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Ganondorf by d-torres Ganondorf by d-torres
This is easily one of my favorite characters. Ganondorf is the classical evil enemy, greedy and seeking to conquer all the land, and bound everyone to it's will. The gerudos are an interesting race in terms of visual and i always wanted to paint this fire head dark king. My first encounter with him was on Ocarina of Time, and i remember like if it were yesterday, Link and Zelda spying on the king's court window and seeing this man pretending to be a king's ally, on his knees, and then suddenly he turns his head to the camera and sees you.

That gave me the creeps when i had 12. That pure evil look, seeing through your soul with that cynical smile on his face. That is what i tried to represent here. Ganondorf is power on the triforce, brute force, so he needed to be massive in a way. The background needed to be almost pure black, like if he is emerging from the darkness over a flaming ground. His pale face is something very odd and terrifying too but i really wanted to give that red-dark light feel to represent his evilness, so when you see his face, it's covered on a malice red light. This is not the guy you'll want to mess with. That wraps up the first set. I hope you like it!

Make sure to check the step by step on my blog:

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Given 2012-03-16
Ganondorf's expression sends shivers down my spine. What a fantastic portrait! Fan Art by ~Toguza ( Suggested by Sarky-Sparky and Featured by alexandrasalas )
VespyFox Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't matter what Zelda game I play, OoT or Wind Waker, this evil man still manages to give me the creeps. I think you achieved what you were going for in this piece, especially with the background. The detail to his face is perfect and I can't help but think the left side of his face is far more terrifying than the right side. Also, I adore the headpiece. You did an amazing job here! Hug 
d-torres Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Thanks a lot VespyFox, for oyur feedback. It's a very important piece for me too. :)
3DemonEntertainment Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  New member Professional General Artist
This is spectacular!! Great job on getting the mood just evil! :D
d-torres Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Thanks! :)
XTApocalypse Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thought it only right to let you know that I used a modified version of this image (with credit, of course) for a creepypasta of mine located here.…

Hopefully, this is with your blessing. If not, please let me know--I can always find another image if need be, but yours just captures him so perfectly for my purposes, and is only just recognizable if you already know who you're looking for when tweaked.

I actually don't think this piece is that sinister or intimidating at all, compared to the face he usually wears. It's much softer... ambitious, certainly, but in a way that could almost be mistaken for benevolence. Rather than the usual, generic, "I am evil" visage, to me it transmits more of a feeling of "you have no idea what he's really thinking in there." Combined with his ambition, that could even be considered more unnerving than if he were drawn with the exaggerated evil expression.
d-torres Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
No problem, as long as you insert the credit when the image appears.
Profeta-Loco Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing O.O
d-torres Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Thanks! :)
PenosAndValentina Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh the evil! The horror!
Lozel-Da-Artist Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Very realistic! You can almost see in his eyes what he's thinking!
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