I remember the time I started to learn how to draw like it was yesterday. I had recently gotten into manga, thanks to a friend I had made from the local church I went to. My eyes lit up at the covers, as the drawings were so well done and beautiful. Flipping through the pages, it was the first time I had ever seen anything quite like it, and thanks to that moment, I’ve always adored great art in an anime or manga form.

Yuga’s Art Gallery is a series in which we highlight our favorite artwork from The Legend of Zelda community, as well as some official artwork from the franchise from time to time. Zelda is a series that is constantly changing its style, and after over 30 years of evolving and shifting its visuals, it continues to inspire endless ways for artists to interpret their favorite characters and moments.

After that, I scoured books like it as much as I could, trying to learn how to draw just like them. I even picked up some how-to books and tried to learn as much as I could from my other art friends at school. Drawing became an enjoyable hobby that made me happy any time I did it, regardless of how poorly the drawing turned out.

I bring up this small story and hobby because this fan art by DeviantArt user SGK1059 reminds me so much of the manga covers I love. Simply titled “Majora’s Mask” this artwork represents everything I love about the anime aesthetic. The vibrant choice in coloring, the detailed and larger eyes, the pose — basically everything about this is charming and wonderful to look at. Seriously, if I saw this on a cover of a manga, I’d definitely be more than excited to see what kind of story awaited me.

Not only does Link himself look great, but the iconic and imposing moon look just as incredible, which shows a lot of skill from SGK1059. The coloring is great, the background is great, everything about this is just great and I love it a lot! In fact, when I would daydream about my various dream drawings, I actually envisioned them in a style not too dissimilar from this one. This piece brings back a lot of memories, not just from Majora’s Mask, but also from my bright eyed days as an aspiring artist.

I’ve since put down the pencil on drawing, due to being very heavily discouraged from going to art school, but after seeing this fan art, maybe I’ll pick that pencil back up and give art another try.