This is the best depiction of the human being that is the new Lara, really really well done. I just wish you had left the arrow quiver out (sorry, I'm an archer) as quiver and arrows are way too short for the kind of bow she uses and more importantly the arrows have no nocks. But never mind, I think I have seen one or two entries where this was done more or less correctly, let alone for correctness of actually depicting use of that bow.
So why do I write all that stuff? Because I care and I admire everything else And as I said, in my opinion your Lara is the very best I've seen in this contest. And I totally agree with you, the white background is much better in this case as it allows you to focus on the fine nuances of her facial expression and her stance that do express 'survivor', but much more importantly, 'human'. Great work.
Hey, thanks for reading. Its appreciated. And btw, your work is for me far superior to most of the semifinalists as you have captured what was written in "what we are looking for". Minus the quiver I'd want this as poster. Can't say that for the finalists.
Keep up the good work but don't waste too much energy on DA contests