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Welcome to Tomb Raider Empire...


99% of 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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Treasure Vault




Contest WINNERS!

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 12, 2015, 2:33 AM
Skin by pjuk and Pencil-Stencil

Dear Raiders!

The big day has finally come and we're happy to announce the Winners of our TR Card Design contest!

It was a very demanding project given the amount of designs you were supposed to do, so we want to wholeheartedly thank each and every one of our awesome participants :heart:

As in our previous contest, the judging was done by awarding each entry with a certain amount of points in 3 different criteria accordingly to their strongest aspects! There were 3 of us judges, and each entry could have won between 9 to 90 points.

And now, the most anticipated part :la:

RAIDERS' CHOICE – 4th place

    Valley of Kings - Tomb Raider Classic Card Deck by jwebster45206

Valley of Kings – Tomb Raider Classic Card deck by jwebster45206 is our people's choice, the 4th winner of our contest. Such beautiful design, it was one of our highest rated entries as well! Sincerest congrats :heart:

This participant will receive:

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



Atlantean playing cards by Keifus is our 3rd place winner with his awesome Atlantean inspired set of designs. Amazing interpretation of the very essence of classic Tomb Raider. Well-chosen motif cleverly showing through in each card, very interesting concept and great execution. And that Joker card! Can you possibly suppress a smile looking at Torso’s hilariously creepy face? – a well deserved spot among the winners! :D Would you be game? ;)

This participant will receive:

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


    Tomb Raider Card Design by alienmaskedcreature

Tomb Raider Gold edition collection cards by alienmaskedcreature  is one of the most elaborate entries in the contest when it comes to idea and concept! Apart from the obvious technical skill input to so many detailed sceneries, the best thing about this entry is that it symbolically represents the golden era of Tomb Raider, hence why all the main motives are painted in gold! But that's not all, there's a special secret in one of the cards, where the Egyptian hyeroglyphs on the pillar actually spell Lara Croft Tomb Raider! Kudos for skill and creativity :heart:


Cards by JhoCorrea

Tomb Raider Playing Cards by JhoCorrea is a great example of using simplicity and turning it into something stunning – The design that catches your eye right from the thumbnail. Exciting shape language, clean and striking design along with very meaningful concept make this entry a definite gem of the competition. Very stylized and unique,  this amazing set represents a journey of a Tomb Raider overcoming obstacles like traps, puzzles and enemies to finally obtain the main prize – the artifact! :heart:

That's right, these 2 awesome raiders got the same amount of points and they will both receive:

The Tomb Raider: Ten Thousand Immortals novel, 6 months premium membership


    Contest Cards Design - Tomb Raider by Croft094

Our winning piece by Croft094 is truly amazing and unique! The artist revolved the idea around basic playing cards incorporating many of the faces of Lara Croft from classic to reboot. He used an amazing technique of just paint splashing to create his artworks which was original and brave! Turned out more than well, this was our top favorite when it came to the overall design - the cards were made to look both modern and archaic and each card individually looks like a minimal movie poster! :D  

This participant will receive:

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 their choice)


Each of the winners excelled in their own particular area, whose strongest sides combined resulted in victory. The entries are all so different, so we're glad we've had our brave raiders get the most of their creativity and ideas, cause that was exactly the point of this contest! Sincerest congrats to them all, thank you so much for participating :heart:

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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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aureolin-swatch Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Phew!  High Honour to be invited - and what a cool subject - thanks for the welcome and clear criteria
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there! Thanks a lot for joining us, always great to welcome such cool artists to the group :heart: Happy raiding and have fun here :la:
John-lok Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the invitation! :D
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome to our raiders gang, hope you'll have great tomb raiding time here! :D
John-lok Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
I'm sure with that! :D
mcolon93 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the invitation! :D
Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there! Thanks a lot for joining us and welcome to the group :heart: Hope you'll have fun here and happy raiding! :salute:
mcolon93 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You welcome! :D
Larxenne Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for share my pic!!! Very nice! ♥
Coqkie Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Thank you for the request ! :hug:
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