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TZP: Link and Malon observe Death Mountain by Adella TZP: Link and Malon observe Death Mountain by Adella
From where they stood on the edge of the Lon Lon Plateau, they could see the vast rolling hills of Hyrule field, and the distant Kakariko mountain range. Malon gasped when she saw where he was pointing. She couldn't imagine even scaling a mountain that tall, let alone a volcano that had been precariously active for years. When her father returned from Kakariko, he had mentioned that the locals were convinced it would erupt any day now. Yet Link intended to climb to its summit, and descend inside of it!

The concept of Link pointing out where he would go next to Malon... the summit of Death Mountain... was something I was so excited to do. It was a heavy task for Mickael to undertake, but when he was finished the result was breathtaking. It's very hard to depict the ring of cloud that circulates around the top of Death Mountain, but I think he achieved the realism quite well. We spent weeks looking at clouds and examples of how they could appear in strange shapes in reality before we settled upon this. I hope you guys love it!

NOTE: There are two easter eggs in this pic. Can you find Zora's falls and Kakariko village?!

The Zelda Project is a Los Angeles, CA based group of friends who seek to bring to life the characters, settings, and overall feel of Ocarina of Time through photography and film. Our ultimate goal is to create the characters as they would appear in reality to the best of our abilities, placing them in beautiful sceneries true to their Hyrulean counterparts, and creating elaborate photosets, as well as a film short (coming soon! Stay tuned for our Kickstarter project!).

Link Model: Anthony (retired from the project)
Malon Model: Sarah Quillian Adella
Epona Model: Big John
Costume: Made by Sarah Quillian Adella
Photography: IndigoVerse Indigo76
Matte Painting: Mickael Forrett
Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Me
Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky
Navi Effects: Julia Starr night-fate
Horse Trainer: Dawn Stafford (Stafford Ranch & Stables)
Horse Owner: Jerry Rudolph
Horse Wrangler: John Sedano
Chicken Wrangler: John Sedano, Dawn Stafford
On-Site Vet Tech: Marcus Eddings
Horse Make-up: Marcus Eddings
Assistant Camera: Julia Starr
Bowser Pin: Donated by AnimeGeer
Storyboarding: Sofia Alexander Elenath

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The Malon costume is a classic remake of my original Malon costume. The skirt, blouse, and scarf are all 100% linen of varying weaves and thicknesses. The costume has been distressed to show wear and tear, assuming that Malon would get dirty if she was working on the ranch all day! The background is a beautiful digital matte painting by Mickael Forrett. Also, to answer the popular question about horse makeup: We painted Big John's legs and tail and ears to have black on them because his coloration wasn't like that. We used horse show touch-up which many people use in horse shows to hide things like scars and imperfections on their horses. :D Think of it kinda like spray in hair color for humans, but it's made for horses.

This cosplay photo was a huge combined group effort that was a labor of love by friends and fans of the Legend of Zelda series. Combining all aspects of art from photography to matte painting, we wanted to bring the Legend of Zelda to life as best we could in a final presentation. So far this has been incredibly rewarding, and we hope that those of you who view our work are brought a little bit more into the world of Hyrule through our art.

A special thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far! Without all of your support and kindness we wouldn't have been able to make this happen. We only hope that with what we produce, a smile is put on your face!

Related Images:

TZP: Returning to Lon Lon Ranch by Adella TZP: Malon in the Pasture by Adella TZP: Link and Malon by Adella TZP: Link Malon Epona and Cuccos by Adella TZP: Malon Singing by Adella TZP: Link Rides Epona Into the Sunset by AdellaTZP: Goodbye Epona by Adella
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CosplayCandy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so beautiful
Zoomer1958 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I usually don't fave cosplay compositions, Sarah, but as a fan of the Legend of Zelda video games, this photo spoke to me!  It's very nicely done!
Cyanidebaby8 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018
gordhanx Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018
This is absolutely beautiful!!
Habimana Featured By Owner May 17, 2018
Um....did you all go to Hyrule?! Wow!!
garrus368 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
so cool
TheLuLu99 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
I love it!!!!! Even the background!!!!!
Nealecoh Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
AWWW SHIT I am a dummy! 
LightPhyre Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've seen this picture all over the internet and I'm so glad I finally found the source!! This is amazing, and definitely takes a lot of talent and patience. We all appreciate what you do! You're cosplays are amazing!
AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
If there will be a live action movie about Zelda I SO hope you guys will be the actors.
All of your photos are pure perfection and they look like my childhood has come true...
cecileasia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
All my young life :)
johnbecaro Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
AkikoAkemi07 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
omg amazing <3Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
magoleth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine you must've put a lot of work into this piece, but it was definitely worth it. It looks amazing, just like a painting! ^^
OfficialByraine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Looks like something out of a painting... Wow...
MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You guys look great.
RoxiiCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! Death Mountain!
Ichigo-Nyu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Whaoooo!!!! **
TheOnePhun211 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LinkPark Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Eliza-1985 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG you guys are so amazing. Everything looks so real from the game. I just love all of it!! <3
auress Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i'm realy amazed at how successfully you've brought legend of Zelda to life. this is so close to a real life legend of Zelda here
nunetroll Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow... WHAT? Is that all real? :OOOOOOO
LightningTopaz Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If a Legend of Zelda: The Movie ever gets made, i would want it to look like this
Vegetto74 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'm going to say this right now. This is THE BEST cosplay I've seen. 'Nuff said.
Sword-of-Grayskull Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Absolutely amazing!
RoyDarkEarth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OliKan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Truly amazing. All of them.
Love you guys. :)
Bida-san Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Woah, love this pic!
viscusregnum Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I know its kinda strange for me to say this, but...


aside from that, these photo shoots are so incredible, they take my breath away with their perfection. Beautiful, amazingly beautiful.
whitetigerclaws Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. All of your pictures are simply magnificent. It all looks so real and pretty! WHY CAN'T I LIVE IN HYRULE? :cries:
vantai Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Dear Zelda project
you guys get it perfect every time.
sincerely,a hardcore zeldafag
SailorOdango Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
This is gorgeous! I absolutely adore it. The photoshopping is great and I love all the little things here.
JUstasmellow Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow! That background <3
pe-2 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
whoa so sweet
Casrianda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh. I LOVE this.
Mahou-Koneko Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Absolutely stunning!
UberTouch Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
your left foot shoot be more firmed to the ground. Come on man your Zelda jk LINK! HE fight huge monsters and travels through dark woods all by himself. He's a confident brave man give him his personality back!
UberTouch Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
should* :S
LindseyLovesLink Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. absolutely beautiful.
link-claddagh Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Wow, you guys are unreal. This is like a movie scene!:)
byrch Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow! This is stunning! The amount of detail and attention to the fine points of the world really come out in this! I love how it looks so BIG, cause playing the game, yeah, it takes about a day to get there walking/running/rolling, but it just doesn't seem all to big. This, just blows my mind! I can just imagine Hyrule looking so epic, the HUGE rolling hills into enormous mountains! Awesome job :clap:
Ilora24 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ho my god, Sarah! what it is all these Spams? :omfg:
someone tries to hurt you? :(
phoenix-flame117 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
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