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reBORN by mkmatsumoto reBORN by mkmatsumoto
My submission to the Tomb Raider competition. I really enjoyed playing this game, and thus, I am so happy this competition came out. There are a ton of the submissions being entered into this contest that look so good, and there are so many great paintings/drawings of everyone's take on Lara Croft! It's awesome!

In my work, I wanted to illustrate what I thought was one of the most powerful part of the game: the moments in between all the crisis and action sequences. I thought the telling of Lara's loss of innocence and codependence were told in a fantastic fashion, and I wanted to convey that in my work. I think all the action is part of what makes a Tomb Raider game; but, I believe "Reborn" was more about Lara coming to terms with the fact that she is a "Croft" and has what it takes to push on. Over time in the story, her fears and doubts wash away, allowing her to survive all the odds.

EDIT: I went ahead and did my final touches to my painting, now that the contest is over. And I am going to call it "done" at this point. Thanks to everyone for their love and support! :D

Please do not use my art work without my permission. Thanks!
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:iconanastasiyakosenko:
AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Gorgeous! :heart:
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:iconamrock:
Amrock Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Filmographer
My jaw just hit the freaking floor, man.
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BlackestFlame Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful piece, the colours and lighting got me from the thumbnail, it's one of the best things I have seen :nod:. The scene looks very cold but the picture is so warm :meow:. You drew Lara so wonderfully, her soft curves and expression are really calming. Your description is great and I do think it was these moments that allowed Lara to calm herself and gain her focus and determination. Honestly, I think this should have been one of the winners, especially considering the other submissions I've seen focused on the drama and intensity, it's probably my personal favourite, though I completely missed this contest so I'm not sure what it wanted ^^;. I would so love to have this in a large print/frame :), it almost brings manly tears to my eyes :iconmanlytearsplz:
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EdenaBlujul Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely Amazing Work! How i would like to paint like you!
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denebtenoh Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
awww... this is awesome!! I totally fell in love with your work!!
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Andrufus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I would like to make a big poster with it. Would be awesome
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Deathrebellion Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
In my opinion this deserved to win , great job :clap: :D
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Giogiogio4 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Great job! was featured on The official facebook page
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:iconkapalsky:
Kapalsky Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous attention to detail and composition.
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thevelvetroses14 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
AMAZING
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Geranela Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
This is really beautiful and awesome. It's full of emotion :).

- i just finished the game :D.
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xelb73 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
nice !
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denebtenoh Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
OH
MY
GOD
WOW
This is, by far, the most beautiful artwork on TR Reborn!!
Because you´re right, the thing that has made the game different (and in my opinion, better) than from the others, is that tells us the emotional part of Lara. Congrats!!
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JCapela Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome :)
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:iconspartannr1:
Spartannr1 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing ... :)
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconenigmanet:
enigmanet Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
i like it! so much detail in one picture
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconleovanaret:
LeoVanaret Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Artist
The best thing on this island she can ever dream about... a shower ^^
really great job, well done
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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chichiboy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
very happy with this too, why didn't it made to the finals
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! It didn't win because there was a technicality submitting it right before the deadline and it was considered late. :\
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chichiboy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
any concept art for future tomb raider installments? with better boobies? (woohoo!)
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hahaha. No further Tomb Raider stuff from me for a while now. :P
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dimorali Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow i think is the most beautiful piece in the contest, incredibly beautiful!
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for that! :D
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MJWilliam Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is my favorite in the contest. I love that you chose to show her from a different perspective, not the usual cliched running-jumping-climbing-etc. Too bad it didn't win.
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow. Thank you so much for you support!
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:iconmjwilliam:
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconnekomaon:
NekoMaon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is wonderful! Really good job!
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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corebonts Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
She's like Sandra Bullock in this one :)
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure I get that reference, but thanks anyways. :)
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Bio-rain Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
The winner for me... I love all of this pic: visual, concept , idea. awesome job^^
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for your support! I wish I went further but unfortunately my submission was considered late due to some technical issue. I really would've liked to have seen this turn into something official. But thanks so much again. :D
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Bio-rain Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
the winner for me ... I love all of this pic : visual , concept ,idea . >Good job^^
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Ramsay-the-Bastard Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
So perfect...your Lara kicks major ass!
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hahaha thanks so much! :D
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:iconkildem:
Kildem Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This stuff is superb.
Delicate colours, delicate lines.
It's a pleasure to look at.
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for your support! I'm glad you enjoy the work so much. :D
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slipled Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work!!! very expressive
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mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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MeTaa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow this is really great. So much emotion!
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you're responding so positively. :D
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Etetherin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This is amazing!
if you wouldnt mind would you tell me what process this art went through?
like did it start off as a sketch and what did you do to it on the computer?
like basic explanation from start to finish?
PLEASE!
this is fantastic and i want to know more so that i can learn from it:)
thank you!:astonished:
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for your support! I'm glad you seem so enthused about my work.

Here's a link to the basic thumbnail I started from to give you a look at the Rough v. Final:

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To quickly go over how I work, it's generally I come up with a narrative and a design on paper. Then I scan in my thumbnails and begin working digitally. From this point, I block in major shapes, establish light source(s), add color, then detail, detail, detail. I think it's basically how any other artist would go about doing a rendered illustration.

When I have time I will go back and make a general step-by-step of my process for this painting. Unfortunately, I'm a little pressed for time right now, so it'll have to be in the near future. Thanks again for your support!
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Etetherin Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
OH NO THANK YOU!!
and that would be very awesome of you to take time out of your busy life to do so!
and again thanks so much and its really amazing how that sketch ends up as an amazing artwork such as this one!

I don't remember if i asked but what programs did you use to do this in and you said that you block in major shapes, like what did you do that with?

other then this question, ill patiently be waiting for your step by step :)
i really hope you win this contest you definitely deserve it!
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mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Unfortunately, I did not make it to the semi-finals due to a technicality when I submitted my work it was considered late. So that's a shame, but I've moved on to other things. Thanks for your support though!

To answer your question on what program I used, I painted all of it in Photoshop CS5 and Painter 12. Hope that helps. :D
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Etetherin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
It helps a lot :) Ty very Mutch
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little-shiny-thing Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I can't believe this isn't within the semi finalists, seriously.
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