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Dark World: Catfish
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Published: September 6, 2011
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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's avatar
SuperMarioFan65Student Digital Artist
Oh yeah, catfish!
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RosirikaHobbyist Digital Artist
ddddigital's avatar
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's avatar
Laharl234Hobbyist 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.
MarchonKing's avatar
What do you mean by secret santa?
spitesyre's avatar
This is amazing. :love:
Airiski's avatar
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's avatar
Wow, excellent work.
Babou-Shka's avatar
Beautiful, love the atmosphere and colors.
dacasse's avatar
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!
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xMarinxHobbyist 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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
I threw everything I could into that pond XD
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gigglefitt25 Traditional Artist
added to the wrong folder, sorry lol
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jmart-artProfessional General Artist
Great concept for that moment in game. Thanks for sharing!
Contraltissimo's avatar
*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's avatar
throw something else in the pond, see what happens! just be ready to run...
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icyzappyHobbyist General Artist
Wow, I really need to play this game again. I barely even remember this!!!
SuperNormalMan's avatar
"Have a medallion. Now GTFO"
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Links-Little-MaidenHobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally sweet!
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IrontreeProfessional General Artist
Yes! this is the kind of thing I imagine as I play the game. Awesome!
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