deviantART Hosting Tomb Raider-Themed Art Contest

deviantART: In the popular consciousness – and to my tender, virgin eyes shut up we’re pretending – it exists in two distinct forms. One is a sort of innocent vapidity: various sketches, moody shots of the cosmos, and for reasons that escape comprehension, a screenshot of somebody’s desktop.  Yet in its bowels, there is an unspeakable darkness: a digital abyss, filled with furries, unflattering (and NSFW) self-portraits, furries, Bronyism, and if there is space left on deviantART’s servers, still more f*cking furries.

Yet scattered amidst the e-wreckage, there are those select few who exhibit what sages of old called “talent.” Said talent is currently being sought by the kids at Crystal Dynamics, who are currently holding a contest – sponsored by deviantART, Gamestop, and Microsoft – entitled “Tomb Raider Reborn. According to the info page, the contest “challenges you to depict Lara Croft’s latest transformation” through an original piece of art, which “may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted as a single JPG or PNG file, at least 3,000 pixels in the shortest length, and should be suitable to be adapted for use in a print. Submissions will be accepted until March 5th; the winner will claim $6,000, the chance to have his or her art sold in the Tomb Raider store, and a limited-edition Xbox 360. More information can be found at the “Tomb Raider Reborn” deviantART page.  Runners-up will also receiver their share of bounty, which can be found (courtesy of gamezone) after the jump!

1st place:

  • The winner’s work will be featured on an art print that will be sold internationally via the official TOMB RAIDER store
  • TOMB RAIRDER custom Xbox 360 console
  • $6,000 cash
  • 8,000 deviantART points
  • dA PRO digital artist backpack
  • One-year premium membership to deviantART
  • One t-shirt from the deviantART store

2nd place:

  • TOMB RAIDER custom Xbox 360 console
  • $3,000 cash
  • 4,000 deviantART points
  • 6-month premium membership to deviantART
  • One t-shirt from the deviantART store

3rd place:

  • TOMB RAIDER custom Xbox 360 console
  • $1,000 cash
  • 4,000 deviantART points
  • 6-month premium membership to deviantART
  • One t-shirt from the deviantART store

Additionally, 22 semi-finalists will receive a TOMB RAIDER Xbox 360 Limited Edition Wireless Controller, a 3-month premium membership to deviantART and 2,000 deviantART points.

(Writer) Jesse Gmitro is the self-proclaimed “resident ally/lady-fancier” of — a position he has held since 2011 – and a shameless fanboy of Metal Gear, pre-Homecoming Silent Hill, and Final Fantasy. He plays drums in a local post-rock band called “Between Two Skies,” and is currently working on a black comedy novella, “The Madcap Laughs.” He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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3 Comments on “deviantART Hosting Tomb Raider-Themed Art Contest
  1. I lost all interest in buying this after the Torture Porn Maybe-Shes-Is-A-Rape-Victim-Maybe-She-Isn’t video. Lately I need a REALLY good excuse to drop me €50-€60 on a game and to be fair maybe I’m just getting old but I care more about what Devs say and who I hand my money off too. DMC, loved the others the Dev Tameem Antoniades was phenomenal narcissistic prick, didn’t buy the game, despite owning all the others and the HD collection. Maybe I’m just getting to old for gaming, just cant separate the Art from the Artist :(

  2. I thought the same when I saw it at first. I imagine they will not do that to the character, and if they do, they will not show it. 6 of 9 women suffer from sexual abuse at least once in their lives, so, make it happen to Lara wouldn’t be offensive nor less, on the contrary, would show the world a reality. But I agree, is not nice at all. I’ve decided not to judge the game for that. And I like the fact that she is a more realistic character now, not a doodle.

  3. Oh I totally agree Lara is (for the most part) less of a live sex doll visually, but then they robbed her of per-release impact by showing her getting nothing but beating up. Obviously through the course of the game she kills like a million people / animals / dinos but it seemed like what was happening to her was placed in a much more in-your-face focus, like they wanted you to see her injuries “Hostile” style, yet enemy interaction is basically the detached headshot -> move on we all experience with every other game.

    No doubts that over the progression of the story she becomes far less of a “victim” and more of a hunter (obviously so as this is a prequel) but in their showcasing of her as a character and as a woman so far, they REALLY haven’t put their best foot forward, but that’s just the way it comes across to me anyway.

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