We all know Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us 2 as the violent successor to the series’ hit debut. However, concept artist Alexandria Neonakis shows the beauty of the game’s poignant character moments in her artwork.
The narrative from The Last of Us 2 was a controversial talking point amongst the gaming community last year, reflecting the developer’s bold decision to create raw, heart-wrenching material.
The game was not to everyone’s taste, but many agreed that the characters were beautifully developed, and Neonakis’ illustrations reflect those qualities.
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The Last of Us 2 Character Art
The concept art produced by Neonakis for The Last of Us 2 is all the more potent when you know the story behind the characters.
The artist created various soft sketches for Ellie, Dina, Owen, Abby, and more, as well as separate pieces which show the characters’ interactions with each other.
Not only has the artist perfectly captured each character’s mannerisms, but most of Neonakis’ illustrations create lasting, intimate moments between these characters.
Meet the Artist
Alexandria Neonakis is a Los Angeles-based concept artist for Naughty Dog, and also undertakes freelance work as a children’s book illustrator.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, The Last of Us series, and the Left Behind DLC are all projects that Neonakis has provided artwork for.
The bedtime story Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk, and This is MY Room! by Jennifer Jacobson was also illustrated by Neonakis.
The artist’s latest project was The Last of Us 2, where she created multiple concept art designs for the game’s characters, including clothing, hair styles, as well as illustrating their relationships with other characters.
Nathan Drake’s Journal from Uncharted 4
The talented artist was also tasked with illustrating Nathan Drake’s journal from Uncharted 4, which compiles various sketches, sticker-like illustrations, and watercolor flora.
Neonakis posted her favorite pages from the journal on her website, which is just a handful of excerpts from the 33-paged journal designed for the game.
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