Triforce Tributes: We present our Zelda fan art honorable mentions
by on January 31, 2017

Just like last week, picking just ten winners out of the many fan art submissions to Triforce Tributes was a difficult task. Given that we had so many favorites and so few prizes to award, we at least wanted to give a little bit of recognition to so many more amazing pieces of art. So today we reveal a first batch of honorable mentions from the fan art contributions, and we’ll reveal a very special batch of fan art that we want to highlight tomorrow.

If your entry isn’t here it doesn’t mean it’s not worthy or that we didn’t like it. We loved every single piece of artwork we received! However, for now, here’s ten more of our favourites from you, our fans.

Aspen Hylia Buys

Aspen Hylia Buys

Aspen submitted this artwork, which happens to be the first piece of Zelda art they ever made, and we thought it was an extremely good effort! To get Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf into one image as beautifully as this is quite the accomplishment. We can only hope that Aspen has continued to draw Zelda characters as time has passed.

Cassie Isaacson

Cassie Isaacson

Cassie’s simple black-and-white artistry is absolutely perfect for depicting this tragic scene from Majora’s Mask where Link sees himself just after being cursed by Skull Kid. It just goes to show that you don’t need high detail or color in your art to make something that speaks volumes. The sad emotion on that tortured face is clear as day.

Krystal Gallegos

Krystal Gallegos

How cute is this one? Link, donning the Bremen Mask, manages to become the first successful cat herder in Termina. This one touched us so much, partially because it’s such an adorable scene but also because it’s so well done.

dannifuentesart

dannifuentesart

We were equal parts mesmerized and confused by this unique rendition of Princess Zelda. Is there some aspect of Ganondorf in that second set of eyes? We’re not 100% sure. L’ART, SHE IZ NOT MEANT TO BE UNDERZTOOD, ONLY APPRECIATED.

BowAndYarrows

Bow and Yarrows

While there’s something special about drawing Zelda characters in their classic styles, it’s always interesting to see fans’ unique takes on them as well. This was titled “Old Norse Zelda,” and we definitely got vibes of Princess Merida from Pixar’s Brave from this artwork. It definitely stood out amongst the rest!

huilinarts

huilinarts

This sketch of Princess Hilda from A Link Between Worlds might appear rather simple at first glance, but we felt that it captured her sombre and complex mood extremely well. There’s an air of mystery that this simple black and purple sketch presents that we couldn’t let it go by unnoticed.

Keisha Saesu

Keisha Saesu

A Link Between Worlds has some amazing official artwork for it, and this piece by Keisha captures nearly every major character in the game as well the both scenery and the major gameplay mechanic of Link becoming part of the walls. Stunning!

Seb Cardenas

seb cardenas

Seb’s pencil drawing of young Link really spoke to us, and made some of us recall our own numerous drawings of Link’s face. We loved the use of shading to capture the contours of Link’s face, neck, and hat. It’s clear that Seb poured a lot of heart and soul into this piece of artwork.

HSBJIOF

HSBJIOF

This is perhaps the cutest artwork you’ll see all day. Throughout our judging process, we kept looking at it, falling in love with it, and it very, very nearly made our top ten list. It makes us hope that there will be some emotional scenes in Breath of the Wild between these two.

FrozenStarFish

FrozenStarFish

FrozenStarFish sent in this picture of Princess Zelda and an Original Character (OC). OCs are a huge part of the Zelda fandom for some artists, writers, and fans. We wanted to give this piece of art some special recognition because it’s not just a nice picture, it represents the passion of the fans who go beyond the world of the games and add their own flavors.

Tune in tomorrow for our second and final batch of fan art honorable mentions from the second week of Triforce Tributes.

David Johnson
David Johnson, a.k.a. "The Missing Link," was once the webmaster of both Zelda: The Grand Adventures and ZeldaBlog. He works as a software engineer in the games industry. David also pontificates about Zelda, writes features and guides for ZU, and obsesses about CD-i.