One of the best things about the two Nintendo 64 Zelda titles, in my opinion, is the great cast of characters and their personalities. Though your interaction with these characters tends to be short, you get a real feel of who they are and what they believe and more just based on the little time you get to spend with them. And of course, among those characters, Malon is no exception to this rule.
When I was a kid, I always wondered about what these characters are like when Link isn’t around to see them or talk to them. What sort of life do they live? Malon was the character I really spent a lot of time thinking about this with. I noticed she never talked about her mother or anything like that, and I spent my time daydreaming about how she might be the one who really runs the ranch. This is what I love about these kinds of characters; there’s a lot of interpretation about these sorts of things, all because they’re so realized despite a small amount of given material with them.
This being said, I love seeing an artists interpretation of these kinds of elements of characters through their own imagination, and this is an idea I get from this piece of fan art from Redditor JonathanPT. It’s a very simple piece, but it has a lot of personality to it, and really gives a solid representation of Malon. I could see her as being the kind of person who would love to hold and hug cute things, and this Epona doll is especially cute. Seriously, can we get this as merchandise or something? Because I would love to own an Epona doll like that one.
I also like the use of color in this artwork, as it really gives that warm feeling, especially when you’re hugging an adorable plush that you love so much. The proportions are also spot on, and I also have to give major kudos to the artist for drawing her feet and not opting for shoes, as I know from experience the only thing more difficult to draw than hands is feet. All in all, this is an extremely cute piece of artwork, and it conveys a strong feeling of both happiness and adorableness, which solidifies a lot of how I think of Malon as a whole.