The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker HD Skateboards and Print!

Nintendo’s remake inspired new work!

With Nintendo going forward with the remake of the timeless style of cell shading I decided to create some original art based on it. The Legend of Zelda is by far my all time favorite video game franchise. And The Windwaker was by far the most fun I had playing one.  Yes we all didn’t get the adult link we wanted, or the cool style that we were hoping, instead we got a younger link. Not any less of the Link we all know, just a different and new Link. The story is ever the same though quite different that what we ever experienced. A ocean covered world with hints of its historical past. Now this isn’t a review on the game. This is a post on the art that was inspired by the game.

For a few years now I have been painting custom skateboards. And few months ago I caught wind of a video game based show. And I thought to myself on what I should do. Painting a skateboard was a given for me but what game… Well Zelda of course! But which one? Do I go with my all time favorite A Link to the Past, or a fan favorite like Majora’s Mask or The Twilight Princess?  All three great games. but instead I had this idea of something fast, yet iconic…I thought of just painting Links Green Tunic. Then it hit me, The Wind Wakers art style is so graphic, flat, yet eye catching that it was a no brainer! So with that in mind I was very excited to begin. But with all things, time got in the way, and I had to push the idea onto the back burner while I dealt with some other things.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I just opened up my shop again. I uploaded some new designs and I was looking at my inventory, all based on previous pieces I have painted. But nothing new, nothing original. Then I remembered the Wind Waker project. And I got excited again. Now many of you may not know that aside from being a painter I am also a graphic designer, and vector art is a passion of mine.  Well it hit me that the Cell Shading style would be perfect as a vector based piece. So I instantly began creating in Illustrator CS6. And a few hours later I had Links green tunic. It was so much fun to do, I couldn’t just stop there. So I went onto his “Second Quest” outfit which is really just the out fit you start the game with. You can see them both here.

The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker Skate Boards Links Green Tunic and Second QuestWell I went to work the next day, I just couldn’t stop thinking about the Wind Waker. I mean I had Link done… I might as well finish it with Princess Zelda and Ganondorf right? Totally right! That night I went home, gathered my reference pictures and literally worked through the whole weekend finalizing both Princess Zelda, and Ganondorf seen here.

The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker Skate Boards Princess Zelda and Ganondorf

So you would think that I would finally be done right? Wrong, I realized that I actually had all three pieces of the triforce already created! I just had to HAD to do something with that notion. And so, I went ahead and created this piece, a print of the Triforce. Link with the triforce of “courage“, Zelda with “wisdom” and Ganondorf of course with “power.” For added details I re created the logo, used the ancient Hylian type found in the game, and re worked my digital signature in honor this Zelda Series.

If you’re interested in purchasing the boards, they are originally $89.99 each, but for a very limited time in honor of the remake of the game you can get them for $67.99 each! You can get them here. And if you’re interested in the print… I am currently working on getting the coloring right for printing. When they are ready they will be available for purchase through my Etsy store here.

Thanks for reading
-Tom Ryan’s Studio

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