The Last of Us: Beautiful Grown Up Ellie Is Complete: it’s Fanart But Neil Druckmann “Would Play it”

Remember the fanart from The Last of Us portraying a grown up Ellie by concept artist Marek Okon that made us all believe in a sequel of the game for a few hours? It’s finally done and you can see it above. Okon himself posted a lovelyย explanation on his Facebook account, also giving his own very personal version on what could happen after the game:

“We all heard the stories over the years. Tales of a girl being out there, immune to all this madness. And we knew that those stories were nothing but wishfull thinking, fairytales passed along by the campfire.
Believing those stories was a good measure of my desperation. I needed to find that girl.
You, who followed me on this hopeless journey choose to do so. Some of you paid the ultimate price for that. For my belief… But here we are, we found the girl. We found the hope.

Be careful and don’t let her bite you.”

There’s got to be some sort of medical condition for when you paint fanarts of the projects you actually worked on. Well I guess its not as much a fanart as a homage to one of the best games I’ve ever played. I tried to imagine what future holds for Ellie and Joel and came up with this image – Ellie few years older, practicing her tunes, being chased by a woman who will hesitate at nothing to find the cure and save her loved ones.
Again, its only my own imagination at works here so please don’t board the “TLOU2 confirmed” hype train ;] Its a (deeply) personal image.

It may be “just” a (absolutely stunning) piece of fanart, but it received some high praise indeed, directly from Creative Director Neil Druckmann, that just posted on Twitter:

Still braver and wiser beyond her years. Marek Okon’s fanart is incredible — I’d play it.

I’d play it too, Neil, you tease. And I’m sure at least a few million others would as well.

That said, you never know. This “fanart” might very well inspire something bigger. Inspiration is a can come from many direction, after all, and I can’t think of many better sources than this. Come on Naughty Dog, you know you want to.

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  • JustGaming

    What a f***ing tease ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Zerosion

    Your not the only one that would play it Niel, your not the only one.

  • Ih4t3th3w0rld


  • How can that “woman” even find her again considering what happened to her???

    • Michael Balchunas

      I was thinking the same thing…. Joel put an end to that.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Maybe TLOU is finally going to get *actual* zombies? ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Mozef Kaddas

        can I say PLZZZZZZZZZ TLOU 2 plzzzzzzzz!!!

    • Dennis Djoenz

      It’s not the “woman” you think she is. I mean what loved ones? It’s somebody else. What a teasers these guys.

      I want this framed!

      • Good call ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was thinking too broad with that. I hope so because I sure as hell want some more!

  • I believe this skilled artist gave Naughty Dog some ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gamist

    That artwork deserves to be printed and framed.

    • Dennis

      Without a doubt.

      • Jason Mourn

        Pedo simulator at its best. A real gem for all of you.. the much younger lovers! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Without a doubt indeed.

        • Breaking News

          Hi jealous fanboy. You probably really are a Pedo.

        • ps4lol

          Time for your meds.

        • Kumomeme

          obviosly you never play the game..please dont throw the last of us together with ‘pedo game concept of yours’…this game different than common game….dont talk nonsense if you are jealous xbox/pc fanboy…..

        • You sick bastard…

    • Mozef Kaddas

      Before I sow your post, I swear by my mom life was thinking the same thing.

  • They Call Me Senpai

    I’d buy 3 copies, just because Naughty Dog deserves my money that much.

  • PS3_PS4

    I don’t like will Joel be killed.More i like the death of Elli

  • Xiker Martin

    wow very cool image

  • Somebodyissilent

    So TLOU 2’s story will be amazing? Sold. Now shut up and take my money.

  • miyamoto

    She reminds me of Tess…

  • Vious

    So many of you thought it was a full game going nuts over it in the other thread yesterday…. Whatever happened to that.

  • Ryan Meitzler

    Definitely going to be my new laptop background ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Raven Nafariea

      I just made it mine before I saw your post, lol – it is beautiful =)

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      that’s a great idea.

  • Solid Snake

    Marek Okon is a fookin dik, who the fuk does he think he is? Misleading childish fuk.

    • themugen

      Overreact much?

  • juancerda

    This just in. Naughty dog fired the fan art. more info to follow.

    • datdude

      How dare you sir. How dare you.

  • Decy Rouschop

    this doesn’t deserve to be a wallpaper, this deserves to be printed on a canvas and hang it on the wall.

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  • Stranger On The Road

    Just my opinion, but any hint to Ellie and Joel being alive and well is major spoiler for some parts of the TLoU and its ending.

    Just my opinion; I’m glad that I finished the game before getting that hint.

    Edit: should be “what if they had a future?”; and considering the world they were in; the question can be seen as true.

  • doom guy

    Lovely artwork ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Johannna_L

    Ellie grows up and looks like Ellen Paige in Beyond Two Souls! Even intact with a guitar! Would love that but please make the games for Windows PC too. PC gamers have waited for the last of us long enough now, please make it happen as soon as possible! Im sure you like PC gamers money too right?

  • k j

    Hmmm it seems naughty dog lost its artists and is now resorting to fan art to complete it’s work.

    • MTM2


    • ps4lol

      WRONG It seems you’re a malicious, lying, worthless microsoft fanboy. WRONG