This came from one of the poses I was going to use for my Zipa (more on that later) character. It turned into a doodle of Ellie because I had recently finished the The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC and it was pretty late into the night, my eyes burning from staring at the Cintiq the whole day (haha). I eventually started drawing Joel into the scene as well but decided to clean up this one more because of my almost last-minute idea of giving it to Ashley Johnson, the voice and mo-cap actress for Ellie, when she made an appearance in IGN. Just a small gift of appreciation of the hard work she (and the rest of Naughty Dog) put behind such a fantastic game.
They had a small meet and greet after shooting the Up at Noon show, and I gave her a print of this. I wish I had more time to print it out in higher quality, but that's the thing with last minute ideas: no time haha. But she looked pretty stoked when I gave it to her so that was awesome!!!
A huge THANKS to my bro, Bren, for letting me prod and poke him if anyone that worked on The Last of Us were going to make an appearance at his work. Follow him on the Twitters because he's pretty funny.