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The Final Challenge by DesertP The Final Challenge by DesertP
My entry into the Zelda Fanart Challenge.

*I didn't make the cut, but this was a lot of fun. As upsetting as that was, I learned a lot of techniques with this piece that I'll be using in the future -- So I did benefit. A little industry cred. to slap on my resume would have been a sweet deal, because I mean, the real prize for me would have been being in the art show to help get a little recognition, but I can always try again next time -- And I'll do something even better. Everyone else had really cool stuff though! I kind of wish I could see them all, but Nintendo is being all hush-hush on who made the top 50 so far, including the top 5. You really can only find out by searching for the people who posted their stuff. From what I saw of the competition, I think it's safe to say I need to go back to the mountains and train some more. Ha.

The most memorable scene, for me, when it came to The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, was the final challenge Link encounters in The Tower of the Gods, in which he faces off against Gohdan.
Something about that fight always stuck with me as a child. Having grown up, it's the first thing I always think of whenever the game Wind Waker comes to mind. So of course, I had to paint it. I spent many days and nights, carefully going over the designs. From what started out as something very small became one of the biggest pieces I've ever actually finished, and I actually feel like it really captures my love for this game's story, and my passion to create art.

I took the Hylian text from the game's Gamecube disc, which I believe is supposed to translate into the game's japanese title "The Legend of Zelda: Baton of Wind", and tried to create a scene mixing the styles and colors of the actual game itself, and the designs and patterns of the murals shown throughout the ancient ruins across The Great Sea.

Thanks for inspiring me to create this, Nintendo!

The Legend of Zelda and it's characters are Nintendo

Now that the contest is over, people can download the full size version if they want. I mean, it's fan art. I can't sell it or anything, heh. So enjoy that.
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Nighteul Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks really good! You caughted Links lively and a little clumsy kind very well! Very good job on the coloring, too :D
Elo-Doudoune Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014   Digital Artist
I love this illustration !!
WennMacTire Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sackvillebaggins Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I use this on another website, credited to you?
Ramman05 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
TheMerryWolf Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant work!  The coloring is amazing, and the contrast adds visual aesthetic.
ChaosModifier Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I love the cool vs warm colors! Very cinematic!
Malfey Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I'm sure you'll get to the fifty all right O:< This is amazing! There's no way they wouldn't like it!
Sage-of-Winds Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can definitely see this making it very high on the list. I'm 80% sure that in the rules the fanart had to be a memorable moment, and so far I've seen a lot of tribute like images to Wind Waker.
This came out very awesome, good luck!
DesertP Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments, guys!
BigBoss15 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice job
KitsuneDzelda Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Well, I can tell who won already.

Although something bugs me immensely about this fight.  You can obviously see the body and arms stuck in the sides of the wall.  So is Gohdan going easy on Link?  Or are they stuck?  I mean, how much more awesome would it have been if Gohdan went Eox on us? *Eox was the next to last boss in the Cobble Kingdom, in Phantom Hourglass*
M3tr0idgrl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
man you should have submitted this for the links blacklist contest too…
i dunno if they have gohdan in the list but this would have been a great addition to that collab <3 i love this
Lythiia Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I looooove this so much :heart: It's just perfect 
paper-pony Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Cool! I really love how the colours you've chosen make everything seem to glow. Great details, too.
DesertP Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aw, thanks Paper!
TeddyTalkToMe Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Link caught between a rock and a hard place. Nice.
Ketaster Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
Retro-Death Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, especially the way you did the fire, perfectly in teh spirit of Windwaker.
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