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Epic Link by ken-wong Epic Link by ken-wong
Some fanart of Nintendo's Legend of Zelda games. I wanted to include as many items and accessories as I could without getting silly.

I used a technique I've never tried before, which is to do the greyscale first, then add color in a separate, overlay layer. Quite a different way of thinking, but I like the effect. Easy to make things feel solid, and in some ways, faster.

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:iconceil:
Ceil Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh wow that shield looks like it packs a wallop. Really like the personalization and exaggeration of the items you got going on there.Link 
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Holycrap1992 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
A bigger and more badass Master Sword, a shield with Triforce spikes for ramming monsters, the mandatory strength upgrade gauntlets, the iron and hover boots combined(though I'm not sure how that would work, since they'd probably cancel each other out), a quiver of arrows for his bow, the oh-so-useful bottle, a few bombs strapped to his... chest-belt?(I have no idea what that's called), and... I'm probably missing one or two things... Yep, this Link's a badass.

The only nitpick that I have is that the shoulder pad is on the wrong side, since the sword-arm requires more protection because it's closer to the enemy.
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Luke-the-F0x Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saw this got featured in the latest Nintendo Official Magazine and i have to say this looks badass. He makes Conan look like a wuss here. I do wonder if you drew inspiration from other games for this piece like World of Warcraft.
Awesome job.  
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:iconnut-job:
Nut-Job Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Hey. Listen.Icon - 003 Jen (Glare) 
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:iconlegendarybraveg:
legendarybraveg Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Epic link man. Keep up the good work!
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:iconbriankiller:
briankiller Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
really digging the boots.
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:iconbriankiller:
briankiller Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
seems like the shield might be a deadlier weapon than the sword...
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:iconclassof2012:
Classof2012 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Strength of a Thousand Men... Two Steps from Hell... Yeeeaaahhh...-_-
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:iconlink543:
Link543 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Seriously, this is Link when he takes steroids.
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Epiblast Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Well, this does look rather interesting, but I'm afraid you've failed at the "without looking silly" part. =P (Razz)
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ppvb96 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing Work! :3 this make me remember A link to the past :)
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:iconclassof2012:
Classof2012 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Link: In all of my life. I've slayed giant monsters, been turned into a wolf, sailed the seas, traveled through time, and have almost died countless times. But in all that time..........

I've learned that life is tough, but I'm tougher.

Got that from Habeku100... Epic.
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Classof2012 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Whistle... Got to admit that is something... An army of one... Link's all he's got.
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:iconnightingaele:
Nightingaele Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Darksiders style Link :P
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:iconallallfreak:
allallfreak Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
nice
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:iconrosyan:
Rosyan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Holy! I wouldn`t want to fight him... Run Ganon, run!
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:iconlink543:
Link543 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Ganon would take one look at this and wet his pants. After that, he'd die from embarrassment.

Link would not need to do anything.
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Rosyan Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
ProbablyXD
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SiraeArtisan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm! I've never tried doing the colour on a separate overlay layer! I have done it on a multiply layer before, though. That sounds like a good idea - thanks!

As for the image itself, I love the colours and the lighting. :D The composition's pretty central, and the Triforce spikes on the shield seem a little strange to me, but I like the solidity of the shield, sword, and boots. They ground the character, and the brightness of his eyes is an immediate focal point. Great job! Also, Navi has a body, and it's not frail, overly pretty, or even entirely human. That is awesome :D
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ken-wong Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
thanks! multiply will always darken, overlay will lighten or darken depending on what you paint on it.

yeah, the spikes are weird, and didn't turn out as nice as i'd hoped. i agree the other bits you mentioned feel much more solid. glad you like navi :). felt like she should evolve a bit to fit this link.
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:iconmistress-blackrose47:
WOW! This is awesome. Marvelous work!
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:iconxevilxchibix:
xevilxchibix Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i recognized the writing on his sword as script from twilight princess but can u translate it for me? :)
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:iconken-wong:
ken-wong Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
i think it says 'master'. because it's the master sword...
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Geofree23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
God Damn Link.
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
He looks so hard core, and I think his time altering/never sleeping is starting to show in the dark circles...
Love the spikey Triforce sheild! And Navi is my favorite here.
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ken-wong Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
thanks!
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Szirako Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I lold :D
Nicely drawn thou
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limebaron Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
hoLy cow
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:iconbirdwatchershandbook:
birdwatchershandbook Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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killalldawman Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
no
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:iconfire-link:
Fire-Link Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Nice work. Are those the iron hover boots? How's things going?
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:iconken-wong:
ken-wong Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
hell yeah they are! things are going swell :D
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:iconfire-link:
Fire-Link Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Cool. Awesome.
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iheartzombiecreation Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is awesome but I am such a girl, my first thought was, "those shoes are awesome!'
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:iconken-wong:
ken-wong Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
if i met a girl wearing shoes like that... i'd need a spare heart container.
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional
woah! hahahhahahahhahahaha Great!
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:iconrespectdabeast:
Respectdabeast Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mother of God
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:iconabornoth:
Abornoth Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oprah?
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:iconbuttonmasher92:
ButtonMasher92 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
DarkSiders meets Zelda B)
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:iconlilmeliz:
Lilmeliz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Poor navi xD She canīt fly with that body. is bigger for her wings!
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Linkdreams Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thrilling! I might add that the spikes are a little irreverent to the goddesses heehee.
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AliceofZombieland01 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student
That detail is amazing.
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NinjaRed400 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
EPIC.... not a fan of the eye-shadow though. but still EPIC
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:iconken-wong:
ken-wong Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
hahaha. sometimes even the most EPIC of heroes must be allowed a little vanity.
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:iconninjared400:
NinjaRed400 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
i guess you're right
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KazakhKau Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
oh my GAWD!!!
this is amazing.....
wait, wait....where's ganondorf....


oh yeah, thats right, he got @#$%ing destroyed.
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:icon5ilvara:
5ilvara Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
*can't stop laughing at the...everything*
More seriously, your colors and light effect are perfect!
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narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Its soo epic, he now scares me. (especially dat face).
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bloodlover1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SkullCroos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY SHIT BATMAN ! NAVI LOOKS LIKE A FROG WITH WINGS !
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