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The Evolution of Link by Paterack The Evolution of Link by Paterack
Here's the project I had been working on, for the better part of 2 months...took so long due to new jobs, artist's block, a WoW 10 day trial, and other things of that nature. But it's finally finished!

This was requested by a friend of mine, who commissioned me to do several pictures, this one being the major one, and I am eternally grateful for his patience. Obviously a play on the "Evolution of Man", Link has progressed throughout the years and I tried to capture the look of each game to the best of my ability.

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Link, Zelda, the Master Sword, Hylian shield, and all that jazz are property of Nintendo!
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I like the way you accounted for the transition between the second and third link. It looks like you were trying to point out how he went from being a 2 Dimensional figure, to a 3-D model.
And I also like the way you showed the transition in design for his weapons and armour.

However, there are a couple things I'd like to point out. I think there are a couple of areas where his anatomy looks alittle squashed--especially on the most recent incarnation. Also, you forgot to account for the fact that Link has also been a brunette in the past.

Overall, it's fantastic. I'd say it's even worthy of a DD, and it's definitely going into my favorites gallery.
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ZeldaBrony Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So epic! X3
Paterack Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
ZeldaBrony Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Of course! X3
tam2u Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I love this piece, my daughters boyf4riend received a framed print of this yesterday for his Birthday and when I was told it had been done by a deviantART member I had to find the person who created it. Amazing work. My kids have all grown up with Zelda and I have watched Link "grow-up" as well. Fantastic piece.
Paterack Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Link is probably my favorite videogame character and I always love seeing new generations pick up the Zelda series. Do you know where he got the framed picture from?
tam2u Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
His brother bought it at a con in Orlando and it is signed by what we believe to be you LOL---- Jake works at Epcot if that helps.
Paterack Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh okay! I do several of the shows here in Orlando and he very well could have picked one up from there.

Side note, I LOVE Epcot - the wife and I have season passes :D
L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Paterack Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Chadfuller Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
too cool! brings back to many fun memories of playing the games=D
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