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Darknut - Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess by Mystic-Forces Darknut - Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess by Mystic-Forces
April 18th, 2014 - Won a $75 Award at 3rd Friday's Comic Book Illustration Gallery in Salisbury, MD for "Best Use of Form, Integrity, and Expressive Power."

This is my 2nd submission for the "Legend of Zelda: Link's Blacklist" Art Tribute. :icongame-art-hq: Please feel free to look at some of the other artwork in this tribute. A lot of them are truly spectacular. game-art-hq.deviantart.com/gal…

Here is the Game-Art-HQ article for my Darknut submission written by :iconreinhold-hoffmann: : www.game-art-hq.com/47696/link…

Ever since the first game, the Darknut has become one of the most formidable foes Link has ever faced. And my favorite example is the Darknut from Twilight Princess. Compared to Wind Waker's Darknut, both of them are fun to take on, however, TP's Darknut was even more fun for me because it was a lot more challenging and engaging in this intense swordplay combat. Both versions involve disarming the Darknut's armor, but TP's Darknut becomes even more dangerous once his heavy armor has been stripped. Without his armor on, his agility & faster swordplay rivals that with Link's. Also, what I like about this Darknut is that it serves as the perfect test towards the player's sword skills after learning all those secret sword techniques and therefore preparing yourself before your final confrontation with Ganondorf. In Wind Waker, you just need to Parry (basically a quick-time event/counter attack) and then attack the Darknut, making it easier than it looks.

Here's my other submission: Gohma (Wind Waker)
Gohma - Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker by Mystic-Forces

* Legend of Zelda's Darknut is copyrighted to Nintendo
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OH GOOD GOD HE'S COMING AFTER ME :ohnoes:

All joking aside, though, this piece is wonderfully terrifying. Like even as I write this critique, the fact that he's right there about to hit me in the face with a sword and everything really shows how well that charging look works. Motion lines usually ruin a picture unless used correctly, but good god, you used it correctly for sure because he looks like he's about to kill the viewer :iconidislikeitplz:

This piece is absolutely awesome! I agree with what you said about Darknuts; they're certainly great foes but in TP they were my favorite enemies by far because of how challenging they could be (even when you got the hang of it! And don't even get me started on the final level of the Cave of Ordeals...) I think you really captured their agility and such in this pose--he looks ready to fight, and not just cause he's charging you, but because he's doing it in such a way that he looks like he knows what he's doing. I love the spread of the blue jewels below him and all the little details of his armor is very well done! I also love the background and it's lineless look in comparison to the lined Darknut.

There are a few things I think could be improved in some places, but nothing absolutely TERRIBLE--this is a really great, strong piece. If anything this is just me nitpicking, but the texture on his green clothing throws off the illusion of his 3D figure--it's not really bending with his limbs, and if it is, the dark shading makes it a little hard to tell :ohnoes: His left forearm, closest to the viewer, also seems a bit detached from the upper arm, especially since it goes over father than the upper arm. His helmet doesn't really look symmetrical as the right side of it curves a little too far inward, and if that was to show a tilt of his head, the rest of his helmet doesn't really support that. I also think this piece would benefit from using more color in the metal and maybe even the shading in general--your values are great, and I love how you paid attention to using the back lighting that the window provides, but the values are all just the same color only darker, if you get what I'm saying :ohnoes: Armor and metal in general often looks better when it has a little color to it, like some blues and purples, even just a tint. Considering how shiny this metal seems, it should show a bit of color reflection from the rest of the Darknut, like the blue jewels and the red clothing atop his shoulders, for example. I also think, while the entirety of his upper body shows movement, his legs seem a bit off to me--when a Darknut comes at you in the game, he sort of leaps toward you. I personally think his pose might look better in this piece if you have one of his legs extended and one folded, as though he did just take a leap at you. And if he's running, he seems more like he's striding since most of his body is facing to the right, which I don't believe really has the same effect as an all-out leap, though I'm not entirely sure :ohnoes: Finally, the bones of his fingers seem to extend way too far down his hand, in my own opinion; that little detail is a GREAT thing to add, but right now it seems almost as it if goes all the way down to the wrist :ohnoes:

All in all though this is one hell of a great piece. There's really no blarring mistakes and it's easy to see you put some time into this, though I recommend you add a bit more color to the shading, if you could. You certainly do have a solid entry here though :D Good luck!
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I showed this to a friend and he said this is proof a Zelda tv show be it anime or not can be done. One thing I like about Zelda is that it has a good mix of Eastern and Western designs going into it which to me is a charm of Nintendo. Here of course it is obviously western. To me the most impressive part of this piece is easily the chainmail. That must have took forever.

While I do prefer the visuals of the WW Darknut, you give this one such punch to it with the foreground. It caught my eye within a second of seeing it. Originality is hard but I'd say you gave this enemy new life with the dynamic picture. Really it shows us nothing new however about the enemy so I hesitate to give you a higher score in that regard.

On the other hand, the technique as I said gives this baby new life. The armor glistens and the cloth folds. You make the enemy intimidating as well as pretty to look at.

Keep up the good work sir.
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:iconrambocreativity:
My favorite enemy of all time, and I've been here twice it seems.
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017
Gosh how incredible! I do like this style of yours^^ I hope you'll do some kind of action scenes someday with your work~ I'm just suggesting is all^^
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MichaelaWalton Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
the most evil thing to ever be created
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RamboCreativity Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
There should really be more art of the TP dark nut.
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SUPERDEMONKING Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
*smile evilly* now it starting to get good.
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MetalBrony823 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
I always wondered what kind of creature or what a Darknut from Twilight princess looks like. The one in the Wind Waker reminded me of a jackal like creature, could this version of a Darknut be the same thing? or is is a human? or a demonic humanoid race of some kind? What do you all think?
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Fuzzinator23 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember this, he was my favorite enemy!
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serenawarren14 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
looks great!
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J4B Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Darknut from twilight Princess doesn't mess around.
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:iconninsega:
NinSega Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
They're the hardest enemies I've ever faced in The Legend of Zelda games.
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:iconoldmanwinters:
oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Ugh, I hate fighting these guys!

Funny name though.... hehe
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:iconmarioguy3:
MarioGuy3 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
That is my favorite mini-boss in the game.

And the picture is well drawn mate.
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DrunkPlrate Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
ah Darknuts~
they will always be my fave mini bosses <<
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hallyboo123 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(I know the other comments are 2+ years old, but I thought I should comment)

The Darknut was the coolest miniboss EVAR!
Well, Deathsword was too.
And--never mind.
The Darknut nearly made me wet my pants when I first played this!
Anyway, love the use of the action lines! :D
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wallavan000 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing. No other word describes it.
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
IF this was Skyrim a Fus Ro Dah is in order. But this is not Skyrim :D
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mobiusonedt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, I'm gonna be fighting these guys in TP soon. Sure hope I'm ready.
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Ramman05 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Awesome! :D
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sayuri4muu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This guy in the cave of ordeals with his brothers!
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Darkburster1 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
just fricken awsome!
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BunjiTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I can see either 'HERE I COME GET READY' or "HAVE AT THY!' 'I COME TO YOU BRO!'
XD
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ClarkyGirl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
This is awesome!

Those Farore damned darknuts!
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J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn brutal art!

I remember facing them in Twilight Princess, freaking challenging and fun and I remember going to this underground cave fighting 3 OF THEM! OMFG! That was fun and challenging I take one at a time! Heavy brutal armor moving slow and striking rough! Without armor, he moves fast and strikes fast! DAMN!!!!!!!! SO AWESOME! :iconso-awesomeplz:
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Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Thanks for the comment and fave for that!
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BigBoss15 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
nicely done
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Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Thanks!
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BigBoss15 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome
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Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Sooo, the article for your Zelda TP Darknut entry for Link`s Blacklist is done and there you go [link]

The complete project gets published and promoted from the 15th November on, but i create and publish a few articles per day now on Game Art HQ.

Hope you like the article and the project in general, next year i would love to expand it to get even more of the Zelda characters under its hood and would like to have you onboard again!

Happy Weekend
gbk
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Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Thank you very much for writing this article for me! I truly appreciate it! I definitely had fun with this project you came up with and I can't wait to see what you have in mind for next year!
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Reinhold-Hoffmann Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
More or less i have the same project in mind, just with more of the characters not yet drawn this year already. Imagine how could it would be if the project is covering all darknut designs as example from Zelda I on forward with illustrations drawn by avid Zelda fans and infos about them added by me, for Zelda fans it should be something epic, for you the artists it should be something fun , maybe a practise for some , exposure on a different platform than dA and being part of a big art project which is preserving the sometimes over 20 years old character designs with new twists and the technology used from today to illustrate them.

I write articles for just all entries now, not just yours of course, Links Blacklist is covered on one big gallery where all the entries are linked to via thumbs, for now it is sorted alphabetically but when the project grows it will change to sorted by game. For now i have only one character from Link`s Awakening and only two from Zelda 2 as example..that would not look well yet.
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Shynder Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Woah! Realy damn too epic!
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm writing a fanfic about a Darknut, which is why I was looking up pictures that led me to this one. It's kinda hard to sum up in a single sentence how amazing this picture is. :) I love how you did his armor; truly intimidating. He's kinda like a medieval Mandalorian with the T-shaped visor. XD
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Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Oh yeah! I can see it ressembling a medieval Mandalorian! Anyway, I'm glad you like it! Good luck with your Fanfic!
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is random, but, if I made sure to put a disclaimer saying that this art was yours, would I be allowed to use this picture as the cover art for my fanfiction that previously mentioned? Don't worry, I'll probably live if you say no; I was just asking. :)
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Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Sure, I don't mind as long as you give me credit for the art. Just so you know, I don't know anything about your fanfiction. So just out of curiousity, can you give me a brief synopsis on what it's about?
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)

The Hero of Twilight encounters a darknut, and after a brief, violent battle, the aforementioned darknut knocks Link unconscious. Although their initial meeting is a bit hostile, Link eventually befriends the darknut, who reveals himself to be part of an ancient group of knights that were trained by the Hero of Time. It's kind of complicated as far as the actual plot goes, because so many different twists occur. Sadly, it's not yet posted on Fanfiction.net as of yet, because I want to finish my other story that's kind of a prequel to it. I'll definitely make sure to give you credit for it. Thank you again for the permission. :)
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a link to the darknut story, by the way. :) [link]
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TheTrooperXII7 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow really awesome!
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KennethSloane Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
these guys are awsome to fight and you sir have extended that awsomeness with this picture!
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crazygamerrofl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG this is so friggin awesome!!!
excellent job!!!
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rayotennpera Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.O wow INCREDIBLE
Did you make this masterpiece in Paint Tool Sai? because if you made it,SKILLS,you have them.
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Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Actually it was just Adobe Photoshop CS3. But thanks for the compliment.
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rayotennpera Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see,you're welcome.
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kennuhisaki Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you....
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manymasksmanyfaces Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OHMYGODIMSORRYICAME PLEASEDON'THURTME~!
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Darkdealer65 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Darknut: Too late; have at you!!
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manymasksmanyfaces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*is mercilessly wailed on and dies*
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Darkdealer65 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Darknut: Gee, that was so easy, it was boring.
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manymasksmanyfaces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Darknut = harder than the final boss.
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