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A portrait I did of Zelda from Twilight Princess back in May. It's meant to be part of a three part group. I'm sure you can guess the other two, which are coming ;p I really dug that they each had their own swords in the last game, and wanted to do something with that, which is the reason for the sword here. Also, tried out a more realistic style (I was not going for total realism of course) and working line-lessly, which I rarely attempt. Also I'll be selling this print at Otakon later this month. :aww:

I'm not sure that the colour is coming out very nicely, feels a little dingy. I don't want it to be super vibrant though, any comments on the overall colour would be much appreciated. And comments and Crits more than welcome. :}

I'm excited for Skyward Sword! Are you? :eager:

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FMLRawr Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful OuO
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Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What is her sword called?
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Queen--Zelda Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The royal sword. This type of sword's blade is made for direct stabs and ceremonies. Like knighting.
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Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Sensei Zelda :bow: 
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Queen--Zelda Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome.
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I remember looking it up before but from what I can remember it doesn't have a specific name and is usually just referred to as Zelda's Sword.
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Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well if you google that all you get is the master sword
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UseTheBrakes Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
I simply don't have words for this...
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AkhMorn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
this is beautiful. The rendering and colors came out so nicely. Awesome work!
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shredhead5 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I wonder & hope that they are thinking about dressing me up like a girl, another Princess <3
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Waterscolors Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012   General Artist
Awesome work. Truly.
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Kur58 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student General Artist
why does she look so gorgeous? D: I've seen other absolutely beautiful Zelda art. But this one is special, I totally adore her face. It's unique, special and wonderful D:
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MandyNeko Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Beautiful!
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Phardil Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
The colors are so intense and rich! Great job!
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tropicana-banana Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
The detail is lovely, nice work capturing different textures of her clothes and skin. The colours work well with this piece, neither too dull nor too vibrant!
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ravekitten Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Suuuuch detaillll. I adore this.

~K@
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NovaMirage Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, great coloring! Very magical!
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work on the design of the outfit that Zelda is wearing. I especially like how you did the posing of the sword that she's holding in her left hand. You coloured her really well! :aww:
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
This is beautiful! You captured Zelda's elegance so wonderfully it's amazing! The detail on this are simply incredible--from her armor to her dress, nothing is out of place. I really love the beautiful design of this, along with the "almost realism" style you went for. It certainly captures that cartoon look Zelda has always had with the detail of Twilight Princess. I also really love the glow and the shower of sparks above her. Personally, I think the colors look fine, especially the gold. If you're really worried about it, I would suggest maybe making her hair more like a dirty blonde like it was in the game, instead of the brown her Brawl design used. Regardless, this looks amazing! You can count on me of buying a print at Otakon :D
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful portrait; your coloring is very smooth and crisp, which gives the entire picture a polished look that suits her regality. You did a great job capturing a demeanor of confidence and grace in her expression and attitude.

Because you specifically asked for comments on the colors, I will say that there are a couple of things that could be changed to make this more dynamic. First, while the tone in the picture is generally good, the color of the gold armor is too close in tone to the color of her skin; this is most apparent in the sword being held against her chest, where the lightest part of the hilt could almost blend in with her skin if it weren't a slightly different hue. Second, most of the picture uses gray shading (with some exceptions, like the blue backlight and the red you’ve used to shade her cheek and ear—which look really nice), and gray does usually make colors look dingy. The best way to bring out colors is to use other colors; try shading with different hues instead of a darker version of the base color. It also helps unify an image when colors are found throughout the picture instead of in just one place; for example, her dress is the only purple part of the picture and her hair is the only brown part, which isolates both colors in the overall color “theme”. You could have her gold armor reflecting some of that purple or use a similar purple to shade the lighter parts of her clothing; you could give her hair a bit of reddish shading like you did with the face; you could do almost anything to spread the colors around the image so that it has a more consistent theme. It helps a lot to decide on a color palette before you start working, and stick to using variations of those colors.

Now I'm not the most accomplished artist myself, but I've been trying to learn more about color lately, and it's an interesting subject to talk about. This is still a very nice and clean portrait on its own, and she does look gorgeous. =)
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qstarfire Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice work!
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naochandoodles Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome pic :D I love the details and colours
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Kyuzeth Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Again, incredible work. I simply love these pieces and I can't wait to see Ganondorf. :)
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Know-Kname Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
very beautiful work
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SheikfreakIvan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really beautiful
her jawline helps her facial features stand out a lot
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KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm very excited for Skyward Sword as well; excellent artwork like this helps fan the flames. :-)
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LinkFan16 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I wonder why I haven't seen this piece yet, it's a must see and really stunning work. the details are so crisp and clear, really I pull my hat for you
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thecapturedspy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this is gorgeous! great job with all the detail in her outfit. :0 and I love the way you painted her face! <3
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EqualToYou Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I do prefer her as a brunette.
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Kyuzeth Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Me too. The blonde Zelda from SSBM didn't really look great.
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kerosenekate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
...I am completely unhelpful at the moment: HAWT.
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are never unhelpful Kate! Thanks hehe! :aww:
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99rupees Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh and SO excited for skyward sword. it looks awesome c:
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally, me too. I'm really looking forward to it. The story concept seems really interesting so far, and I love that the characters all seem to have tons of personality! Not to mention killer designs :D
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99rupees Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes!! i love the idea of the skyloft world, and the flying (:

i'm sure a lot of people are put off by it, but i find it interesting that zelda isn't royalty, but link's friend in this game. and her design is so cute :iconaawplz:

hopefully it doesn't keep getting pushed back!
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99rupees Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is fantastic! i love the light flecks in the background.

as for the colors, i think they look fine! you could always play with a color filter or overlay, that's what i usually do. though my work tends to be vibrant xD

kudos to you, btw. lineless painting is hard! you did excellent!
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! I think I will play with it a bit more before I send it to the printer, hopefully I can get it to look a little more like what I wanted. ;)
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99rupees Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're very welcome!

i hope you get it to come out the way you want. (:
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knight-belle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
I love the coloring; you did an AWESOME job on this c:
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
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bburde2 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
beautiful
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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bburde2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
np
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teliiii Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THAT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFULLLL!!!!!
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you!
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Morning-Strawberry Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing art! I love everything about this! :wow:
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe ~ I'm so glad! Thank you :meow:
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Morning-Strawberry Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! :huggle:
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raaawhr Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
that is so beautiful.
amazing job!
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sketchtastrophe Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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