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Kiriban - Love Goes on and On

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I wish to say thank you for every :+fav:, comment and/or watch I have received; for every hit and/or pageview; for the support I have been given etc. etc. I could go on forever. This kiriban goes out with a big thank you.

Now that someone like me (that is to say, horribly lazy, with limited skills and beyond scarce updates) snailed my way up to 10 000 pageviews (although I say snail I should say it happened a lot faster than I deserve) I could not miss out on the opportunity to get teary-eyed and sentimental. I wish I could have offered something to the person who was number 10 000. This piece is just a little something I prepared a long time ago, because I had a nagging suspicion it would be difficult for me to produce anything when the moment actually arrived (to think how right I was). The least I can do is to add something to my echoing gallery. Just a small something to try to show my gratitude to all you wonderful people out there who are hiding behind those little numbers.

Oh, and do not bother trying to read the text in the picture. It was meant as decorative and says nothing deeper than “luv 4-eva” and similar examples of my poetic skills.

This sketch here that I chose to colour was originally a request and has actually been given to another person. I am not sure how (in)appropriate it is of me to use this but I hope it will not offend. It settled in my mind that for each new kiriban I should draw Link and Zelda (I guess no one will ever win a prize drawing if I want to stick with that ^^;). As much as I love these little Hylians I did not have a whole lot of drawings to choose from. This one has its problems but I have drawn worse.

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For me, it is not obvious that Link and Zelda “end up” together and get married. It does not matter a whole lot to me either, so long as the feelings are there. What is in the heart will be, regardless of outer words or appearances. I think it would be wrong to overlook that they are important existences to one another (and I guess Ganondorf is in a way too). To think, that they meet time and time again if different lives, always carrying the burden of a heavy fate and being a part of a greater purpose. In that sense, they live outside of time. Whether this makes them feel bitterness or tenderness towards each other, it will always be a bond that overshadows the simpleness of one lifetime.

I would actually say that it appeals to me that Link and Zelda will always be drawn to each other but unable to be together. Like here, in this picture, for example. I always imagined that, growing up a second time after the events of Ocarina of Time, Link would be restless and always leaving on new journeys. Having “lost” his home in Kokiri forest (after finding out about being a Hylian, having to grow up and part from Saria) the only constant thing, the only thing resembling a home for him only, would be Zelda. I imagine that it would be too painful to stay in Hyrule, but every time Link left he would miss it, and be filled with happiness when reaching Hyrule field, seeing the familiar view and the castle in the distance. He might be more of the farmer type of guy (like in Twilight Princess) but after what he went through, I would say his quest “took” that from him as well (the quiet life) as well as his childhood, and left is only the wanderer.

So, leaving and returning, never finding peace, always wanting to get away, I think it would mean a lot to Link to find a quiet understanding with another person concerning these “grander schemes”; Zelda, who is a part of it too. I can imagine them meeting in secret, fooling themselves that it can go on like that forever, or that they will be able to stay away. I guess a typical way for reality to hit would be the day it can no longer be avoided that Zelda marries. Although I wonder if something like that would be enough to break them apart.

In short, even as they are growing older they will not be able to ignore the feelings of wanting to see each other again. But time is also running away from them.

I guess another, more obvious, source of inspiration is Disney's Robin Hood. So, without further ado, let's quote the lovely song “Love”:

It seems like only yesterday
You were just a child at play
Now you're all grown up inside of me
Oh, how fast those moments flee

Once we watched a lazy world go by
Now the days seem to fly
Life is brief, but when it's gone
Love goes on and on

Love will live
Love will last
Love goes on and on and on

Once we watched a lazy world go by
Now the days seem to fly
Life is brief, but when it's gone
Love goes on and on
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protomansmegaStudent Traditional Artist
The best Nintendo ship, your art is amazing!
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WhisperstarEPHobbyist Writer
There's a calm surrender to the rush of day

When the heat of the rolling wind can be turned away

An enchanted moment, and it sees me through

It's enough for this restless warrior just to be with you


 ~ Elton John's 'Can You Feel The Tonight?'. A beautiful picture, a breath-taking moment.
 They're happy to be together, to forget everything that comes between them.  Link is the Hero, but he's so much more. He's the wanderer, the restless warrior. He would do anything to help his country, but he would do anything in the world to help Zelda. Zelda, she's the princess of Hyrule, true. But, did Peach ever hide her identity? I don't think so. She's not afraid to show her true self. Not afraid to stand out, to admit she was wrong. They represent the world's hardships in their own way. Their love knows no bounds. It lasts for centuries, passing through time itself.  It's no wonder Link and Zelda are the best video-game couple in the world.
Spelarminlind's avatar
Thank you for sharing these beautiful words. It always makes me happy to when somebody can convey a beautiful message, since I think it can be very difficult, be it through speech, written text or art. 

(Though I like Princess Peach very much too and think that she has her own strengths :)
WhisperstarEP's avatar
WhisperstarEPHobbyist Writer
*Looks at feet, suddenly shy* Thanks. I guess I just do that - write beautiful things. Say beautiful things.  It surprises, helps and shocks people, a beautiful message.
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WhisperstarEPHobbyist Writer
Yeah. The title fits the artwork but it also fits our lives. Something happens, we cherish it. But time keeps going. We have to move on, even if we don't want to.   Sometimes we don't get the impact we have on people until they tell us.  Sometimes love keeps us going.... Sometimes a miracle happens... A prayer gets answered... Something too darn freaky to be a coincidence. :o (Eek) Did I really just write that?!
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luvcatz94Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's true about love. if it's very strong, love lasts longer even a single life. love is one of the most powerful things in the world. and the love between Link and Zelda is very powerful that it appears in just about all of the games in the series.
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That Link and Zelda will always be there for each other, as opposed to love interests coming and going, represents my own view on love, hence why I cannot help but to root for them. Maybe I am too big of a romantic but it brightens my days :giggle:

Thank you for your comment. It was lovely :rose:
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luvcatz94Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome, and thank you for saying that about my comment. eve though in some games it's a minor love like in TP since it's more toward Link and Midna(which I hate alot) or Ilia(I really hate), I always support Link and Zelda's love for each other; Link always there to protect her, Zelda supporting him any way she can, and always being there for each other is what makes their love so powerful that it even overpowers Ganondorf and the Triforce of Power
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Taytay4674788Hobbyist General Artist
Oooooo! pretty lights!
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ShougaToukiHobbyist General Artist
Such a beautiful song and an even more beautiful picture! It fits them very well and I honestly think that there will be a game somewhere down the line where they will either kiss, get married, or at least say their feelings for each other. ^_^
I actually do think its pretty obvious in a few games such as SS, ST, and OoT but they're getting closer and closer over the years. In OoT, it was just how they were bound to each other. In ST, they held hands. And in SS, they hugged. So, we'll just see for the next games. I've heard that it's confirmed that a game for Wii U and a game for 3DS are already being thought out. The 3DS one might be Majora's Mask but, again, we'll see.
... I rambled on again. Sorry. XD I tend to do that a lot.
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Oh, no need to apologize. I think it is a huge compliment to receive such an elaborate comment filled with the thoughts and feelings of the writer. I am most grateful :thanks:
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ShougaToukiHobbyist General Artist
Aw, you're welcome! :hug:
Sagen-V's avatar
Oh God, the green glows instantly caught my eye. It's really beautiful. And I kinda like the text in the background. Not entirely sure why, but it kinda works.
Spelarminlind's avatar
Thank you so much :aww: I've only ever seen fireflies in real life once and because of Disney's Robin Hood I expected them to be golden yellow. Ever since, I have been wanting to draw something with those green lights that took my breath away. I'm glad that you did not mind the text either. Because it is a kiriban I wanted to incorporate a "thank you" somehow, although maybe I was too literal :giggle:

Thank you once again.
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Gloomy-mushroomHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. I love it! :D
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Thank you so much :aww:
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Zaziki7Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, so beautiful and romantic!! :love: :heart:
This is sich a wonderful piece of art, I reall really love the dark coloring with these little highlights. Kudos to you!!! :clap:
Spelarminlind's avatar
You are so sweet, as always! :blushes: Thank you very much. I am glad you like the darkness as I love working with highlights. It has happened more than once that I started out making something bright and colourful only to end up darkening it when it is done.

Thanks once again :D I really loved reading your comment.
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Zaziki7Hobbyist Digital Artist
But no, my comments are nothing special! I just want to let you know how much I love your works. :love:
Oh, I see, that's interesting. :D

Most welcome, dear! :tighthug:
balba-bunny's avatar
This is so beautiful and romantic, I just love how the one firefly illuminates *just* enough of their faces, the most important part of the scene, their facial expressions. The fireflies really sort of frame the whole image.

Lovely work, as always!! I loved that scene from fox Robin Hood :heart:
Spelarminlind's avatar
Thank you so, so much and I am so sorry for the late reply (Christmas and New Year's got in the way).

Your comments are always such a pleasure to read. That firefly you choose to mention was the only one which position I choose on purpose while the others (well, maybe not the one near the flower for the Robin Hood reference) were pretty random. I placed it there exactly because I wanted focus on their faces, where I put the most effort (although I am not completely satisfied with them).

Thank you once again.
mazfer's avatar
sweet! :)

I like the harmony in the green "glow" on the dark-blue background :)
Looks awesome, nice choice of colors too!
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