The Last of Us Part 2 may well be drawing near, and fans of the first game and its add-ons are no doubt excited for a release date announcement for The Last of Us Part 2, among other bits of information. In the meantime, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy content that concerns the popular post-apocalyptic series, including some impressive artwork by Pixar story artist Nicolle Castro.
Nicolle Castro, who worked for Pixar on Toy Story 4, produces and sells prints that are often video game-themed. Along with a print of Red Dead Redemption II, which had been criticized by the developer of The Last of Us, and a print displaying characters from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Castro has started selling a print of The Last of Us that illustrates the Joel and Ellie's relationship and its progression throughout the game. Similar to the other video game prints and in traditional Pixar form, the artwork of The Last of Us is endearingly cartoonish.
Thus far, Castro has two known pieces of artwork of The Last of Us. The most recent artwork by Castro based on The Last of Us is actually a styled animation that references a point in the game at which Joel gets severely injured, forcing a switch of roles where Ellie must be protective of Joel as he heals from his wounds.
The second piece of artwork by Castro based on The Last of Us is a print that displays various stages of Joel and Ellie's relationship throughout the game. Essentially, it starts with Joel's initial ignoring of Ellie and focus on the mission, and it ends with Joel's acceptance of Ellie and his view of her as a pseudo-daughter.
This is some impressive artwork, and it's easy to see why Pixar saw her as a worthy addition to its team. While Pixar movies and The Last of Us don't have much in common terms of theme or storytelling, Castro's use of cartoon-style artwork to portray Joel and Ellie's remarkable relationship is very endearing. Joel may not even be playable in The Last Of Us 2, but for those who thought highly of the relationship between him and Ellie, the print pictured above is available on Castro's website for $10.00. It's a welcome addition for those who feel they need some refreshing representation of The Last of Us on their walls.
The Last of Us: Part 2 is currently in development for PlayStation 4.