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Conquer Yourself

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By thatLD   |   Watch
Published: October 5, 2011
© 2011 - 2020 thatLD
One of my fondest Zelda memories is when my mom pulled me out of school the day Ocarina of Time was originally released just so I could spend the afternoon playing it. I even wore the pre-order t-shirt as I made my way through the Kokiri Forest for the first time. :D

Good times.

This is a print that made its debut at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011. The reaction was much more positive than I expected.

It's one of those works that I wasn't sure how things would turn out the whole time I worked on it. I actually spent time on two other versions of the print before settling on this one:

Unfinished Zelda Print A by thatLD Unfinished Zelda Print B by thatLD

Hope you like it.

How it was made...

Adobe Photoshop by LumiResources
Made in Photoshop CS5 Extended
This Work is 100% Digital

Link and Dark Link © Nintendo
Image size
2000x1301px 311.47 KB
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FantasyRebirth96's avatar
No joke this is wicked cool! I can tell this is a reference from that Utena anime XD
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AngelOfDarkness089Hobbyist Writer
And another amazing artwork of this amazing fight.
You do such a great job with these. Man I wish I had your talent :D
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taragon90Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work.
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thatLDProfessional Filmographer
Thanks for the heads-up. That thing is everywhere at this point.

Also, nice username. :XD:
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Hey man....hope you can do something about this, I hate seeing stolen art. Was tempted to buy it, but I remembered my roommate had it as a computer desktop at one point and where it came from.…
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Ph03n1x-Warr1or-ZHobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome replication of one of the coolest battles in the Legend of Zelda franchise.  The atmosphere of Link's battle with his shadow in the Water Temple's "Reflection Chamber" is perfectly captured by your art style.
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EternalParodyHobbyist Writer
I remember, love, and despise this battle with the whole of my being. Dark link will always be a symbol of the darkness in us, and you did a great job portraying that. :)
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Keiboxy2Hobbyist Digital Artist
most epic  fight ever!
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thatLDProfessional Filmographer
Nintendo really did set up a great fight at this point in the game. :nod:
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Flam1ngDem0nStudent Digital Artist
I was just at Video Games Live at Red Rocks (a paid concert) and they used a couple of your art pieces. I am unsure if you are aware of them using them. I 100% recognized this one during their Legend of Zelda segment. Again, this was a paid show so they are making money off you work.

You can find their website here:…

I just thought I would bring this to your attention as you do have a write as an artist.
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VivanSolem General Artist
The composition of this piece is quite wonderful. :)
Tom4237's avatar
I like this one a lot! Nice work!
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SkittleRocketHobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing piece. I love how intense everything is, the mood, and the battle itself. It almost looks like a still from an anime. Very epic. ^^
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Sylvano-DRAGONHobbyist Writer
Hell yes. This grace, these emotions... You've got quite a pen, I must say.
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Wow this is my favourite photo of link! good job
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<font><font>use the big goron sword link! Hurry =)</font></font>
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Hellgame23Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome art and here is quote for it :

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."


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RebeccaTrippProfessional Traditional Artist
you are totally amazing!
WhiteLamb17's avatar… I think someone is distributing your art. Unless this is your account.
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