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Tomb Raider - Contest Entry by stevegoad Tomb Raider - Contest Entry by stevegoad
My Entry to the Tomb Raider contest. I wanted to focus on more of the game as a whole, something that tells a story. Something you wouldn't mind hanging on your wall. So I looked at all the screenshots and came up with this. Good luck everyone! Since there's still time before the deadline I might tweak this some more..

Created with ArtRage 4
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the-bloody-wolf Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
This is such a beautiful art. It indicates what the game is about and what Lara had gone through. Good job, you really deserve it! :)
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stevegoad Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I appreciate that!
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ForThePeople123 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
This is a winner in my eyes! Don't pay any mind to what others say. You ARE a great artist, whether you win or not. 
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Paine128 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   General Artist
This is really good!
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MyNameIsLuxAnna Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The is beautiful!! Absolutely smashing!!
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chan625 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Like a movie poster...awesome!
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Eynla Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
When I see your work and the winners' works I seriously think there had been a problem when they picked them :/
Yours is really powerful and the Lara you made looks exactly like the one in game in my opinion ! I really don't understand why you weren't picked this artwork is gorgeous :)
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Gans68 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
эх, Ротта жалко.
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sydneytyler Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful. You really seem to understand Artrage 4 better than most folks. I, myself, am in the process of learning all its tricks. Any tips for getting the best out of the program? Seems like the oil paint tool is the fan favorite.

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stevegoad Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, actually I tend to use the airbrush,watercolor, pastel,ink pen and sticker tool the most. If you adjust the settings on your airbrush by increasing the hardness and lowering the opacity and pressure it creates the perfect painting tool in my opinion.
The only time I use the oil brush is if it's thinned, try setting the pressure to 50%, thinners to 88% and loading to 100 and you'll see what I mean. It creates a "build up" effect as you paint, the default settings puts way too much paint and either digs into your paint or creates undesirable impasto.
Try adding a new layer, adjusting the layer's texture setting to use "cel", then use your watercolor brush on that layer. I love that tool because it picks up the color underneath and blends, if your paint gets too washed add another layer and keep adding. I used this process on Lara's face to get the smooth painterly areas and blood/smudges.

I use the art brushes in the sticker tool a lot for texturing but if you play around with the settings you can actually mimic brushes you're familiar with in programs such as Photoshop. Here's a nice tutorial on custom brushes in ArtRage, [link] if you follow the basic guidelines you can start customizing your own brush to do some really unique stuff.

There's more to this program than people give it credit for, it's pretty powerful if you spend time in it. Hope this helps :)
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