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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… 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 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… . 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:
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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 Pepperoonie and Featured by Lyricanna )
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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matanui2100 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude this the best image ever
Alonedite Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaahhhh..... That memory of the first met with Ganon ;-) good work!!!!!!
Randomart01 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Awesome. Just like a movie scene. The detail is incredible. Just awesome, good job guy! ^^
syd-draws Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!! :D 
ZombieReaper Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I doubt I can say anything that hasn't already been said by now, but I didn't want to just fave and leave it. The details on the cloth and shield are especially well-done, and the perspective is seriously brilliant in that it gives off that almost-hopeless/incredible-odds feeling that you get when you hit this battle in the game. I always love seeing fanart of this scene, as it's such a classic. I've seen quite a bit of art in this particular realm already, but I just never tire of it. I doubt I ever will. ^_^
iiTrapKvngggg Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Really good stuff
pokepoet64 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Best thing...since sliced bread...
SammySenpai Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
This is awesome! LoZ for lyfe!!!
MaxGeo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome *---*
heromomo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
i like it
Ryuu-no-Hane Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist
This is utterly amazing.
Pupavegan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, very impressive! This must have been a lot of work! Such talent!
shojoboy1024 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student
No words! It is that badass
fullerjames Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
this is so awesome
Nighteba Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eeeexcellent.... :)
maleficmistress Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Dude this is so bad ass!
CaseyOon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
This is really nice. Hard to find epic art like this. But zelda's face does not look like her twilight princess/smash bros counterpart.
Zemium Featured By Owner Edited Dec 4, 2015
this is amazing! 

slowdragon25 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
bubagoop Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
amazing and super full of detail
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
WOW this is awesome!!!
HylianNobody Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist
Are you sell8ng this!? This is some BADASS ART!!
TwilightPrincess88 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:omfg: HOLY SH.... THIS IS... I CAN'T EVEN
THIS IS SO AMAZING OMF :heart::heart::heart::heart:
Antogames Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Student Interface Designer
The ultimate final battle in all the Zelda game!
SylvianFox Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I find it intriguing how you decided to give Navi a body! I see you mentioned why in your description, I just wanted to say how cool that is and how I never thought of that! It does make more sense that she would have a body.
GirlOnFiyah Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know what else to say, but this is BRILLIANT! Very good job!
animegurloli Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KeIIion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Writer
such a perfect and excellent idea , such a perfect picture

would love to see Link killing some Lizalfos or dinolfos 
vtfawkes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
This is amazing.
CattyGothLoli Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Wow, this is amazing. Fantastic job!
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 ;)
demonfiren Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Update noted.

What changed?
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 :) 
kingkong30 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Amazing job. Really beautiful design
Dark-Coco Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Wow the detail is amazing! :D
frankryuzaki Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
ohhh my god!!! :O so awesome
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.
shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extreme Epicness! 
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;
Ramman05 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
theblackhood Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
my word, this is really great art!
AquarelleSplash 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
mattleese87 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, thank you! I'm honored :)
SnowWhiteQueen2000 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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.
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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