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Dark World: Catfish by Woodland-Mel Dark World: Catfish by Woodland-Mel
Done for the :iconzelda-exchange:
Which is pretty much the most awesome "Secret Santa" group ever.

Title: Dark World: Catfish
By: Melora
For: :iconmonkeykaos: Kaos
Request: Link exploring the Dark World, or interacting with any characters from the game
Medium: Photoshop
Game: Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (LttP)
Character(s): Link, Catfish, Quake Medallion, Death Mountain
Rating: G
Warnings: Avoid if you're afraid of very large fish.
Creator’s Notes: Again, I really really really loved this request. This is #2 in, what I hope is, a much larger series.

So, to get the Quake Medallion you had to go upstream of the Lake f Ill Omen, where the Waterfall of Wishing sort of is in the Light World. In the deep water, under some cliffs, you'll see a ring of stone. When you toss something into it (like the sign that mentions tossing something into it) the Catfish will appear and give you this~ Which you will need to get into Turtle Rock. Funny enough, Turtle Rock is pretty much directly above this guy. So I like to think it fell down those sheer cliffs into his pool.

Art-wise: I didn't really know what to do with the clouds and sky (they seem kind of half-assed to me) but I remembered, when you were up on Death Mountain looking down- they kind of clung halfway down and it looked like there was a lot of lighting below them. And, when you're on the Pyramid of Power, the sky appears to be pink and gold. So, anyway, that's kind of what I tried to go with. I just couldn't think of a decent way to arrange them.

I always liked how dark the water always seems in the Dark World.

And, again- pink in the hair- woot!
Sorry I made Link so tall :\

Extra notes:
I used some stock of pool water, "grunge," and a rock wall from CgTextures. Looked at some pics of catfish because... its a little hard to remember what they really look like.

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SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Oh yeah, catfish!
Rosirika Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ddddigital Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Wow... 20 years later (probably more!) and I still remember this scene from the game so well!  You did an EXCELLENT job capturing it! 
Laharl234 Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Nice representation of the Dark World. Don't envy Link standing in that water though, water created by the Demon King's wish is probably very nasty stuff.
NESWolf20 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
MarchonKing Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
What do you mean by secret santa?
spitesyre Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
This is amazing. :love:
Airiski Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
Honestly, had I been Link in this picture, (it's absolutely gorgous, by the way 😊) I would've taken one look at what was ahead and said "Oh hell na." The end. Role the credits.
Mainer82 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student
Wow, excellent work.
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Beautiful, love the atmosphere and colors.
dacasse Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Great artwork! I feel like you captured the atmosphere of the Dark World very nicely.  As well as the conversation between Link and the catfish.  Well done!
xMarinx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like I have commented on this, but really, this picture makes me so sad. All fish make me think of the Windfish, and I love the Windfish. xD However, I like this because the Dark World wouldn't be a beautiful place of happy life. I really adore this picture. <3
Epiblast Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I love seeing artistic interpretations of the Dark World, especially of its sky since we get very little sense of what it looks like.
UltraFalcon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
I remember this scene in the game... I felt awesome when that catfish gave me the Quake medallion for the first time. Beautiful art! =]
xMidnightCalliope Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I threw everything I could into that pond XD
gigglefitt25 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
added to the wrong folder, sorry lol
Ramman05 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Awesome! :D
jmart-art Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great concept for that moment in game. Thanks for sharing!
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
*skips most of the comments because I haven't played that game* :XD:

....and yet I still feel the need to fave this. This is just beautiful. :la:
FaeOfDoom Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
throw something else in the pond, see what happens! just be ready to run...
icyzappy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I really need to play this game again. I barely even remember this!!!
SuperNormalMan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
"Have a medallion. Now GTFO"
Links-Little-Maiden Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally sweet!
Irontree Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes! this is the kind of thing I imagine as I play the game. Awesome!
Arte-the-CatBoy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shitballs, this is amazing.
KimBread Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Silvalkyriana Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow amazing!

Found featured here: [link]
Link-Battle-Born Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
That is really awesome!
Okha Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Woah! That's epic. I love the color choice in this one.
aeryael Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Digital Artist
What a great atmosphere! I love how the water glows.
ProtoEspio Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Lttp is my favorite Zelda of all time. This picture is amazing!!!
xMarinx Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm in awe of how beautiful this is. I've always loved your art, but being out of the art world for quite some time and returning to this...I have to say I am extremely impressed by the improvement you have undergone. Absolutely fantastic.
kittensnizz Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Such a great piece!

Laharl234 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
There's a surprising lack of Dark World Zelda art, and yours are the best. I hope you do more, observe some of the regions perhaps like Village of Outcasts, the Skeleton Forest, and so on.
Ninja-Jaiden Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god this is incredible, this is possibly the most underrated Zelda fanart I've seen. Really nice job! There isn't enough LTTP, really.
theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
This is about how the D&D Shadowfell can really look.
VitaminVirus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student Artist
you're my fuckin god
valor78 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
ya me to
MasterSword87 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i remember that part of the game! :D
SoruBadguy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
The Best Zelda ever!!
Dude let it me know if you do or have more art of A Link to the Past!
You're Great!
XX-yoru-XX Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
This is so cool and I love Link!
Ephyrel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
this is so awesome, please, please tell me how you MANAGED TO GET something LIKE THIS??? <333333333 i love the atmosphere...!!! and i can't help but to find the fish amazingly cute? xD")
KaoriOgata Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Kyah! I do so love your Zelda works... Sooo purdy.
ddddigital Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
O.M.G!!! This is amazing!
Dreyfus2006 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool. I like it when people make pictures of less-memorable scenes from a game. It makes the entire game feel great, not just the big climaxes. You did this really well. :)
Hellsorb Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing piece!
TwilightNightingale Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
hahahahah im a mad zelda fan and i have a bestie with a birthday and i searched "catfish" and i found this lol :D great job!
SailorZelda Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the colors here are just fantastic. So eerie and yet also beautiful. :)
APC03 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Very nice.
MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Simply awesome.
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