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One of my fondest Zelda memories is when my mom pulled me out of school the day Ocarina of Time was originally released just so I could spend the afternoon playing it. I even wore the pre-order t-shirt as I made my way through the Kokiri Forest for the first time. :D

Good times.

This is a print that made its debut at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011. The reaction was much more positive than I expected.

It's one of those works that I wasn't sure how things would turn out the whole time I worked on it. I actually spent time on two other versions of the print before settling on this one:

Unfinished Zelda Print A by thatLD Unfinished Zelda Print B by thatLD

Hope you like it.



How it was made...


Adobe Photoshop by LumiResources
Made in Photoshop CS5 Extended
This Work is 100% Digital


Link and Dark Link © Nintendo
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:iconmrphillup:
Ok I love the look of this. From a technical side I have not used this program but your overall finish look is great. Moving on to the piece itself you have created a great sense of movement within the piece. Between Link’s lunge and his hat and sheath flying back. The back guy’s water spray in the flip again, these kind of details are sometimes lost but you have used them to real capture the look of this piece. You have a taken into account the small details by allowing us to see the shadows and reflections on the water for both of the fighters. Nice Job!
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:iconlevii:
I have to say I am very impressed by this piece. I loved this fight in the game and you've just depicted it wonderfully. The water effects are very wonderfully put together and works well with the washed out feel of the colors that you get in that battle. I love how you posed the Dark Link mid-leap. You can really feel the intensity of the battle at the expression on the faces of Dark Link and Link. The only real complaint I would have is that Link's jaw looks a little too square, but that might be an effect from his hair. All in all this is a very wonderful piece.
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SauceDetective Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Your art was stolen again :(

www.facebook.com/1736116396676…
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the heads-up. That thing is everywhere at this point.

Also, nice username. :XD:
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Link3895 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
Hey man....hope you can do something about this, I hate seeing stolen art. Was tempted to buy it, but I remembered my roommate had it as a computer desktop at one point and where it came from.

www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00WNT6…
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Ph03n1x-Warr1or-Z Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome replication of one of the coolest battles in the Legend of Zelda franchise.  The atmosphere of Link's battle with his shadow in the Water Temple's "Reflection Chamber" is perfectly captured by your art style.
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EternalParody Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I remember, love, and despise this battle with the whole of my being. Dark link will always be a symbol of the darkness in us, and you did a great job portraying that. :)
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Keiboxy2 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most epic  fight ever!
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Nintendo really did set up a great fight at this point in the game. :nod:
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:iconflam1ngdem0n:
Flam1ngDem0n Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I was just at Video Games Live at Red Rocks (a paid concert) and they used a couple of your art pieces. I am unsure if you are aware of them using them. I 100% recognized this one during their Legend of Zelda segment. Again, this was a paid show so they are making money off you work.

You can find their website here: www.videogameslive.com/index.p…

I just thought I would bring this to your attention as you do have a write as an artist.
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:iconhenrytrettenbach:
HenryTrettenbach Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Student General Artist
The composition of this piece is quite wonderful. :)
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:icontom4237:
Tom4237 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
I like this one a lot! Nice work!
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:iconfullerjames:
fullerjames Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
nice
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:icon3ninja:
3Ninja Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
nice
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:iconskittlerocket:
SkittleRocket Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing piece. I love how intense everything is, the mood, and the battle itself. It almost looks like a still from an anime. Very epic. ^^
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:iconsylvano-dragon:
Sylvano-DRAGON Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hell yes. This grace, these emotions... You've got quite a pen, I must say.
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:iconkakashii117:
Kakashii117 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Wow this is my favourite photo of link! good job
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:iconsr-capricornio:
Sr-Capricornio Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
<font><font>use the big goron sword link! Hurry =)</font></font>
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:iconhellgame23:
Hellgame23 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome art and here is quote for it :

"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell."

Buddha

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:iconrebeccatripp:
RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
you are totally amazing!
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:iconwhitelamb17:
WhiteLamb17 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
www.etsy.com/listing/185765261… I think someone is distributing your art. Unless this is your account.
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the head's up. :nod:

It's still funny to me to keep finding this fan art in so many places. That is certainly one of the more interesting renditions that I've seen.

I don't have an Etsy account at the moment.
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:iconwhitelamb17:
WhiteLamb17 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
no problem :) I wasn't sure if it was a big deal or anything.
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:iconelitenightmare:
elitenightmare Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
i don't know why but this looks like an cartoon/anime
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It's definitely in the way I chose to draw it. :nod:
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:iconelitenightmare:
elitenightmare Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
cool
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:iconhyperchris3:
hyperchris3 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
should have gone to the fire temple first
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:iconkittyotic:
Kittyotic Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Artist
I love this! :iconblacklovelyheartsplz:
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:iconfuguim:
Fuguim Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Wow ! Nostalgic ! Thanks...great art-piece.
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:iconkeyboardfreak:
keyboardfreak Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think I can describe how epic this is.
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:iconveni-scripsi-vici:
Veni-Scripsi-Vici Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
omg...this.....wow....this was my favorite scene/fight in the whole game. This is truly amazing. I love it. Superb job my friend!
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:iconmissituk:
missituk Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Thought you should know, someone is selling prints of this on amazon. [link] :(
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow. That's the second one I've been notified of in the past couple of weeks! That image is starting to pop up everywhere.

Thanks for letting me know.
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:iconmissituk:
missituk Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
No problem, it makes me mad that so many artists are being stolen from. I hope you can sort everything out!
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:iconcandondor:
candondor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
to amazing for my mortal eyes
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:iconmissituk:
missituk Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
So cool!! :O
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:iconallyndupe:
AllynDupe Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing. :O
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CrowsLittleBlackBird Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I love it, it looks sooo awesome
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CrowsLittleBlackBird Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I love it, it looks sooo awesome
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:iconmirria1:
Mirria1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks awesome! :D I love the detail! ^^ Dark and Link are both awesome.
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:iconnolove14:
nolove14 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i had an idea for something like this but i cant seem to draw it right
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:iconchascochi:
Chascochi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such a philosophical battle...
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:iconbenmaynardofmanyarts:
Da Epicness!
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:iconbeautifulrayne:
beautifulrayne Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
yesssss! :D this is sooo great!
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UbiquitousKitten Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
omg this is so awesome
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:iconpacharchar:
PACHARCHAR Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my word, WHY HAVE I NOT SEEN THIS BEFORE?! It's so epic!
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