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Battle for the Triforce III by mattleese87 Battle for the Triforce III by mattleese87
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Listen to this static.zreomusic.com/music/Sou… while viewing for maximum effect! Courtesy of Zelda Reorchestrated.

This is a piece that I have been somewhat actively working on since October, but have had limited time due to other work. However, it is also part of a series of pieces featuring the same scene bit.ly/MVzPUg. My last attempt done in 2005 was lacking in many areas including overall accuracy, and I felt that with the release of Skyward Sword, all of the 25th Anniversary Legend of Zelda stuff, and the excitement of putting together my own Dungeons & Dragons-style table-top Zelda game, it was about time to show off my skills again with a revival of this project. Another thing that also contributed to the creation of this piece was the release of high-resolution official artwork from Ocarina of Time, in particular, that of Ganon www.zeldawiki.org/images/3/3b/… . I could now get the accuracy I wanted and use the talent I had been honing throughout my time at the College for Creative Studies.

I cannot even fathom the number of hours I've spent on this, but it is considerable. The Master Sword and Hylian Shield alone took at least 20 hours each. I wasn't going to settle for anything short of perfection this time around. Everything in this image I drew from the ground up except for the manipulated ground and sky textures, which were taken from photographs. I also used textures to enhance the quality of metal, leather, cloth, skin, and horns.

For the art critics looking at this, my desire was to portray the dread and anticipation of an epic battle with the King of Evil reborn as a demon. I think anyone who has played the game felt the same way when Ganondorf rose from the dead and transformed into a monstrous beast before their eyes. I've seen many other depictions of the battle that are more action-packed or stylized, but my primary goal was accuracy, providing a sense of nostalgia for that moment, and recreating it in a way that gamers imagined the battle looking in real life.

For you die-hard Zelda fans out there, you may notice a few things that are different. The Master Sword I used is the design from Twilight Princess / Skyward Sword, mostly because it just looks so much more epic and finished than the simple design from Ocarina of Time. Also, the scabbard is from the design of those games, but this is mostly due the fact that I feel that Nintendo has desired to make the new design canon (since that scabbard design is in games that take place before and after Ocarina chronologically). Link is also wearing chainmail beneath his green tunic, which I felt would probably be more likely for an adventurer who is somehow able to withstand many enemy strikes (and once again is present in TP / SS). Navi actually has a physical humanoid body, as opposed to a simple winged, glowing orb. Fairies are clearly seen to have humanoid bodies in most of the other games, as well as the Great Fairies within Ocarina, so I felt for realism's sake, Navi should have a body. I attempted to give a little bit of a "forest fairy" flair to her, similar to the Great Fairies, but lesser. And finally, I added the Gerudo symbol to the Golden Gauntlets, mostly because they were admittedly rather plain and I felt that since the Silver Gauntlets were found in the Spirit Temple and Golden ones in Ganon's Castle, they might be of ancient Gerudo origin themselves.

Anyway, please leave feedback!

AND THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR AWESOME COMMENTS!!! :D I'm really feeling the love and I appreciate everyone's kind words. I'm honored to have received another DD with this piece!


Also, see the below alternate version with control interface: fav.me/d56rtwo
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Given 2012-07-20
Battle for the Triforce III by *mattleese87 has great attention to lighting, texture and a dynamic atmosphere. ( Suggested by Malfey and Featured by Lyricanna )
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The detail on this piece is rather speachless. The bliss and fear of a toe-curling, teeth-gritting battle is all in this artwork, from Princess Zelda's face to Link's grip. truely amazing job on Zelda's expression, and on Link's chainmail. The scratches on the shield left my jaw open in pure amazment. Good work, It looks better than the original artwork! Ganondorf looks as snarly and much as a "Jerk-off" as he did in the heat of the battle. I remember it all, and for the release of Ocarina of Time 3d's sake, Zelda's hair actually FLOWS like it would in realaity. You even included THAT!! This is just breathtaking!!

Sorry for my bad english.
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You have done such an excellent job on this scene that it is hard to find the right way to compliment your artistic talent! Words like "astonishing", "incredible", and "breathtaking" are not strong enough.

There are so many amazing details in this work that it literally draws the viewer's eyes to scan each and every one of them. The fold's of Link's tunic and Zelda's dress were very skillfully done. The individual strands of hair and the ripped muscles of Beast Ganon's form are very realistic and proportional. The clouds give this piece a very dark and brooding atmosphere, which is very fitting to the main idea and theme of the final battle of Ocarina of Time. The shading on everyone and everything were done just right. I also like that you gave Navi a visible form within the glow, rather than making her just a ball of light with wings.

To sum it up I love everything about this picture, and I hope you are as proud of this accomplishment as I am! I wish the best of luck to you and any future works you may produce. It has been a pleasure critiquing this!
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animegurloli Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xDDDDDDD
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KeeperoftheKeys92 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
This is so bad ass!! *_* I never thought of this fight as the battle for the Triforce though. XD. It was more like Ganondorf just trying to kill Link out of hatred and Link defending himself and Zelda. Anyway amazing work! :)
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KeIIion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
such a perfect and excellent idea , such a perfect picture


would love to see Link killing some Lizalfos or dinolfos 
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vtfawkes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
This is amazing.
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CattyGothLoli Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Wow, this is amazing. Fantastic job!
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:iconaricafoix:
AriCaFoix Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding! really fantastic!
Man, I don't know where to start, everything is beautiful on this drawing! so many details, the lights and shadows... the colors..!

I can just say congratulations to you, amazing work, really ;)
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demonfiren Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Update noted.

What changed?
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:iconmattleese87:
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I updated the description to include a link to where you can purchase this as a 12" x 18" print, in case anyone was interested :) 
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:iconkingkong30:
kingkong30 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Amazing job. Really beautiful design
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Dark-Coco Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Wow the detail is amazing! :D
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:iconfrankryuzaki:
frankryuzaki Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
ohhh my god!!! :O so awesome
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:icondisciple85:
disciple85 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014   Artist
You have taken my favourite game of all time, and made a truly epic masterpiece. I love it! I want it! Words cannot express how this piece of art makes me feel… thank you so much.
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extreme Epicness! 
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:iconvasheren:
Vasheren Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is pretty much the coolest thing I have ever seen, thank you for creating it ;w;
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:iconramman05:
Ramman05 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Fantastic!!
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:icontheblackhood:
theblackhood Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
my word, this is really great art!
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GamerMiki Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This has to be the best Legend of Zelda art piece I'll ever seen. Really. It's perfection. 
Also, can I be your understudy? lol
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:iconmattleese87:
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, thank you! I'm honored :)
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SnowWhiteQueen2000 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
AWESOME!!!!!!!
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RarityDarlingPony Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really cannot tell you how much I love this piece. It is absolutely breathtaking - everything about it. One of my favorite deviations I've ever seen on this website. You should be very proud.
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DeadFantasyFreak Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is spectacular. Absolutely breathtaking art! The image looks so realistic and your focus on the detail just completely blows me away. I love everything about this piece! I just recently finished Ocarina of Time, once again, and this makes me want to start another playthrough.

Amazing job!:clap:
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OokamiTsukiRyuu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Dude. This looks like it would make awesome game design. It looks so CG. Like... BAM. Is it a game photo? Or fan art? I couldn't tell. Love it
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Nakumah Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yep. That was the most epic battle in the zelda saga.
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Bluesky96 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
OMG :faint: THIS IS AMAZING!! :D this is one of my favorite games of all time!! :squee: there is so much detail and....OH- i love it!! :iconiloveitplz:
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KillerInstinct12 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is...THIS IS! Incredibly AWESOME! Damn! EPIC!
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Aidec-Naberrie Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. This is perfect. :D In my opinion it's the best Zelda pick on DA. Great details. 5 out of 5. :star::star::star::star::star:. Great job. :clap:
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lukejames70 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
ABSOULTLY AWESOME
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Timebandit64 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
OMG AMAZING I LOVE YOUR WORK!!!! Any chance that you will be continuing this :D ???? Perhaps the other bosses from OOT :D ????
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:iconnesetalis:
nesetalis Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
There seems to be a bug on your shoulder good sir. May I swat it for you?
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BurGroBro Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Yeeeeup how I remember it. (Though last time I was here was maybe 2 weeks ago xD)
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:iconadrianfarenheittepes:
I swear Ganon looks like a PC WRPG type boss. :O
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FierceDeityLink32 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Epic, simply epic! Love it!
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bobekite Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesomely cool :D
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:iconmastergamer616:
mastergamer616 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
this is AMAZING! May I use this in my videos?
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:iconmattleese87:
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll give you the same deal as everyone else: you can use it as long as it isn't used for your own profit and you credit me as the artist (Matt Leese, www.mattleese.com).
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Stripesandangelwings Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The work put into this is absolutely phenomenal, and adding the music for effect made this really awesome. :D
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that-short-guy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Incredibly nice work.
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PseudoTwili Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Ooooooh! This is stunning! My jaw just dropped to the floor!
I can tell you worked long and hard at this. It is perfect!

May I use it for something?
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:iconmattleese87:
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You can use it as long as it is not for your own profit and if you credit me as the artist. Thanks!
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cesarer92 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is Just SO AMAZING! :D
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0pt1cal Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Hello there. I just would like to say I absolutely LOVE this. The attention to detail is simply astounding. The *best* fan art of LoZ i have ever seen.


And Zelda Universe shared you on Facebook!

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:iconmattleese87:
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for for the comments and letting me know about the Facebook share!
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Dead-Beliefs Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is some of the best Zelda fanart I've ever laid eyes on. It's...breathtaking! This was one of the most epic scenes in any Zelda game, and I think you did a great job depicting it :)
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Jxudo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
This is one of the GREATEST fan artworks I've ever seen. Props to you. Amazing amazing work!!!
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lukejames70 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
ABSOULUTELY EPIC!!
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wrath9 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
This is just epic beyond comparison.....There just to many details for me to properly address...so I leave it at a simple awesome.....
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Devilchild93 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Awesome
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Mega-X-stream Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student General Artist
HOLY SH*T!!!! That's beyond amazing or something.. I don't even know...
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Lwiis64 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist
I can honestly say this is the BEST Zelda artwork I have ever seen. The most epic match deserve an artwork like this. You have no idea how exited I am just to see such a masterpiece. Great job!
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