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Terrible Fate (Deku Link) by hextupleyoodot Terrible Fate (Deku Link) by hextupleyoodot
I recently decided to purchase a Yiynova MVP22U, an emerging competitor to the Wacom Cintiq. I've never used a Cintiq before, but I'd been feeling limited by my Intuos4, and the Yiynova is less than half the price of a Cintiq. While it doesn't have some of the neat bells a whistles that a Cintiq has, it's color is excellent, and its pressure sensitivity is arguably better than Wacom's, which is what really counts for me.

This is the first piece I've produced on my new tablet. I've been watching a lot of LPs lately, and I got the idea for this while watching Chuggaaconroy's LP of Majora's Mask. Like my other interpretive work, I wanted to introduce elements that bring it into reality a bit more without sacrificing elements of the original design that aren't broken.

This is also the first time I've changed up my process to start with a complete, full detail render in grayscale and then add color after the fact. It seems to be a really common practice, but for some reason I've never done it. =P I really like the flexibility it grants, as it lets you focus on the theory behind the color and how it interacts with the light of the scene, whereas in my previous work, I've always worked in color from the get-go, with the exception of Pikachu, where I started in grayscale, but only because many of the source photos I used to give the fur detail had different color fur (understandably). Very freeing.

I really wanted to capture Link's sense of helplessness and loneliness. I tried to give Tatl a pose that communicates that she's not quite friends with Link yet, as Link's transformation into a Deku Scrub happened very early in the game, where Tatl was in cahoots with the antagonist. I carried over my design for Tatl from this piece.

I need to get better at anatomy...
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The piece is very strong in both concept and execution.

The rendering is very sharp and complete. The details are very carefully considered, all the way down to the wood texture, and the light reflecting off the leaves, and the subsequent grass sprouts.

The shading is subtle, and the saturated reflected light in both the blue and yellow give it a very good contrast of temperatures and moods. However, the shading loses the subtle color when nearing black. The piece could be better if more restraint was exercised on the use of 100% black in the darks of the figure, to help convey more sense of depth. This can been seen in the boots, which are expertly made.

Overall the piece is very strong, especially because of the glowing hollows on the deku face. It could possibly use a hint of forest, leaves or branches in the background, however subtle. This may however take away from the cinematic styling of the image.

Great work stranger!
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Zwirrlicht Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is freakin' awesome! :O
I instantly fell in love with this! ♥
Starlight-Glaxy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You met a terrible fate haven't you?...
//tries to hold in laughter but fails//I can't do it!HAHAH!BEN!HOLY COD,HOW DOES HE DO IT WITH A STRAIGHT FACE!?!AHAHAHAH !!!!!!
MechaMonstre Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Cool, man.
SilverClover188 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Kleiner-Schmetterlin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this looks SO awesome :la:! I love this 3D style :love:!
MrMadManiac Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist
"I'm your only friend,
I'm not your only friend,
but I'm a little glowing friend,
but really
I'm not actually your friend,
but I am..."

-"Birdhouse in your soul"
josegoncalo Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meema Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I had to give up on this game when I tried to play it back in the day. Could never figure out what to do after getting turned into a Deku scrub.
leontinees Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
You have to go the Great Fairy, she gives you magic, then wait till the clock opens at the third night and spite a bubble to Skullkid. He will drop the ocarina, you play the Time song and Happy Masks salesman will turn you back to kokiri. That´s just for a start.

I think you won´t regret it if you try to play it. I love that game, and going crazy waiting for it to be remade for the N3ds!
Maestrodelarte Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Artist
Ahhhh! Majora's Mask 3D confirmed!!!
Coming Spring 2015!!!!!
leontinees Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014
REALLY?! :omg: When, where, how...? Please tell me all! :eager:
Maestrodelarte Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Artist
March 2015, right after Star Fox Wii U, better graphics, character redesigns, same music but upgrated, better...umm...gameplay, and so coooooo!!!!
leontinees Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
I know!! :happybounce: I've already been spreading the news around too!
Maestrodelarte Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Artist
I'm waiting the N3DS remake too! I reccomend you playin OoT before playing this! It's too gorgeous!!
leontinees Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
I bought that game the same day it went on sale! :D I´ve already lost count of how many times I played it. I could even replay all the dungeons in my mind room by room.
Maestrodelarte Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Artist
Same case! But I cannot play it again, :( (My shield button does not work anymore) so I just keep doing silly stuff on the game :P
leontinees Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
OMG, how much I really sorry for you! :pat: I would suggest an emulator to play it again, but from experience I know it´s not quite the same... though still enjoyable.
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, that's too bad. It's my favorite Zelda. =P
RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once again you have shown us all why you are completely amazing. Great job. I love the subtle lighting and how Link's shadow shows a darker color on the other side of the light source. The way his hat flows down his back and across the ground also shows a sense of deep melancholy. 
TheGhost2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student General Artist
This turned out great! I might have to try that grayscale-to-color process as well.
Jeerassik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love the lightning and shadows
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