John Sweeney – concept artist on Sony’s The Last of Us and Uncharted 4 – is a huge Shenmue fan. For a project with Cook & Becker and SEGA he created this stunning, officially licensed fine art print. See how he did it in this video.
Sweeney says about his Shenmue artwork: “I’m so excited that Shenmue 3 is finally happening! I wanted to capture the moment just after Ryo’s father Iwao is killed by Lan Di. In the game the scene stops with Ryo cradling Iwao and screaming “No!”. I wanted to imagine a shot where Ryo is standing just outside the dojo where is father was just killed. It is cold and very early in the morning. Snow is falling. The morning light is still weak and only some of the wood interior is catching light from the outside. Ryo’s pose already hints at him seeking revenge.”