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Painter XI/Wacom tablet.


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Hero's Shade from The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess. I might be working on another version of this (before his death).

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Kokiri-Hylian-Hero Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Bold, heroic, that owl, though. I really appreciate the shield and banner on his waist, there are some details that I wish I could have captured from the game, and this does that well, I think. This haz been faved.
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Inarjollyhound Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
The Hero's Shade is most definatley one of my favorite Zelda characters out there. Especially when you consider that he was once the Hero of time and everything he's gone through. Majora's Mask comes to mind more so than Ocarina of Time. It makes me truly wonder how it must feel to be stuck in a time loop where everything keeps almost being destroyed, and where you can't save everyone in a single loop. To say that had a bad time would be an understatement. This is what happens when a hero meets a terrible fate.


Time Traveling Skeletons are awesome!

Sanswinking 
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Kokiri-Hylian-Hero Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Also, do you remember when he taught the Shield Bash? He used magic...I wonder if our Link was going to do that in the game, Skyward Sword was the next LoZ game, right? Maybe that was just them opening the possibilities of the Hero of Time learning the Sword Beam, but I like to think that all Links could potentially do that.
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alithking Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Cool art work.
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Twero Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! He was one of the best moments of the Twilight Princess! Can't wait to meet him again in TP HD! :D
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Same here! Thanks! :)
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grimreape1 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2015
Such an awesome piece of one of the coolest and most unsung LOZ characters. Your level of detail is amazing, and I love that pose. Really hope you do another one from before his death as I really think this guy needs more love.
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
Thank you! I plan to do another version of him some point soon. Not sure when though.
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grimreape1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Nice! Thank's for replying.
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69BIGNASTY69 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
THIS IS SO FUCKING COOL
UGGGH THIS GAVE ME A HUGE FUCKING DAMN BONER
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BadgerTheDJCat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
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Reddsquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All the swirls and twirls...love it! :D
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GoldenFreddy1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Hero's Shade: No Link, I am your father Darth vader peixl icon 
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TomkyoStudios Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student General Artist
The Unmeurking
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
What is Painter XI? I hope that you don't believe that he's a Stalfos because he isn't. So many people assume that.
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Painter XI is a painting software. Just like Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai etc.
And I know he's not a stalfos :)
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SwanArt Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
He is a Stalfos actually. Young Link from OoT saved Hyrule and Termina. However both events reverted time so no one knew of the his heroics. After saving Termina Link continued his quest to find Navi's spirit in the lost woods. Unfortunately the mysteries of the woods took him. As it is said "The spirit of those who get lost in the Lost Woods will forever walk the earth as a Stalfos."
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krezyzorua Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
that is incorrect. Stalfos are mindless skeletal monsters that despise the living; a perversion of their living forms. The Hero's shade is just that, a shade, a ghost. He does not have a physical form and most certainly still has his mind. Even if he got lost and died in the Lost Woods, his spirit is already bound, in a sense, by Demise's curse (Skyward Sword) to the cycle of the Hero and both blessed and cursed by the goddesses because of his destiny. The curse of the Lost Woods would be too weak to overpower that kind of magic. Lastly, there is the grave of the cursed swordsman in the Hyrule Castle grounds, which is implied to be his final resting place, and his very ceremonial, but damaged, armor hints to a position of great status in Hylian society and most likely death in a battle. The shade's missing right eye also hints to this. If he died in the Lost Woods, it would be very difficult to recover his body to bury in Hyrule Castle. He may have still been affected by the curse of the Lost Woods in some way, but he's definitely not a Stalfos and the main reason his spirit is bound to the world is regret at not being able to pass on what he learned. Once he does this in Twilight Princess, his spirit is finally able to pass on, something which no Stalfos could ever do (well unless they are destroyed maybe).
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WOLFBLADE111 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. :)
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SummerVala Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! This is amazing. The details in this picture are so clear.
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Austin7613 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Link's past self come to pass down his skills.
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pollytheparrot46 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Writer
I have the song of healing stuck in my head right now, and feels really fitting with this picture. 
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InAmberClad Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Looks fantastic! I feel an uncanny connection between the armor and the Chozo from Metroid
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gojira4444 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Love it.
Always thought the whole Concept of the Hero's Shade was Awesome. 
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Aqua311 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
This is the Hero of Time in spirit form. Wonder why he chose that shape?
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
Well he's dead. Anyone would look like a zombie after that.
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Aqua311 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
True, but some dead characters have looked better.
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
Like Rottytops.
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Aqua311 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
That's not what I meant, but sure.
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Fidmaster Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
its the spirit of the hero of time trapeed, look at game theory majoras mask link is death theory.
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
Except that Game Theory is BS. There is so much evidence that goes against it www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO4CBA….
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Fidmaster Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
ANd so there is evidence suproting. ti IT is even said that Shade is the hero of time. and if stalfos are thsoe who died in the forest it makes sense. 
And why you guys so Angr about this, nto even i got so angry over the death of Roland.
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
Did you even check the link I gave you? It explains everything.
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Aqua311 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I don't do game theories. I preferred reading Hyrule Historia.
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Fidmaster Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
ok then ill tel you
link went looking fro navy in the dark forest he then fell into that tree. and died during his acceptance of deadth he expiierenced Majoras mask. BUt at the end he still couldnt accept not been able to shars his knowledge as a hero ttransformng into shade.
IN twlilight princess he teaches the new hero his abilities.
you can alsso find skull kid in the game.
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
Falling on a flower does no damage to Link so it didn't kill him.
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HawtLinkGasm64 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No offense but Game Theory isn't ALWAYS correct this is why I hate MatthewPatrick with a burning passion.
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Fidmaster Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
but that one does make snese, also notice its not the hero himself its his regret to not been able to pass by his abilities
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HawtLinkGasm64 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is the Hero of Time himself he's left handed like Link. Hyrule Historia confirms that it IS him also in Wind Waker The King of Red Lions says that the Hero of Time left the land that made him a legend. Regret? fuck Game Theory!
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Aqua311 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I've played Majora's Mask and I don't buy that. Besides, he left Termina at the end and returned to the forest with Epona and the Ocarina of Time, which were stolen.

Link was still a kid then and he didn't know the moves he taught TP's Link.

The truth is that we will never know what happened to Link on his journey to find Navi after Majora's Mask, but we do know that he chose to pass on what he learned in life to the next Hero.
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Fidmaster Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
just watch game theory
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JasonBall34 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Its absolutely positively wrong. The video is wrong.

The very same Hero's Bow made it to Hyrule. How does that happen if Link died in MM?

And, we've got the clear evidence he and Malon settled down in Kokiri Forest, what with the ranch, the horse's name, even the house looks the same. So yeah. Its wrong.
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Fidmaster Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
but how lnk surived the fal, how did epona surivived and appeared elsewhere, why isnt there any info of the hero of time burial, why does everything looks like drugs?, why does nobody else in hyrule worries about the falling moon.
all the NPC are the same cause its the only people he knew.

thats why the heros shade knew the fightstyle of the Hero, before any hyrule soldier knew them as they where later thought
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Imagination-that Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing, you've done a wonderful job.
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Half-a-pancake Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student General Artist
(It's been confirmed that's its link from oot, jus sayin)Free - Navi Fairy from Legend of Zelda One of the scariest zelda moments... EVER. Annoying Navi emote Annoying Navi emote Annoying Navi emote Annoying Navi emote -kill me now!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icontwilightwindwaker777:
Link is going crazy. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH °Д°!
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Half-a-pancake Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Yup
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theStyleWithin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
When I played Twilight Princess listening to what he said about being a former warrior and then finding that mysterious gravestone in Hyrule castle I figured he used to be Link maybe the Link from Majora's Mask.
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BigEdogg702 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
i was thinking it might have been his father who knws
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