ByRodrigo Paulicchi, writer at


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!


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:

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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