This is a big year for Zelda fans because Nintendo finally announced that Breath of the Wild is releasing next year. In order to celebrate my love for the franchise I wanted to do a painting that I’ve had on my mind to do for a long time; the animated character version of Link from the original NES Zelda game. This version of Link can be found on the map that was included with the game.
I started this painting off by practicing how to draw Link multiple times on paper. One of the difficulties I encountered at first was the lack of colour and shades within my drawing. But then I decided to just keep going and worry about the shades later. I then drew a basic sketch on a 5 x 7 canvas, which is my current size preference. I went with a white background because it looks cleaner, and because animated colours tend to pop out more. I then painted all of Link’s colours and shades in one swoop.
Thankfully, rushing like this made it easier to overcome my worries of the painting not looking good. I then used a thin brush to do the lines which gave it a cel shading look, that worked perfectly. I did make mistakes along the way, but the size of the painting made it easy to correct any imperfections. Now that I am done I am very happy with the end result, and I hope to one day do another Link painting.
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