The gritty world of The Last of Us Part 2 fan art

Mahyar Charejoo

Fan art lets creatives add their own flair to the rich world of comics, movies, and video games.

The Last of Us Part 2, Naughty Dog's long-awaited sequel, has touched artists with its unforgettable characters, horrific zombies, and jaw-dropping environments.

Inverse asked artists why they switched off their PlayStation 4 and pulled out their canvas.

TLOU 2 has been nothing short of a cinematic and interactive masterpiece, selling 4 million copies since its June 19 release.

Here's how it inspired a legion of imaginative fans.

"Design-wise, it's perfect. From the puddles splashing on the ground as you run through them, to all the huge buildings taken over by vines and nature."

—Jordan, aka omgfurykill

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Illustrator and storyboard artist Mahyar Charejoo drew a portrait of TLOU protagonist, Joel Miller, using only crayons.

"He had a special look here. A look which tells a lot. A look that really grabbed me," says Charejoo.

Charejoo's rendition of Ellie.

Mahyar Charejoo

Jordan, a graphic designer, used the in-game Photo Mode and Photoshop to create animated wallpapers.

Image courtesy of omgfurykill

"The atmosphere was perfect! The bright reds made the whole room light up and all the spores flying around made it twice as good!"

— Jordan, aka omgfurykill

TLOU 2 fans are also obsessed with the game's demonic monsters, The Infected.

AL Forever brought a Clicker to life by carving and sculpting it out of clay.

"Clickers are blind, but use echo-location to track players down. That reminds me of the movie Don’t Breathe, directed by Fede Álvarez. They really terrify me."

—AL Forever

"[Clickers] are one of the best zombies in general, I think."

— Kenneth Alexander

Self-taught artist Daniel, aka DaBaAn, imagined how Clickers might look in a graphic novel

"For me, the Clickers are the scariest type of infected. Their gurgling makes your hair stand on end and they are also terribly strong and dangerous."

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"The characters feel truly human, imperfect, carved by violence but evading stereotypes."

— Daniel, aka DaBaAn

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Thank you to the artists on Reddit, DeviantArt, and ArtStation who shared their TLOU 2-inspired creations.

"Endure and survive."

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