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Dark Link -- Screw this battle. Seriously. by KrisCynical Dark Link -- Screw this battle. Seriously. by KrisCynical
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TUMBLR POST HERE: kriscynical.tumblr.com/post/60…

I really am trying to make an effort to post more art, even if some of it is sketchy or WIPs. This one is obviously not, though. Duh.

There's not much explanation needed on this one. The Dark Link mini boss battle in the water temple of Ocarina of Time. I hate this battle. I suck at it. I seem to be the only one who sucks at it.

I started drawing this one more than a year ago, but since I didn't like the way the tight sketch was turning out, I shelved it for later. I finally went back to it last month, it worked this time, so it was my new piece for Anime Fest.

Illustrator CS2 and Photoshop CS2.

Legend of Zelda ©Nintendo
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Evanyia Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Awww the Water Temple was my nightmare when I was young! I always end up totally lost in this one! :XD: But god how I loved to battle DarkLink even if I totally sucked! ^^;
Great art! The details are stunning and we could almost think that the characters will begin to move as the sense of movement is well made!
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Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic :D 

That battle was a blast. ^^
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TigerRose13 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice picture. I like how you made the tree's reflection in the water all ripply, and also how you addad a trail of glitter behind Navi.

Have you tried using the Biggoron Sword against Dark Link? My battle against him went by fast the first time I played OoT--I used the Biggoron Sword on him, and he went down in about 3 hits.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
When I played through this part I had yet to use the Biggoron sword due to past playing experience. The last time I had played this game it was on the N64, and in that version the Biggoron sword was fragile as hell and broke easily. Two whacks on anything and it would snap in two!

It wasn't until I was fighting the Water Temple boss (Morpha...? I can't remember for sure) that I realized Nintendo had actually FIXED that issue. Otherwise I probably would have tried it! I'll remember that suggestion if I ever play through again.
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TigerRose13 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought the Biggoron Sword never breaks? The Giant's Knife breaks after a few uses. Then again, I played it on 3DS, not N64..
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't remember there being two big blades like that at that point in the game, but I could very well be mistaken because it's been like 15 years since I played the original N64 release. It may have been a glitch, too, because my cartridge of it did some funky stuff throughout the game. :shrug:

I just remember battling Morpha and it snapped in two in the middle of the battle. I was staring at the TV like :omg: when it happened. lol
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TigerRose13 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of all times for that to happen! :-(
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know right? :lol:
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sekkechi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
chances are that you had the Giants Knife not the Biggorons sword. you have to go through a huge sidequest shenanigans in order to get the Biggorons sword >>; i found it by accident trying to figure out what to do with the stupid blue cuccoo cojiro >>; and then going from there 
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frankryuzaki Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
great work but i dont like too much the dark link it looks very simple
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks on the "great work", but...simple? That's certainly a new one! I usually call myself a detail whore when it comes to drawing Zelda stuff. :lol:

He was anything but "very simple" to draw, believe me! The only simple thing about him was the coloring, pretty much. I suggest you try making the image bigger or adjust the brightness of your monitor if he's just looking like a dark blob (which is entirely possible if monitor brightness is too low). I put every detail on him that's present in the game itself, after all. It bugs me to leave stuff out.

You are entitled to your own opinion, of course. It's just that if all the details on that sheath and the clothing folds is "very simple", I'd be interested to see what you consider to be complicated! ;)
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frankryuzaki Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
no man xD sorry I dont want to offend you,  first of all I didnt saw this on my pc I saw it  on my blackberry by the first time (you know is a small screen) so when I saw it, I just saw a black silhouette with red eyes (i mean i saw the details but not too much) but when I saw it later on my pc i can clearly see the details in the sheath of the sword and also the sword ok  ...but I have to be sincere whit you, I will try to explain you a little bit more... I really really love how you drew link not only because of the details but also the defense posture, I even love how you drew navy she looks awesome too, thats why I call your work a great work... BUT what i dont like in dark link is the posture he looks motionless and i know that the hardest part of drawing is the perspective and the movement  maybe if dark link had a little more movement in his arms that would make it better,  and you are a detail whore!! xD hehe dont worry is just my review I´m just saying that if dark link had some more movement it will make him look like he is jumping aggressively over linkNatsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1]  xD... feel free to review my link redesign too is the only one on my gallery right now... ok? Jun Nagase (Smile) [V1] :happybounce: 
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, I wasn't offended. No worries. :)

I suppose he does look a bit stiff up there... I just don't know what I could do to get more movement out of him. This was a weird piece from start to finish, really.
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RinnG Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great Job~~~ :D
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Very cool
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boudou Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Sometimes your worst enemy is just yourself ^^ well done kris :D
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Kazali Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is funny, since I killed Dark Link on my first try without knowing WTF I was doing. I just kind of ran around in circles and whacked at it, and suddenly he disappeared. I was so confused, haha.
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knittingknots Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
You do Link almost as good as InuYasha...(snerk.  It's actually rather high praise) A+++
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Skylark3 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Have you tried the Megaton Hammer? Then it's just like a deadly game of Whack-a-mole! :D
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I usually just use Din's Fire repeatedly. : P
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Skylark3 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
What I do is use the Megaton Hammer, and wait for him to pop up behind me. When he emerges, I bash on the head. It's actually pretty fun. :D
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rockgirl133 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow this looks amazing
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