ByRodrigo Paulicchi, writer at Creators.co

Conception

Hi there folks! This is my first post here and I'd like to share some thoughts about the creation of my Zelda fan art project [:

First of all, I'm a huge fan of the Zelda series and I wanted to make something out of it for quite a long time. Fortunately for me, after hours and hours and hours of work, I think I'm happy how it turned out. Long story short, let's get down to it!

Development

To be frank here, I was completely clueless about what Link was going to look like. I didn't even know if I wanted him to be an adult or a child/teenager. I've done a lot of research over the internet and used what I found to get an overall view of Link's main "facial features." Below are his two very first versions:

I know, this doesn't even look like Link, but I like to show that just to point out that sometimes all you need is to have that tiny, little idea of what you want to do. I went on and on and decided to go for a more childish face. This is the final result I reached:

After that it was time to go for his body. Since I've established he was a child I didn't find it particularly hard to get the right proportions. What was really challenging was to try and make his tunic using a magical software called Marvelous Designer. Seriously, I made tons and tons of versions of it. But I don't want to bore you guys with it so I'm just showing the final result:

The next step was to make his essential and legendary weapons: The Hylian Shield and the almighty Master Sword, which was really loads of fun!
I wanted them to look a bit dirty and battle damaged, so I needed to work a lot on their textures. Here you go:

Here's a little turnaround of the shield too:

With all of the character elements done, I needed to start working at what surrounds him. For that I made some props so I could test the final image's mood. This is what I came up with:

The only thing left to do was his enemies. I went for a redead, an enemy that frightened the hell out of me when I was a child :P

A closer look at his head [:

The final image. If you want to see a better resolution version of it, please click here:

Well, I guess this is it for now guys! I really hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed working on it [:
Please let me know if you want me to show something more, I tried to be brief here.

If you want to know more about me and my work, please go to my website:
- http://www.rpaulicchi.wordpress.com

If you want to get in touch, feel free to contact me at:
- [email protected]

My best regards to everyone whoever reads this!
Rodrigo Paulicchi

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