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Painter XI/Wacom tablet.


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Hero's Shade from The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess. I might be working on another version of this (before his death).

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:iconpartyanimal589:
Partyanimal589 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2019
I’ve always wondered if he was the dead hero before Link from twilight princess came, he seems to know a lot of in game moves and teaches them to link and he says my son when you get the last scroll.... IS HE LINKS DAD?!?!?
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KevinR12345 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
The Hero's Shade was confirmed in Hyrule Historia to be the spirit of the Hero of Time (i.e. OoT/MM Link) and Link's ancestor. So kind of.
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Partyanimal589 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Omg!!! So the theory is true!
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WOOPSYDOOP Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019  New Deviant
he doesn't deserve this fate. somebody put him in hyrule warriors!
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WOOPSYDOOP Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019  New Deviant
man i'm crying nowWaaaah! 
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Spirit-of-Fire-Hao10 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a sad tale behind this character.
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AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
That looks so badass! Man I get the shivers from just looking at this! TP was such an amazing game :love:
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Brussell86568 Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
the first and original hero
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Skywardsword25 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017
Actually the Skyward sword Link is the first and original hero. Oot Link was the one who split the time line up to the 3 different time lines.
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Mikemicproductions Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017
it's ocarina of time link.
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MpCapRuby101 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
He only talked when it was time to
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LordofGoodness Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
The Hero's Shade is basically a heroic version of Darth Vader.
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Aquaridragon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
I love the painted textured brush strokes you use in this. :)
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:iconnairuma:
Nairuma Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It is so good...I'm speechless, I'm just loving it :D
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xXPaintedLady Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done I actually had to do some research on this guy before I knew how significant to the over all timeline he was.
Link Emote Hero of Time never fades
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Calpernica Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Professional Filmographer
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Omegaman120 Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
It's actually an interesting twist that the Hero's Shade is actually Link from Ocarina and Majoras Mask.
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CBen2010 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
In the DLC of hyrule warriors he should be playable.
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Kokiri-Hylian-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Bold, heroic, that owl, though. I really appreciate the shield and banner on his waist, there are some details that I wish I could have captured from the game, and this does that well, I think. This haz been faved.
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Inarjollyhound Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
The Hero's Shade is most definatley one of my favorite Zelda characters out there. Especially when you consider that he was once the Hero of time and everything he's gone through. Majora's Mask comes to mind more so than Ocarina of Time. It makes me truly wonder how it must feel to be stuck in a time loop where everything keeps almost being destroyed, and where you can't save everyone in a single loop. To say that had a bad time would be an understatement. This is what happens when a hero meets a terrible fate.


Time Traveling Skeletons are awesome!

Sanswinking 
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Kokiri-Hylian-Hero Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Also, do you remember when he taught the Shield Bash? He used magic...I wonder if our Link was going to do that in the game, Skyward Sword was the next LoZ game, right? Maybe that was just them opening the possibilities of the Hero of Time learning the Sword Beam, but I like to think that all Links could potentially do that.
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alithking Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Cool art work.
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Twero Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! He was one of the best moments of the Twilight Princess! Can't wait to meet him again in TP HD! :D
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Professional
Same here! Thanks! :)
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grimreape1 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2015
Such an awesome piece of one of the coolest and most unsung LOZ characters. Your level of detail is amazing, and I love that pose. Really hope you do another one from before his death as I really think this guy needs more love.
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Professional
Thank you! I plan to do another version of him some point soon. Not sure when though.
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grimreape1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Nice! Thank's for replying.
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69BIGNASTY69 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
THIS IS SO FUCKING COOL
UGGGH THIS GAVE ME A HUGE FUCKING DAMN BONER
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BadgerTheDJCat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
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Reddsquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All the swirls and twirls...love it! :D
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GoldenFreddy1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Hero's Shade: No Link, I am your father Darth vader peixl icon 
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TomkyoStudios Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student General Artist
The Unmeurking
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
What is Painter XI? I hope that you don't believe that he's a Stalfos because he isn't. So many people assume that.
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Professional
Painter XI is a painting software. Just like Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai etc.
And I know he's not a stalfos :)
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SwanArt Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
He is a Stalfos actually. Young Link from OoT saved Hyrule and Termina. However both events reverted time so no one knew of the his heroics. After saving Termina Link continued his quest to find Navi's spirit in the lost woods. Unfortunately the mysteries of the woods took him. As it is said "The spirit of those who get lost in the Lost Woods will forever walk the earth as a Stalfos."
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krezyzorua Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
that is incorrect. Stalfos are mindless skeletal monsters that despise the living; a perversion of their living forms. The Hero's shade is just that, a shade, a ghost. He does not have a physical form and most certainly still has his mind. Even if he got lost and died in the Lost Woods, his spirit is already bound, in a sense, by Demise's curse (Skyward Sword) to the cycle of the Hero and both blessed and cursed by the goddesses because of his destiny. The curse of the Lost Woods would be too weak to overpower that kind of magic. Lastly, there is the grave of the cursed swordsman in the Hyrule Castle grounds, which is implied to be his final resting place, and his very ceremonial, but damaged, armor hints to a position of great status in Hylian society and most likely death in a battle. The shade's missing right eye also hints to this. If he died in the Lost Woods, it would be very difficult to recover his body to bury in Hyrule Castle. He may have still been affected by the curse of the Lost Woods in some way, but he's definitely not a Stalfos and the main reason his spirit is bound to the world is regret at not being able to pass on what he learned. Once he does this in Twilight Princess, his spirit is finally able to pass on, something which no Stalfos could ever do (well unless they are destroyed maybe).
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WOLFBLADE111 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. :)
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SummerVala Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This is amazing. The details in this picture are so clear.
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Austin7613 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Link's past self come to pass down his skills.
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pollytheparrot46 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Writer
I have the song of healing stuck in my head right now, and feels really fitting with this picture. 
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InAmberClad Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Looks fantastic! I feel an uncanny connection between the armor and the Chozo from Metroid
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gojira4444 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Love it.
Always thought the whole Concept of the Hero's Shade was Awesome. 
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Aqua311 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
This is the Hero of Time in spirit form. Wonder why he chose that shape?
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
Well he's dead. Anyone would look like a zombie after that.
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Aqua311 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
True, but some dead characters have looked better.
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
Like Rottytops.
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Aqua311 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
That's not what I meant, but sure.
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Fidmaster Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
its the spirit of the hero of time trapeed, look at game theory majoras mask link is death theory.
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
Except that Game Theory is BS. There is so much evidence that goes against it www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO4CBA….
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Fidmaster Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
ANd so there is evidence suproting. ti IT is even said that Shade is the hero of time. and if stalfos are thsoe who died in the forest it makes sense. 
And why you guys so Angr about this, nto even i got so angry over the death of Roland.
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