Art- the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
The world of gaming and esports is undoubtedly one of the most influential cultural phenomenons in the world today. Its reach spans to every corner of the globe and has inspired millions in the form of every medium of content and pop culture, including art. E.S.G. honors this creative expression as we feature a community of talented artists, illustrators, and creatives who have used their vast imaginations to create stunning esports and gaming related art.
In this edition, we look at the work of United Kingdom artist Cealaigh.
I have worked in pencil for most of my time as an artist, but branched out into pen as a medium in the last couple of years. I’m really proud of this Bioshock piece, as I feel I nailed the style and details well! – Cealaigh
BioShock is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated and critically acclaimed video game series of all time. This piece perfectly captures the sophistication of the series with an infinitely impressive use of nothing but a pen and some ink.
I also like to add splashes of colour to my pen works, like this Alucard piece! – Cealaigh
This Cealaigh creation will live on forever in the bowels of creativity as another artistic masterpiece. This piece of Dracula’s offspring, Alucard, is yet another splendid display of creative expression with ink, this time with a bit of colo(u)r.
The main franchise that got me into gaming and art was Final Fantasy, so you’ll see a lot of that in my fanart! (Tifa from FFVIIR) – Cealaigh
Tifa Lockhart has been a fan favorite for over two decades as one of the leading ladies in the iconic Final Fantasy series. This refined portrait drawing serves as a fitting tribute to the character, made with Cealaigh’s instrument of choice: a pencil.
Mass Effect is another franchise that I love! (Garrus from Mass Effect) – Cealaigh
Art in and of itself is a discipline of great precision and imagination. Garrus from Mass Effect is among the elite in a Turian race of warriors of equal precision on the battlefield. This drawing is another recreation of an esteemed character—one that embodies the spirit of creativity and excellence in one’s craft.
I am passionate about art because it’s been a constant source of pride and happiness for me for many years! I find making the art therapeutic and over the last few years I’ve been very lucky to have garnered a wonderful supportive following on twitter. It’s a huge bonus that my art makes so many people around the world happy too! – Cealaigh
I’ve also been known to dabble in acrylic paints! (Senua from Hellblade) – Cealaigh
This acrylic painting highlights the versatility of the UK artist, showcasing that she is a highly capable artist even without her signature pen-and-pencil style. A true artist at heart!
My all-time favourite game is Final Fantasy X (Yuna from FFX) – Cealaigh
Because her affection for Final Fantasy knows no bounds, here is another of many in Cealaigh’s collection of tributes to the franchise. Much like Tifa, Yuna is another highly-regarded character in the series. And much like the Tifa drawing, this one is equally graceful and charming.
My GOTY of 2020 was Ghost of Tsushima and I love doing art from it! – Cealaigh
Ghost of Tsushima impressed in so many different ways and was one of the standout games of 2020. It was not only celebrated for being an adventurous classic with excellent combat mechanics, but it was also celebrated for its stunning visuals.
The honor of her work is certainly defended in this drawing which captures the elegance of Ghost of Tsushima along with her entire portfolio, which will make sure she is remembered as a great creator… An innovative thinker… And an artist.
About the Artist
Cealaigh is a 24-year-old gamer and artist extraordinaire from Manchester, UK. She’s been creating art ever since the age of ten and has since mastered the all-mighty pen and pencil. Her work largely consists of fanart drawings of video game characters and other forms of pop culture, as well as animal portraits. On top of being a sensational artist, she is also an authentic Final Fantasy fanatic who loves cats and Japanese rock/metal bands.
You can check out more of Cealaigh’s creations below:
More of Cealaigh’s fine work a.k.a. the Kingdom Hearts appreciation section of the article (because I said so):