Rise of the Tomb Raider: the Of­fi­cial Art Book

From frozen bat­tles to un­der­ground ad­ven­tures, en­ter the mod­ern world of Lara Croft

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This large-for­mat book is packed full of con­cept art for the char­ac­ters, set­tings, weapons and props in the lat­est Lara Croft game.

The art­work gets room to breathe, of­ten across en­tire pages or spreads. Mostly painterly, but with some stun­ning ex­am­ples of pho­to­re­al­ism, there’s in­spi­ra­tion here for any artist, whether or not you’re fa­mil­iar with the game. From Mark Cas­tanon’s open­ing por­trait of a des­per­ate, hunted Lara, right through to the fi­nal, epic cave scene by Brenoch Adams, the lev­els of ex­per­tise and imag­i­na­tion on show will take your breath away. It’s ac­com­pa­nied by a com­men­tary de­tail­ing the de­sign process, and there’s a fore­word by Brenoch Adams, Brian Hor­ton and Noah Hughes (the art di­rec­tor, game di­rec­tor and fran­chise di­rec­tor, re­spec­tively).

Given that the sim­i­lar Tomb Raider: The Art of Sur­vival is now out of print and chang­ing hands for large sums on­line, you might not want to wait too long to get your copy of this one.

Au­thors Andy McVit­tie and Paul Davies Pub­lisher Ti­tan Books Price £30 Web www.ti­tan­books.com Avail­able Now

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