Lara Croft was originally conceived by her creator Toby Gard as a tough South American explorer with a braid called Lara Cruz. Inspired by Neneh Cherry and the comic book character Tank Girl.

Lara Cruz eventually became English and renamed Lara Croft. 

I’ve seen Toby’s original illustration a number of times over the years and fancied drawing my own take of Lara Cruz that stuck closely to the original style and shading.