[Yuga’s Art Gallery is a series in which we highlight our favourite artwork and crafts from the Zelda community, as well as some official artwork from the franchise from time to time. Zelda is a series that is constantly changing its style, and after over 30 years of evolving and shifting its visuals, it continues to inspire endless ways for artists to interpret their favourite characters and moments.]

The friendship between Saria and Link is beautifully unspoken in Ocarina of Time. You truly feel that their connection bloomed through an innocent childhood and their linked personalities. They are both kind, soft-spoken (that’s how I imagine Link, anyway), and constantly supportive.

This piece of fanart, titled “Saria’s Song” by MPdigitalART, struck me because it’s unlike most I’ve seen of Link and Saria, which always aim to capture the relationship I described above by drawing them playing or relaxing together. If you do a quick Google search of Saria and Link, you’ll see what I mean.

I feel this piece conveys the boundlessness of their friendship even stronger than if it followed the trend.

The light […] perfectly portrays the feeling that fills your stomach when you see someone you care for deeply

It appears that Link left Kokiri Forest not long ago and begun his quest to save Hyrule, but has now set aside time to search for Saria in the Lost Woods. Just like in the game, he finds her deep in the woods playing her iconic song. What’s interesting though is Link’s pose: with his right foot and shield forward, he appears in motion and still on the defensive after exiting the tunnel behind him (as the leaves framing the picture show).

But then he spots Saria.

This shows that the way he views her, in this moment, is a pure, immediate reaction. The light that bathes her highlights that she is all his eyes focus on, and perfectly portrays the feeling that fills your stomach when you see someone you care for deeply; someone you haven’t seen in a long time — perhaps even someone you weren’t sure you’d ever see again.

It’s that moment when your eyes light up and the whole world around you dims — except for that one person, who shines brighter than everything else.