It’s easy to think of many Zelda fans as old-timers who grew up with A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, and even Twilight Princess. But every now and then, I see something that reminds me of how Zelda continues to reach every new generation with another one of Link’s adventures. I recently stumbled upon some Breath of the Wild art by a 13-year-old fan named Sophie (posted by her parent alwaysonlylink on Reddit) and it genuinely made me smile that Zelda is instilling a creative spark in young fans even to this day.
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.
Sophie’s first piece is a lovely portrait of Mipha, and what draws my attention most is the coloring. I love the care Sophie has put in picking a perfect shade of red and adding hints of blue to Mipha’s jewelry and shawl. Speaking of which, Mipha’s jewelry — and that of all the Zora in Breath of the Wild, in fact — are central to their elegant identity, so I’m glad that Sophie took the time to draw such wonderful detail in Mipha’s collar necklace and headpiece.
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Her second piece is a brilliant sketch of Riju, and as you all know I go nuts for anything Gerudo related. From that amazing headdress to her beautiful facial features, Sophie has captured Riju’s elegance perfectly, and she genuinely has a talent for proportions. Even better is her attention to shading and depth. I’m personally a huge fan of pencil art and the depth you can create with shading, so I admire how Sophie has done this in her piece. In particular, I love the depth and shading of Riju’s eyes — her eyeliner and eye shadow are on point!
Whether you’ve been a fan since The Legend of Zelda or have just discovered your love with Breath of the Wild, I adore the inspiration that this special series sparks in the creative minds of both young and old fans alike. Definitely keep on drawing Sophie, you have a natural talent!
In fact, she recently drew Revali, which is another wonderful example of her creativity. Go check it out!