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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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:iconblusilvrpaladin:
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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:iconzeldabrony:
ZeldaBrony Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So epic! X3
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconzeldabrony:
ZeldaBrony Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Of course! X3
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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.
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:iconpaterack:
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?
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:icontam2u:
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.
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:iconpaterack:
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
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:iconl-master:
L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
great!
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconchadfuller:
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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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I loved doing this piece - I got the original LoZ for my 7th birthday, so I got to grow up right alongside Link!
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:iconchadfuller:
Chadfuller Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I can tell, so much fun, brings back a lot of good memories!
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:iconmoon-flower4022:
Moon-Flower4022 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is a brilliant idea. Nice work! :D
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmoon-flower4022:
Moon-Flower4022 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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:iconrcp90:
rcp90 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I like this, but I think it would be nice to see him in the various tunics as well besides the child green tunic
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If only I had more time :(
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:iconfireflykat:
fireflykat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I would hang this on my wall. In a cool frame. Centered so everyone can see it.
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I take that as a great compliment! Thank you!
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:iconsilvergoth:
silvergoth Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome!
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlady-platypus:
Lady-Platypus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
ALWAYS AWSOME!!!
Man,all these Links looks amazing!!
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thank you very much!
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:iconlady-platypus:
Lady-Platypus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconbrohugplz:
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:iconapriltwilightfreak:
AprilTwilightFreak Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love how this looks =D
Looks great :3 Legend of Zelda is (and will always be) my all-time favorite video game!
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it! LoZ will always be a special series to me - making this picture was a labor of love.
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:iconapriltwilightfreak:
AprilTwilightFreak Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=D You're welcome!
That's great :D X3
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:iconraize:
raize Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
This covers the main games pretty well, but I think you gotta include kid link in the third spot.

I think twilight princess had the best look. There is a lot I like about skyward sword for controlling link and clarity of graphics, but it went too cartoony I think. Feel like I am running link around in Mario Sunshine.
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Time permitting, I would have loved to include kid link from oot/mm, as well as others, but I had to make do. And to each their own! I loved Skyward Sword.
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raize Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Don't get me wrong. Skyward Sword is awesome, I just think that the art/color style in the game isn't as good as the look of Twilight Princess.
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:icontree-ink:
Tree-ink Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ocarina of time has/will always be/look the best for me
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gotta love how well it holds up, even after all these years
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:iconlindseyjoy:
LindseyJoy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student
its kinda funny how he suddenly got short in the middle :D
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What he lacks in stature, he makes up with heart (containers)
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:iconlindseyjoy:
LindseyJoy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student
lol true story
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:iconkunamichan:
Kunamichan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
All different and all the same, continue to fight and protect through time, Link!
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*SPOILER*



I love how they addressed that in Skyward Sword - even though it's something any Zelda fan could assume, it's interesting to see Nintendo explicitly address that notion while still weaving a good story around it. I'd love to do a Demise piece one of these days.
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:iconultimatemariolover:
Ultimatemariolover Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Legend of zelda, screw that, legend of link!
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:woot: Link rocks!
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:iconadamnorde583:
adamnorde583 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
quite an inspired look at the evolution of the one, the only and the mighty LINK!!!

fabulous artwork,nicely done.
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I love the journey Link has had over the past 25 years and I can't wait to see what's next!
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:iconadamnorde583:
adamnorde583 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
yeah, me too! i also would like to see where link goes from here!!
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:iconcontraltissimo:
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Haaaaa I've seen you working on this! Aoh wow! This end result is fantastic! :D Augh, well done well done! :clap:
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am as sincere as possible when I say thank you very much. I'm grateful to have people who have been watching along the way, people who are encouraging like you. Thank you!
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:iconcontraltissimo:
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
You're so welcome! :D I love seein' your artwork. :giggle:
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:icondrag0n-princess:
Drag0n-Princess Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
AWSOME!!!
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconkrizeros:
krizeros Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
aww, weres majora link D: STILL AWESOME
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:iconpaterack:
Paterack Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He's lumped in with OoT Link :P haha my apologies! If I had more time I would have loved to draw all depictions of Link.
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:iconkrizeros:
krizeros Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Meh its ok, but still, MAJORA LINK, think about it c:
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