Every Monday and Friday of this month Crystal Dynamics is celebrating the 15-year anniversary of Tomb Raider with a new piece of artwork from esteemed artists that have been selected to showcase their take on Lara Croft. This art exhibition is working to build up the highly anticipated reboot of the franchise that will see everyone’s favorite ageless video game vixen take on a new adventure.
At the beginning of this month we were introduced to the online art gallery with Andy Park’s signature work that most people now know to be the new look for Lara. The next pieces of art brought a different side of Croft with a more comic/manga styling to her from Long Vo and Camilla d’Errico – and last week, the simplistic style of concept artist Brenoch Adams joined the group.
Today we celebrate Tomb Raider with a piece from Brian Horton, a 16-year veteran of the video game industry and the senior art director on the Tomb Raider reboot. Horton is an illustrator and fine artist, his work has been seen in publications and galleries throughout the world. He lives in Foster City with his wife Susan and two children Victor and Evelyn.
Brian Horton explains the process that helped him develop this piece:
“Survival has been a rich theme for the dev team, providing opportunities to add emotional depth and a new range of scale for a Tomb Raider game. For this painting I wanted to explore an intimate moment of Lara overcoming fear, pushing forward through a dark and claustrophobic space. In my fine art I collaborate with models so I was fortunate to work with Meagan Marie on a photo shoot for the painting. She captured the emotion I was looking for perfectly, pushing through the pain of that pose I asked her to hold. Thanks again Meagan, you rocked it!”
You can follow Mr. Horton on Twitter at @brianhortonart for all of his updates.
View Brian Horton’s astonishing piece, “Into the Darkness” below (click to enlarge the image):
The look of uncertainty on Lara’s face, coupled with the poised position (ready to strike) captures an essence of Lara Croft that really was never seen in previous games. You can tell from the first trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot that this will be an entirely different Lara Croft.
Be sure to keep up to date with Game Rant or the Tomb Raider website for all the new art pieces added throughout this month. There are only three more to go! Also, don’t forget that at the end of this month a limited selection of T-shirts and posters will be available to purchase from The Nerd Machine with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Child’s Play charity.
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