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Link and Epona by SageFeathers Link and Epona by SageFeathers
In a Realm beyond sight,
The sky shines gold not blue.
There, the Triforce's might
Makes mortal dreams come true.

Close-up of Link's portrait can be found here: [link]

"The Sky Shines Gold"

This was meant to be for the 25th anniversary of one of my favorite game franchises of all time, The Legend of Zelda. It took me a little longer than I expected. I wanted to draw Link without all of his usual garb and weaponry -- sort of like after he's saved Hyrule and is taking a much deserved break. So, I dressed him in a simple tunic without a hat to accentuate his newfound freedom. For the setting, I placed Link in Hyrule Field from Twilight Princess. My favorite thing to do there was splash in the little ponds with Epona. I wanted to add a little ferocity to Link's eyes just like we see in his wolf form. I didn't use any references for his face to give myself a challenge. My brother helped me with his pose.

For Epona, I was greatly inspired by a kid's t-shirt I saw at a store. :P I've been studying up on horse anatomy lately, too, with muscle placement and all that happiness. I'm sure some things are off, but for the most part, I'm hoping I did Epona justice.

Happy 25th Zelda :)

Brushes used:

:iconsuper-tuler: 's awesome brush [link]
Thank you! :hug: It does wonders for skin texture!

Trees with some of my own modifications to them - midnightstouch/Brusheezy [link]
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Buizelstar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Don't worry, Epona's amazing! She's kind of cute; with that blank/happy stare that horses seem to give you. How did you manage to shade each strand of her mane individually?
SageFeathers Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Thank you! :) I used a combo of the smudge tool for volume and painting hair back on top for realism.
zeldaautumn Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Gorgeous Katrina, simply gorgeous. I can't draw horses lol well I did my first one a week ago.:P To me this is so lovely and I think you did Epona great justice. Link looks so intense.
SageFeathers Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
^^ I'm glad you like it! I had so many sketches of horses that just ended up in the trash before I was able to get the pose the way I wanted it and not have it look all wonky. I was walking past the children's clothing section and spotted a unicorn on a girl's t-shirt which helped me out with the foreshortening a bit. :P
Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
this is really nice
SageFeathers Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
^^ Gracias
Diewtiful Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Wonderful, I love it
SageFeathers Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Thank you! :)
Diewtiful Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
A pleasure
80markus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
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