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The Great Wall's Hidden Tomb by Forty-Fathoms The Great Wall's Hidden Tomb by Forty-Fathoms
Hey everyone! While I've been sick, I've been determined to work on some art and I had a really early preliminary sketch that I decided to finish and paint. I really wanted to do something entirely new when it came to my painting style. I've always had a thing for oils and wanting to paint something sketchy but alive and detailed and well done at the same time. I think I've succeeded with that in this picture and while I'm still obviously learning, I really feel like I'm improving faster than I thought I was originally. It will take me awhile to completely understand Corel and how it works, but I've been working my booty off and I am seeing it finally being paid off.

 This idea has been in my head forever and I didn't know how to get it out into paper, and then it occurred to me. You know that scene where Lara drops from the helicopter (I may actually still add that in) in Tomb Raider II and discovers the Tomb of the Dagger of Xian resting beneath one of the many parts of the Great Wall of China? Well, why not really show that as if she truly traversed inside while looking for her new adventure. Giving her emotion of excitement and curiosity while still being somewhat cautious to a certain extent. I'm very happy with how this turned out and probably my favorite part was painting her skin, and the sky. I loved doing those elaborate clouds. Well now that I've have my daily dosage for nostalgia, feedback and comments are always welcome! :heart:

P.S. Let me know if you want me to upload the line art!

Utensil(s) Used: .7mm mechanical pencil for initial lines, Intuos and Corel for painting.
Time: Approximately 8-9 hours.

Character belongs to Square Enix. All art respectfully belongs to Sarah Christina (me).

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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Nice work!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Why thank you! :)
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Animono Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very realistic and great colouring :)
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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VictorRojas95 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing!, Great work! ^.^ 
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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VictorRojas95 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome! ^.^ 
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ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is really fantastic! The coloring is just amazing...I mean, when I first saw it, I thought "Did Sarah make that with markers?" This looks absolutely incredible. The line art is superb as always...and I just can't get over how beautifully you painted her skin. It really looks perfect. Oh and I love the clouds, too! :) :hug: Great work as always sister!
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank soo much, Jen! I've been meaning to do some painting with traditional like looks and it makes me super happy to know you like since you're such a pro with traditional work! When you really get more into digital work, you're going to be insanely amazing!

 Would you like the pencils to color the picture for yourself? :)
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ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ooo yes!!!! Please send me the pencils. :)
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DarkLara28 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I've seen the little picture on my phone, I've immediatly recognized again that it was you ;)
Very great work !
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww, that's such a wonderful compliment! Thank you so much! :cuddle:
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taz412 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
:clap:... :thumbsup:... =D
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D
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taz412 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
:icongrin-plz:
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart:Magnificent work!:heart::heart::heart:
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart:My pleasure!:heart::heart::heart:
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Irishhips Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Very lovely, I like it :)
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Eugene! :D
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So epic, your colouring skills are just going from strength to strength! :wow: :heart:
Love her pose and expression aswell, you capture Lara like no other!
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Matte! :hug:
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LoiccoiL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Hey it's really great (wall) ! We can clearly see your improvements.
Did you try to remove the lineart and just work with colors? I think it's a good way to improve. 
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, thank you! I didn't remove the line art for coloring but I did remove the lines from time to time to see my progress on painting. It was fascinating to see. :)
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yoya-hanona Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very good one !!
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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kelsanity Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...it looks like she came straight out of a comic book :heart:
Laura's never looked better~ :love:
Awesome work!
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww, thank you; That's so sweet of you! :happycry:
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Dinoforce Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Good job
the colors are great
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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Jedd-the-Jedi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous work Sarah, there's a lot of depth and character to the colours and your lines are beautiful as always! 
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Jedd! It was fun bringing this moment to life, as it's definitely one of my favorites from Tomb Raider II. Happy 
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Jedd-the-Jedi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome; you always give Lara lots of personality in your artwork! 
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