It comes as no surprise to anyone who has read my work that I absolutely adored Breath of the Wild. It’s one of those games I can see myself going back and playing through multiple times, maybe even playing it once a year like I do with some of my all-time favorites.
One thing that stood out to me especially though was the design of Link. While I love the iconic green tunic, it made me happy to see him in something else this time around. His Champions’ Tunic design is probably my favorite of all of his designs so far, second only to his crawfish tunic in Wind Waker, which this one very much reminds me of.
This amazing drawing of Link by Twitter user cloudbox9 shows off all the elements of Link’s new design that I love. His cool yet calm attitude, the aforementioned tunic, and Link’s proficiency as an archer with his Ancient Arrow at the ready to shoot one of those pesky guardians. I’ve always liked the cloak too, as it shows more of Link’s elf-like design, especially when he’s portrayed as an archer like he is here. The coloring and attention to detail is wonderful, and it looks so good I’d almost think it was the official art.
When I used to draw a lot, I took a lot of inspiration from the designs of The Legend of Zelda. I liked how simple yet colorful they all were, and seeing the new designs for these characters was always a treat. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I learned to appreciate character designs because of Link, and so seeing art like this from cloudbox9 reminds me just how much I love and appreciate good, solid artwork.