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The Six Sages - Ocarina of Time Compilation

By KrisCynical
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tumblr post: HERE

EDIT 9/30:
Okay, people, good Lord. I KNOW that Zelda is a sage. What I meant was the six sages from the temples.


Behold, the biggest mammoth of an illustration I've ever produced.

The original idea for this piece was to have the sages from Ocarina of Time in a mash-up behind Link with the Master Sword drawn with the blue light and all that good stuff. What it ended up being was pretty much all of the major protagonists from the entire game including both sides of Sheik/Zelda and Link as a child, too. It kind of loses a little something being viewed this small because it is intended to be a 13x19 print size, but I'm not a fan of uploading huge versions of artwork to DA because of theft issues and such.

This piece was an absolute MONSTER from start to finish. Words cannot describe how tiring and physically painful it was to make this. Planning it was horrendous. Inking it was horrendous. Coloring it was horrendous. There's easily 200+ hours of work in this piece, making it the most time consuming illustration I've ever done. I've now proven to myself that I can do a piece this large and complex, so I never plan to do anything this huge ever again. Ever. Ever ever.

I'm happy with how it turned out, the shield in particular. It wasn't fun trying to figure out how to draw it at an angle like that and still have it look like the right shape. It's not completely perfect, but I think that's okay. I also put a lot of texture into this piece that isn't really visible at this size, including scratches and scuffs on the shield and antique patina or whatever it is that gold gets on it as it ages. All in all, I'm satisfied.

I wanted this to be finished in time for A-kon, so I was on a crunch for time. Unbelievably (to me at least), I managed to finish this entire thing from tight sketch to finish in roughly three weeks. To my closest estimate, this has over 200 hours of work in it and about 700 layers before each character's coloring was merged for a grand total of 192 MB on my hard drive.

Lordy was I ever happy when it was finally FINISHED.

Illustrator CS2 & Photoshop CS2

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Kiro-Kurusu's avatar
This is as epic as the GAME!
IndepIntel's avatar
Ocarina of Time is THE BEST
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Wow is awesome, keep it up
LuckyNumber113's avatar
This looks awesome!
RMOB's avatar
Nice work. Loved the fact that link have his sword in his left hand. Clap 
AngelOfDarkness089's avatar
Holy Moly! This looks so stunning. All these details. I can only imagine how much hard work this was to draw!
Man I wish I had a tiny bit of your talent :love:
Beau-Skunk's avatar
The way you color flesh tones, and detail clothes is amazing. There's so much to look at here, it's hard to point out what I like most about this piece. Great work on Link & the Sages.
rhia42's avatar
I bought this picture at A-KON a while back, and unfortunately the print I bought got torn... is there a way I can purchase another print? 
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Certainly! I do print orders online all the time. If you note me a good email address for you I can send you the sizes, prices, shipping, etc. for a replacement print. I'll even give you my convention price on a 13×19 ($17 instead of $20) since you're replacing a print you purchased from me at a con. (If you want that size, of course!)

Thank you for the business, too, by the way! I really appreciate it. :meow:
TheatricTheo's avatar
Oh my gosh, this is GORGEOUS!! :)
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I wanted to use this picture on a power point. I dont plan on uploading it anywhere, it is just a personal thing. I leave this comment because of the image in the description. If I do chose to upload this somewhere, I will not without your permission because of the warning in the description
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What would the power point be about?
superiorspider-pup45's avatar
Amazing detail! I love it!
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Is there any way for me to order a copy to hang on my wall? This is awesome!
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Yes, I do print orders online all the time. :)

Please send an email to and we can talk!
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Yes, absolutely!

I just sent you a note with ordering info. :)
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This is amazing!Love 
Rosyan's avatar
This is beautiful work! Though I think the border white would have worked better in darker color. Now it kinda guides the attention wrong way. But otherwise awesome.
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I created it with the intent of selling it as a print, so I didn't want it to go all the way to the border. I print my own merch and borderless printing eats up ink AND the ink pads on the printer like nobody's business.

That and I do broken border on white a lot in my work. :shrug:
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Awesome work. :) I'll check more of your stuff out later :)
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