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Ok .. a couple of months ago i decided to make a Zelda fanart. So i thought about the dozens of images that were imprinted in my memory by playing all those games .. and it was a tough choice to decide which way to do.


Until i realized what the game was all about, and then my job was pretty easy.


I could have chosen a lot of different images ... could have done all those fancy images of combat, flashing things, blur, all that shit .. but i think this one, in it's simplicity, is much better to describe the game. If you take all the locations, all things Link does in all the games, it boils down to this.

Courage.

I remember the 1st time i played Ocarina of Time in christmas night on the year that it launched. I after a couple of hours exploring the village, figuring out what to do, i got into the 1st dungeon. And that is the image of the final boss of it.

Its that simple. You walk into Gohma's Lair, there's no sound besides your footsteps, all is dark and Navi (the fairy) is flying around, until you hear some "cracking sound" from something moving in the room .. you look around until you spot in the ceilling. It's jumps down in front of you .. stare down, Link unsheath his sword and tiny woden shield and get ready ... Navi ready to assist him.

This is pretty much what all games from the series are about. A kid (or young guy) simply moving foward by sheer courage to save someone, or everyone .. He's not the badass hero that nearly every game now has .. that kill legions of enemies.

He's just this:

A kid with his tiny sword and wooden shield.

And people wonder why i think they are the best series of all time =p ..



ps. The image is sharper on "download"

ps2. you can find the videos that cover most of the work done in this one, in here [link]


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narrva Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I agree.  That is probably part of why the Zelda series is my favorite (of fantasy, that is).  He is normal.  He earns his powerful weapons and item sand spells through sheer badassery.  He fights things that lay low entire kingdoms.  He does it all as a normal human being (with elf ears).  All of his power he earned, through blessings or fighting his way through dungeons.  He could be me.
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pixbot Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
Faved this some time ago, but I never left a comment. Just wanted to say, excellent job, and you really took me back to my childhood with this one. I remember when Gohma was practically the scariest thing ever, and defeating her felt like both a victory in the game and a triumph over my own intimidation. Ocarina of Time was the first game I remember being so immersed in, and you do it justice, which is not something I say lightly.
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you liked it ... I plan on doing other drawings of all OoT big bosses. 

it's kind of a personal project to make a small homage to the game, which I have great memories of it =) 
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pixbot Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
That's great, I look forward to seeing them!

And yeah OoT is just the bee's knees. I keep wishing they would remake it with modern graphics. That would be astoundingly awesome.
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dbzfreak897 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
The depth of this work, and the scale you made Gohma compared to link is just...phenomenal. I love this piece of work. It's so dark and foreboding, but it's amazing. It truly does embody courage. Great work. Amazing painting. 
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you liked it ... it everything goes as planned, there's more zelda fanart in the comming months =) 
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Kirill-Koopa Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Her children are hiding in her shadow. That's perfect.
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TriforceChampion Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Writer
This is so amazing, well done!
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TravisBlack1997 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Artist
Yup, especially if it looked that ugly.
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PitaruPlanet Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
 I absolutely love your work! This particular piece I felt went hand in hand to an article I wrote about taking risks in creative work. I used your image to go with my article on PsychCentral. I credited your work and posted a link back to you. Here is the link to the article: blogs.psychcentral.com/unleash…
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you like them. while I don't produce as much work as I'd want to, I think that givin time for my ideas to sink in and "evolve" over time in my head before I put them on paper/screen is giving me really good results so far =) 
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AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is too amazing for words!
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stbcobra Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is good...its beautiful.
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DeejayCannibal Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very neat, very scary, very awesome!  Would love to see more Zelda boss fan art in the same spooky and real style
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wane1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Amazing!
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SgtRuiz06 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
You sir, are amazing! This is, if not, one of my favourite games, ever.
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Gingermetalhead Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
wow
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Hellbeholder Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your description made me a little watery in the eyes...
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope to be able to do others like this one in the future =)
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LiekTotally Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Pure awesome, it really captures what that encounter is.
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PepitoBenito Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Wow.  Never thought Gohma could be that scary, but this is damned creepy.
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Evanyia Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Oh my God Gohma! The first time I see her I was so scared so couldn't move correctly to kill her! :D I was a little girl back then :)
Yes the Zelda series are the best series of all time!

It's a really great work you've done here!
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love It!
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kaitoHigurashi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's epic~!!  I really love a lot of the Zelda series of how the bosses are, especially how people draw.
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bsg57a Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I would love to see the Zelda series turn to a darker look like this. 
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JogoLee Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Peerless composition. Given Zelda's overall colorful atmosphere, I think the fact that you pull off such great detail without losing the soul of the subject is what makes this one of the best Zelda tributes I've seen. What makes this picture great is the obvious consideration you put into the tone of it, without it, I think this image would lose a lot of what makes it connect with Zelda so well.

I almost don't want to see what your interpretation of the Dead Hand would be.
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I plan on doing one for each boss, but that might take a while =)

glad you liked this one 
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JogoLee Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
As a long time follower of your work, the fact that you've responded to me at all leaves me giddy. Know that I look forward to your interpretations.
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RayHollows Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I am completely blown away by how spectacular this fanart is- I'm literally at a loss to describe how I feel it perfectly captures the essence of what you were trying to convey with it. Absolutely phenomenal piece of art <3
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legendsofzeldafreako Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ocarina of Time was such an important game to me. As a child, it taught me that anyone can be the hero, and that even if it's not an easy journey, and you may lose people along the way, that in the end if you persevere you'll be able to accomplish anything.
This is an absolutely stunning piece, and really depicts the theme of the game. Gorgeous. 
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RaiteiSama Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
That is scary. My God, it's such a good work.
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sophaim67 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've spent the last twenty minutes browsing through Zelda series drawings and paintings posted here on DeviantArt and this one struck me as what it's all about. For that, I thank you. You could not have summarized it in a more perfect way. The thing that pulls me into the story of Link and his journey is not the amazing world, or even the story (ok, that's a lie, both of those things are awesome), it's the amazing characters and the large impact that Link makes over and over, as such a small being. He really is just a "kid with a tiny sword and a wooden shield". Who would've thought that a video game would be so deep in it's meanings and ideas. This is perfection.
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CyriuX7 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing, you make Gohma look very intimidating and scary. Well done.
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TheFissk Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
This is what awesome looks like
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reflectionsoffear Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I remember when I got to this part for the first time, I was scared. See, I have a fear of giant spiders ever since I was young, so I wasn't looking forward to looking up.
Now, I can kill Gohma in less than thirty seconds. Hell, I once got under ten on OoT 3D.
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Girfan2000 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If only Gohma was this terrifying in the game. This wasn't what scared me. It was the Dead Hand. *shudders* Why nintendo why? The scariest thing of my childhood was the Giant Spiders from Resident Evil 2. So ill take the dead hand over those. 
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hated the 1st time I heard those zombies that jumped on you, shriek and freeze you in place. 

That was REALLY mean. 
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Girfan2000 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Redeads Yeah........ Don't get me started on those. 
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GlitchHawk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is quite terrifying!! Good job! :)
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Bat-Dan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
An absolutely fantastic piece. And a very accurate description of what makes The Legend of Zelda so great.
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Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
eeep
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HyoLin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thrust:
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Epiblast Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
This is now my desktop background.
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EeveelutionLova Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Just beautiful..
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king-ghidorah Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic. Impressive job on lights.
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KittenStorm11 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My childhood nightmare brought to life... Well done! Absolutely spectacular! *Crawls into corner and tells self that the picture can't hurt me*
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Miss-Audaum-Lovet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
that is amazing!
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CosmicCourage Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The courage of those without power strikes fear into the hearts of those with it, as those with power truly have nothing but something to fear losing. Excellent work, you've captured the essence of the single most defining moment of hero's journey. When you realize you will be hunted by all the evil of the world, you realize it is up to you to face down these hideous monstrosities, and you realize, most of all, ~you are not afraid~
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kojika Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
D-damn! The detailing on that monster is so life-like. It's actually creepy when you think about it in more realistic terms than the actual game graphics. This is absolutely amazing. And the feeling to the piece is perfect. The lighting/shadowing and the tiny little Link before it just bring it home. You are an awesome artist! I shall stalk you now~
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krysdecker Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the funny thing is that I every time I look at this picture I remember the "crackling sound" from the ceiling before you actually find her. 
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