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Going through this portrait i realized how much Link reseambles Peter Pan. The elf fairy tale look, in a mixture with an adult Peter Pan (considering Adult Link of course). Specially when you try to draw a realistic fairy beside him, then you start to see Peter Pan and Tinker Bell more clearly. When i thought about his expression i did a lot of ideations, trying to find what felt like the right one. The funny thing is that Link is really too neutral, and that was and still is one of the major choices regarding gameplay from Mr. Myiamoto. It's easier to feel empathetic to him, and i always liked that. Link represents courage, and the will to keep going, so i tried to imply some subtle courageous look, but still neutral, not a exaggerated fierce look, proud, cocky, nothing like that.

I thought it would be also nice to have a suggestion on the background, to give scale to the picture and give more complexity than a simple plain color. Had great fun doing this. Hope you like it!

Make sure to check my blog to see it step by step:

blog.dudutorres.com.br/

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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees the Peter Pan resemblance :D Great job with this though!
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d-torres Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Thanks! :)
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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
No prob ;)
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theskittyninjatale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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DanaNicole96 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really beautiful!!! :heart:
I love how realistic he looks!
And I think you were right not to make him look proud. I think Link is just the opposite. :aww:
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:icond-torres:
d-torres Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thanks! Glad you liked it. If you're interested in prints i'm selling them on my blog. Take a look at the link: blog.dudutorres.com.br/?page_i…
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DanaNicole96 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :aww:

Ok, thanks for telling me! :)
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Lolliepopie Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;w; So awesome.
The creator said that he was based off Peter Pan actually. :3
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:icond-torres:
d-torres Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Thanks! Yeah, making him realistic makes it even more explicit to a Peter Pan design.
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Lolliepopie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob. :3
True. .3.
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
His lips are a little too red, like he's wearing lipstick. I think he would've looked better if his mouth was the relatively the same skin tone as the rest of his face. Other than that, this is an amazing picture, one of the very few realistic Link portraits I've found. :)
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d-torres Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thanks a lot for all your thoughtfull feedbacks VoadorChama. Looking back at this portrait now, i already see so much i would have done different. But i guess that's part of aknowledging process. Thanks for putting your time in this feedbacks. I'm arranging a print series for the Zelda Fan Art. Be sure to stay tuned to the posts!
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I only saw one mistake. Everything else looks perfect. :) I look forward to the series; what's it going to be about?
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d-torres Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
It will be a print sale of the zelda portraits i've done. Those posted and some more new to come.
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. I don't buy prints, but it'll be interesting to see the artwork. :)
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Powalski13 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! keep it up! so awesome
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ph-valadares Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Incrível... Quando eu crescer quero ser tão habilidoso quanto vc... kkkk
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d-torres Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
KKKK...o lance é praticar. Brigadão aí! :)
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mortimermcmirestinks Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This

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jemms2012 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
his face are may be to old !
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marneythecargirl Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang you Toguza!!!
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NeaShine Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Best. Link. Ever.
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samgadams Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I've always imagined Link with more boyish features, but you certainly did a great job on this illustration. Your Ganondorf one was better, though. You're definitely improving :)
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Heh, he is kinda like Peter Pan isn't he? :laughing:

Something I just noticed, that I really like about this picture, is how you've got him looking a little less than pristine. I can see all the stains in his clothes from roughing it all over, and even a few nicks in the fabric! :noes: But the determined look in his face really ties it together with his Courage theme. :D Things are gonna get nasty, but he's gotta be brave! :la:

And I agree on the neutrality thing! I think that's one of the things that makes Link such a special character to play: he can be whoever you want him to be; he's totally tailorable to your own interpretation of the game as you play through. :) Great job. :D
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:icond-torres:
d-torres Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Thanks a lot. That was the idea. :)
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Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012   General Artist
this is fantastic ^^ that's the great thing about Link. :) he's a great character.
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soduxue Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That is so cool :)
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LinkofSkyloft17 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is soo cool!I have no words of awe to describe this!!!
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PepperParty Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My childhood (and current) hero! You chose a good expression for him, and I'm glad that you chose this one. He's so cool! X3
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twilightlinkjh Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! a truly realistic looking Link- love how you did the lighting around the face, it really makes him come alive
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AnaPaulaDBZ Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Muito show *-* Esse Link ficou muito lindo :love: Tomara que eu encontre um desses no Anime Friends pra fazer par cmg kkkkkkkkkkkkk
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sebastianhaze Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
very nice work
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:icond-torres:
d-torres Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks!
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S-a-k-u-r-a-Haruno Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy shit ö_ö.. AWESOME :love:
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DarkEchelon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, this is a very hard character to pull off realistically. You did a really good job on this! :D :+fav:
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d-torres Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Thanx a lot!
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wasisme Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
what program did you use?
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:icond-torres:
d-torres Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
I always paint with Corel Painter, and use Photoshop as a complement to tweak the image.
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wasisme Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
thanks. It looks good.
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d-torres Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Thanx!
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