I’m not sure whether I felt drawn to this Ganondorf fan art by Vestergaard because I’m in the mood to replay The Wind Waker (thanks to a hot weekend we had here in the UK recently), or because I recently watched Avengers: Infinity War and felt intrigued by a humanised villain. Either way, it’s a beautiful piece of art that depicts Ganondorf from The Wind Waker in a much more human way than when he constantly grimaces or smirks.
His expression is really the highlight of the piece … perhaps, he feels exhausted – possibly bitter – that people are standing so adamantly in his way
I love Vestergaard’s soft brush strokes, subtle shading, and primary use of pale pinks and reds – they really give Ganondorf a gentler appearance as a whole — well, as gentle as a red-haired, broad-shouldered villain can look. It contrasts strongly with his bulky build and flaming hair to emphasise this pensive, or possibly weary, side of Ganondorf we never see in the game.
His expression is really the highlight of the piece though. He looks deep in concerning thoughts, staring off into the distance, possibly as a strong ocean wind whips past his face. Perhaps it reminds him of what he’s fighting for: to reclaim a lost Hyrule (albeit one he seeks to control). It may be he feels exhausted — possibly bitter — that people are standing so adamantly in his way to contest the will of the gods, whom he thinks destroyed the world. With that in mind, you can even see past the concerning gaze and find a look of determination — one that we know means he won’t let the Hero of Winds stand in his way.
All that from this one snapshot of an expression! Vestergaard has truly done a stunning job giving Ganondorf another side in this piece. It’s made me hope that the next Zelda entry gives us a much more compelling Ganondorf, or other villain, to eventually stab in the face with the Master Sword.