Creative Mondays 103 – The Last of Us – Joel

Joel Sketch

“What is Creative Mondays?

Monday’s are always a drag. The start of a new week, you have to go back to that routine of going to bed early/get up early. If (like me) you have to commute then you prepare for that long journey into work and that long journey back for the first time after a nice two day break.

So to kick off those lousy Mondays, I’m going to get my creative mind flowing in a positive way. Creative Mondays. A chance for me to show off something unfinished or finished that I’ve been working on throughout the previous week.”


There’s a game that if anyone’s talked to me about will surely know that I’m crazy about. One of the finest games to come out on any console is Naughty Dog’s ‘The Last of Us’. The story, the characters and the gameplay itself are something to be seen and ever since I finished playing through the campaign I wanted to create something inspired by it.

I wanted to do something fairly quickly, just to get a feel for a particular style and I’ve been following an artist called Ray Frenden who sells some amazing (seriously, check them out) Photoshop brushes on his site. I had been meaning to download these for a while and so I figured this sketch would be a great place to start.

I don’t draw freehand as often as I would like but it was great to experiment with this method and bring it onto the screen. There’s so much potential with the diversity of Frenden’s brushes and I can see myself using them much more in the future.

Joel rough sketch

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