"Young lad, do you plan fighting the mighty beast Ganon? It once was a proud man, blessed with a bright mind and imense power by the goddesses. But he strived for too much. So when he gained the land the desired for, his mind fell to the darkness. The man was swallowed, leaving behind a struggeling beast. Now it is not more than a wild animal, blind of anger and desperation, waiting for someone to finally release it. Will you have the courage to strike the giant, young lad?
Love this one, has a great 'old medieval legend' feel too it. Amazing line work and use of color, I also like your image description.
The style sort of reminds me of Katsuya Terada's (aka "rakugakingu") work; are you familiar with it? He did a lot of commissioned work for Nintendo Power back in the day (the Dragon Warrior/Dragon Quest I strategy guide insert, the backstory illustrations for the A Link to the Past official strategy guide, etc). He was apparently also one of the concept artists for LoZ too. Anyway, if you aren't already familiar with it, you might like his stuff. He's always been one of my favorite fantasy artists.
I so love the soft colors, great details to the other games in the architecture and I so love your ganny design! Great shadows and hilghts too! Made me giggel that my fav work out of the contest was picked for February, my month!
Haha, I see your WindWaker pic down there, I remember that one; I recognize your lovely style.
Just wow. I love the glaring lighting in this.... both their poses.... and that pillar. Loooove the ancient carvings there.
Aaaaand I just noticed Ganon has a broken tusk.... I like that. Gads I just see the traces of all his old selves on him. That jewel on his forehead.... the locks of his hair.... the shape of his tusks.... And I love Link's look too, all his bundles of gear.... the lantern....
This piece is absolutely stunning. I really love how it evokes Terada's ALttP artwork; the style and the limited color palette capture the feel of those official illustrations. The composition and the use of light and shadow create a haunting atmosphere with a sense of foreboding as Ganon steps out to confront the hero; I like how Ganon's menacing expression and the way his weight is tilted to one side and his garments are in motion all give off the sense of a powerful imminent threat, and how the light striking him draws the viewer's attention. And I love how Link is standing his ground, and how the light from the lantern hits him and the pillar, with its carved tribute to Zelda history. The whole picture has an amazingly haunting atmosphere and a sense of history and legend.
Seriously beautiful work. Congratulations on the much-deserved win!