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: www.entertainmentwallpaper.com…
W/O color version just because it looks awesome: sta.sh/02cpxhczn19u
Done with graphite pencils, color digitally added on Paint Tool Sai, lightly edited on Photofiltre. Please do not redistribute without my permission!