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The Legend Begins by aquanut The Legend Begins by aquanut
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Happy 25th anniversary!

What I really like about the original LoZ is how it gives complete freedom to explore and discover, in a way that later games had to sacrifice to varying degrees for the sake of storyline and more guided objectives. Still, at its core, Zelda has always been about stepping out of that first cave or house or forest and going out into the world to see what you can find.

Here’s to finding everything new it’ll bring over the next twenty-five years.
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:iconkieroni101:
Kieroni101 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a beautiful 25th anniversary tribute ^^ Great job. 
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I definitely wanted to do the series justice, so I'm really glad you think it's a fitting tribute! =)
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Kieroni101 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well you've definately succeeded! Great job. =)
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
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Epiblast Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I, too, love the non-linear structure of the first game. The only games in the series to really revisit it I can think of are A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time. I wish more of the games would do that.
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To0nLink Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I really wish that one day they'd do a Remake for this original game and its sequel ^.^ You did a splendid job!

 

 

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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Hmm, it's hard for me to imagine a remake; I feel like part of the appeal of the original Zelda is its retro style. But considering they're doing a sequel to ALttP, it's entirely possible someday.
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To0nLink Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I definitely understand that! I never grew up in the retro world (I'm a Nintendo 64 kid), but I do know what you mean. The retro style makes it a true classic, and a lot of gamerss (like yourself) probably do wanna remember it as that.

 

Though, the world must be so huge and vast in that game, that its almost impossible for me to not want to see a remake x3

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Fenix-Black Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this art is amazing! It's kinda sad how there's not much exploration in the later games but this art really makes me feel like playing the older games again! Thank you!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the kind comment! I'm glad to hear it makes you feel like playing the older games again. Both the new ones and the old ones have their strengths, and it's nice to recognize them for what they are.
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Lioken7 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this artwork, because that's exactly how I feel when playing and now it's been captured in a beautiful, mesmerizing master piece.
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for letting me know! This is the essence of the series to me and I'm really glad I was able to capture that feeling here.
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:iconlioken7:
Lioken7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wholeheartedly agree with you on that

yeah, you're a really amazing artist to be able to capture such a feeling so flawlessly
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mastergamer616 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
This is aweseom. May i use this is one of my videos?
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Sure, go ahead, but please mention somewhere in the description that it's by me.
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mastergamer616 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thanks! I just asked again. I didnt realize i already asked XD
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FreezerBurnXL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
Nice work! Love the use of color, graphic art style, and use of dramatic angles. :) Makes me happy! Love it! Keep it up!
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, glad to know you like it! =)
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ganon2 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Can instantly hear the overworld theme in my head. The whole world ahead and nothing to defend yourself from evil besides a small shield and a wooden sword. Let's save a princess!
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I have the overworld theme in my head too. Definitely one of the greatest moments in gaming!
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rampaging-poet Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I've never seen fanart of this iconic moment from this angle before, but it really imparts a lot of emotion. For Link, this is the beginning of the journey, but for fans it means much more. The symbolism of Link walking out of the darkness and into the light is also quite striking. I'm moved.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for your comment; it's great to know this had such an impact. That's the mood I wanted to convey here and I'm glad you picked up on that symbolism.
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Dorain1 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Doesn't the original Zelda start during a storm, though?
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe you're thinking of ALttP or LA? The original Zelda doesn't really have weather conditions, or much of a story.
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Dorain1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Must be.
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Trillatia Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
Wow, this is just awesome!!! You really captured the feeling at the beginning of every Zelda adventure - awesome job! :)
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, that feeling is exactly what I wanted to capture here and it means a lot to know I succeeded!
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Trillatia Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   Writer
You're very welcome! :) Great job!!
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
this looks really good
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
This is just so beautiful, in so many ways. :)

Great tribute. :clap:
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. =)
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sackvillebaggins Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really, really cool.
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:iconaquanut:
aquanut Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Ruyc Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
excellent job, this is perfect
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fireleap Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Amazing picture and perspective! Just beautiful. :)
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DreamIn8bit Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
You rock!
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daisY-like Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Very atmospheric! love it!
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LinkQuest Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
This scene is the true original that inspired every other game that followed. You have done a fantastic job of capturing the nostalgia and spirit in that scene. Well, done.
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JuDeLucca Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Amazing!
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Avalerin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist
So very awesome. I felt so proud when I beat the first game....
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sooper-sean Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
HAPPY 25th!
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KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awesome~ And the description is great, too. :D

I shamefully haven't beaten LoZ yet, either... I think I'm on level three, the last time I played. :[
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99rupees Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"..at its core, Zelda has always been about stepping out of that first cave or house or forest and going out into the world to see what you can find."

well said (:

this is a fantastic piece, love the perspective! kinda gives you a peek into how link probably saw the world after first exiting that cave..
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Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Jesus christ, I thought I had this Favorited!
I love this- this is beyond perfect. One of my favorite LoZ pieces- and I don't just mean for the original game (of which it really is in the top)

I really like the feel: like he's coming out of the cave after getting the sword- even without your description someone who has played the game- I think they would know exactly which moment this was or exactly what Link must be feeling. You really captured the ~world is big, it's new, it's changed, I don't know: the kind of overwhelming-ness and experience.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I apologize for taking so long to respond to this, but it keeps getting shifted down in my inbox as new comments come in, and when I don't answer all of those either, it tends to get lost. :P I have meant to answer ever since you posted it--I really appreciate your taking the time to tell me that you like this so much. I haven't been saying much in return for all the nice compliments you've been giving me, but it means an enormous amount to me to know that you--as a Zelda fan who understands the magic of the series, and as an artist that I very much respect--think that my art reflects the charm and flavor of the series, as that's what I've always been trying to capture and convey to viewers. I'm really honored to know that it's one of your favorite pieces of Zelda art, and glad that it gives you that feeling of walking out into a wide new world--that's exactly what I was trying to capture, and I'm glad it worked.

(I just wish I had a high-resolution version of this image--I had a computer failure about a week after making it and hadn't backed up the file yet, so this image here is the only version of it I have. Well, perhaps I'll do an improved version of it in a few years.)
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Link-artist Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
wow this gave me tears :') i love this :')
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KokoKiero Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
I love the dynamic view, and the yellow colour makes it seem like an energetic morning(or sunset) full of promise. This picture makes me remember why I love exploring the huge fields in LoZ. :D
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Linklene Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
That picture send ´s chills down my spine. In a good way, of course!
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ROXDragonz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the perspective here nicely done
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