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Link's Knighting by Toradh Link's Knighting by Toradh
Aka "Legend of Zelda meets John William Waterhouse".


Remember that I once made a sketch of Link and Zelda re-enacting this waterhouse painting of Lancelot and Guinevere?
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Well, I was in the mood, so I did it in colour. Disney’s The Sword in the Stone was running in the background while I sketched it, that should tell you. There’s that certain scene in Skyward Sword when Link rescues Zelda which so made me think of this painting. It had to be done, you know? Somehow I always thought Zelda goes well with Arthurian legend parodies. That started long ago when I played Ocarina of Time and my dad commented on little Link pulling out the master sword with the words (and I quote): „Are you king of England now?“.

Anywayyy, so since I‘m still in the mood, I might finally do one or two Arthurian comic pages before this year is over. We’ll see.

It doesn’t look like Waterhouse at all, but at least I bothered adopting my style a little bit to his. You wouldn’t believe how much fun I had with their ridiculously adopted hair.

100% watercolour.

EDIT: WTF, 198 messages? People you’re crazed… Just admit the idea cracks you up the same way it cracks up myself :D.
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:icontheshadowempress:
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so incredibly detailed... most realistic Zelda fan art I've seen so far. :D
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I doubt that, but thanks anyway :D
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:icontheshadowempress:
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But I seriously haven't seen many realistic fan art pieces of the Zelda games... Link always has got some features from the games which aren't very realistic. And you're welcome. ^^
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep your eyes open, there should be some ^^
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:icontheshadowempress:
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I guess. Haven't found any lately. :P
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OcarinaGreen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh that is beautiful! :D I love your style!
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Though in this case it’s mixed with a bit of pseudo-Waterhouse :D
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OcarinaGreen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe you're welcome ^_^
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MiniMorrigan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's brilliant : )
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MiniMorrigan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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TigerRose13 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing!  I love how detailed and realistic it looks!  Wow! 
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I think modelling this relatively closely on Waterhouse’s painting paid off ;).
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:icontigerrose13:
TigerRose13 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, yes! :-)
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SFcelebnaur Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
PRINT WANTED BADLY! XD
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could send you one, but I'm afraid the shipping costs will be almost as high as the printing costs :D.
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013   General Artist
Awwwwwww! :squee: Das solltest du asl Print zugänglich machen! Das bestellen bestimmt viele leute!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ich weiß nicht ob ich das aus lizenzrechtlichen Gründen dürfte, aber "unter der Hand" ließe sich bestimmt was machen… ich wollte irgendwann eh mal einen kleinen, privaten "Printshop" eröffnen ;).
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:iconphantagrafie:
Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   General Artist
O, das müsstest du natürlich in erfahrung bringen :/
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eben. Aber ich denke, solange ich damit nicht hausieren gehe und die eventuellen Käufer es nicht an die große Glocke hängen, ist es ok. Prinzipiell werden ja oft Drucke von Fanart verkauft.
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   General Artist
^^ Eben! Ich glaube näcmlich das Bild wäre ein schönes Geschenk für meinen Schatz...der steht total auf Link...^^
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wenn du eins möchtest, meld dich einfach – das ließe sich auf jeden Fall einrichten ;).
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013   General Artist
Das wäre toll! :hug: Lasse ich dann als Poster drucken wenn die Auflösung hoch genug ist!...Wir haben hier so eine leere Wand...^^
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Toradh Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wenn du 'nen guten Druckservice kennst, kann ich dir natürlich gerne mal den Scan in Originalgröße mailen, nur 'ne Emailadresse brauch ich dann ;). Und das hohe heilige Versprechen, die Datei nicht zur weiteren Vervielfältung etc. zu missbrauchen… ;)
Ansonsten kann ich’s natürlich auch drucken lassen und dir zuschicken, aber dann haben wir die Versandkosten im Nacken.
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LadyNorbert Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I love this so freaking much. The Waterhouse painting in question is one of my absolute favorite pieces of art ever, and I adore Link and Zelda, so it's a marriage made in heaven as far as I'm concerned. Beautiful, beautiful job!
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad the mixture works for other people as well ;)
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Ickle-Pank Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Brilliant.
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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balorkin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Großartig! Irgendwann muss ich potentiell mal lernen mit Aquarell so geduldig zu sein =___= Und akkurat arbeiten... ich kann das nicht.
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ich doch auch nicht. Ich bin der ungeduldigste Mensch der Welt. Merkt man das denn gar nicht? :D
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balorkin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ne, voll nich o_o
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super, dann hab' ich ja ein gewisses Talent für’s Vortäuschen :D
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Argofinkal Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Well, the sword does wait for the chosen one, so... maybe?

Great piece, I love Zelda fan-art! Specially those that draw attention to the epic feeling of the quest, or those where something grandiose happens - like this one.
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have always figured Zelda and Arthurian legend go well together :D
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PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Clever idea, and well executed. :)
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I thought it would be a nice idea, too :P.
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AuraGemi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a LoZ-itized version of the cover image of my English Literature book last year! :D
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Did you read some Malory or so?
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:iconauragemi:
AuraGemi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Might have. I didn't really pay attention to the names of the authors most of the time, if I'm being completely honest. ^^;
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's never too late ;)
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AuraGemi Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! :aww:
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Fumettisto Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tolles Bild. Offenbar ist gute Zelda-Fanart hier auf dA sehr gefragt. Hast du Skyward Sword durchgespielt? Ich habe "Twilight Princess" verschlungen bis hin zur Sucht, aber von Skyward Sword war ich eher enttäuscht. Seit Anfang des Jahres habe ich es nicht mehr angerührt...
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Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ich hatte einen Riesenspaß an Skyward Sword. Spätestens als man das Schwert mit dem Wii-Controller aus dem Stein ziehen durfte, war es um mich geschehen :D. Teilweise fand ich die Steuerung eher unausgereift (rat mal, wer mit dem Käfer ständig vor die Wand geflogen ist oder Kreise über den halben Bildschirm gezogen hat… ich hab ihn trotzdem exploited und jeden Mist damit gemacht) und es waren auch etwas zu wenig Gebiete, die man dafür halt immer gleich dreimal besuchen musste. Im Großen und Ganzen hatte ich trotzdem meinen Spaß.
Twilight Princess dagegen hab' ich nur mal ausschnittweise zugeguckt, aber nie selber gespielt.
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MidevalExponents2sqr Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ho...ly crap O__O
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It’s devoted to the goddess Hylia herself.
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MidevalExponents2sqr Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's stunning... I want to frame it and put it in my house
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Feel free to print it and put it on your wall ;)
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MidevalExponents2sqr Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:O If only I could print it big enough!
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about a printing service? Mind, however, that the original is only about A4 size, too, so I don’t know how it would look if you printed it bigger.
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saphiraly Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... wunderschön!!!
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