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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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Rosyan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
This is beautiful work! Though I think the border white would have worked better in darker color. Now it kinda guides the attention wrong way. But otherwise awesome.
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I created it with the intent of selling it as a print, so I didn't want it to go all the way to the border. I print my own merch and borderless printing eats up ink AND the ink pads on the printer like nobody's business.

That and I do broken border on white a lot in my work. :shrug:
Rosyan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, I see.
Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work. :) I'll check more of your stuff out later :)
AkuDemyfan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Really amazing work! :aww:

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JenXComics28 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student
I Love this Piece! I even got to get one from you at A-KON 24 THANKS! :squee:
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