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Link and his giant red bird from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

I have to admit, I have been dying to paint this bird ever since I saw the trailers. This piece is also a bit of an apology for the sheer depressing ANGST of the previous painting.

This was painted entirely in The Gimp 2.4.7, and it took around 6 hours.

This time I went 100% painterly Skyward Sword-style. No lines! I am extremely satisfied with the result.

Totally gonna cosplay Skyward Sword Link for A-Kon 2012. Yup. No idea how to make chain mail, though. Or sew. D: I guess I'd better learn, huh?

Music while painting this: [link]

EDIT: Fixed the top of the bird's head, and the placement of Link's ear. NOW I am satisfied. :D

Link, his giant red Shoebill, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword are (c) to Nintendo.

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LegitHerobrine Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How did I get from FNAF to Legend of Zelda?
LindseyLovesLink Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. beautiful. I'm in love with this game
Phearo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's really good, though I feel like some areas look a little too sharp?
Excaliburd Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
JoxBrick Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooh awesome XD
happychipmunks Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Adorable. ^^
BlazingPhoenixYT Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
In reply to Talent-Bunny, its fan art, its just that JereduLevenin's art style completly matches Skyward Swords'. Comment on Picture: Did you even draw the official artwork? And you are doing more for Nintendo? Do you word as the Nintendo artist? Because its really cool. BTW I noticed the Master Sword WITH Link's BLUE earings. Link has red earings by that point, because *spoilers* when Link is searching for the final flame, and passes Din's Silent Realm, Link obtains red Fireshield Earings, so by that point, Link has red earings for the rest of the game. But really, who cares! This is an excellent piece of artwork, Very well done!
KeyboardingChihuahua Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
You did this with Gimp?! Wow, I'd never be able to do this.
MrsIshida0560 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
omfg a giant bird!!
happychild47 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so preeetty! :D
Starkeeper007 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Holy crap is this real art or fanart?! XDD
Animal-Whisp Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The style you used for this is incredible! Great work! ;3
Marisa-Lynne Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Link's Loftwing looks fantastic! Amazing! :la:
winhill Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
StarShineMB Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
miuki-san Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
i like the first outfit better
Keiggy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Really in love with the shading <3
Gleffnork Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
AAAAA!! It's a Chocobo! XD
silverleaf02 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
this kind of reminds me of a picture i saw a long time ago of link and epona.
Sheimii Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
You're really capturing the style of the game.. It looks amazing!
xXHannahBearXx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Loftwings are so cool!
HPxZelda Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're really good at drawing. I like it a lot. I wish I could draw this well.
kindkaiser Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like a combination of a yian kut ku and a hynocatrice from monster hunter
Iridestris Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Uh, you do realize it's both illegal and against dA's policies to sell prints of fan art?
ZeldAlice Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these birds, they're simply too cute and cool. I love birds overall. XD
And this artwork is both very cute and beautiful! :D
Jumbifed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
So is this like the new Epona? Not that I mind it, that would be awesome! But I'm not sure you could still use carrots for the carrot system.
5Birds1999 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
shoujo-sugar Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome awesome awesome!!!
0-LinkLink-0 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
StephaniaArts Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
very nice! looks really like the official art! :heart: i kinda dislike the ss birds, i think link would fit more with a bird of prey rather than a shoebill :XD: but it kinda has grown onto me too, it's actually quite cute/cool in it's own way, despite looking a bit "stupid" with those eyes XDD (mind u, the ss bird, not your painting)
cinthyaverlaine Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, lovely ^^
TheShadowDragoness Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just saw the trailer for it and im a bit disappointed that epona has been replaced but im also exited to see how they plan to do this
Haneoka Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is really good. But i just hated how they replaced Epona with a giant bird, though. :(
Ilora24 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ho! very Beautifull work! :lol:
Felt-heart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011   General Artist
This is so cool! Great picture! I love how you drew Link
naochandoodles Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
aww.. so cute ^U^~ love the details and colours :D
Verridith Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is so sweet <3
Melissa08 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Wonderfully done. I must say, you seemed to have mastered the style of Skyward Sword's official artwork.
Ferisae Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! Simply gorgeous! You nailed the style so well and the theme is so adorable to boot <3<3<3! Amazing job here, once again!
JereduLevenin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
:D Thank you! Glad you approve~! I rather like this style. I may start painting like this for other things, too. It's fun, and the resulting look is very nice. ;D

Thanks for adding it to :iconskyloft-museum:, too. <3

I found out belatedly that these birds are based on Shoebills. I may do more art with the bird in it, since I've grown quite fond of them. n_n
Ferisae Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem xD haha and okay! I love them already too <3
LinkFan16 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful, just beautiful, and I want that bird XD
JereduLevenin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Thank you! yeah, me too. XD
link-fan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Cute!!!! :D

I'll miss Epona in this one!! But wait.....How the hell is her ancestor a bird?????
JereduLevenin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Thank you!

Well, maybe not her ancestor so much as her predecessor. n_n I'm sure this bird has something to do with the red bird in the crest on the Hylian Shield.
link-fan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're Welcome!

Actually, Skyward Sword is supposed to take place 100 years before OoT. So...That's Epona's ancestor. ^^;
JereduLevenin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Ancestor implies that they share a bloodline, which is impossible, since they aren't even the same species. But a predecessor is someone who played the same role or held the same position as you before you came in. Can be multiple generations ago. Epona surely had multiple predecessors, but if there were no Zelda games in between Skyward Sword and Ocarina of time that had Epona, then the bird IS her direct predecessor.
link-fan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh. Thanks for the insight. I feel like a derp now. lol
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Come to Fanime 2012...I plan to cosplay as Link's bird! :la:
JereduLevenin Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
I've never been to Fanime, but I just checked out your website. If anyone can pull off that bird, you can. ;D

When and where will it be?
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