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The Last of Us 2 Fan Art Exhibits a Stunning Narrative Mashup

By Natalie Schmidt

September 27, 2021

The Last of Us characters get the cinematic treatment with this stunning fan-made poster.

2021’s The Last of Us Day has so far come with new looks at the upcoming HBO series, as well as some stunning The Last of Us 2 fan art to celebrate the beloved game. In anticipation, fans are delving back into Ellie’s heart-wrenching story and the characters that deeply impacted her along the way.

The TLOU fandom has some truly talented artists within its community, and David, who goes by @IconicNephilim on Twitter, is absolutely no exception. IconicNephilim showcases the narrative moments in TLOU2 in one of the most stunningly detailed renditions out there.

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THE LAST OF US 2 FAN ART

IconicNephilim is widely known for his work centered on TLOU, having previously recreated Ellie’s journal entry style and other emotionally impactful scenes from the game. Looking at his works, it’s no wonder why he’s an essential fan artist in the community. Full of intricate details that capture the heart and emotion of TLOU, IconicNephilim encapsulates what really makes the story impactful.

In an almost Star Wars-esque movie poster, IconicNephilim visually narrates Ellie’s journey throughout the game. Ellie takes the clear position of the hero, surrounded by the game’s most impactful characters. Abby, with her telltale intensely tough look, mirrors Ellie’s softer glance, with Joel, of course, besides the both of them.

Lev and his sister Yara stand at the bottom left of the poster, and Dina stands with Tommy in the center along with other members of Jackson. All stand above the bittersweet moment of a younger Ellie and Joel walking off into the distance and into the past. All in all, it’s like Ellie is looking back at her bittersweet and often painful journey, reminding the viewer just how difficult life was in TLOU2.

THE POSTER BREAKDOWN

Additionally, the artist posted a full breakdown of his The Last of Us 2 fan art, revealing details about the composition of the fan art. It’s an interesting additional peek behind the curtain at his process, pointing out all of the little details that some may have missed at first glance.

Following this, the poster is populated with small environmental objects that bring it fully to life. The small bottles, guitar, and broken-down American flag give the piece a recognizably TLOU2 feel, almost as if made by Naughty Dog themselves.

WHERE TO SEE MORE OF HIS ARTWORK

You can find more of IconicNephilim’s work on Twitter, or check out his art on Instagram.

HBO’s The Last of Us series is supposed to premiere sometime in 2022, but for now, we’ll have to make do with the recent first-look photo on Naughty Dog’s Twitter. Currently, The Last of Us parts 1 and 2 are available to play on PS4 and PS5.

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Natalie Schmidt
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Natalie (She/Her) is a writer and game design enthusiast hailing from way-too-sunny Los Angeles. She loves to dissect game narrative and analyze mechanics, but she doesn’t even want to think about how many hours she’s spent playing D&D or The Witcher 3. Aside from triple-A adventures, she’s passionate about RPGs of all kinds and meaningful representation in games

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