"The Graveyard" oil painting

Fan Art… Thursday? Well, not quite. At risk of stepping on Eternal Legend’s toes, I found some fan art that was just too good to not post about. You see, The Adventure of Link inexplicably holds a place in my heart. Well, not inexplicable. I’ll explain.

Despite all its flaws, The Adventure of Link was the second Zelda game I played, and for me it was only one of two Zelda games available for five years, so its story and quirky character had deep impression on my notion of “what is Zelda.” Frankly, I think that it would better suit Nintendo to try their hand at a remake of The Adventure of Link, bringing it more in line with modern 3D Zelda, as I’m sure it could be remade into one of the greatest Zelda games.

But we’re here to talk about art.

View the painting after the jump!

Artist David Palumbo is showing these two oil paintings as part of Chicago gallery OhNo!Doom’s February 11 gamer tribute show “Super Button Mashers.”

What I really love about these paintings is that the artist chose to capture that dark horse of the Zelda series, and did a fine and faithful job of it. He perfectly captures the design of that oft-overlooked Magical Sword. He shows a Link, haggard from two epic adventures in a row, looking more human than we usually see him.

The Graveyard oil painting

"The Graveyard"

The Ocean Palace oil painting

"The Ocean Palace"

If you live in the Chicago area, it would behoove you to mark your calendar as these paintings are probably even more amazing in person.

Source: OhNo!Doom

  • Sara

    Wow. Those are unbelievable!

  • altidefan1

    Looks like Daniel Craig with a sword and shield

    • Casual Vader

      Danial Craig for Link in a live action Zelda movie? I kid, I kid.

  • Makes me wish the AoL 3D game that Bastian mentioned were to come true.

  • Ricky

    is that…..Daniel Craig? haha pretty awesome art!

  • Levi

    Kinda really glad that Link doesn’t look like that. I think it would be awkward to play as a crusty looking old man…

  • neos

    these new artworks show an untold side of link a boy from a small town who has to grow up at a rate only the chosen hero could go through, and every time he grows up to be a hero.

  • Edge

    I always felt this game was under-appreciated. Nice to see that it's getting this sort of treatment. I really feel like these paintings mirror my interpretation of those 8-bit graphics from when I first played the game (this , and Terada's artwork).

  • Sanity's_Theif

    These picture are just awesome, amazing!

  • Zachattack8888

    Those are beautiful oil paintings! He captured the lighting brilliantly!!! I love the sword too!
    These are two wonderful works of art right here. Thanks for sharing with us! 😀

  • Hylian_Juggalo

    I must see a battle with Dark Link 😀

  • occultfan

    How excellent. This would make a great model for a realized-version of Link if a movie version were ever to be made. This gives a true look that I'm sure a lot more of us can relate to than the Link we might imagine (Jude Law?) would otherwise be played as; in any case, this is truly excellent, palpable and dark. Look at the way the enemies fly about behind him in one, how he just stands there, surveying the greater scene before him. It's so excellent.

  • Jean D'eau

    I think I would like to see a very old Link a la Guns of the Patriots

  • Gerudude

    Great, looks like Daniel Craig as Link.

  • Missy

    …Sorry, Link looks a bit too much like Al Bundy for me.

  • Gerudude

    He wants his potions shaken…not stirred.

  • Sam

    The face looks too aged for Link's, and the colors are extremely muddled, but there is fine and beautiful craftsmanship going on in those paintings.
    It kinda hurts that someone has beaten me to create fine Zelda art. Here here, fellow artist!