Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
The Last Song by LilleahWest The Last Song by LilleahWest
This is based on an actual a scene from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Looking at Majora's Mask...it is a really dark game!
The masks that change your form were all obtained from characters who had tragically died and left loved ones behind, and when you use these masks Link hunches over and screams in pain.
You also deal with a lot of other ghosts/dead characters, there is Pamela's father turning into a Gibdo, you have Anju and Kafei (namely the results of mucking up that side quest) the monkey being dunked in a cauldron (I thought they killed him) there is the attack on the cows at the Ranch (freaked my sister out something fierce) there is the song Elegy of Emptiness...
And all the while the Apocalypse is approaching and we get to see how upset everyone is, and you get this dramatic end of the world scene...
So we have a game focused on the end of the world and death.
Yummy.
No seriously, I love this game, it just seems like it should be rated Teen not E


What struck me most was the whole Mikau thing, for many reasons...namely because we see him die! All other deaths are past tense.
And I wanted to approach his death in a more touching way than the game did because...uh...his "let me sing of what happened" *insert spazzy song here* was awkward. The manga handled the entire thing better, it had him peacefully sitting there playing his guitar, partly because it was the only thing he could offer as thanks to Link and mostly because he wanted to play one last time (the line I used is from the manga)
Both did handle his passing nicely, with his dying vision of bing back with the band...

But both versions did not handle the eggs thing so well, the eggs in the end get disregarded... In the game I was like "Lulu you have babies go visit them damnit!"
And how does everyone think Zora Link is Mikau <_<; the lack of tattoos alone are a dead giveaway.

BUT Looking past any awkwardness, it is rather touching:
Mikau was mortally wounded trying to get back Lulu's eggs, it is never stated that he is the father but that is very likely the case since he shows so much concern. Aside from Lulu, music and the band are the love of his life, after entrusting Link with the task of completing his quest, Mikau plays one last song, leading to Mikau's dying vision of being with the band and his girl.

...He was going to be a father, and he died ;__;
__________________

Now as for the artwork.
-There are three visual versions of Mikau! I based the belt off the manga, the head tattoos and spots off the game graphics, the guitar is a combo of all three, and the arm tattoo is based on the official art.
-I gave Lulu a microphone since it looked awkward with just her mouth open.
-And since the game was rated E it could not have blood...yes he could have died from internal injury but considering the pirates weapons I think him getting slashed is very likely.

____________

PS I fecking LOVE Japas! His design is so cool, hippie Zora for the win! X3

Oh and there was this running gag I had with a commenter on my dark fanart who was like "quit killing Link" I did a piece with Sheik and they were like "fine just kill everyone" well...you can't blame me for this one, Nintendo Killed him!

____________

Line art via pencil and paper, colored by mouse in Corel Painter X

More of my dark fanart
Add a Comment:
 
:iconchani14:
chani14 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Student Artist
This is a sweet and sad drawing,it so sad but I like how you draw the group in a different perspective~!^V^
Reply
:iconbobosmith01:
bobosmith01 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
The Mask Souls were always the best....
Reply
:iconzthegs:
ZTheGS Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember that moment back when I played the game.
It really weirded me out, but that was probably because I was a kid and didn't understand what was going on. Confused 

Aww... poor Mikau.
He is never going to see his beloved Lulu and their children again. Waaaah! 

This is an awesome art piece, good work! :D (Big Grin) 
Reply
:iconoceandchase:
OceanDChase Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is it that I can't kill the Gerudo pirates? They first kidnapped this man's newborns, and then proceeded to mortally wound him and dump him in the ocean to die, and I gotta be stealthy about it? Screw that, I want JUSTICE!
Reply
:iconoceandchase:
OceanDChase Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I just like to imagine Link used the song of time to reset everything in Termina one last time before he left, and without Skullkid messing with everything, none of the bad stuff happens. Mikau and Darunia don't die because they didn't have to go on those suicide missions, the Deku princess doesn't go missing, happy mask doesn't lose the Majora mask, everything just goes fine for everyone
Reply
:iconnoodleth:
noodleTH Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Student Photographer
heck, my zelda oc zanzibar came from one of lulu's eggs
Reply
:iconkade-of-spades:
Kade-of-Spades Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
Awww so sad and deep
Reply
:iconw17:
W17 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Very touching ^_^
Reply
:iconarcluse:
Arcluse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Powerful, as understatement, along side the potent drawings with more of your "dark fanart" which I shall look into now.

More words than time allotted at the moment unfortunately~
Reply
:iconobsessedcat:
ObsessedCat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I almost cried at this part. So I read the manga like six more times! ^.&
Reply
:iconecliptorcalrissian:
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I would so take it as a challenge and kill everybody.
Reply
:icongynandromorph:
Gynandromorph Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To think: How did Link break the bad news to the band...?
Reply
:iconecliptorcalrissian:
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I always wondered that, and more so about the Gorons (and they made that so tragic. I think the reason they have fun with Mikau's death is because the game becomes too depressing if you double the dagger-in-the-soul factor.)
Reply
:icongynandromorph:
Gynandromorph Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an idea in my head about what he might say to the Gorons.
Reply
:iconlinkkirbymario:
LinkKirbyMario Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everytime I play that darn song and see the stuhues, all I can think is: There dead. I feel as if that temble was just so Link could really see what was going on with his masks.
Reply
:iconggirtc:
ggirtc Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sad
Reply
:iconlightvsdark99:
LightvsDark99 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Also, this is very well drawn
Reply
:iconlightvsdark99:
LightvsDark99 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Tell me where I can find the manga. I seriously want to read it.
Reply
:iconsamirablackcat:
SamiraBlackCat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's SOOO beautiful, poor Mikau TT_TT
Reply
:iconpoisonpineapplebread:
Do you take suggestions? LIke if you did could you ever make a pic of Zora Link and Mikau playing together? Kinda like a sad spiritual kinda thing?
Reply
:icondragonauroralight:
Dragonauroralight Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that the same Zora guy from Akiras zelda pocket of the majoras mask?! Great job! :D
Reply
:iconxployalist:
xployalist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Great job. The funny thing about the ratings board is that it primarily looks for violence, sexual content, and language. The first is never against human characters and is somewhat cartoonish, the second one is only alluded to, never explicitly mentioned or shown, and the third is non-existent. It doesn't matter if your game will give thousands of children horrible nightmares, as long as you don't use buckets of blood to do it. That's where Majora's Mask was brilliant. It was a dark, depressing game made without going GRIMDARK on the Zelda franchise.

And as the final nitpick, Japas's design was based not upon hippies, but upon the grunge look of the early Nineties. Why a guy in a grunge design would be playing in a jazz band is beyond me.
Reply
:iconlilleahwest:
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Well the leg fins on Japas always made me think bell bottom pants X3 the long hair look read as hippie to me too, and they way he says "hey" but whatevers, hippie or not he's just awesome
Reply
:iconhalf-bloodprincess1:
Half-BloodPrincess1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This......makes me........want to......cry........forever..............but it's.............so beautiful.............. :heart:
Reply
:iconmegamonsterx:
Megamonsterx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Majora's Mask is one of the only two Zelda games that actually makes me emotional. I'm glad I have the Gamecube Collector's disc. The Zora's are easily one of my most favorite races, this is a masterpiece and a perfect way to show a sad scene from the game.
Reply
:iconwritemaster93:
writemaster93 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What's the other?
Reply
:iconmegamonsterx:
Megamonsterx Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Twilight Princess, watch the scene with Queen Rutela...
Reply
:iconwritemaster93:
writemaster93 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, yes, killed by Zant in front of her people for refusing to submit to him and leaving her son Ralis.

Plus, her theme was the Serenade of Water.
Reply
:iconjakrocker17:
jakrocker17 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
*Sobs and mourns* That's so sad!
Reply
:iconyuinah:
Yuinah Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I remember this.. <:3 Thanks for the memories! TuT
Reply
:iconphunegimclulz:
PhunEgIMcLulz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
... I cried T^T
Reply
:iconlady-aura:
Lady-Aura Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist
it's...it's...it's breathtaking :O
Reply
:icontwinkie101:
Twinkie101 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student
That game is terrifying. Very hopeful in the end, what with the healing song, repeated faith and belief (Anju's in Kafei, various in Link, etc.), but still so scary. And very, very tragic. One of the best games in the series for it, IMHO.

Gorgeous piece, I love the way you positioned Lulu with Mikau. I always thought his death was the second most tragic (the first being the Deku kid you see at the beginning, the butler's son. They never even found out what happened to him! :iconcryingplz:), he was leaving behind the woman he loved, his (probably) children, his band, leaving some kid with his last song and the hopes that he'll be able to save his children. I always feel real bad for Lulu, first her eggs get stolen, then her boyfriend (husband?) goes missing, she loses her voice, etc.
Reply
:iconecliptorcalrissian:
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Mikau's death was so tragic, with everything like the fact that he was going to be a dad, but... I'm kinda relieved they went the way they did because after Darmani, making Mikau just as tragic... nobody would finish the game because they'd be too busy jumping off cliffs!

...you know, the 'just kill everyone' idea sounds good. If I were you (instead of me, who can't draw a straight line) I'd give every major character, no matter how cute, a tragic death scene.

I always love your work.
Reply
:iconmyownlittleworld247:
myownlittleworld247 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, i loved the destruction of the Earth scene :P and oh my god the aliens! i failed it the first time , and when she didn't come back i was like "gyah! what should i do!? how do i find her!? WHAT WAS SHE GOING TO GIVE ME!!!????" ... then i remembered i could go back in time... -.-
agreed with everything you said there! especially Japas' design, and Lulu not going to her babies instantly. i didn't know there was a manga o.O i will go read it... NOW! RIGHT NOW! great art, and i really like his guitar. i hadn't picked up on the lack of blood in the game, but thinking about it, it doesn't make much sense ^^; oh yeah, and the tatoos ^^; plot hole :P
Reply
:iconspencerbeavcoon:
spencerbeavcoon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student General Artist
:clap::happycry::cries::tears::iconcheerupplz::sniff: the emotes say it all:D
Reply
:iconrandomperson1310:
RandomPerson1310 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Okay, I am now on the verge of crying...
Reply
:iconjmillart:
jmillart Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally the creepiest thing from MM was elegy of emptiness normal link.
Reply
:iconhalf-dragon:
half-dragon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
This is such a sad yet touching scene. I love it!
Reply
:iconkingtransformo:
kingtransformo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! this is both insanely good but also of course sad. I love you style!
Reply
:iconnightcrawlerash13:
nightcrawlerash13 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
this is beautiful!
Reply
:iconafblfg:
AFBLFG Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Student General Artist
*sheds a tear
Reply
:iconcaptianlinebeck:
CaptianLinebeck Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nooo!not Mikau!
Reply
:icondarkslayerdante:
DarkSlayerDante Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
I love Majora's Mask. Watching Mikau die the first time when I was younger made me stop playing for a while. I was a lot more sensitive back then.
Reply
:iconartefre:
artefre Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
 OMG I can totally relate! Mikau's death made me so depressed that I had to stop playing the game for a few days!
Reply
:iconlilleahwest:
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Majora's Mask, rated E for everyone...I think there are few 7 year olds out there whoe'd protest that XD

I was in high school when I played OoT and MM and I still found them suprizingly (and delightfully) dark, had I played them as a kid I'd likley have stopped playing for a while after this part of MM as well.

...Twilight Princess may be rated Teen but... it never had a moment quite like Mikau's death nor did it have anything in it that made me freak out quite like the bottom of the well and the shadow temple of OoT (Deadhands...*shudders)
Reply
:icontiffxchucky:
tiffxchucky Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Reply
:icontiffxchucky:
tiffxchucky Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
nice
Reply
:iconpinkpainted:
Pinkpainted Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww I luv ur pics always so beautiful in a dramatic way^^
Reply
:iconravnemannen:
ravnemannen Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
at first I was thinking: what is that thing over with those birds?
then: OH NO A ZORA IS...drowning?
and so: oh no, he was awsome looking too!!!
then: *starting to cry*
after that: laughing of mikau singing BAYBEEEH, WUUUUH!!!
then again: *crying*
THIS HAVE MAKE MY LIFE SHIT A LOOOOOONG THIME (I was just 11 years at the first time I beated the game, won the game once more half year ago, stell was crying, laughing then starting to cry again) cx'
but yeah, It's probably the sadest moment in the zelda history (even tough zelda just was in a flashback) :c
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
May 20, 2011
Image Size
1.5 MB
Resolution
2500×1852
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
15,658 (1 today)
Favourites
485 (who?)
Comments
78
Downloads
266