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The Six Sages - Ocarina of Time Compilation by KrisCynical The Six Sages - Ocarina of Time Compilation by KrisCynical
EDIT 9/30: Okay, people, good Lord. I KNOW that Zelda is a sage. What I meant was the six sages from the temples.


Behold, the biggest mammoth of an illustration I've ever produced.

The original idea for this piece was to have the sages from Ocarina of Time in a mash-up behind Link with the Master Sword drawn with the blue light and all that good stuff. What it ended up being was pretty much all of the major protagonists from the entire game including both sides of Sheik/Zelda and Link as a child, too. It kind of loses a little something being viewed this small because it is intended to be a 13x19 print size, but I'm not a fan of uploading huge versions of artwork to DA because of theft issues and such.

This piece was an absolute MONSTER from start to finish. Words cannot describe how tiring and physically painful it was to make this. Planning it was horrendous. Inking it was horrendous. Coloring it was horrendous. There's easily 200+ hours of work in this piece, making it the most time consuming illustration I've ever done. I've now proven to myself that I can do a piece this large and complex, so I never plan to do anything this huge ever again. Ever. Ever ever.

I'm happy with how it turned out, the shield in particular. It wasn't fun trying to figure out how to draw it at an angle like that and still have it look like the right shape. It's not completely perfect, but I think that's okay. I also put a lot of texture into this piece that isn't really visible at this size, including scratches and scuffs on the shield and antique patina or whatever it is that gold gets on it as it ages. All in all, I'm satisfied.

I wanted this to be finished in time for A-kon, so I was on a crunch for time. Unbelievably (to me at least), I managed to finish this entire thing from tight sketch to finish in roughly three weeks. To my closest estimate, this has over 200 hours of work in it and about 700 layers before each character's coloring was merged for a grand total of 192 MB on my hard drive.

Lordy was I ever happy when it was finally FINISHED.

Illustrator CS2 & Photoshop CS2

The Legend of Zelda ©Nintendo
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delvallejoel Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I Love this Piece! I even got to get one from you at A-KON 24 THANKS! :squee:
SilentSoulAri Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah! This is really amazing! :faint:
BlueMario1016 Jun 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness....this looks mighty good. I actually like this. So much vivid detail with various colors and beautiful light effects. This is worth a fave for me. :)
Raeleven May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on finishing such a large and wonderful piece! I am in love with this. :aww:
MabusTheDark Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! It looks like a movie poster, and SHOULD be one! :aww:
renezinha Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Best Zelda game ever made!
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