Scouring through DeviantArt and prowling for a good piece for our Fanart Friday column, this brilliant sketch of Majora’s Mask’s Clock Town struck me right between the eyes.
Whilst others may disagree, I’ve always felt that Clock Town is one of the strongest locations in the whole of the Zelda universe. The time travelling and social interaction mechanics that make Majora’s Mask so special simply wouldn’t be as effective without the hustle and bustle of the game’s signature town.
To be thrust into the centre of the busy town, where characters are going about their daily lives and are oblivious to Link and his quests, Clock Town immediately feels like a living, breathing place, rather than a location built for the player’s amusement. Where Ocarina of Time brought the player in-game changes between night and day, Majora offered a multitude of gameplay options, all built around the lives of the residents who made up this jostling little township. It was progression at its finest.
Canadian artist The-Bells-of-Luin has captured that feeling of sprawling realism wonderfully in his piece. Zooming in on the full size picture, you can see beautifully elaborated versions of the in-game locations, such as City Hall, Main Square and the looming Clock Tower. And yet, for me, the artist’s own additions are more impressive; fountains, churches and parks all interspersed with a plethora of unique little homes create a realism that was impossible to show in a game released at that time.
The level of detail creates the splendid from the mundane.
The fringes of Termina Field framing the piece tease at the wider world beyond the borders of the image, and I for one, would love to see it.