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Courage by krysdecker Courage by krysdecker
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.


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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LiekTotally Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Pure awesome, it really captures what that encounter is.
PepitoBenito Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Wow.  Never thought Gohma could be that scary, but this is damned creepy.
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!
DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love It!
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.
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. 
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.
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 
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.
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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