I decided that I needed to put out a short blog post with a roundup of my illustrations from the recent Legend of Zelda miniseries that I put out. I have a couple of charcoal drawings in am ore fine art style and the rest are ink and watercolour pieces.
The Legend of Zelda is a subject of inspiration that I will continually revisit over time as I love the story, the franchise and the massive nostalgia points I get each and every time. That’s without mention of the absolutely incredible Zelda community which alone is reason enough to create Zelda artworks!
I wouldn’t have worked on a series of as many piece as I did this time around though if it wasn’t for the nudge and inspiration from Joel Siegel over at Linktober – The fact that he put on the Zelda Creator Con and gave me a place within it gave me a massive boost as well as in incentive to get truly stuck in, even putting my Geisha series on hold for a short time.
Continuing on with my Legend of Zelda miniseries, I decided to add a piece into the mix with more of a fine art vibe to it. So far I’ve worked up a few ink and watercolour illustrations with a few more planned, this piece however is a charcoal drawing; with the intention of later being an oil painting.
Every now and then I am suddenly and unexpectedly hit with surges of nostalgia, and having art and illustration as my choice medium of outlet, this usually always results in artwork. Sometimes just a doodle of scribble, sometimes a painting; and occasionally a series.
This is the case with this miniseries, I also will be adding a few more pieces to this set as well using different media; as I have been accepted into the upcoming Zelda Creator Con by Linktober!
Anyway, before I keep rambling on like the Great Deku Tree, let’s see some art…
A couple of weeks ago I finally got around to attending a life drawing session. They are few and far between in the county that I live in, traveling to London isn’t a realistic option so I have to rely on local sessions; having found one only a 20 minute drive from home I am now set on making it a habit.
We’ll begin today’s post with the results of that life drawing session, I haven’t drawn from a live model since I was in college so I had a lot of loosening up to do and rust to clean off, I think I’ll fair better after a few more sessions…
In case you have missed parts I and II you can find them by Clicking Here.
Since posting Part II last week I have been busy sketching and further figuring out the elements that I want to include in the painting that will be the final result of this short project; I have got a final sketch completed in order to use it as a reference for things like tone, composition and so on.
I’m pleased with the result I came up with for the environment in which Link is placed, I wanted it to be a scene inspired by the Lost Woods, with some swamp elements to give the narrative that extra touch of atmosphere.
There are a couple of things that I will change for the painting but other than that, this is how the final artwork will look, but with colour. I have been toying with the idea of whether to use watercolours or oil for the painting, I have settled on using watercolours as my chosen medium; I had a lot of fun using them in the studies that I created for Part I, so that twisted my arm a bit.
I’ll be starting on the painting as soon as possible and as soon as it underway I’ll be publishing another post, until then, take care and thanks for visiting!
Since the last post for this project I have spent some time developing ideas for a final painting; there has been a lot to think about and weigh up during this stage of the project and a lot of sketching.
Decisions have had to be made on the pose of the figure, composition, scenery/environment, medium, colours, surface and probably a bunch of other stuff that I’ve forgotten at this point.
Anyway without further ado, let’s jump straight into the process of this stage and take a look at where it is heading.
This latest endeavour of mine is inspired by the incredibly captivating and masterfully crafted videogame series, the Legend of Zelda.
I found myself at a bit of a stalemate with my last project after being away from it for so long, so in order to rejuvenate that creativity I thought it would be best to move on and start something new and exciting; thus I eventually came to the idea of creating a Legend of Zelda inspired painting for my portfolio.
In this part of the project I have covered a fair amount of sketches and a couple of watercolour studies of Link (the main protagonist of the series) and I am ready to begin working on some more sketches and drawings for a final painting.
Without further ado, here is the stuff that I’ve done so far –
I recently felt inspired to do some Legend of Zelda artwork and have spent some time over the past couple of weeks doing little sketches and drawings of Link; the main protagonist of the series.
It has been a very enjoyable process and I decided that I’ll most likely work up a more detailed drawing and get a painting done to add to my portfolio, I had actually forgotten how much of a Legend of Zelda fan I was as a youngster and it feels exciting to be working on a piece of art inspired by one of my favourite video games of all time.
I’ll be publishing a post with my work so far real soon but for now I thought I’d share some of the work of other artists that I’ve come across during my research; these artworks are nothing short of awe-inspiring and each one holds a very strong narrative.