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Link and the Wind Fish by Selladorra Link and the Wind Fish by Selladorra
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This looked a lot better in my head. Seems to be the way most things are. :shrug:

"Link's Awakening" was one of the first Zelda games I played when I was a kid, and I always wanted to paint the Wind Fish because it was the most epic thing ever. Finally got around to it, only took me a decade or so!

Process!

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Edit 2014: Wow guys @_@ I can't say I ever expected a daily deviation!! Thank you artichokes and Lyricanna for the feature!! I'm so honoured!!!! :happycry: :dance: :faint:
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Given 2014-06-01
Link and the Wind Fish by Selladorra has stunning colour and depth. ( Suggested by artichokes and Featured by Lyricanna )
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This is something I would love painted on my ceiling. xP The smooth transitions of color based off of the sunlight is so nice. It gives me a calming/sleepy effect. That's why I find this so fitting. Link believed the adventure was a dream until this part happens. I feel like the only way to make this art even more stunning is if it were in 3D or ocean sounds. I like the detail in the clouds. It makes the artwork look more busy and definetly worth looking at. I could just imagine that one of the seagulls is Marin flying with the windfish. The windfish itself looks so prestigious with his tiny wings. ^^ Overall fav!
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:iconroguishbard:
RoguishBard Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Link's Awakening was the first Zelda game I ever played. And you've most certainly portrayed the dreaminess of the whole experience. Well done!
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:iconsuper-sonic-101:
Super-Sonic-101 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014   General Artist
I've always loved this piece, it is so beautiful!

I did a cover song of Ballad of the Windfish with lyrics, do you mind if I used this image in the video? :> I promise I'll credit and link back.
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:iconninplanet123:
Ninplanet123 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student
A.K.A. Link and the ungrateful bastard who dumped him in the middle of the ocean after all his efforts.
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:iconpeacecorpspony:
peacecorpspony Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
My thoughts exactly! He could have at least given him a lift. Llama Emoji-66 (Angry) [V3] 
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow.
*jaw has dropped*
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :aww:
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconlunasgirl:
LunasGirl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful. That game was also one.of my favorites as a kid. I used to love when you finally met the Windfish and I imagine it looked just like this. Haunting yet serene and beautiful.d An excellent piece.
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh thank you! :blushes: I beat the game multiple times just to watch that ending scene. It was so perfect!
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:icondevine-escapes:
Devine-Escapes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
beautiful image
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :blushes:
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:iconinspireddragons:
InspiredDragons Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous colors and movement! Just lovely overall, seems like a dream.
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :blushes:
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:iconnmystery:
nmystery Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
I love the colors 
and how the light is reflecting off of everything.
Tis so pretty. 
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!! :blushes:
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:iconb33zl3d1ck:
B33ZL3D1CK Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Been sometime since I thought of that game, wish I had a copy with a Gameboy right now. Amazing looking piece of art here
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a copy of it on my 3DS from the nintendo eShop! I love it! :D
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:iconfarukarts:
FarukArts Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture holds a tonne of nostalgia, and I think the texture style is perfect because it fits the style of the art in the actual video game!
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This game has so much nostalgia for me as well. I love using textures in my paintings too :)
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:iconjoemerl:
JoeMerl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Writer
I remember this game. I think it was the only Zelda game I ever played; I was never much of a gamer. Still, thanks for the nostalgia. :-)
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome! ^^ Yes I think most of us grow out of playing video games, but we all have the ones that have been the most nostalgic for each of us :) I'm glad we share this one!
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:iconartbrojohn:
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work!
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :dance:
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:icongamewizard-2008:
gamewizard-2008 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
BRRRRRVVVVVVVVVVVV. Ahhhh that wail.
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh I know the exact sound you mean!! :giggle:
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:icongamewizard-2008:
gamewizard-2008 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, that. BRRRRRRVVVVVVVVVV.
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:iconsolarlugia:
SolarLugia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love it!! :3
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :blushes:
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:iconcheyluvsu03:
cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :blushes:
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:iconcheyluvsu03:
cheyluvsu03 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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:iconblackayzer:
Blackayzer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
looks as the great spirit of the skies in Skyward sword... is a whale too or something too
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes many think it may be the same wind fish!
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:iconscaryren:
scaryren Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
kick ass
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :dance:
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! :blushes: I never EVER expected one, to be quite honest!!
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh, it was about time! :omfg: your gallery is filled with beauty!!! :love:
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thank you :happycry: I wish I thought so too!
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconflyingheartsplz::iconsweethugplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: :blowkiss:
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:iconwoodland-mel:
Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
It's about time this got a DD! It's one of the best, most iconic, pieces of Zelda fanart on the whole of the internet
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, truly? I didn't think it got much farther than my deviantart page and maybe a bit of tumblr! :faint: Hahaha thank you though!! :blushes:
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:iconwoodland-mel:
Woodland-Mel Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Okay, time to ?try? to flatter you with nothing but truth :heart: It's certainly one of the favorite pieces of fanart of mine and one of the guys who helps run a couple of the biggest Zelda sites out there. I'm sure we've brought it up between each other several times in the past 2 years; we talk about how it fleshes out the feel of the series, how it captures what we want to imagine when we think of the games, and how it just has so much of the spirit and life of Zelda in it- at least how we see it. It gives it breath. Plus, it's just very beautiful and well done and we both love Link's Awakening very, VERY much. It's kind of the epitome of that. In other-words: it gets us right in the Zelda-art-feels.
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I'm actually blushing, hahaha :blush: Especially now that this work is two years old I can only see mistakes in it, but to hear that it's someone's favourite piece of art is not only mind-boggling to me but makes me smile despite my lack of confidence in it. At the same time, I think I know how you feel--I follow a couple artists whose work I go back to often just to have a nostalgic/heartwarming feel, but they hate their own work! I'm trying to hate my art less, and this is most certainly helping :) Thank you :heart:
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:iconbrokencreation:
brokencreation Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but whales are mammals ;3;
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:iconselladorra:
Selladorra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe it's not a whale?? I mean, have YOU seen it reproduce? ;P Maybe it lays eggs!
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:iconbrokencreation:
brokencreation Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no true... thats one fucking well imitated fish ewe 
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:iconmidnaplayer:
MidnaPlayer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
I love it! Snif..Is Beautiful..Onion 
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