LEVEL 52 STATUE – LEE AND CLEM SKETCH REVEAL
Back in January we let you know that we were teaming up with Level 52 to create a new statue inspired by TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD. We also announced that everyone who received the Guardian Pack or Signature Pack of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Definitive Series will be receiving this statue for free.
We’re still hard at work and wanted to give you a status update, as well as your first peek at Level 52’s rough design progress.
Right now the artists are using the game’s files and reference art to create the sketch of what the statue will look like. For this statue, we decided to revisit Lee and Clementine but looking at them through different points in time. We see Lee from season 1 with his back against a wall about to kick wholesale ass with a freshly killed walker at his feet. On the other side of the wall is Clementine at the same spot but many years later, in her full Season 4 costume and wielding Marlon’s compound bow.
We wanted to give you a look at how the design process develops, so here’s a quick look at how the statue came along.
Here’s a little from the artist, Brandon Cahoe:
Who are you, and what’s your job at Level 52?
My name is Brandon Cahoe, I’m one of the founders and owners of Level52 Studios. My main role at Level52 is art direction and concept art. But since we’re a pretty small team we all wear a lot of hats when it comes to the work we do. So I ended up doing a bit everything for awhile.
Had you played the TELLTALE WALKING DEAD games before? If so, what did you think of them? Did you have any favorite characters?
I’m a huge fan of THE WALKING DEAD series in general so for TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD I loved what bit I did play through. Character-wise I like Clementine. Doing the research into this project I got to experience and see her grow into a very strong character. I like seeing characters grow in this way.
Where does sketching fit into the timeline of Level 52’s statue design process?
Almost every project we start we need initial sketching done for the idea to get going. So at the start of a project, I do a lot of quick sketches that are like scribbles, they don’t make a lot of sense to anyone but me. But I do a lot of this just to fill a page to have some rough ideas of what I think the shapes and overall feeling should be. I work and refine a few of these scribbles into readable sketches. Eventually, those sketches get turned into a more polished concept.
What sort of inspiration do you seek out before you start your sketching?
I study the subject matter of the project a lot. If it’s a game, I watch the trailer. I watch playthroughs of the game if it’s already released. I’ll also play the game myself even if it’s just for a bit so I can feel the world of the game. I also collect a lot of references while I do these things and compile them for later use. If it’s just a personal sketch I like to think back when I was kid playing Super Nintendo and pull a lot of inspirations from the games I played then. Nostalgia plays a big part in what I draw in my free time.
What feelings or emotions are you trying to convey with this work?
In general, I like to try to express how the subject matter would be feeling in the situation they are placed in. For THE WALKING DEAD piece, I really wanted to convey the struggle and the sense of ready to fight to live from both Lee and Clem.
How do you like to work? Are you headphones on, locked in vs. quiet cozy space, etc.
I like to put on music or a youtube video. When it’s a video I try to put on things that I like to do besides drawing. Lately, it’s a lot of C# programming lessons. But I actually find myself getting so into working on a project that the music or video that I had on has ended awhile ago. And I’m just sitting in silence with headphones on. They almost become like a blanket where I feel comfortable and focused.
What considerations go into sketching for a statue that you wouldn’t use in other mediums?
When designing a statue you always want to think about how the characters are posed. I originally come from doing concept art for games. When you do a concept for games you don’t normally have to think about the pose of a character. So as an artist that normally draws characters just standing there with no action, it took a while to get comfortable and break that habit. You want to work that pose in with the subject’s personality and how they would move. It plays a big part in the whole piece’s composition. And a statue where the characters are actually doing something makes the piece feel more like a scene from the game/movie/show. It just makes it a bit more worth owning something like that.
What’s your weapon of choice in the zombie apocalypse?
I would say a baseball bat. As a kid, I use to hit rocks for hours into the ocean with an aluminium bat, for literally no reason other than it was something to do. One day the bat finally busted open and all the foam filling came out. It made me feel really accomplished. I think I would like to see that happen after a handful of zombie kills.
Now we’re moving on to the 3D modeling and painting. We’ll have some more reports and behind the scenes looks into the statue’s progress as we reach the next phase, so keep an eye on Skybound’s social media for updates!
Will these be available to those who didn’t have the chance to purchase the guardian or signature pack?
Hello this game is realy good and i dont want it to be over pls try to continue. Maybe continue it as aj if you ended clementine’s story and you can have clementine in game too pls try to make it. I will be so glad if you do it thx
Please dont end the season of The Walking Dead….. I’m hooked on it and I love the gameplay and I dont want it to end. I’ve played all they way from season one and I dont want Clementines story to end.. please dont do this…. just please try to continue the game for the sake of all TWD fans that love clementine and her story and AJ. Please.
I hope they will continue it too 😀
As someone once said : ”There’s never goodbeye”.
I’ve played from Xbox 360 on Season 1 all the way to PS4 on Season 4 and I dont want the season to end. It would mean so much to me and everyone who loves TWD
Like how clementine could go back and regroup with Javi… that part where she said she’d bring AJ back to Javi…… It was supposed to mean something.. I didnt expect for the season to unexpectedly end so soon. Please try to continue it. Please!
I love clem and lee so much
Im a fan of the walking dead I still wanna learn about but every day I will dream about it will be if there was a new game I love aj he never afraid and clementine and I love Kenny and lee the the legendary’s and if Clem dies aj gonna be lost but yea I love the walking dead I’m a big fan❤️
Today is August 2nd. I haven’t received TWD: Definitive Series Game Collector’s Pack.Are you kidding me?$ 268.38 USD
Will this be an avaliable statue in the future?
For people who didnt get the collectors edition that is
Hello this game is realy good and i dont want it to be over pls try to continue. Maybe continue it as aj if you ended clementine’s story and you can have clementine in game too pls try to make it. thx
Ironically, I have a Guardian version of The Walking Dead now（large black box）, but I got it from someone else. This cost me a lot of money. Can I still get a statue for free? Maybe not？ this is the consequence of not buying from skybound. When I saw my current statues of Lee &clem and I feel very complicated.
Where is figure from the Level 52… How long we must wait for it….
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