I don’t like making artist’s statements because there is a lot of typing involved but I just got inspired to do one because it helps clarify your thought process and what inspired you to come up with the idea.
First thing first, congratulations to Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix for getting it right. I was a fan of the series when they first came out. What first got me hooked was the idea of going to exotic locations and exploring tombs. If you played the first 3 originals you probably know what I’m talking about.
Anyway, before this game came out, I had no idea which direction they were taking this in. All the trailers and posters seemed to depict Lara as some scared, helpless girl. After the game came out and I played it, I felt it was about a journey of not just surviving but becoming what you already were but didn’t know it (Roth knew all along). Lara’s inner strength is unmatched and her fortitude is greater than that of 50 men combined. I wanted to depict that same strength in my piece. Croft is daring, willing to risk her life to save her friends, very intuitive, and intelligent.
Bearing those qualities in mind is what drove me to settle for this pose. The secondary factors were her beauty and the fact that she's been listed on countless charts as one of the sexiest female characters in games. With that, I had to figure out what physical attributes I find attractive about women; and the first thing that attracts me about a woman is her hair followed by her eyes, then their hands and feet (I know, I'm weird). So I had to get those attributes right for my personal gratification. As for the rest of her figure, I had to keep it feminine and not trade into erotic territory because that’s one thing I hate my art getting associated with. And lastly, she’s the Tomb Raider, so there had to be something that connects her to her chosen profession of archeology and that is why I mixed a bunch of pencil sketches and merged them with my photographs of weird patterns I could find around the house to create that round platform at the bottom. Phew, I’m done! Hope you like it.
"That's right! Run you bastards! I'm coming for you all!" ~ Lara Croft