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Ikana Festival of the Dead
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Published: September 12, 2011
This was created for the "History of Hyrule" Calendar Contest at Melora's World: [link]
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PBpaintingsHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this.
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Randamu-ChanHobbyist General Artist
O________o;;;;;
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Jupiter9099Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of Día de los Muertos.
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My goodness this is wonderful! I have a request.  I'm trying to do a cover of the "Music Box House" on YouTube.  With your permission, I'd love to use this picture as the background.  I would be sure to fully credit you for the artwork. 
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:clap: Wonderful work!
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N'awwweh, Pamela. <3 Gosh I love that child. She's definitely under the age of ten and she's all "psssh. I ain't scared of no Gibdos."
The undead of Termina are much more... friendly than the undead of Hyrule, I find.
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I envision a world where the living and the dead coexist happily, feeding off neither, but respecting and sharing space all the same. I wonder if the dead might find the living to look spooky? With the smiling moon, I wanted to show a Termina post-Majora's Mask where everyone can be festive together. Though it's not much a gander to expect most Terminans to avoid Ikana Valley due to the presence of the undead! Little do they know, mummy just wanna boogie.
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That's actually a very good point. Maybe ReDeads only attack out of fear ? Can't blame them, I would too if I were about to be killed !
I could live in Ikana. No joke. I just really love that place. If I got my hands on a Gibdo's mask, I'd be set for life ! I'd befriend them and get them to trust me, have dance parties sometimes too. xD

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Oh my goodness!! Majoras mask is one of my favorite games ever and ikana Canyon is my favorite location in the game!!!! I was like :excited: when I say this, I absolutely :heart: this!!!
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I'm thrilled that you love this. Does it capture the essence of Ikana Canyon, both geographically, architecturally, and characteristically?
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I do believe that you you did capture the Ikana's geography with some of the rough texture, especially on the rocks in the background and the house quite well. Architecturally, the layout is great, I really do like the way how the music box house looks in the piece. And characteristically... ... this is AWESOME!!! I just love the worn out, somber, yet happiness I feel from this!!!
Also, I totally love that the skull child/ soldiers are all enjoying themselves and that the composer brothers (2 of my favorite characters from the Zelda universe :heart:) are providing the music!!! 
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Thanks! If I could fix anything it would definitely be the composition. It's far too cluttered around Sharp. However, I will simply learn from this and move on. Every piece of work is a learning experience no matter what you pursue. Mistakes are good fortune, for it shows you've room to improve. Such room proves the potential for evolution and as such, an impetus to not stagnate! Redundancy is my bane and it's in my utmost interest to make every piece better than the last. I implore anyone in whatever field they work to spend every day working harder than they did the last. If you do, your work will forever seem easier as you develop new methods to overcome old hurdles, finding yourself at odds with previously unseen challenges. Such challenges are the fruits of life.
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True words of wisdom :) That is definitely something, for me personally, to keep in mind :). Eeek!!! now I'm in the mood to draw lol ^^
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Spire-III General Artist
Do it! Draw! Sometimes we have to talk about drawing, but otherwise we just gotta draw!
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ReymicxStudent Traditional Artist
That is so true, I couldn't agree with you more!!!
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Goodbye-to-youStudent General Artist
Also, the amount of detail in this is remarkable.
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Goodbye-to-youStudent General Artist
Your art style is truly beautiful and unique.
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Spire-III General Artist
Thank you. What about this speaks to you the most? Is it the color, the movement, the character? I'm curious.
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Goodbye-to-youStudent General Artist
The color, lighting, and texture are what stick out to me the most. Also the characters do stay pretty true to the originals (except the moon, but I like what you did with him anyway. haha) The colors, gradient, movement, and texture in the sky is fucking fantastic. So is the subtle stone tower silhouette in the background; it's not too hard or sharp, nor distracting. I didn't even notice it at first, but when I did I was impressed. Also, the lighting on the roof of the music house came out well. And again, the complex reflections of light coming from the Blue Bubble, the poes' lanterns, and the festive lights are also what attract me most to this.
But I need to add that the composition is done very well, too, with the variety and placement of characters, making it pretty balanced (though the Gibdo on the very lefthand side is a little subtle. You managed to redeem it by adding the blue light from the Bubble's reflection on him). There are all sorts of details and several focal points which make this such a interesting painting to look at, along with a smooth, circular flow for the eye to trace.
Last note: The arm of Sharp holding up his baton is hardly noticeable. You could make it stick out more if you added more reflective light from his lantern and festive lights from above (which, logically it should be there, anyway, assuming he's not completely transparent ;) ).
Hope that's the feedback you were looking for. :)
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Wow, thank you! A fantastic critique, perhaps the best I've gotten. You point out things that even I had forgotten about—it has been so long since last I looked at this piece. I don't plan on revisiting it ever; it's part of the past, but this critique brings up so many valid points, I may want to revisit my state of mind and some of the techniques employed in the creation of this painting.

You remind me why I enjoy making Zelda artwork. Thank you Goodbye-to-you, you made me day!
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Goodbye-to-youStudent General Artist
haha Glad to be of help! And I wouldn't expect you to pick it up again and fix things just because someone pointed them out ;) haha. Trust me, I KNOW how painful it is to revisit a past work. When you're finished with it, you just want to stay finished with it. haha.
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VillarealValStudent Traditional Artist
So awesome!
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I LOVE THISSS
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