July 28, 2008

The Lara Croft Style Guide

Here's a look at one of the artwork sources for the early games - The Lara Croft Style Guide.    As a branding guidebook, it contains digital files and printed examples, Pantone colors, logos for various items such as the Lara Croft signature, Eidos, the Tomb Raider franchise and each game title.   This particular guide was created for the games up to, and including, The Last Revelation.  

The binder comes with 8 cd's of hi-res imagery to use for various marketing purposes.  This guide is very rare and we are excited to include it in the Art of Tomb Raider book.   I would love to have one in my collection but unfortunately this is not mine to keep. 

One of the images in particular is not included as a digital file, nor is it included in the printable, companion .pdf.    The image shows Lara holding the guide itself.   

I wonder if she's looking at the page where she's holding the Style Guide, looking at the page holding the Style Guide and so forth and so forth? 

Virtual feedback.

July 7, 2008

1st Draft - 180 pages to Chronicles!

I received the first draft of the layout from Stan Stice today.  Stan is the designer and proprietor of Dreams and Visions Press.   If you've seen Battlestar Galactica, he is a dopplegänger for Colonel Tye.  The frackin' cylon has gone through the games up to Chronicles  (game #5 of the series) and the 1st draft is already at 180 pages.  With a massive amount of imagery from Angel of Darknesss, Legend, Anniversary and the forth coming Underworld, the book will climb to 600 pages or more!  Of course, that's not feasible.   A large portion of the design presents the imagery full page and doesn't need to be.  So we'll scale some of them down to accommodate all the artwork.  The good news is certainly that there's no lack of material to be included.   Don't worry, we wouldn't dream of leaving anything out!

Below are sample layout images.   Text has not yet been included.   I've got to get started on that as soon as possible. 

The images are from Tomb Raider - The Last Revelation and include a wire framed, pig-tailed Lara.  Creepy!    Not sure which is more unattractive, the floating eyeballs or the pigtails.

Please remember that this is all subject to change.