The spooky season is now upon us! And what Zelda game is more appropriate to talk about than Majora’s Mask? It doesn’t hold back on its unsettling motifs and creepy designs, and that’s exactly why we love it. It’s why every other piece of Majora’s Mask fan art magnifies the creepy elements of the game: to celebrate what it does best.
You know what else I love? The Nightmare Before Christmas. So, you can imagine my delight when I saw this artwork by CoffeeImp, which is very clearly inspired by its unique style. And it absolutely nails it.
Majora’s Mask lends itself perfectly to the Burton-esque style, so much so that I’m surprised I haven’t seen more artwork mimicking it. I absolutely adore the visuals in The Nightmare Before Christmas, from the gothic houses to the pumpkin patches and the full, glowing moon that shines behind the iconic spiral hill. To see it reimagined in a piece of Majora’s Mask fan art is really cool, and it reminds me of why I find The Nightmare Before Christmas so unique: The style is so expressive and bold, and CoffeeImp’s piece (literally) draws from this, to great effect I must say.
The black, grey and yellow color scheme is immediately reminiscent of the color palette from the film, yet the dead giveaway is the twisting hills, harsh moonlit shadows, and the giant, grinning moon itself. Aside from being a perfect connection between the two series, the style in which CoffeeImp has drawn the moon here makes me think of both Oogie Boogie when he’s silhouetted by the moon and of the Mayor of Halloween Town. It would have been even better if the moon was right behind the twisted hill!
Aside from all that, I love the style of the piece in general. Every line is sharp and well-defined, yet also sketchy to keep that sense of unease and distortion that’s intrinsic to Majora’s Mask. I particularly love how CoffeeImp has drawn all the characters featured in the piece as silhouettes, which makes them stand out against the washed, grey background. The Happy Mask Salesman is especially spot on, as his creepy smile and hunched figure have been turned up to eleven (I also just realized he’s holding a Majora’s Mask — god help us all, there’s two of them now!).
But the star of the piece is, of course, Skull Kid in the foreground. It made me realize how iconic and recognizable his design is, with the frayed fabric and hat, those oversized gloves and, of course, Majora’s Mask itself. The eyes of the mask are undoubtedly its most defining feature, so it’s very fitting for CoffeImp to emphasize them so dramatically and ominously. A nice little touch I also noticed is the jagged line running across its right eye. To me, this acts as a reminder that underneath the mask is a poor, tortured Skull Kid that begs to be free from Majora’s insanity.
Have a spooky Halloween, everyone!