*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.
Here is Medli from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
has a sort of art collaboration where you get to draw one of Link's Friend from different game. I had just gotten the Wii U bundled with Wind Waker so I decided to join. Since I like the ritos I dicided to go with Medli when she plays her harp in the Earth Temple.
I beat Skyward Sword again last night. Even though it was a speed run just to get back to Hero Mode (since our former Wii died) you just can't help becoming personally invested in the story. I don't know how he does it, but Miyamoto nails it each time--and not just every game, but every single time you play the game! Kudos, man...just kudos. ALL the feels...
This particular moment illustrates something no one sees when they play the game. When Link takes his first trip to the Silent Realm, I often wonder if Fi worries about him--in her own calculating way. Maybe, maybe not, but regardless I get the feeling that she is glad to see him return successfully after his Trial.
My Comments: It's funny what can inspire you to get over an artist block. But when it happens I am always amazed at the work I produce.
Notes: This is my submission to the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Fan Art Challenge [Link]. This picture really shows all the work I put into studying water has paid off. One of the few pictures I have done recently that also had an Environmental background as well. I just am in love with the detail and little things in this picture that most will probably miss.
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Tools Used: SAI My PC Tablet Photoshop CS5
Time Spent: Sketch: about 20 minutes Coloring: about 6 hours and 20 minutes
EDIT 2: The first prototype of the poster for this piece went to the staff at GameStop (November 2013) at Northwoods Marketplace for their outstanding charisma as a team. I haven't lived in the area long, but that's one of the only GS locations where I've felt the staff isn't just trying to get me through the store as quickly as possible so they can move on. Not even when I applied for a job there. They're cool with holding conversations with me, and are always on top of their game (no...pun intended?). I did get a call for an interview with them - unfortunately, I already had a job by that point and declined the offer. But this is also the only GS out of the many I've applied for to do so. I really appreciate the opportunity.
EDIT: My piece did not place in the contest. You can view all of the winners HERE.
Well, America, it's been about 5 days since the deadline, and Nintendo still hasn't gotten us results for the Wind Waker fanart contest. I'm done waiting to post this. My aversion to posting the work is wearing off.
For those who haven't heard, Nintendo of America was hosting an art contest in honor of the release of The Wind Waker HD on Wii U. And with prizes like $400+ worth of merchandise, it's been a challenge to compete. Our entry was to be WW inspired, and having only found out about the contest 2 days prior to the deadline, I had to decide on a composition that could be executed relatively quickly while retaining merit. Here's the description I sent in to the company along with my submission:
"The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker inspires a feeling of freedom with its wide open seas and fresh new atmosphere after the events in Ocarina of Time. I wanted to capture the spirit of this powerful adventure in all its bright vigor without losing sight of the precious memory that is Hyrule. To me, the connection between the two worlds, above and below the surface, is the most beautiful part of the game."
This is my first time drawing all of these characters. I think the only WW fanart I've ever done was Makar back in 2006, and Aryll back in 2005. I'm alright with how this turned out. Again, I'd like to thank those who joined me in the LS for this - your encouragement meant the world to me~!