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. the bearer of the triforce . by OtakuRose . the bearer of the triforce . by OtakuRose
My last Link fan art was in early 2012. Now with two Zelda games coming out by the end of the year, an open-ended art assignment, and a new set of classmates to impress, I've never had a better opportunity to draw Link!

There's a couple of reasons I decided to draw Link as the second of the series. Mainly because I wanted to be all like, hello my classmates, I'm a Zelda fan, but it also sticks to the theme of the series, which I shall reveal later. See if you can figure it out first! But I also really wanted the challenge of taking a stylized animated character and drawing them in realism, rather than copy a photo like the last one. So first I had to think of a good base model for this Hylian hero, since I can't draw a realistic man from the top of my head, and the first person that came to mind was Chris Pine. Don't even ask why. That man has the perfect face for Link, just Google image search him and trust me on this. I kept most of his facial features, with some changes like wider eyes/lower nostrils/puffy lips, and I dismissed the reference for the rest. Twilight Princess Link is my main reference for everything, but there are some Skyward Sword traits. Mostly because I used the art for SS on the Master Sword at first, then switched to TP art and didn't bother to change anything. Silly me!
Also I know Link is right-handed here, and his hair is suppose to be a lot darker, but it's all for the sake of composition. As my art teacher says, I have to made some artistic decisions with these things. She also says that this looks cartoon-y and is disturbing to look at, but you can't please everybody with said artistic choices, I figure.

I hope you guys like it! I wish I could of had some fore-sight and made the series all about realistic video game characters, but I have to work with what I have now. Maybe some other day?
Others in the series:
Link & the Master Sword (c) Nintendo
Art (c) Me
Photo Reference:…
W/O color version just because it looks awesome:
Done with graphite pencils, color digitally added on Paint Tool Sai, lightly edited on Photofiltre. Please do not redistribute without my permission!
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Critique by MissStory Oct 8, 2013, 8:18:55 PM
Now this is a semi-realistc picture of Link I actually find rather breathtaking :D I love, love the shading, and how the Master Sword and Link's eyes being colored and all stick out. Everyone must know the bearer of the triforce has blue eyes, not green :P (I'm referring to Toon Link here. He may hold a piece of the Triforce at one point of the same, but he doesn't bear it ^^)
If Link had a Facebook, this would be his profile picture. No doubt about it.

I LOVE the proportion of Link here-especially his face. He looks very manly and masculine. Oh, and I see he's got lips! Not too thick and feminine but enough to truly make him look realistic. His hair is also very well drawn and detailed, I like seeing the strands and not the hair too much of a massy whole like hay.
The clothes are well detailed and it really looks like the real pride of a green tunic :)

The only things really bugging me about this picture is 1. not seeing the left ear (right from Link's perspective) it looks like it was cut off or it's simply...not there.
I'd like to see it, peeking if not completely drawn because of Link's pose. 2. Link's nose, to me, is slightly crooked and uneven.

Anyway, I hope this helps. Keep up the wonderful work, this piece is just amazing ;w;
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Lumary92 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Ohoooo~ *_____*
Who is a pretty boy? :'D ...x'DDD

Very nicely done! :3
OtakuRose Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Link is one pretty boy indeed.... XD
Thank you very much! :D
StoneHot316 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing... I can't say words... :D
OtakuRose Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww why thank you! :D
FieryDownpour479 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He's so pretty! I don't see why she thinks that he's disturbing to look at!
I like what you did with the sword and his eyes to add a bit a color, but I almost wish you did without it. I think I'd like him better just as normal (which I know you kept on the original version :3)
Hehe, I know what the theme is! :D
And I can't wait to see the next one you add to the series! I haven't seen you lately; have you started the next one? (I am looking forward to seeing it! :D)
OtakuRose Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's just complicated to think like an art teacher I guess....
I'm starting to feel that way too, I realized that with my final piece there's really nowhere to add color, so it was pointless to add color to this one owo;
And you sure do! You helped me come up with it ;) And it's nearly finished as of now! :la:
FieryDownpour479 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess...

Yurp! ;) And that's great! I can't wait to see it! :D
FieryDownpour479 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
By the way, I didn't realize that the blade sword was what you had actually drawn! I thought you had edited it along with the hilt XD So, nice job on that! The blade looks really nice, and I like the contrast it adds since its so light!
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