Shenmue is an official limited edition art print drawn by artist John Sweeney based on the classic Shenmue™ game series. Sweeney made this print under direction of Cook & Becker and with official license from SEGA.
John Sweeney - concept artist for Sony's The Last of Us and Uncharted 4 - is a huge Shenmue fan. 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."
The normal size, unframed version of this print is printed on a glossy archival photo paper to emphasize the photographic nature of the image. The paper size of this version is 86 x 47.5 cm or 33.8 x 18.7" including a small white border. For all the Dibond mounted finishes we trim those white edges.
About this project
Cook & Becker asked some of the hottest artists and designers working in entertainment and video games today if they wanted to draw a print of their favorite retro SEGA 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.
Going forward Cook & Becker will work with SEGA to periodically release new giclee prints from a variety of retro SEGA games.
SEGA is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with multiple offices around the world. SEGA is known for games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Virtua Fighter.