The iteration of Princess Zelda in Breath of the Wild is easily one of my favorites. It could be just because she had an active role in the story and because I looked forward to viewing the memory sequences to see more of her character, but it also has a lot to do with her personality. She’s very curious about the world, a real bookworm, and she’s certainly not afraid to speak her mind. Sure, she’s a bit pampered, especially in the early memories; but given her upbringing and overprotectiveness of her father, that’s to be expected.
Prior to the calamity, I like to imagine what Zelda did in her spare time, and artist FinniChang shows us an example of how Zelda might spend her afternoon, drinking tea and eating the various fruits and sandwiches in front of her. This art has been expertly crafted, with a very warm light pouring into the room, giving the impression of a nice and sunny day outside. This creates a nice atmosphere, which gives a rather inviting feeling to it. The coloring just in general is well done, and the food on the tray looks very delicious.
I also love the little detail of Zelda having her pinky extended while holding the fork. It gives that traditional sense of proper etiquette and shows more personality in Zelda, in that she was raised with such mannerisms. I think that’s the main thing that really draws me to this particular artwork. From just a simple cursory glance I could immediately glean a lot of information about the character in question, but the more I examined it, the more details I could see that only managed to improve the overall artwork itself.
You can tell a lot of love went into this artwork and that FinniChang understands Zelda very well. It is a beautiful and excellent piece of art, which reminds us that even the simple and mundane can elicit powerful emotions. You don’t need a huge and vibrant mural to make something beautiful, and this piece is a strong reminder of that idea.