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Zelda Collage by gawki Zelda Collage by gawki
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!

To see a process gif:…

Used Photoshop CS6, and my new Intuos 5 tablet.

Zelda characters Nintendo

edit: reworked it a bit
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-01-10
Zelda Collage by *gawki A brilliant Zelda collage artwork featuring many great Zelda games! ( Suggested by Minato-Kushina and Featured by Ry-Spirit )
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.
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113 out of 151 deviants thought this was fair.

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!
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yorkylover2 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  New Deviant
My favorite character is wolf link. If u want, u could see my Sketch of wolf link?
mucho13 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016
Amazing collage!!!! :o wow
Delicious-Daily Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Moon in the back looking like lumpy space princess.
StarWritter Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Tom-Tiger Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
damn thats awesome...
FlamingBulbinArrow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the anatomy and lighting are amazing! Awesome work XD
marcosjefferson Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
muito lindo *-*
FlutterSquee6 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
EhrenThibs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brie91 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing:)
MatoMiArte Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student General Artist
aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhghfgfhgfhfhg!!!! so much awesomeness in one drawing!!, great job Happy Clap 
Ramman05 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
ObsessivelyBlonde Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
*endlessly squeals*
matthewdickerson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow this picture is awesome!
sidetrack1 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I like Zelda's look and angle here
SweetSorrowIsMY2moro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You should think about starting a tumblr account. People love ya there! :)…
gawki Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i do // the link is on my DA page too.
thanks though
SweetSorrowIsMY2moro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh awesome! Sorry, I didn't see that. Just making sure. :)
CoderSpriter Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Too epic for me to handle. XD
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
shinobu74 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
very nice
Woobieguygirl24 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy crap this is amazing
silverz777 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014   General Artist
WOW,  I love this!! Amazing collaging, expressions are all great, everything you got in there. I could just look at all of it forever!
ChickenWing72 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
A well deserved DD. Nice work! :clap: 
Annaliese-Shelly Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
looks fantastic
iangoudelock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
This is so beautiful. Awesomely done :D
KahviApina Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
maskman sells mario mask :D
Toxic-Rabbit Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
its so beautiful!!!
FabriceW Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello There, I congratulate you for the work which is amazing. I don't have your skills yet but there is a slight remark i'd like to give to your work: there may be a lack of lines of force in your composition that make look the whole a bit messy. It's maybe the too often color shift between a part to another or maybe the too many secondary direction lines in the many actions described that provoke this feeling.
I would be glad to share with you what you may think (or not afterall!) about my saying.

Anyway I wish you good luck in your art progression which is already very good.
jrla Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
ArtySpartyGirl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
sweet one! :)
tryforge Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice!
bumpercarmcgee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Zelda fanart is really just the greatest
LoveDarkness18 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Beautiful and nostalgic! Congrats on the DD!
Miafka Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Стилистика великолепна
Paligirl123 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude I dont know how you people are so friggin good at working with photoshop and stuff like that! I can barely control anything on paint lolol , but anyways AMAZING JOB!!!
anjelleyba Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Link! Heart 
TheSamm143 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The King of Red Lions is looking at Link like, "I'm getting real tired of your shit, kid." And who can miss Tingle's bulbous ass floating in the background?
GoGo-Ghosty Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student General Artist
This is really neat! I love the style
CITRUSKING46 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Very nice.
cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the Windwaker :) Majora's Mask is pretty cool too :)
mikedaddysmooth Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too cool!
MandalorianKnight Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really well done.
Xena-Michele Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning.
Patori-kun Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
it is beautiful
SirNerdly Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
so beautifully done. especially with the coloring. amazing.
epikkid Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
MetalicStoryteller Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Congrates on the DD selected! I lurves it! I lurves it so murch I am going to fav it ... like so!+fav 
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