Phantom Hourglass may not be one of the grandest adventures in the Zelda series, but that does not mean it is without its fair share of depth. The characters, locations, and narrative are incredibly engaging and unique. It’s hard to not become invested in what happens to everyone. Will Link save Tetra? How can Ciela retrieve her memories? Linebeck, will you ever grow a spine?

All of these questions and more are what drive the story forward, and this piece simply titled “Phantom Hourglass” by artist tellielz creates a perfect depiction of the game’s conflict, mystery, and a heavy focus on character growth.

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.

The main thing on display in this colorful piece is Phantom Hourglass’s cast of characters. Covered in a golden hue that seems to emanate from the Phantom Hourglass, the characters are all portrayed in their own various actions.

The bottom half of this piece shows us the heroes. Link is the central focus, with assisting characters such as Linebeck, Ciela, and Astid surrounding him. This is similar to how Link is the central character in the game but is surrounded by friends who help and protect him on his quest.

Mixed in with the heroes are also a handful of important in-game objects. A Big Key and treasure chest are clearly visible, along with the ever-important Sea Chart. Alongside those are a few of the Bubble monsters, circling around Link and the others. These are nice details that remind us of all the work and danger Link constantly contends with as he searches for Tetra.

Speaking of Tetra, above the heroes is an assortment of the game’s antagonists with the main villain Bellum carrying away the dauntless, albeit very unconscious, pirate leader. Bellum is central, but his evil and loyal servants, beasts such as the Gleeok dragon and the Cubus Sisters, are present and ready to carry out Bellum’s malicious will.

The last thing to mention is how the actual shape of this piece is incredibly clever.

The visual layout of the piece is reminiscent of an hourglass. It has a top half and a bottom half, with a narrow point in the center where transition happens. In terms of the narrative, the transition is between the Phantom Hourglass and Bellum, who represent life and death respectively. Additionally, the threat of the enemies hovering over top the heroes is like the sands falling down in an hourglass and the tension that comes from time running out.

Phantom Hourglass is a very fun and eventful game full of memorable characters. Tellielz did a fantastic job conveying all of this in a bright and visually stunning work of art. It’s a beautiful showcase of everything that makes this game great.