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Check Out the Amazing Artwork Naughty Dog Artists Create to Polish their Skills

by on June 1, 2014 9:47 AM 47

Video game artists don’t just have to work on the titles they are involved in professionally, but they also continuously hone and polish their skills with personal projects, that often end up being extremely interesting concepts or even amazing fan art.

Today we’ll feature two very different artists with something in common. They both work at Naughty Dog and they both create amazing pieces of art both professionally and on their own time.

The first is Lead Character Artist Frank Tzeng, who worked on The Last of Us. Below you can see a gallery of his artwork, most of which done for the sake of personal improvement, including some really great fan art, and even a few bonus pieces made for Killzone: Shadow Fall.

His Kempachi Zaraki from Bleach and the Sci-fi redesign of Street Fighter’s Vega are nothing short of awesome, even if every single piece is a feast for the eyes.


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The second is Eytan Zana, who worked on Uncharted 3 and The last of Us, and who dabbles in a whole different genre. His 2D paintings mostly show small characters surrounding by environments featuring a beautiful atmosphere.

There are also some bonus illustrations made for Magic: The Gathering cards and The Last of Us.

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Keep in mind that you shouldn’t look for hints on Naughty Dog’s upcoming and unannounced games in their artwork. Artists that want to keep their jobs normally don’t “leak” any of that on their personal portfolios.

You can check it out Tzeng’s portfolio here, while Zana’s can be found here, while we wait to see how their art will be applied next in Naughty Dog’s upcoming games on PS4.

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  • ipot_04

    WOW! just imagine Naughty Dogs making Bleach video games.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      I thought the same :D

      • ipot_04

        it would look better than the manga/anime itself.

        • hahaha

          no

    • They Call Me Senpai

      They should, Bleach is overdue for a good game. I’m just glad that someone at Naughty Dog chose Bleach over Dragonball Z or the typical Naruto, they both get more than enough recognition.

    • ManagedCorn

      lol that would be horrible and yet really funny at the same time.

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  • MrSec84 .

    Not only does Naughty Dog have some of the most talented coders, they also have some of the most talented artists around.
    This stuff looks amazing!
    Seeing this makes me excited to see what they have in store for the PS4 at E3.

  • HustyparmenCZ

    8 days till Uncharted 4

    • MrSec84 .

      I can’t wait.
      Feels like Christmas waiting to hear about the new games coming in the future.

  • supersungin

    nice artwork,but this means nothing to any of the game projects.

    • MrSec84 .

      Well it shows just how talented these artists are & that’s a great thing for the project(s) they’re working on. ;)

    • Negi Springfield

      It means that Naughty Dog has great talents in their studio.

      • supersungin

        but those talents are wasted by company’s policy,i love his artwork anyways.

        • MrSec84 .

          What about the company’s policy means ND’s talents are wasted?

          • Ani X

            Ignore him, he is just butt-hurt

        • Negi Springfield

          What are you talking about ? SONY lets Naughty Dog what they want with their games , They aren`t restricted by anything , SONY gave them freedom with their creativity to make games.

          • Redinferno124

            They’ve only mentioned this like 100 times too.

    • Redinferno124

      Dude just STFU and quit bellyaching every chance you get. They never said this was for any game, it’s just awesome models to look at.

    • Recca Kusanagi

      Didn’t you read the damn article? This is just stuff that they do in their spare time. Go be a moron somewhere else man.

  • Kuro-Law

    Im just thinking what they would be able to do if they did Berserk art. My eyes water starinf at it.

  • L__S

    The best developer (ND) made a fanart about one of the best TV-series (Breaking Bad). Today is a great day :)

  • Ani X

    This is some excellent artwork. And Heisenberg looks so jaw dropping real.

  • Dr. Manhattan

    The talent level involved with those pictures is super high, thanks for the awesome shots and the reminder of how much these guys truly love and appreciate what they do.

    • Jeff Maxwell

      a lot of game artists are all really talented tbh and this is the type of stuff they all produce

  • someguy

    Naughty dog is the best for reasons like this. As the saying goes ” find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”…this is testament to something like this.

  • EdwardJamesKenwayACIV

    http://cdn.dualshockers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/guildgate.jpg?57efa4

    This artwork, i smell this location in uncharted 4

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Only, it’s for Magic :D

      I did write not to look for hints for future games. There isn’t any.

  • doom guy

    That is freaking awesome :)

  • Redinferno124

    Naughty Dog making a bleach game? the feels……..

    • Somebodyissilent

      Never wanted a Bleach game more.

      • Redinferno124

        It probably wouldn’t be that amazing, but damn if it didn’t look good. Would love loved for them to have done Zoro too.

        • Somebodyissilent

          It would be better than most.

  • Somebodyissilent

    Naughty Dog making games based on anime…. only one word fits this idea, and that word is….awesome.

  • Michael Balchunas

    Wow… they are amazing artists…. Walter White looks like the real deal.. so amazing.

  • Recca Kusanagi

    Too awesome for words.

  • pterois

    Can’t wait for the Uncharted 4 reveal!!!

  • Craig Sloan

    ND have very talented people working for them. Yes some very talented people have left them but ND is ND and the quality is still there. I’m sure Uncharted 4 will be something to behold.

  • PCS4-Box U

    Bravo ND.

  • Rick_Deckard

    Very simple!!! NAUGHTY DOG IS THE BEST GAME STUDIO…. :-D

  • klarax

    confirmed breaking bad game by naughty dog ? :P

  • Blue Heaven

    Vega, Superman and Lockdown?

  • Sea-HAWK fan

    Dang is that Heisenburg real?? If so Naughty Dog has just upped the world of video game graphics once again!

  • http://www.paulogy.com Paul

    These pieces are incredible!
    For the best games you need top talent, and it’s clear Naughty Dog has it :-)

  • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

    This is why nobody can compete with Naughty Dog, best talent in the world.

  • Apocalypse

    Scary how good the walter white ones are

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