I don’t need to tell you that Majora’s Mask is a creepy game. But the Majora’s Mask itself is still the most unsettling thing in all of Termina, closely followed by the Moon, Pamela’s father as a Gibdo, and that feeling when you know the Great Bay Temple is next.
I know that the mask’s appearance may not be as terrifying as the power that it is capable of, but there is one thing — two, actually — that will remain in my memory as the uncanniest thing I ever saw in that world, haunting me for years to come: the eyes.
A painting so eerie it looks as though it was made by Yuga himself, this piece of art by Reddit user Anilxe depicts a side of the mask few others have achieved. Not only is the mask’s stare unsettling, it is also trippy and trance inducing, something very reflective of how the final showdown in Majora’s Mask plays out.
The choice of colors and style for the background with those wavy lines reminds me of how the screen would distort in every scene when the Skull Kid screamed, or the first phase of the fight with the mask as it waves its tentacles around. It is almost hypnotic, and the more I look at it, the more I feel entwined by those wicked appendages.
What I really love about this piece is that it is a real, physical painting. I’ve got nothing against digital art, and there are countless awesome digital works, but there is something truly special about appreciating a painting and seeing all the details and imperfections that make it as perfect as it is. In the full-sized image, the quality is so high that you can zoom in and actually see texture of the canvas. In such detail, you can almost feel it and smell the paint covered fabric.