Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Second place is such cr@p. It's not like it has any "hidden" meaning behind or anything... even the anatomy is hit-and-miss.
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Spielodia Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
The ponytail of #3 is just a smudge... Even though they both have flaws that bother me, #2 looks way more well done than #3, which is only about half way finished.
But well, that's why I don't take contests seriously. Still great on the winners for all those prizes, lucky bastards xD
The first one makes me want to play the game ^^
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evacabrera Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice artwork but... WTF with the second place ????
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blazingamer Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both first and third place look more as though they are just concept art. There's nothing really more to them than action portrayed in the same ways as all the marketing for the game already. They're just really done exceptionally well is all.

Second place, however, has something that the other's don't: Style. As the Square Enix art director stated, "Dynamic posing, strong composition and a bold treatment earns this second place." The style used provides a nice pop to it that makes it good for different reasons. Its minimal color range and stronger focus on the lines help emphasize the subject. Additionally, it's way more suitable for something like a T-shirt or even a comic. It's a different kind of picture from the other two, and thus it should be judged differently.
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Urban-Ninja-Hana Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Couldn't have said it better myself!
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GabrieldlTC Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fact that is not complicated and has little crazy detail doesn't make it worse. :)
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SarasDVS Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't understand how it was picked higher than number 3 which obviously was done by someone with much more talent and had a lot more effort put into it. I could've made number 2 with my eyes closed, hands tied behind my back and using my butt to draw. lol No but seriously it should have at most been 3rd place.
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Shaza54 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I agree with blazingamer. If you are so good, why did you not compete and win! 2nd is brillant! You cannot see the raw drawing of the others...
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SarasDVS Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because I am not so good lol. But I do have eyes and taste. Now please leave it alone, I was a bit harsh with my critique and I regret it. I still don't think hers is as good as some others but I should have said it with more constructive criticism instead of the destructive that I did say.
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GabrieldlTC Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh who knows, I don't know who picks the winners.
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evacabrera Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't mean that.
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Izene Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats!!! :D
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JavidWolf Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
nice pics
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NextGenfashion Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Just looked through alot of the entries... and I gotta say... it's disappointing to see the judges favor guns, and explosions, over authenticity and originality. There are so many other entries that FEEL like tomb raider. Not the modern garbage tomb raider, but the actual, British badass tomb raider, who wasn't looking for a fight, she was just looking for her prize. Which... just so happened to have a bunch of other people trying to steal her prize. So... sometimes she had to get her hands dirty... but most the time she used wits to gain what she wanted.
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Koriandr-star Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Looking at the entires I have to agree, I can see why they picked the one for first place, its dynamic, intense shot of the moment almost but all three show remarkable aggression which makes it all unremarkable. There isn't much orignality in regards to the background element or her character other then pumped up aggression. Their well drawn but it seems judging from the three pics that the judges were only after a certain depiction.
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NextGenfashion Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
thats the unfortunate thing about entering big contests like this. Unless you know the judges and have entered in the contest more than once and you know what they like, you're at a huge disadvantage.
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NextGenfashion Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
3rd place reminds me more of catnis from the hunger games than tomb raider. its a beautiful photo but... it doesn't feel like tomb raider to me. Congrats to everyone though.
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KuroiChoucho Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Its nice to see some variety in the winners~
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paulobarrios Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
2nd ? mmmmmmmmmmm
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