Concept artist for Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us , John Sweeney, apparently is a huge Shenmue fan and reached out to Sega to gain permission to produce some really cool limited edition prints. If you have any doubt of this guy’s fandom– all royalties from prints purchased before July 17th are being donated to the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter! Here’s what Sweeney had to say about working on his Shenmue artwork:
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 his 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.”
In this “How to” video, Sweeney shows how he took an image of someone from a video he made, and used a still to create the official Sega Shenmue print he is offering. There is no sound to the video, but the video itself does the talking. It’s quite impressive, especially to someone with no graphics skills.
Sweeney won’t be the last in creating beautiful prints for Sega’s games; Cook & Becker, the company overseeing this project, began searching for some of the hottest artists and designers in the video game and entertainment industry to create memorable prints of their favorite Sega retro games. The idea was to ” create a series of beautiful prints that would capture the heart of these classic brands and what they meant for the artists and people playing and growing up with them. “