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 CS2The Legend of Zelda