The Last of Us Part II’s Ellie and Joel Strikingly Confined in Stunning Fan Art

We take a look at artist Carlos Eduardo as they perfectly capture Ellie and Joel from The Last of Us Part II.

As we stumble along the long and winding road to The Last of Us Part 2‘s release date on June 19, the hype for the sequel is most certainly real at this point. Naughty Dog has been leading the pack with their run-on series of videos that look at the gameplay mechanics behind the scenes and some commentary from those involved in the making of The Last of Us Part 2. As interesting and as insightful as those videos are, it’s the Last of Us fans who come out trumps each and every time with their incredibly creative skills. Today we take a look at Carlos Eduardo’s stunning sketch of Ellie and Joel from the upcoming The Last of Us Part 2.

Carlos Eduardo is a digital fan art and pencil designer and going by their Instagram profile, they are only 18 years old which is insane given the amount of talent they already have. Throughout Carlos’ Ellie and Joel fan art piece we see how incredibly detailed it really is. Every wrinkle and line is played out on Joel’s weather-beaten face including bags under his eyes from a traumatic few years which has also taken a toll on his salt and peppered hair. Ellie is captured with the look we have now come to know her for and that’s revenge. With deep and intense eyes, it’s no mistaking that Carlos has caught the pure essence of Ellie here.

It’s not surprising that it caught the attention of Naughty Dog themselves and they didn’t hesitate to showcase Carlos’ work to their many fans on Twitter. Of course, now with the new feature that has been implemented that limits replies on posts, we couldn’t highlight some of the replies to this particular piece but in fairness, the comment section on most of Naughty Dog’s posts have been riddled with spoilers from The Last of Us Part 2 so I’m sure this feature couldn’t have come at a better time for the studio and is a much-needed breath of fresh air.

Scrolling through Carlos’ Instagram images, you’ll notice that The Last of Us Part 2 art isn’t where his talents stop. He has created some amazing art that includes Black Widow, Arthur from Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher, Wonderwoman, and Batman. If this is what he is crafting at the tender age of 18, I can’t wait to see what else he does in the near future. Carlos is definitely an artist to look out for.

In some recent The Last of Us Part 2 fan art and making their Dreams a reality is Reddit user AncientHighs who stunned us with their awesome and horrific The Last of Us Clicker fan art all created inside the world of Dreams on PS4. If you’re more into cosplay than drawings or sculptures, check out Cristian Drake’s fan-made The Last of Us Part 2 trailer that’s so good, it looks like it came straight from Naughty Dog and it even got some praise from Neil Druckmann. Since we don’t get to wander outside as much now, LaTrickster2994 recently brought us an incredible aerial shot of downtown L.A to show us what we’ve been missing. The actual picture comes from Carl Lammi a cinematographer in L.A who took the image using their drone and instantly it reminded us all of the vast dystopia that’s showcased in The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2. LaTrickster2994 then gave it that familiar apocalyptic vibe simply by adding the words The Last of Us Part 2 onto the image.

As previously touched upon, Naughty Dog has been popping out gameplay videos every Wednesday to keep the excitement at its peak for its upcoming title. ‘Inside the Story’ video focused somewhat on Ellie and Joel’s story although nothing really new was talked about or any new footage revealed, we did see Neil Druckmann, Anthony Newman, and Halley Gross talk a little about the project behind the game. Hopefully, we will get to see something that hasn’t been talked about previously and maybe some new insight on more videos that Naughty Dog plans to release in the upcoming weeks. If a little bit of video analysis is your thing, you can check out ‘The Last of Us Part 2: The 3 Most Important New Details From the Story Trailer’ article where I shone some light onto some new and important features we may not have seen before in other trailers.

The Last of Us Part II is set to release next month on June 19, exclusively on PS4 and if you’re looking for a super cool new PS4 Pro, Sony recently announced a new special edition PS4 Pro which is set to launch alongside The Last of Us Part II next month.

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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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