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The Six Sages - Ocarina of Time Compilation by KrisCynical The Six Sages - Ocarina of Time Compilation by KrisCynical
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

The Legend of Zelda ©Nintendo
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MailenRose Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
B-EZART89 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Glorious work
MijailoSalas Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
Wow is awesome, keep it up
LuckyNumber113 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks awesome!
YessPess Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
RMOB Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017
Nice work. Loved the fact that link have his sword in his left hand. Clap 
AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
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 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016
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 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
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? 
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, this is GORGEOUS!! :)
spiritwakers Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
What would the power point be about?
superiorspider-pup45 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing detail! I love it!
Xundrin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Is there any way for me to order a copy to hang on my wall? This is awesome!
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I do print orders online all the time. :)

Please send an email to and we can talk!
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, absolutely!

I just sent you a note with ordering info. :)
Emi-Chan92 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional
This is amazing!Love 
Rosyan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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:
Rosyan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see.
Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work. :) I'll check more of your stuff out later :)
AkuDemyfan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Really amazing work! :aww:

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delvallejoel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
JenXComics28 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I Love this Piece! I even got to get one from you at A-KON 24 THANKS! :squee:
BMania-Sketches Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Woah! This is really amazing! :faint:
BlueMario1016 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my goodness....this looks mighty good. I actually like this. So much vivid detail with various colors and beautiful light effects. This is worth a fave for me. :)
Raeleven Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Congratulations on finishing such a large and wonderful piece! I am in love with this. :aww:
MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! It looks like a movie poster, and SHOULD be one! :aww:
Renezinha Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Best Zelda game ever made!
Killer-Sweet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student
sayuri4muu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This game made me want to cry!!
SocQA Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Awesome great work. You've done one hell of a job. In my opinion the over 200 hours of work were definitely worth it since this artwork is incredible. Thanks for lining up the sages! :)
KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
Really great work. :D
Mayzen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy.... that was a long time but it came out great ^^ love all the detail work.
SchneeAmsel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh wow! this picture is so amazing O_O
TammyHylian Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice one
xendlessxlovex Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
this looks great! very well done!
ShougaTouki Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg this is epic!!! If this was the preview poster for OoT 3D, people would've been lining up at Gamestop like :icontakemymoneyplz:
Austria-Man Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
That's a masterpiece! You did a great job here. The six sages are very cool! The female sages are very hot too...
leontinees Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Gorgeous! :wow:
InuyashasRealWife Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it's awesome,but it lacks something............
...........a Daily Deviation
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Suggest it, then! ;)
mandagirl05 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
All i can say is..........WOW:)
Dubu90 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Love it, really well done :)
JessicaDragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
AzureHowlShilach Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
brings back memories,this is so epic :heart: love the way you drew the characters and shaded them too :heart:
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