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Welcome to Tomb Raider Empire...

99% of the declined deviations is due to SUBMITTING TO THE WRONG FOLDER!
Before you submit, you MUST see this

”For every reason you have to give up and quit I have a reason to win. For every reason you have to stay on the ground after being pushed I have a reason to stand up and kick the one who pushed me.”

Did you know?

:bulletgreen: Lara Croft is in the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful human video game heroine.

:bulletpurple: When the original idea for the first Tomb Raider was formed Lara was an optional second choice character who would be selectable at the start of the adventure as an alternative to the original hairy-chested male character.

:bulletgreen: Lara’s signature pony tail was introduced due to the difficulty of rendering a full head of hair in-game.

:bulletpurple: Lara’s huge belt is used to cover up a point in the model where the polygons moved against each other. Without the belt it tended to glitch and look horrible.

:bulletgreen: Initially dubbed as Laura Cruz, the game’s protagonist was a South American woman with mercenary background. Name “Croft” came from a phone book. Several names were chosen from the book and put on a vote, “Lara Croft” took first place.

:bulletpurple: Sony PlayStation originally rejected the early versions of Tomb Raider asking for “more materials and a better game”. Today many analysts agree that Tomb Raider was significantly responsible for the initial success of the PlayStation platform.

:bulletgreen: The work on the original Tomb Raider game took 18 months and was developed by 6 people.

:bulletpurple: The front of the Derby Studios building where Core Design worked on the game was later used as the front of Croft Manor.

:bulletgreen: If you took all the copies of Tomb Raider that were sold and would pile them one on top of the other you would get a building 27 times higher that the Eiffel Tower.

:bulletpurple: Lady Croft got on the covers of 249 magazines (the number is according to year 2007 statistics).

Rules of the Lady of the house

:bulletgreen:WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?

How and where do I submit?

- To submit a deviation click on „contribute art“ and then in the drop-down menu pick the appropriate folder.

Or visit our gallery and click on the plus (+) next to the folder to add to it.

– Here's a blog to our FOLDERS description and if you have any questions feel free to ask us!

Which is the submission limit?

- Our group is now quite big and we get a bunch of submissions on a daily basis. To prevent flooding in your inboxes the submission limit is now ONE deviation per week!.
Now be extra careful about where you submit because if you choose the wrong folder you will have to wait for a full week to submit again!!

:bulletpink: NUDITY ISSUE :bulletpink:

-Here is a link to our Mature Folder. For more information about the nudity issue read this blog

:bulletred:WHAT CAN'T I SUBMIT?

- Photomanipulations which are based on copyrighted images. For more information and exceptions about this rule please read THIS

- Works in progress (WIPs) if the progress is so little that you practically can't see what the picture is about. Present us only your finest works that you want others to see (like tutorials, walkthroughs and similar)


- XNALara works that:

:bulletyellow: Contain mods which have nothing to do with Tomb Raider or even go against its nature (E.g. blonde hair, lacy stockings, outfits from other games, etc.) Using a TRU morph for a render doesn't automatically make it TR related.

:bulletyellow: Don't show time and effort from the artist. Anyone can create an image just by using a few clicks and call it a day. Make sure your pictures have a good concept, background, pose – anything that makes it interesting and appealing to the viewer.

:bulletyellow: We do not accept models as separate downloadable items, they need to be used in a render.


- Poor documentation – meaning bad scans and photos of your drawings, doodles on lined paper, etc.

- Submitting to the wrong folder – if you accidentally submit to the wrong folder, please withdraw the deviation and submit to the correct folder. Otherwise we will decline your submission. Please note that such folders as Digital, Traditional and Comics have subfolders. You submit to one of the subfolders only, not to the main ones.

- Few versions of one and the same artwork. Please choose the one you like the best and submit it to the group.

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Tomb Raider Art Contest- 2 weeks left!

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 17, 2014, 1:27 AM
Skin by pjuk

Dear Raiders, it is high time to finish your entries - there are 2 weeks left til the deadline. No more extensions, this is final. Time to wrap it up and finish your remaining cards :heart:

Dear raiders! It's that exciting time of the year again –  time to show your art skills and win awesome prizes. We're inviting you to join our 2nd grand art contest !


As the name suggests, you are to design  cards into which you'll input time, effort, originality, skills, and most importantly, show us how you can utilize something simple and through your distinctive style turn it into something special and unique. It may sound super easy, but read further!

Your task is to design 5 cards! The theme and idea is up to you to choose, you can utilize ANYTHING that belongs to the Tomb Raider universe and turn it into card designs. There’s got to be both diversity and unity in your deck of cards. Each card should be different, yet you need to make sure that there’s a consistency in them and it’s not a collection of random TR objects - Make sure it is clear that all of the cards belong to one single deck. How do you do that? Via style, theme, story, etc. – it’s all entirely up to you!

As usual, you are allowed to use ANY VISUAL MEDIA of your choice (traditional, digital, 3D, photomanipulations, cosplay photomanipulations, etc.) – it is up to you to make the best of it to be able to compete with others – you know best how your tool of the trade works.

Here are some examples  of wonderful card designs by other deviants:
(they’re outgoing links, so right-click to open in new tab for full size)

As already mentioned, you can revolve your card theme around anything that belongs to the Tomb Raider universe. It could be Lara's outfits, Lara's evolution, enemies, locations, sequels, smaller objects, the possibilities are endless. These are just examples, not strictly given themes, so  we encourage you to be creative and take time to think your concept through before jumping into the actual design process. Chances are - the first concept you think of is something everyone  else thought of as well!

:bulletgreen: You need to design 5 cards – no more, no less
:bulletgreen: 2 entries per participant allowed - if you want to, you can enter with 2 entries, meaning you have to design 2 different decks of 5 cards. They won't be judged as one deck of 10, but as 2 different entries.
:bulletgreen: Don’t reference or remake concepts of official promo material, the design needs to be made from scratch from your own idea. You are allowed to use valid stock for pose references given you properly credit them in the description!
:bulletgreen: No collaborations allowed, the work must be solely yours
:bulletgreen: No nudity, sexual themes, or display of unrealistically proportionate features – you can stylize and distort proportion, but keep a tasteful boundary
:bulletgreen: Your cards should be minimally 1500px in height - the shape is up to you, but all 5 cards must be the same shape and size. You may download an empty template from somewhere given you properly credit the author
:bulletgreen: You have to be a member of the group to be able to participate and submit

Since there are 5 cards, you won't be submitting them all separately. You will put your 5 cards in an archive and submit it to deviantArt. When you are uploading archives you have to choose a preview image so here's what to do:

(right-click and open in new tab for full size)

Your preview image should look something like this :

Your submission should have a note in the artist’s comment saying that this is the entry for the “TOMB RAIDER CARD DESIGN” Contest and have a link to/avatar of the group.

Your entries should be submitted to the Contest 2 folder.

Your pieces will be judged upon 3 criteria:

:bulletgreen:  Technical Skill (anatomy, rendering, lighting, etc.)
:bulletgreen:  Originality (what is your concept, how original and interesting your idea is)
:bulletgreen:  Overall Impact (how your piece feels overall, your style, design choices, etc)

You will be able to get up to 10 points for each criterion, meaning you can get 30 points max. The submitter with the highest score wins. As you can see, you don’t need to be an amazing painter with crazy technical skills to win. You know where your strengths and weaknesses lie, make sure you make the best of your strong sides. Be creative, be original, make your creative choices wisely and the victory in the contest will be yours!

:new: The final date for submission is January 1st 2015, 00:00 CET . To check how much time is left simply check the front page of the group where you’ll find the countdown ticking off the minutes to the deadline.

:star: 1st place
Golden Edition of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (Lara Croft mini figurine, the map of the Overworld, the Art Book, the game itself for the platform of your choice)

:star: 2nd place
The Tomb Raider: Ten Thousand Immortals novel, 6 months premium membership

:star: 3rd place
3 months premium membership, a  collaboration commission (up to 2 characters, complex background) from the founders Pencil-Stencil and Inna-Vjuzhanina

The first 3 places are chosen by us Admins via the already explained points system. There will also be a people’s choice 4th place where the members will do the voting – after the contest ends we’ll let you know how to vote.

:star: Raiders’ choice, 4th place

1 month premium membership, a collaboration commission (1 character, simple background) from the founders Pencil-Stencil and Inna-Vjuzhanina

ALL of the collab commissions will be Tomb Raider related!

THE CONTEST IS INTERNATIONAL  and we will send the prizes to any of our raiders' manor! Happy raiding and make your own luck!  

(if you have any questions, write a comment on this blog entry – if we get some questions frequently, we'll answer them here)

:bulletblack: If you are drawing traditionally but want to make a duplicated-flipped design, you don't have to draw both sides. You're allowed to scan, and duplicate/flip your image in a software
:bulletblack: If you are posing in XNA, make sure you don't just create 5 random poses and slap them on the card template. Be original, use lightning and post-editing to make the best of it
:bulletblack: Whatevever you choose to do, concentrate on overall card design. It can be something detailed and inctricate, like a Tarot card or it can be completely minimalistic. It's your style and utilization of idea which will make the strongest impact.

Best of luck, your Tomb-Raider-Empire team,
Happy raiding! :salute:

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Famous Tomb Raider Artists here, on dA

Toby Gard is an English computer game character designer and consultant famous for creating iconic video game character Lara Croft. Originally employed at Core Design, Toby designed the original Tomb Raider video game released in 1995 along with the character Lara Croft. His work on the game included building and animating most of the game's characters (including Lara), animating the in-game cutscenes, storyboarding the FMVs, and managing the level designers.

Andy Park is a famous comic book artist, illustrator and conceptual artist working in the entertainment industry over 14 years. He’s collaborated with such famous studios as Dreamworks, Lucasart, EA, Activision and many more. Andy was pencil artist of Tomb Raider comic books from issue #1 till #20 (1999-2001). The visual image of Lara he has created remains the most favourite one among fans. Andy became a huge inspiration for many people and when looking at TR fanart the most common phrase to read is “Inspired by Andy Park style”.

Adam Hughes is an American comic book artist who has worked for companies such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. He is most commonly known for his stylized renderings of women, super heroines, damsels in distress, figures in fantasy. Adam provided cover art on Tomb Raider from Top Cow Comics.

Joe Jusko is an American artist known for his realistic, highly detailed painted fantasy, pin-up, and cover illustrations, mainly in the comic book industry. Jusko painted the 1992 Marvel Masterpieces trading cards, the popularity of which has been credited with initiating the painted trading card boom of the 1990s. His fully painted graphic novel Tomb Raider: The Greatest Treasure of All won a Certificate of Merit from the Society of Illustrators.

Randy Green worked for several advertising agencies as an Artist/Art Director while dabbling in comics on the side. During this period he mostly collaborated with Dark Horse and Image before pursuing comic book art full-time and producing content for Marvel, DC Comics, and others. Top Cow’s Witchblade was Randy’s first extended run on a title and opened the doors to many other opportunities, including contributions to Tomb Raider and a creator-owned title – Dollz – which he hopes to return to in the future.


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YankeeBlueJeans Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
Kaejaris Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the invite!
Celso33 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi, thanks for the invitation!! :aww:
AprilCroft Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  New member
Thanks for the invitation! <3 
Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most welcome, thanks for liking our art and joining us :heart: Happy raiding!
twosheds1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The link to the instructional image doesn't work.
Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What instructional image? :)
twosheds1 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The one under "Submission."
Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There, it's been fixed. Good luck with the contest! :blowkiss:
Pencil-Stencil Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh you mean for the contest. Sorry, I didn't understand since you posted your comment on our front page, not the contest journal entry.

We'll see to fixing it now :) Thank you for letting us know!
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