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Zelda: The Last Hyrulian War by TylerEdlinArt Zelda: The Last Hyrulian War by TylerEdlinArt
photoshop 1 week
process here [link]

blog [link]

Facebook page [link]

Interview of me regarding this piece [link]
hi-res wallpaper here [link]

I just want to keep Link himself just a little more "Down to earth, epic in scale, and most of all: taken seriously". keep the overly lighthearted toon games on the ds please.

I was of course inspired by Frank Frazetta, The art of guild wars, and the legend of zelda series by nintendo.

This dude posed as ref for every soldier [link] haha j/k
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This is definitely an awe inspiring piece for a fan based work. I can literally feel the tension in the air as the wind picks up the dust, the soldiers raising their spears, and Link ready to give an official order for a charge. The artist wanted to put a hardcore feeling into the Legend of Zelda, and they certainly accomplished that. The textures, atmosphere, and the colors really bring it together - I'm also very impressed that Link's green tunic did not overpower the foreground, since Green is usually a pretty bold color.

Though the artwork is more than exceptional, there are a few things that seem a little off. Link's face seems to be too hollow - the cheekbones make him feel emaciated rather than hard set and ready to win a battle. I can tell the artist was trying to make him very heroic looking, but the face ruins the impact of the piece. Not far from Link, the Goron off to the right also seems to be having lip problems, but in the picture as a whole, it doesn't matter too much. Another thing to point out is Link's right shoulder. It looks a little too high and it makes Link look incredibly uncomfortable to be holding it in that position. Other than those minor things, the piece really comes out strong - definitely one to be recognized by any Zelda fan.
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This is definitely an awe inspiring piece for a fan based work. I can literally feel the tension in the air as the wind picks up the dust, the soldiers raising their spears, and Link ready to give an official order for a charge. The artist wanted to put a hardcore feeling into the Legend of Zelda, and they certainly accomplished that. The textures, atmosphere, and the colors really bring it together - I'm also very impressed that Link's green tunic did not overpower the foreground, since Green is usually a pretty bold color.

Though the artwork is more than exceptional, there are a few things that seem a little off. Link's face seems to be too hollow - the cheekbones make him feel emaciated rather than hard set and ready to win a battle. I can tell the artist was trying to make him very heroic looking, but the face ruins the impact of the piece. Not far from Link, the Goron off to the right also seems to be having lip problems, but in the picture as a whole, it doesn't matter too much. Another thing to point out is Link's right shoulder. It looks a little too high and it makes Link look incredibly uncomfortable to be holding it in that position. Other than those minor things, the piece really comes out strong - definitely one to be recognized by any Zelda fan! :D
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VNewBloodV Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student
I can't even handle the badassery of this drawing!!!! 
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KINGRIEVOUS Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But everything changed when the Thalmor attacked.....
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:iconelfofcourage:
elfofcourage Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funny how you did this 4 years before Hyrule Warriors. What foresight you had. X3
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:icontrottergirl:
TrotterGirl Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
this is... HYRULE!!!

great art <3
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:iconzousha:
Zousha Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Power.  Wisdom.  Courage.  Total War!
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:iconshadowsgirl9:
ShadowsGirl9 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WHY has this not become a daily deviation?! :O
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:icontheskittyninjatale:
theskittyninjatale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Daily Deviation Daily Deviation Daily Deviation Daily Deviation Daily Deviation Daily Deviation Daily Deviation 
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Nevendar92 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
When can we get a game like this? Where Link leads an Army to stop Ganon. That would be awesome is all I am saying.
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:iconspring-heeld-jim:
Spring-Heeld-Jim Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
sooner than you  think if this is anything to go by

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOq4Ii…
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SpotlessDestiny Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Love the technical color style :XD:
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:iconletdragon:
Letdragon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Link, a general. This is fantastic beyond words. :)
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:iconstormsworder:
Stormsworder Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Writer
...This really reminds me of a piece of Guild Wars 2 official artwork... Huh.
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:icontyleredlinart:
TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
shouldnt be a surprise in the image description it reads, " I was of course inspired by Frank Frazetta, The art of guild wars, and the legend of zelda series by nintendo."
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The guy that's holding the spear has the arm a bit too gelatinous.
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donadiojr Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Epic
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Ponkool4 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I love it! I wish there was a Zelda game based on this.
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:icondionisante:
Dionisante Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maravilhoso!!!
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:iconchewy17:
Chewy17 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Someone at Gameinformer likes your work.
[link]
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:icontyleredlinart:
TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha nice thanks for showing me
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:iconchewy17:
Chewy17 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your Welcome keep up the awesome work.
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:iconhuihuizhanga:
huihuizhanga Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I thought Link was a Ranger?
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:iconbandicooty:
Bandicooty Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Get 'em, Darunia!
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:iconkainchild:
Kainchild Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Got Zora?
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:iconsoliassoul:
Soliassoul Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now we live . . . or we die.
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:iconorhinoku:
orhinoku Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
just awesomeness on paper
(just a saying, i know its not on paper :p)
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zwlda2678 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is like, the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I mean, like, there are no words to describe such beauty.
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TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your comment
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zwlda2678 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! I really like LOZ and can't get enough of it. I have something Zelda-ish I made, but its kinda bad compared to this.
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PretendanStudios Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
*Hylian..... I think you mean.
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TheWorldEndsTuesday Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I see that Darunia has also decided to join the fight, which makes it even more epic.
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:icontyleredlinart:
TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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Cousitar55 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You know, so many questions riddled my mind when I saw this piece. Your title is to blame for that. What does it mean? Is Hyrule on the verge of annihilation or is it close to achieving an ever lasting peace? Where is Zelda? Deceased? Either way, I love this. It gives me a sense of inspiration and, really, I iwsh I could see what happens next. Very well done. Very impressed here.
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TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The title doesn't really mean too much. I just wanted to give the pic something appropriate. I like that it raises such questions though
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JaidynReiman Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed on the "keep the overly lightheated toon games on the ds." Hopefully they go for that route; I want to see an actual war happen IN a Zelda game for a change, rather than just talk about it in the backstory. ^_^

Awesome job on this pic.
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TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for your input!
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NinjaDude719 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive!
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EpicShotgun Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
This is what link should do for the living
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ZeFlyingMuppet Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ACKKK THIS IS AMAZING!!!
You have waaay more patience than me, bro. Keep up the a-MAZ-ing work.
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TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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redwolf2196 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist
hyrule total war! :3
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TheOsakaPack15 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
that goron stans out more then link dose but thats just me
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kittykolorz Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh this is extremely epic!!! looooooove it! keep going! ;P
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CrashKirby64 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nyaaah! :nuu: The epicness! It's overloaded! :iconlinkdummyplz:
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:icontyleredlinart:
TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks@
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:iconcrashkirby64:
CrashKirby64 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :iconlinkmeowplz:
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DarthLych Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've always wanted to see what link would look like if he were shown in more of a war-like situation, and you really delivered.
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:icontyleredlinart:
TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for viewing!
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alanpascoli Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great work!!
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ShougaTouki Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! I hope that the next game is gonna be this realistic! I love the graphics in Twilight Princess but love the storyline in Skyward Sword! If anyone gets any news about if Nintendo has any plans to create the next LoZ game, PLEASE tell me!
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TylerEdlinArt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah i loved the story a lot in skyward sword too but that was about it. I didnt like how there was only 3 areas and you had to play them all like 3x. I loved the variety in twilight princess. tho the desert area in skyward was fun !
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