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The Hero by martyisnothere The Hero by martyisnothere
Link. Maybe 19 or 20 years old, he works with his foster father as a carpenter before becoming the hero of Hyrule. On the left side of this picture you can see what Link would look like at the beginning of the game. Ganon has outlawed all weapons and armor for citizens, so even after learning about his fate as a hero, Link has to search for something to fight back with.

On the right Link has already acquired many of the classic items, though some of them take a different form. The Master Sword and Hylian Shield are on his back, a bomb pouch at his waist. The red tunic takes the form of magical armor from the Gorons which gives Link heat resistance and superhuman strength. The blue tunic is now a cloak from the Zora which allows Link to breath under water and swim much faster.

I don't spend as much time doing concept art as I maybe should and this has been great practice. I'll probably keep this up. There's a lot of stuff to design in the Legend of Zelda's universe.
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finalknight0x3 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maniacal-Mannequin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Love this style for Link!!
slendermanbeliver Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You should be a game designer. I would buy this if was a game.
nitroxvi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE your design for link - and I love that you decided to make each of the important clothing items able to be worn and in effect at once. The visual change from carpenter to hero is extremely striking, and I think your art style works wonderfully here - I love how slender he is >0> *fawnfawn*
rubyredrabbit48 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool! I really like all the detail you put into this! I would love to see more of your redesigns! :)
razoremblem Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
How i would imagine link...
Pumpkin-Spirit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the proportions and the design! Very cool :heart: :D
TazerJMarks Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Id play this game!
BubblesRRJ Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome stuff! :D
Tigerhawk01 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Love this interpretation. From the hoodie to the shoulder stitching on his shoulders, just great.
Energyzed Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this is so awesome and the description is amazing! I would play this version of Zelda if it were real! I love the style you used for this, and his expression. Great work ;P
ryu238 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
What about the bow an arrows, boomerrang, special boots ect...?
kutoal Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
cool mate congrats
timpu Featured By Owner May 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
good one.
I really like the designs.
DoctorHuntPhD Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I like the Goron Ruby symbol on his gauntlets
Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
To be honest I prefer the carpenter version... i'm not fond of all the decoration of the Hero's costume.
rideaseeker629 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my gosh....SOMEBODY CALL NINTENDO! They need to get on this right now.
countconkula Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh God, moar! I wish Nintendo eventually produced this. . .
Love the stylistic body structure and his remodeled tunic/equipment/everything about this. . .
Hope to see more cool re-imaginings of Zelda characters.
DeadManDan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I love this concept design! It's a very dark but beutiful play on The Legend of Zelda. I love that you want to make Link lose because thats a much more intresting tale then the same old "get triforce, beat Ganon, Save Zelda". You should pitch this to nintendo as a whole new game!
The-Nut Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fun times, I like the lankiness you gave him. His appearance definitely screams "underdog".
tobi1480 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the hoodie version the most!
captaincabbage Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
wow, he kinda looks like Mugen from Samurai Champloo if he were somehow even more pissed off than usual.
Dimentionalist Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
This is positively amazing. I'd love to see more concept art for this "Lament of Zelda" idea you have.
iTzMurillo0 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Tobal-Dibujon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Filmographer
I really like this Link and the right ones is very cool!
berost Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
He looks mean as shit
Tsukuyomi-Wolff Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
Totally badass!!
turnipcrusador Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
You should do the concept art for a Zelda game! This is amazing! This and your Goron Excavator pic, that is. I think that Character models like this could add a lot of character to the franchise. Have you ever thought of applying to Nintendo?
Chaotic-Tide Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Interesting desings. I like it.
Polygonbutcher Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this is a Piece of ART amazing! fuuuuck!
aspieomnipintent Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
altaiir meets link
xkelbix Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really like this design and i like the idea of a hood instead of hat. *sigh* i wish u could get to design the clothes in the game :P
sonsofshadow303 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
an interesting design. i like it
JoeyNash Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student
Interesting take on Link, but why is he so unhappy?
martyisnothere Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think the description of my Goron drawing might explain that [link]
BladeFireCO Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
omg its fred wheres Daphne?
PiaYi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Moar! Pwease?
ttree Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
I like the concepts of the red and blue tunics incorporated this way. And his shoes look good. Not sure 'bout the look of his face though.
Blue-Nayru Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Woah. This is some of the best concept art I've seen on here. The detail and thought put into the story, items and the character design is fantastic and it really put a smile on my face- this goes for your goron concept too ^^
I have quite a thing for concept art and LoZ so this I really like =D :+fav:
4BlueMonkeys Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
its alright. although its not at all original or that interesting.
just looks like a more primitive version of anakin's outfit and concept from star wars. you just added some trademark link things like the colors, cap and wrist guantlets. i would hardly call it a reimagining.
especially the hood, its taken directly from that. and the body proportions in the profile look weird. he looks anorexic and his back is angled weird.
and the yellow necktie is totally random. what purpose does it serve, it doesn't even add anything to his outfit.
seriously, not a very good re imagining of link.
MatticusIV Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
the style is fucking beast.
i don't know why you're bashing this when it's a great redesign
Professor-Cog Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
This is AWESOME and makes me wonder: "Does Link EVER get sick and tired of being the chosen one?" I mean seriously how many times has this poor guy grown up, saved the land, been reduced to a child again and aparently get his memory wiped... I really hope he doesn't have a brain tumor. :P
magically-morty Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer this..and..the 'backstory' should make video games, lol
Sarspax Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Interesting variation :)
IxMistChiff Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
I have to say this is stupendously well done. The detailing and realism makes it look like it would be a good design to go into a potential movie. Loving the hoodie. I wonder, could you possibly do one of Ganondorf?
HarvesterofMadness Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009   Writer
I love this piece of artwork, it's an excellent rendition of Link, as the same old design has gotten rather stale (at least in my opinion).

I really like the fact that he has a hood and not the same old long cap. This one is much more appealing in my mind, as it looks a hell of a lot more kickass.

As I believe I've mentioned before, I'd love to see more of this "series" particularly what the Zoras would look like, Epona, and Zelda.

As I have not seen any commission details, I would like to inquire as to whether or not you would take a free request.

You're free to say no, but I feel that it's worth a try to ask.

If you accept, it will also be a redesign of Link, just from my own mind, as I sadly lack the artistic skill that you possess.
Hakuramen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Also another very cool and unique rendition. It really fits in with the description of your Zelda work and I especially like what you did with Link's classic hood and turned it into a.... hood. haha.

I notice that in Link's final outfit design, there is somewhat of an ocean/water motif going on? There are patterns on his sleeves and the side of his hood.

Should you ever revisit this, I'd certainly like to see your interpretation of Ganondorf and Zelda. Great work.
johntheoddball Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
kilian777 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
and the yellow ascot? What does that do?
martyisnothere Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
+2 to dapper.
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