Brenoch Adams surprises us with a new art reimagining the cover of Tomb Raider Anniversary.
This month, the official Tomb Raider website has released this new reimagining cover of the "Tomb Raider Anniversary" to mark the 25th anniversary of the franchise. This new art has been made by Franchise Art Director, Brenoch Adams. During the month of January, Brenoch Adams gave us the cover inspired in TR1 and personally I am once again amazed by the love that he puts in each piece of art, the classic elements and in general an air that tells me that this is the way to go for the franchise in the future. I hope Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix give Brenoch Adams great creative freedom for upcoming projects, he is certainly doing an exceptional job.
Crystal Dynamics official statement:
When we released the first piece in our reimagined box art series by our very own Franchise Art Director, Brenoch Adams, we were thrilled to see the community's reception! Although we couldn't dedicate an entire month to Tomb Raider: Anniversary with our scheduling, we knew fans adored it too much for us to not celebrate it at all.
We will still have some Anniversary activations sprinkled throughout Legend and Underworld months, including this reimagined box art!
If you ever get to talk shop with Bren, you'll know just how much thought he puts into every last detail of his craft. One of his favorite words is 'DNA' in that, he finds a lot of importance in fans being able to instantly identify what an artist is trying to convey based on specific elements from a game or franchise.
His anniversary reimagining actually started as an initial comp for the Tomb Raider (1996) reimagining before being fully polished into this - that he just whipped up 'for fun'. When he showed it to us, we were blown away. So while the piece for '96 was epic on its own, we couldn't forget this one for its retro charm and we're glad it was brought to life for the fans to enjoy. Learn about Bren's inspiration for this vintage look:
As a young kid, there was nothing more exciting than going to purchase a new video game with my parents. The titles were not surrounded by trailers or hype, just a glorious piece of cover art and a few screenshots on the back of the box packaging. This Tomb Raider Anniversary piece is inspired by the retro cover art that I was continually captivated by when selecting a game. Lara is accompanied by my interpretation of Larson, Natla, Kold, and other prominent features from the game in a loosely styled approach. I often kept the box of the games as well, replacing the cartridge back after playing. The boxes would become creased and worn from hours of use, but I always treasured them as my most prized possessions. - Brenoch Adams
You can download the illustration in high quality at the following LINK