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Tomb Raider Reborn: Dark Embrace by AOGRAI Tomb Raider Reborn: Dark Embrace by AOGRAI
This is the prequel to the First Entry -
before she became a confident individual in my Second Entry:
In Dark Embrace, she is tied-up and made to feel helpless... at the crossroad of her impending Destiny.
Her decision to stand and fight leads her to undergo a metamorphosis into the one and only LaraCroft The TombRaider.

Hope you like the 3rd Entry.
Yaz
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Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see sweat on her forehead and something that reminds me of when she sounds like her breathing has gone ragged in her expression.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She should be after trying to escape:)
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Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mathias has certainly generated a rather large scale version of Lord of the Flies. Of course the island is filled with collectibles in the form of documents, relics, and more - each has a story to tell about what, when, who, why, and even how things have become what they have become on this island.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kool.
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Mickytroisd Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Absolutely stunning :wow: I love it.
I just finished the game and I loved :-)
The best Tomb Raider and perhaps the best game I've played. Just wow...
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have just updated the change, please do have a look. Thank you.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you are so far the first person to tell me that game is already completed. Not much of a first person type o guy, but like to see others play. And thanks for the favs and compliment.
But I have had to make a few changes to the original entry and will be updating the completed version soon. Hope you will like it. :bow:
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AnzonyD Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
she dont look scared. look like she looking at something and has no idea someone is holding her.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, been getting that alot, guess I am going to have to do something about that
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AnzonyD Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
u can do it man. dat shud b the easiest part unless expressions arent simple.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No it is not a huge difficulty, but subtle expressions I guess sometimes just do not work here. I will be updating the new change soon. Thanks man for the help.
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AnzonyD Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I was trying to help, but I didn't want to offend. It looks incredible though, but it is just that one thing and you will have people hating on you. Probably already are and hoping you can't fix it to win so you have to get it in. You have the technology and skill.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHA yes SIR! AM on IT! SIRRR! :salute:
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AnzonyD Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Glad to here it soldier. Now mooooove out!!
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:laughing: thanks my friend.
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ArtBennyRGrau Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
to get that look you want try the eye brows scrunched upward, look in teh mirror while thinking of something horrible you have lived through.
I agree her face looks blank, like she was raped, beaten and broken by him. If you wanted her to be struggling then you need to visualize what is going on there. if you were being captured how would you react. I think the villain looks fine unless you wan them noth to be the main focus,
if so just think how you would react and then how she would react.
I'm working n mine though. Not really excited about it but I hope you like it man.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Benny, I understand where you are coming from... I wanted to show her at the crossroad for that briefest of time... deciding. I was tempted to fix her eyebrow and all... but I resisted.

Let me know when you are done mate!
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ArtBennyRGrau Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
if it was your intent, then it's fine, if you wanted to communicate something other than that instant before she reacts then, it's ok to consider other options. Sadly that moment before reacting came of as blank.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, thanks for all the support. I will be updating the new Lara le Expression! HAHAHA ok it is not a big deal, but I guess the moment of capture is not dramatic enough. I will be updating soon.
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kamilszy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All the tattoos on the man make him look dangerouns and mad probably, too :psychotic:, so if he's holding Lara like that it is quite an uncomfortable situation for her :omfg:. He seems in control and "No one escapes", so it's a great picture. :D
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What in your opinion is Lara thinking based on her expression? Just wanted to know your thoughts on this to see if I got my concept right. :bow:
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kamilszy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, by looking at Lara's and the man's eyes placement, I think she's listening to what the man talks to her ear from close behind. And he probably says to her what he's going to do with her. :fear:
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have just updated the change, please do have a look. Thank you.
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kamilszy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see you wanted to make more clear something is going on there by moving her head more, all right. :)
But I have to say the whole a bit of lost something by that. When you move your head up, open mouth, you look more brave, that you can try to fight with that, maybe even say something to him... while her keeping her head down made her more scared of the situation, and made the man look more dangerous and dominant.
So it depends what you like more - Lara in trouble, but a bit stronger, or terrified Lara with the whole situation and his words, unable to react.
My opinion only, good work anyway! :)
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand you fully. I think maybe I overdid the reaction, so I did another version and I think a better angle. I will therefore be submitting a new one soon, hope you will look out for it.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She is, wow you get it. But sadly, not many do... and I have to choose a more engaging expression as this is after all a competition piece. So I will be updating soon. Thank you for all your help. :bow:
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manuelzart Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome 3D rendering! one thing though the tatts on his arms look like 2 elongated penises. :)
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your comments. Sorry for the offensive tattoos, but I kinda purchased the skin texture ([link]) and manipulated the displacement and maps to suit the picture. The texture comes with the tattoos and did not look so bad. Never saw it the way you see it. Apologies.
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manuelzart Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's all good man no need to apologize I was just teasing you :P
As I've said before it's awesome artwork and best of luck with your entry :)
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh.. U were just baiting me were you? Well, I fell for it. ;) thank you. :bow:
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manuelzart Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries hehe
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have just updated the change, please do have a look. Thank you.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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TorrynWoodsrunner Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If Lara is supposed to be feeling helpless in this, I can't really say that I'm seeing it. Her expression seems rather blank to me...even her eyes aren't showing what I'd classify as any sort of emotion.

Your camera angle also hides the antagonists face, obscuring any expression of emotion on his face, as well.

The combination of the two comes across as being very static and devoid of any real feeling, which is unfortunate when I look at the quality of the posing (which is quite solid) and the lighting (which isn't bad, though perhaps a touch more shadow would convey more mood).
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I had hoped that her eyes told the story. I had no intention of giving too much attention to the guy hidden, whom I intended to be hidden to some extent. My apologies if this work has not caused you much discomfort. Thank you for viewing though and thanks for the comment. I shall strive to do better.
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TorrynWoodsrunner Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no, no discomfort or anything. You've got great potential here. I just like to offer constructive tips on how to get as much as you can out of your images.

Keep at it!
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have just updated the change, please do have a look. Thank you.
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TorrynWoodsrunner Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Much improvement over your original. Far better expression of fear on her, and adjusting the camera angle to show more of his face gives us a bit more of the sinister feeling behind him.

I wish I knew how to explain this next part better, but something keeps drawing me to the position of her head and neck, and I'm not entirely sure what it is...but something is off. I'll keep looking at it and see if it hits me.

Otherwise, good job! You took the suggestions and critique and made it work for you...well done!
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, although I followed closely the direction of her neck to her head direction, now she looks like a broken toy at this angle. Not to worry, I have done another one, but I shall submit as a new piece. I changed the angle and the expression to a little less dramatic, as I felt that I may have over-compensated on the second one. Thanks.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mathias is one twisted loon - that is if this is him - I didn't like him all that much from the start anyway. Lara passes out at camp after finally finding Sam and personally something seemed off about Whitman after every run-in with him too - Lara is regularly harassed by natives yet Whitman is always free of injuries and wounds - something wrong there in a hostile place with heavily armed locals.

Yes Lara is often in situations meant to paralyze her yet by degrees she learns to break out of it because to do otherwise means she dies anonymous on some isolated island. So she learns to be a survivor. Yes your art succeeds in making the wheels in my head turn again.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL... I love the way you think. You are driving me nuts. :) Hope you dun have nightmares about the games you play though. So what do you do when you are not crammed with games and fingers not itching to execute?
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Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Imagination via words does that for me.

I have had nightmares scary than those in video games though thankfully I can't remember most of them except for this one where I remember being restrained somehow by something in a dark place - its all very vague and best forgotten mostly.

I read every week - it is like air for me. I watch shows on DVD as well as movies. I write when the inspiration strikes - that or artwork inspires me to write something.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have just updated the change, please do have a look. Thank you.
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kool.
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