EDIT: WOW A DD!! Thank you so much Minato-Kushinafor suggesting it and Ry-Spiritfor featuring it! Also all the people who have watched/followed me and all the artists and everything out in the world that have inspired me.. you're all sweet and amazing people, so thank you for doing what you do!
Finally finished! This piece contains 5 different zelda games in order from the bottom. I hope you guys like it! This took 30+ hours!
Just as a heads up, I'm known to be a very harsh critic, but most people say that's why they love me!
There are two types of deviants who post their art for critique. The first are the elementary school kids who want grown ups to give microwave oven solutions to making art. The second is elementary school kids who want people to tell them how cool their stick figures are. You are obviously none of those. You're the one that actually does deserve praise for your artwork. Even at that, I can't give you a perfect score. This is far from your original project, for all of the characters belong to Nintendo. You didn't really bother to do anything different with the characters, so you're originality drops drastically. Your vision, on the other hand, is ingenious. All of the games blended in more or less the same style... a noble dream. The vision, though, limited itself to pretty worn down poses. The piece isn't as daring as it could be- it's more of a (amazing) trophy. Your accomplishment itself is limited. While your technique in the realistic characters is brilliant, most of the cartoonish characters flat and sort of awkward. These characters (like Midna and the wind wakers) draw my eye and restrict the movement of the piece. In my opinion, they should have been fleshed out a little more. As for the impact, you can pretty much guess. It looks like a perfect peice when I see the thumbnail, but little mistakes grab my attention when I see the full picture. Now, I don't mean to understate you great achievement, but be honest about the whole. You are certainly a master of painting, but a few slips got past your eye. Your piece was worthy enough to pull me from my college homework as have me critique it! I hope I haven't offended you- I critique because I love art, even though I know mine is far from perfect.
I don't usually do critiques here on DA, but since you are asking for an honest critique and because I am both a Zelda fan and an artist, I wanted to try to give you some great feedback regarding this piece. So this critique will also play off of my knowledge of Zelda as well as my knowledge (however limited) of art. As I figure it, I will start from the bottom and work my way up!
The Ocarina of Time Link is really well done as a whole. You clearly did your research on this one. Some people wouldn't have looked up the correct Hylian Shield instead drawing the first one found on Google Images and calling it a day. Same with the placement of the Master Sword on his back. You hit all of the points here. It may sound crazy, but those details MAKE a Zelda piece. A lot of people don't get those down and they may not know why, but it just looks wrong. As far as issues, I'm not a fan of how Epona's back leg was dealt with underneath of the shield. It looks a bit disjointed, and not long enough. I'm sure if you used reference, it was correct to the reference, but that is a moment where you make a stylistic choice and figure out something else to do with it. Like maybe just covering the whole thing up with the Hylian shield, or maybe just the hoof? Just a thought. Also, Links right arm looks like it is in a weird and uncomfortable position. The branch that Kaepora Gaebora is sitting on is oddly placed and coming out of Link's head, and Sheik's neck looks a *little* elongated. Not much, but enough that it looks strange if you stare at it for a minute. Bonus points though for getting the Triforce on the mouthpiece of the ocarina!
I love the inclusion of the mask seller. He was an enigmatic part of Majora's Mask, but an important one nonetheless. Having him there spices up the Majora's Mask section with things like the Mario mask. Deku Link looks great, and his pose is perfect for this. Desperate, lost, yet somehow still determined. Skull Kid looks a little wonky in pose, but...he usually is. The only problem I have with this section is that the moon is oddly placed, not being overlapped enough by Dark Link's shield. It makes an odd tangent, but it isn't so bad that it drives your eye away from the composition. The moon also (now that I look at it) kind of cuts off Skull Kid's head. Oh, and let's not forget Tingle since he is in this section. The least favorite character of all Zelda characters and all we get to see is his butt floating away. It is a fitting use for Tingle to be butting out. Pun intended.
I think the Wind Waker section was well handled in my opinion. The characters are posed right, and their personalities shine accordingly. Link is looking as adventurous as always. Medli has that look of wonder and bewilderment. Tetra is of course looking at Link with a bit of grown-up confusion at his childish actions. And the King of Red Lions just looks like he is sighing at all of this. I think this is the best composed part of the whole. The complete focus is on Link, who might I add is pointing the baton to the mast, which in turn keeps the eye of the viewer moving onward and upward after getting quite the show here.
With Ganondorf, Midna (both forms), and Zelda, you hit quite a good note. This is the reason that my Technique score is a bit lower though. They are some of the main focuses of this piece yet have some of the least amount of details. It isn't a HUGE problem, but it does come across as lackluster, considering what they could have been. Mostly Ganondorf and Zelda are my issue, because the Midna in true form is done expertly. I just wish I could see some of Zelda's strands of hair like I do in Ganondorf. And I wish Ganondorf was also turned more in our direction. Also, I saw your animated GIF and one good thing I noticed you did was remove the smirky smile from Ganondorf's face. It would be appropriate in some Zelda pieces, but this is not one of them. This is a part where the composition kind of weakens in my opinion. That mast from the King of Red Lions kind of brings your eye up and then Midna and Ganondorf take it right off the piece, never getting to see the Skyward Sword Link. Dark Link is done well. He looks correct, has the right amount of detail for your style on this, and holds his mysteriousness.
Wolf Link looks great, and he and Midna are trying to pull that problem with the composition back. Facing the right helps them to pull the viewer's eye back to Link and his Loftwing (also Zelda in the distance). This ultimately helps bring your eye to the payoff of the Triforce in the upper right corner. Link's Loftwing looks good except for more towards the tips of the wings, but I wish you were able to take advantage of the light coming from the Triforce here. Using some of the images from Skyward Sword as a reference and making the underside of the Loftwing look a bit more...purple. It still looks fine without it, but there are other color choices I would think could work better on the underside of him.
All in all, this is a great piece of Zelda artwork. Your Vision gets a nearly perfect score here. I think it holds a great source of inspiration for any Zelda fans, or fans of digital artwork. Your originality is key to this as many fanart pieces lose points for being unoriginal reproductions. You kept a bunch of characters that you don't own, from many different styles of artwork, all in line with your artistic style. They don't look weird together, as if one or another character doesn't belong. Your Technique is lacking just a little bit here. Some places could use touching up with more detail, and other places could lose some detail. Zelda is definitely needing more detail whereas the small Wind Waker characters could get by with a little less. Your Impact is great for someone like me. It brings back incredible memories, and invokes a sort of longing for what was in my life at the time when I played these games. The Wind Waker characters are especially a part of that and I think they are my favorite part of this whole piece. It is incredibly impactful if you've ever played a Zelda game and enjoyed your time doing it. This piece is well done and deserving of a lot of love from anyone who appreciates the hard work that goes into a piece of art like this, and from everyone who has ever loved a Legend of Zelda game. Nice job!