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Anyone remember these creepers from Zelda: Ocarina of Time? They gave me a trauma as a child :D
So here's an artwork to show how these monsters looked to me as a child.

It's funny how the low N64 graphics had such an impact when I was young. But still, it was amazingly done for these times.

You can order a print or even a phone case of this artwork here:…

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Enigma-Jake Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
Hey, would it be OK if I tried to feed this file into a laser engraver and have it engrave it onto a piece of wood for a school project? I would be making no money on it, and you would be credited in the report. I would also send you a picture of it if you wanted to see how it came out, although fair warning, it may or may not come out well at all, or it could be captured beautifully. (I still am learning how to operate the machine and how to fine tune the settings) I also do not know for sure if I would even end up using it in the final report, but either way I would let you see how it came out!
Phyllisophical Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WindWaken shit gave me nightmares as a kid
for some reason i cant find a scarier one so have this amazing painting instead
WindWaken Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
i hate this fucking thingg
riddlerontharoof Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
Link to buy print doesn't work. Is it not available anymore?
MasterZ1231 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Student General Artist
I just need to ask this one question, and out of all of the amazingly positive comments you are getting, this one is going to sound really cheap and stupid. I just want to ask if I could re-draw this in ink using an inky-shading system that I've applied to a lot of my ink art. And second question: Can I upload it to DeviantArt AS LONG AS I link you as the original creator, give all credit to you, and provide a link back to this drawing?

No matter what your response is, I want to say thank you for providing the world with this amazing piece of artwork.
scarred-one Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Lycanris Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
They terrified me as well. But this is an incredible representation of them. Really captures how scary they were in a more effective style.
Zemium Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
I'll shit my pants if I had to fight that lol
mrallart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
Link has BALLS OF STEAL!!!
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
OH my---- SCREAM Inside Out Reaction Icon: Fear fainting GIF

I've never seen it rendered so.... so.... so lovingly.... Oh my gosh the gross translucency of the skin.... the sick dead black eyes.... the nasty uneven teeth, chipped on too many skulls no doubt.... the drool.... *shudder* So many hands.... ugh, my gosh, were you okay painting this? Any nightmares? Ages ten and up my foot, the depths of Kakariko Village were a freakin' horror movie.


That's.... really beautiful lighting, actually. Also loving the get-up you made for Link. :)

Thank you for this stunning piece of nightmare fuel today. :iconclapplz:
riku-gurl Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This legitimately scares the crap out of me and I LOVE IT, Absolutely beautiful illustration of the most disturbing LoZ enemy. Really awesome!!!
neovortex666 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
WoW !!!!
txsnew Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Fallout Link? Or just dead-end?
Laharl234 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Never was frightened by these things, always thought them rather silly looking. Skulltulas on the other hand... they STILL creep me out on the 3DS, and those are fancy high-res models and I'm now 24.
Mortdres Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't/me too/me too.

Great work! Best Dead Hand ever seen!
Broeder-RPG Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... So much for E for Everyone.
mylifesahell Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
That thing have me nightmares.
lucariocatcher Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student Writer
this is me the very first time i saw Dead Hand.
"HOLY FUCK WHAT IS THAT THING I THINK IT'S A PEDOFILE!!!" (link dies, i run crying to my room)
this is me when i see it now.
"oh no, it's this fucker again... so difficult to beat..." (sarcasm as i let him take half my health then annihilate him.)
Siansaar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ho-lee shit Fear 
zathraya Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah God,  I'd be screaming too Link.  Best Dead Head fight piece I've seen!
Rorelse Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeesh I hated that enemy so damn much
They scared the crap out of me too back in the day. 
The worst was getting frozen by the zombies though, first time that happened to me I almost cried :lmao:
lucariocatcher Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student Writer
YES. that horrible moment when they start draining you faster and there's NO WAY to get them off before they hump you to death.
Rorelse Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got humped to death when I first met them :cries:
lucariocatcher Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Writer
playing it as a little kid, turn to Adult link, walk through Castle Town, and suddenly get murdered. spamming the controller and being able to do NOTHING. Good times... Now I just play the suns song before I go through.
Rorelse Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never got bothered by them in the Castle Town as adult link. Literally just ran past each time. (or charged the spin attack and got plenty of free magic bottle things) The worst was that very first time when I went down in the elementary where you first get the sun song and meet them for the first time. I think I literally cried if I remember correctly because it was my first time getting killed :lmao:
lucariocatcher Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Writer
first death was by redeads? wow. you must've been good.
Rorelse Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or overly cautious :lmao:
lucariocatcher Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Student Writer
yeh, that too. my first death was by Skulltulas in the Deku Tree.
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Simdrew1993 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
UhhI remember these nightmarish abominations!  

 Fear Wow, all i can say is good work the details are pretty good. Nod revamp You definitely portrayed it with the same amount of creepy fear that I had from it as a kid. Between these things, the floor masters and the Redeads I can't say which was scariest of them all probably these... but when the dead hand would grab me and that demon heads body would slither over then it would try to eat me nearly scared me to death! I don't think horror films even compare to the things Nintendo has come up with that's another reason why I love Nintendo haha..... These things uhh!  Erk 
Ceil Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
That's superb, I am very very impressed.
RocatArt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aqua-The-Smiter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well then......
watermelonpower Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is so well done!! Xo
DancingDragon18 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Fucking nightmare. This is beautiful work, but BOY AM I CREEPED.
Ardwenn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I look at this and some small, rodent part of my brain starts scrabbling and mewling, "No no no no no no".

Well done!
Wahl-Von-Lugacki Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That games deadhand badguy was pretty bad for me as a kid but this??roar scream  I think I'ma have them nightmares again! THANKS! XD 
SashaWren Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional Artist
Yess! Those fuckers were horrifying. And you did a great job with this-- I love adultified Zelda.
leoryff Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
:iconlink-plz:  Eat this!  
LucchesiNeto Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Shinyprowl Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Though they might of looked, "blocky" in the game, I found that to make them pretty scary tbh. the way they moved with such sharp edges *shudder* This pic is really well done to get scary feel to them
alexluyckxphoto Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
scowlingelf Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Ack! You made those things WORSE than they already are! And beautifully, too! *shudders*
I am LOVING Link's outfit, very cool.
KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
That's brilliant.  Excellent work in every way. 
It is interesting, isn't it, how our brains filled out those polygons and gave them more life...  Nintendo did a very good job at making something that would spark such imagination.
albaturd Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ragedaisy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015

Well done in showing how creepy that monster was! I especially  like the expressions and the monster arms and the illusion of depth :)
McGillustrator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I think it goes to show how implying something tends to have a much greater impact on us than outright showing us something. You're right that the N64 graphics were goofy-looking in retrospect, but the impact at the time was so much more. I think you did a stunning job conveying the outright weirdness and creepiness of this character. Excellent job!
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
OMFG that thing has ALWAYS freaked me out! The only other Zelda-verse thing that has come close are the ReDeads in Windwaker. I think it's the teeth and black eyes. :stare:
Tiger-Hawk Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
I thought it looks silly in the game. But you made it scary
cranial-concept Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, that's phenomenal art of a phenomenal scene!
VoadorChama Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, and you just traumatized millions of people all over again with this picture! Congratulations! Crying Awesome artwork, though; this thing looks so real, like both it and Link are coming right out of the computer! :wow: That might be why I'm scared... :XD:
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