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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.

Texture [link] provided by :iconwojtar-stock:

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
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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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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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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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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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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
great!
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Paterack Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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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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