God of War Fanart Exhibits the Mighty Kratos Upon His Throne

God of War's Kratos sits proudly on a throne in this poignant piece of fan art.

PlayStation 4 owners have had some cracking games come to the system that has kept fans invested over the last six years. With the likes of The Last of Us, Red Dead Redemption 2, Bloodborne and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, PS4 fans have been inundated with some incredible video games. Sony’s Santa Monica Studio’s God of War is surely a high contender for one of the best games to land onto the console. Not only does the game receive a monumental amount of praise but God of War is also a breeding ground for some of the game industry’s most skilled artists and today is no different as we jump into yet another incredible piece of God of War fan art.

Çağlayan Kaya Göksoy, a 24-year-old self-taught freelance concept and illustration artist from Turkey, takes on the Ghost of Sparta himself in this hauntingly, captivating drawing. With chains wrapped tightly around his bulging arms and an expression of pure power and strength in his aged face, Kratos sits proudly upon a throne as his fists grip its side and the other clenching a staff attached to his chains. Below Kratos’ feet lies the head of a huge wolf with one of his Blades of Chaos embedded into its skull. Çağlayan has used very subtle colors throughout his painting and only really using brighter shades to highlight certain areas like the hot embers coming from Kratos’ hand, his scarf across his neck, the giant horn on his throne and on the blade of chaos. I love that the artist used these colors so to keep it in line with a grim and atmospheric sketch.

You can check out more about Çağlayan Kaya Göksoy by heading out to his ArtStationInstagram, or Twitter. Çağlayan has many prints for sale including this God of War one but at present, he is unable to receive money for them due to PayPal being an issue in his country. He hopes to be able to start selling his art again as soon as he can but if you have any questions about this, you can reach out to him on the socials previously provided.

To see a similarly done piece of fan art that this time depicts an older Atreus, you can check out Sam Yang who does a bunch of brilliant digital paintings in photoshop. Recently Sam captured Atreus as a fully grown man and Kratos as a much older man in the background – it’s a really stunning piece that you can view right here. Coming in with some cosplaying adventures is Ibelinn, a talented cosplayer from Norway who mimicked the beautiful style of God of War’s goddess Freya and it suffices to say that all her hard work and hours put into this cosplay truly paid off. For those of you who are big Kratos fans, you may dig this clay sculpture of the big man himself done by the incredibly talented Reddit user and artist Flompydompybompy that is crafted with the finest touch and also impeccably detailed.

At the start of the year, Sony and Santa Monica Studio released an episode of the Worlds Collide podcast, which is a deep dive into how the many elements of God of War came together to tell a rich and deep narrative. In one particular episode called “The No-Cut Camera,” we got a look at how the studio managed to pull off a single-take camera effect with no cuts. We all know that God of War director Cory Barlong is the king of witty banter on Twitter and recently, we saw him and The Last of Us director go head to head in a jokingly way by pitting the two games by claiming that God of War uses more teraflops than 2013s The Last of Us.

For those wanting to play God of War on PC, there was some news in March this year regarding the topic. Following some new changes surfacing on the PlayStation website, we saw that the U.S. version of the official PlayStation website no longer contains the “Only On Playstation” for God of War. This, of course, could mean many different things but as we have seen of late Sony is clearly intending to bring more of its first-party published titles to PC, even if it doesn’t mean God of War at this time.

God of War is available now exclusively on PS4. If you have yet to experience the game for yourself, you can pick up the game right now over on Amazon.


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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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