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Inspired by a TR Legend Artwork... damn those cheap textures of the cliff >.<

EDIT: This piece is getting a huuuuge amount of attention lately which honestly came as a complete surprise to me as it is 4 years old and certainly has its flaws since I was only starting out on 3D rendering back then. Anyways, many people keep mentioning Nate looks like Jake English, I have not the slightest clue who that is until I googled him after the like tenth comment mentioning him. *lol* I guess it's the glasses too which Nate is usually not wearing
This is my male Tomb Raider character Nathan Thomas (named in complete unawareness of Nathan Drake back then *d'oh*) and not Jake English. There are a lot of more recent artwork of him in my gallery too.
Having said that I'm incredibly grateful for all the attention this piece gets, for all the comments and favs and I still can't really wrap my head around this *lol* Thanks guys!
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I love this. The design is clever and spot-on; it manages to be a funny parody, an insightful critique, and an attractive and sexy piece of art in its own right.

The low-res cliff texture actually adds to the video-game-terrain look, but I docked some points on technique mostly for his accessories.

The straps have the infinitely-thin-infinitely-flexible look you can get from CG (especially the right backpack strap) and they don't hang realistically on his body. The backpack straps should be tight on the top and front of his shoulders to give the backpack a sense of weight (they can be looser at the bottom).

The gun straps are supposed to be tension fit to his thighs, so they should be very tight all the way around; you definitely shouldn't be able to see light between them and his thighs (they might even be tight enough to make his thighs bulge around them a bit).

His boots are too shiny. Even brand-new leather has tiny creases in it and doesn't have that "perfect" CG polish, and these shouldn't look brand-new anyway. They should have crease lines around the ankle and over the toes.
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I enjoyed exploring your work. I make a living as an illustrator- very different in tone than yours- I tend to work in more of a whimsical category... but just wanted to say that there is something about some of your early work that I respond to really strongly- works like "Antivan Memories", "Antivan Boots", and even "Smoke on the Water"... I am not sure what you were doing in your process but the end result has a fine art quality. It feels more hand done than some of the later 3D work - which at times are challenged by a certain deadness of the eye that the models can get- not always as the one here reads great. (please don't read that too negatively- just an observation and a challenge with 3D in general- how to impart a soul to the eyes...) Just something about the illustrative texture of those early ones is really nice. Don't abandon it. Keep up the good work.
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youareyou2 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
By all means make this game. He's bloody hot. The straight guys get Lara and the gay guys get Nathan. Well yeah, Nathan Drake, but this guy is just as hot too.

I'd be quite ok with it just as I'm quite ok with Lara Croft. Men and women should be treated equally indeed. If you're ok with a hot half naked guy like this in a game, you should be ok with a hot half naked girl in a game.

Now if only we can get Nathan Drake to run around like that, hmm.... :P
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lor-black Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I'm guessing the reason for all the attention is because of tumblr. I just saw it reblogged there. I have to say, it's certainly an interesting piece, quite well modeled. I don't know if you wanted to do a male Tomb Raider to the point of the ridiculousness of the clothes (Nathan Drake certainly doesn't dress like that while going on missions, although it would be interesting if he did). How can you gallivant around the place with short-shorts and a tiny tank top? If you're in the middle of the jungle, any person with half a brain would wear long pants, not just for the bugs and other plants, but simply to avoid getting scrathes all over (it's very annoying, trust me).

Can I ask what did you use? It looks very very very well done! Congratulations for all the attention you're getting, you certainly deserve it :)
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FelidaeCat Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
awesome job. very sexy ;]
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3Dguys Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Wow that's just awesome!! 
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Doodled93 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I think it's getting a lot of attention because of the article by Cara Ellison on newstatesman dot com... I came here from there.  It's called "There's no sexism in gaming" :D 
Have to say, this is really good, I'm looking forward to checking out more of your stuff :) Especially since this is your work from four years ago... 
Like I said, Looking forward to it!
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Midnight-Blackened Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I discovered this amazing piece via this article > www.newstatesman.com/games/201... Excellent read btw with excellent art, what's not to like?

I demand Naughty Dog consider this design (with a minor adjustment for a bigger package ...a bit like actual Drake in U1 & U2) for Uncharted 4!! Get on it ND, make it happen! :shakefist:
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Zonapics Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i admire your work and talent and can see why this rendering is a fan favorite love the jungle scene. you should add
king kong to the equation character vulnerable captured by the giant gorilla then escapes.
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really want this to be a thing! Please get hired by a games company who consider androsexuals their primary audience.
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wannamingo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I didnt think there was a way out finding this was the greatest thing thats ever happened this put me in the lap of luxury this could be your big break
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Lunatron Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
This is great!
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sarahmascarah Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Hey so um this is literally the best thing I have seen in forever-- I love Nathan Drake and because of this piece I am starting a petition for Naughty Dog to make sexy Nathan a playable character in the upcoming Uncharted Game. We need this to really happen. Can I use one of these images in the petition? I will for suresies link and credit your art-- I just... this must happen. It must be real. Either way, thank you. :D
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sorry for getting back to you this late.

First: Thank you so much :)
Second: Go for it. I honestly don't think it will do much but you never know until you try ;)
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Midnight-Blackened Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Hey, I’m with you. Count me in for the petition.
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Weirdestkid Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I saw these on Tumblr a few days ago. Glad I found the artist. ^^
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes, they are all over the Internet lately, still can't believe it. Even got interviewed about them ;) If you happen to find tumblrs or whatever which don't link back here please tell either them or me, will you? Thanks :)
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Toadsanime Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Me and my boyfriend will both be cosplaying this for the London MCM Expo. ;)
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Seriously?! If you really do you know that I NEED to see photos of that! *gets all excited over the idea*
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Toadsanime Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yup, we're both planning it out and using these images as references of course. I'll link you pictures after the expo! :D
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yayaartpop Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013   Photographer
Beautiful !
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pleonastic Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
ah, i found the original, yay! i hate it when people link to images stored on imgur that don't give credit to the artist.

that's definitely an interesting take on lara croft -- i mean, i appreciate it for pure eye candy value, but it could also be taken as a humourous-yet-sharp poke at an industry that's ridiculously heteronormative, and sexualises and objectifies women at every turn. don't know whether you meant it that way.

and yeah, i'd probably play that game. ;) i know i am going to hell for objectifying yummy beefcake, i know.

what do you use to model and render these images, if i may ask?
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Pezzaaaaaa Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Hey, first off this is really well made! Second, did you base this on anyone in real life? It looks very familiar to someone other than Jake English!
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)

Nope, I based this on no-one other than trying to make a male version of Lara. He was created four years ago and I had never heard of Jake English before this piece went viral.
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dauntingfire Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I would play the crap out of this game, Oh my god....
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*lol* me too honestly ;) Thank you!
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PuppetTheCreator Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I saw this on Reddit today from the actual author.
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SlingBlade87 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
You do of course realize that this IS the original author right?

At least I hope you do, if you would like, here's proof for those of us with some literacy: [link]
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What do you mean with the actual author? :O_o:
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Echakowitz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I'm sorry but I just... JAKE ENGLISH.
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
As I had to tell several people before this piece was created four years ago and I have absolutely not the slightest clue who that is *lol*
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Icon-UK Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Oh this is fantastic! And does it make me a bad person that I want to play this game really, REALLY badly?

(Actually, I WOULD play this game really really badly in the sense that I am very bad at such games, but I still really want to!)
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh gosh, thank you so very much! And honestly I'd play this game too and gladly so... though I hope I wouldn't be bad since I played all games in the Tomb Raider series *lol*
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skibblesx Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
IM FEELING IT MR KRABS

[REVVING INTENSIFIES]
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*lol* Thank you :)
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Ayhe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Today I was very sad...but your gorgeous artwork cheered me right away! :love:
Thanks for sharing this awesome male version of Lara Croft! :hug:
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:blush: Thank you so very much and I'm glad this cheered you up! :hug:
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gckatz Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Writer
My only regret is that I can't actually play this game.

(I'm glad Nate is wearing eye protection. Safety is important.)
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*lol* Yes, he is wearing these on some images, on some he is just going bare around the eyes *lol* And I'm with you on regretting that I can't play it ;)

Thank you so much, again, for everything.
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Kenshins-Soul Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
The body.... :drool: And the shorts... :drool: Niiiiiiice.

I think it's high we sexualized in all forms to see how they like it when they do that to women. I could look at this all day over those stupid long shorts and baggy pants any day.

Awesome job! ^w^ b
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :) it started out as just being fun putting a guy in shorts like this, obviously it works ;)
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Kenshins-Soul Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Oh wow... I left out some words when I posted that comment. ^^; I meant to say "I think it's high time we sexualized men blah blah blah." ^^; Sorry about that.

And you're very welcome!
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crossoveradiction Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
This is amazing.
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much :)
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Pixelated--Coffee Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
bless your kind soul stranger
bless you
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:blush: Thanks!
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ZoeyFagerlid Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Looks like a male Lara Croft.
<333

Excellent.
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's supposed to be just that, a male version of Lara. It's Nate, he's a regular in my gallery.

Thanks :)
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palau Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
I'd play the shit outta this omg
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*lol* Me too!
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xXCloud-KissXx Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is REALLY well done! It's just....those short-shorts....hold on a second, I think my nose is bleeding....(yes I'm weird like that)
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Ulysses0302 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*lol* no worries, I like weirdness ;) Thanks a lot!
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