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For some reason I've always really liked that area right before the entrance to Dragon Roost Cavern. There's something haunting about the atmosphere at the dried spring, with the withered bomb flowers and the flying embers in the air.
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LeVeuveNoireISBACK Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I just love Medley ^.^

She was just so sweet
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aubrey486 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Medley!!!
lol look at link.Link La 
great job!
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aquanut Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha yeah, he's trying his hardest. xD Thank you!
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CelloGalaxy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Yeah, this part always looked really cool. Amazing art! The colors and lineart are just fantastic <3
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aquanut Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, loved the atmosphere in the area. Thank you very much! I'm really glad you like it. :D
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Gale-OneOfMany Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Link's pose in the background XD
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aquanut Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaa I'm glad you like it! xD
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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What a beautiful tribute to Wind Waker! I love it!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! :D
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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love it! Thank you!
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VioVi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute! <3
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aquanut Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
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SubzeroChimera Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
My favourite little wind-waker area was the one room hidden in ice-ring isle. It was so cold and misty, everything was frozen and calm in there. I think they took the mist out of the wii U version though...
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aquanut Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow I love Ice Ring Isle; I agree completely on the atmosphere, it was so quiet and frigid and still and the snow felt so calming. That's a real shame if they took the mist out; it added a lot to the effect. WWHD looks gorgeous and crisp and I'm very happy it got remade, but in some ways I like the original art better.
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SubzeroChimera Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Well, I haven't played it myself, but from what I've seen there've been some improvements, but some lovely little details getting lost at the same time.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't either. It's still the reason I would get a Wii U (that and Pikmin 3) but I'm currently lacking the time/inclination to get a whole new system when on a whole I'm gaming a lot less these days.

That's been my impression as well from the comparison videos. Faster sailing and more pictograph slots sound excellent and I'm sure they'd improve my play experience, but I'm in two minds about how to feel about how they adapted the art style. The new detail and high resolution are gorgeous and I love how crisp and sunny everything looks, but on the other hand I find myself missing the stark two-tone shading that got scrapped in favor of softer shadows, and I definitely prefer the thick dark outlines, flat colors, and weathered texture in the original official art to the new character renders. I'm glad they updated it for the new generation though; I'm really happy more people are getting a chance to play it, and undoubtedly the HD brings it more in line with modern expectations.
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SubzeroChimera Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I got the new system and haven't even used it yet. It kinda pissed me off when I bought it, and a few months later they announced the limited edition wind waker one. XD

More people getting to play this wonderful game is really awesome. Honestly, I was really surprised when they announced the remake, because those graphics, even on gamecube, were relatively timeless. I suppose it's a new artsyle to try and impress a newer audience, and while there were definitely perks, I still say you just can't beat the classics sometimes.

Although, I do think the faster sailing thing was probably really good. I rather enjoyed the sailing, but now people who didn't don't really have anything to complain about.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaa yeah, the dilemma is always whether to get the new system at launch or wait a while until they inevitably come out with awesome game-themed versions. I love the limited edition systems but have never gotten my hands on one because I don't want them badly enough to have two copies of the same one. The 3DS has some beautiful limited versions, but I'm happy with the blue one I got at launch because the color's perfect anyway.

I was surprised and thrilled when they announced the remake; I've been really happy to see the game being discussed so warmly a decade after its original release, in contrast to its initial lukewarm reception. I do think the remake did a pretty good job of preserving the style while making it accessible to newer audiences, but yeah, I think the original is timeless already (even if the lack of HD is noticeable when coming back to it from modern games). OoT3D, though, I actually much prefer to the original artwise; the original OoT is pretty much pure nostalgia to me now, as OoT3D brought the graphics perfectly in line with how I always imagined things (although I recall a couple of minor changes to certain animations in the ending scenes bugged me, but overall I thought OoT3D was a nearly perfect remake).

Yeah, I also rather enjoy the sailing, but I'm also really glad they made it faster since that was the main complaint I heard about the original game. I'm sure I'd make use of the faster sailing when trying to run errands between traveling merchants and whatnot, even if I didn't mind the original speed all that much. I wonder if it's now possible to outrun sea battles.
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SubzeroChimera Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Yeah, I like my launch one myself. I might eventually get another one once that one starts getting beaten up (and believe me, the zelda one is SO tempting), but for now I'm happy with my old one.

I loved OoT3D. Although the gameplay is exactly the same pretty much, which is a little bit not awesome compared to some of the newer games, the graphics are amazing. It's not that they just updated them, it's that they added so many little bits and bobs, the posters on the wall here, the bookcases there. The buildings actually looked LIVED IN. ...then again, gameplay wise, if you've never done a master quest, then it's an awesome addition. Although I will say, I probably shouldn't have tried doing it with only 3 hearts, one bottle and a fairy restriction. Total ragequit after the forest temple. XD

No idea about running away from sea battles now... Actually, I had so much fun with the sailing back then that at one time, during the merchant quest, I was too lazy to change the wind direction and just tacked into the wind a few times, and it WORKED. THAT was some mind blowing stuff to me back then.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm usually happy with launch colors as long as they're not plain white or black. My GBASP is a launch day cobalt blue one and I'm totally satisfied with it as well. Sadly my DS is just white, but eh.

Haha call it nostalgia goggles but I will never be able to see OoT's gameplay as anything less than awesome; it's still perfect to me. But I completely agree with you about how they added so many amazing details to the game. I loved how it brought the world to life. I started playing the master quest and I thought it was a really great challenge and an excellent bonus, but I got distracted and didn't get far in it. A 3-heart run does sound like it'd be hard, haha.

I always liked the fact that you could sail even if the wind wasn't blowing exactly the right way, too, mostly because I got lazy as well haha. I wonder if the faster sailing eliminates the need to change the wind so often.
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TFallspark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
i have to admit, i threw her into the wall about 3 times until i figured there was a platt form behind me!
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Drakohahn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Wow, then you were smarter than me. It kept seeming like she was so close to getting there but just ended up crashing. I can be dense sometimes.
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TFallspark Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
hehe, must have been fun in hind sight! poor birdy XD
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Drakohahn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Eh, I'm not really for the enjoyment of other people's suffering, even if they are cartoony characters.
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TFallspark Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
kinda the same, but you have to admit that slapstick humor is a gold coin!
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Kieroni101 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That scene was so fun... But annoying... "YOU'RE A BIRD!! FLYYYYY!!!" ^^
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NintendoVelociraptor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
If I had wings I would fly. Oh how I wished I was a Rito!!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I think if anyone had wings, they'd fly. Ritos are awesome though, definitely one of my favorite Zelda races next to Zoras and Gorons.
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NintendoVelociraptor Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Exactly! XD Maybe the human race will evolve into Ritos. Btw. LOVELY ART PIECE! :D
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, maybe, since it seems the Zoras did. Thank you very much! =)
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SeraphOfChrist Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I simply cannot count all the times I accidentally chucked poor Medli into a wall, whether it be from poor aim, changing winds or both. Surprised she didn't break something, but that's Nintendo logic for you.

That aside, I think this piece nicely captures Wind Waker's 'toon style in a more simplified manner and still maintains the same atmosphere that it held in the game. Nicely done.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you think it gets the same atmosphere! That was the goal.

And yeah, having to escort another character through a dungeon was always an exercise in patience, though at least Nintendo gave her a dizzy animation to make the failures a bit amusing. :P
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SaraStrawberii Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww this one's cute !

(I love how Link is like 'ehhhh..' Weak at the throw, and still managed to help Medli to fly. >3)

Great job ! ^^
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! Haha, I wouldn't call him weak though, I'm pretty sure he's giving it all his strength there. :P
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SaraStrawberii Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol haha no prob ! :)
Not really weak, but like with so much effort released from the tiny body that carries so much strength x3
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mimiss-dessin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Filmographer
it's amazing !
i love the design of the caracter and the color !
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aquanut Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Hilokilo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
This is awesome... I need to learn how to make backgrounds from ya lol xD Well done!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it!
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kkanimegirl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I must agree.
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IHeartBrightHeart Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I, on purpose, threw her against the wall to see what would happen XD
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I only did it by accident, but her dazed animation is pretty amusing. xD
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Wolfie-Okami Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Not just the dazed animation but also what she says.
If you throw her into the wall three times I think she starts seeing three Links.
It gets progressively worse the more you throw her, especially from the first throw onwards.
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
The graphic effects in this part of the game were among those which amazed me the most the first time I played it... the dust in the air, the animation of water.
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TheCrystalHeartLady Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THE REAL WORLD CONSTELLATIONS. SRSLY. You could see Ursa Major and Orion!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. The stylization of the game still blows me away all these years later; all those detailed little effects really brought the environment to life.
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TheEyeProjects Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Ohh so lovely. You always bring back memories of games, very nice.
I remember reading the manga of WW, this part is funny there.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I do try to get the feeling of these areas in the games, and it's nice whenever I succeed at evoking nostalgia.

Haha, I remember reading the WW manga too; it's got a lot of funny parts. I really like how the tone of it is more comedic than the adaptations of the other games; I wish it'd get an official translation.
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TheEyeProjects Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah, I only read a fan translation (awesome job though), but it would be nice to have an official version.
Most people draw the famous characters in familiar settings or key scenes of the games, but scenes like this trigger my memories of the game even more, keep it up!
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nasanerd09 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome picture! you captured some of that "haunting" atmosphere you mentioned, but at the same time the lightheartedness of the game, with Medli's adorable smiling face and Link's comical chucking pose :)
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