Yuga’s Art Gallery Special: Halloween
by on November 1, 2017

Yuga’s Art Gallery is a series in which we highlight our favourite artwork and crafts from the 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 favourite characters and moments.

Something I find incredibly special about Halloween is that it encourages the creative side in all of us. In the digital age we’re living in, Halloween is a delight not just because of the parties, bags of candy and the scary movies, but also to see what people will share across the giant canvas we call the internet.

People don’t just carve crude faces into pumpkins these days, they use them as a vessel for detailed art and sculptures. When dressing up, not everyone opts for a generic monster: instead, cosplayers go wild with their character choices, and the effort they put into their costumes. As for what the traditional artists have been up to, here we have a spooky selection of Zelda-themed horrors that will awe and excite, as well as shock and surprise!

Get psychedelic with this Majora’s Mask painting

Author: Liz Burton

Almost every piece of Majora’s Mask artwork focuses on one key feature: its piercing, psychotic eyes. This is for good reason. Practically bursting out of the mask, they penetrate any psychological barrier your mind once had and leave you feeling deeply disturbed by its endless, harrowing gaze.

It’s why I felt especially perturbed, yet fascinated, by Reddit user Anilxe’s Majora’s Mask painting. Although it uses simplistic colors and shapes, the way Anilxe utilises these to construct the features of Majora’s Mask and the flares of energy discharging from it is really striking.

The first thing I noticed is the fact that the painting fills the entire canvas, and to great effect. Majora’s Mask occupies the majority of the space, and everything else in the picture resonates directly from it. Resultantly, Majora’s Mask draws your complete focus. Nothing else can distract you. You are completely captured by its intense, unblinking eyes.

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everything seems in motion, particularly the eyes –- they’re swirling, hypnotising. the mask feels alive.

Anilxe’s use of the pale green and red waves, which exude from Majora’s Mask into the space around it, causes this hypnotic effect. While the waves undoubtedly draw inspiration from the repulsive tentacles that hang from its head in the game, they appear unconnected to Majora’s face and instead seem to be a psychedelic effect caused by staring into its eyes.

What’s more, Anilxe’s skill with blending the colors and warping the lines of these waves creates a real sense of disorienting movement, as does the creative touch to the eyes and the face of the mask. While the original design uses solid, block colors and relatively straight lines, Anilxe formed the eyes using segmented, crimped shapes, and added whirls under the eyes. As a result, everything seems in motion, particularly the eyes — they’re swirling, hypnotising. The mask feels alive.

The hypnotic eyes, the whirls on its cheeks, and the psychedelic waves radiating behind the mask all create a harrowing sense that Majora has you completely entranced. And you’re powerless to resist.

This is it: The Final Day

Author: Stephanie Cusumano

Here’s a terrifying thought: what if Link had worn Majora’s Mask? What if its cold whispers had tempted him? It took every ounce of him to refrain, but he succumbed to its ominous cry. He could not resist. The call was too strong, and the madness soon consumed him. The hope of the world would be lost in a single moment; the light swiftly snuffed out.

Never had I thought I would ponder this until I saw this chilling piece of art by saltycatfish. Not only is the thought of us losing our hero to the darkness terrifying, but the visuals are equally (if not more) haunting. The etched ink work against the sepia tone gives an unnerving feeling to the piece which is amplified by the blurring motion of the artwork. The way the picture sways, it’s almost like you feel Link’s descent into madness. The glowing eyes of Majora’s Mask pierce right into your soul. Everything about this piece is magnificent.

Everything about this piece is magnificent.

Majora’s Mask is the darkest game the Legend of Zelda series has offered us so far, and I think that’s the reason so many remember it. Whether it was because of the frightening atmosphere or the dark undertones of the plot, each of us who have been fortunate enough to experience this tale has fond memories of this grim side of Zelda. We like to be scared every now and then, which is why I highly recommend giving this game a visit on this Halloween night.

It may look scary, but it doesn’t Poes a threat

Author: Reece Heather

There’s just something about that Nintendo 64 era of Zelda, huh?

Majora‘s Mask is, as we all know, considered by the majority of the Zelda fandom to be the creepiest game in the series. As this article proves, this makes it a goldmine when it comes to picking out Halloween highlights. My pick for our Art Gallery Special actually extends to both Majora’s Mask and its console cousin, Ocarina of Time — the latter of which introduced the first 3D portrayal of the mischievous ghosts that haunt Hyrule: the Poes.

Instagram user legendarytreasures recreates scenes from Zelda games using a variety of methods and materials, mixing official merchandise with her own crafted works. This scene of a Poe in a graveyard is astounding just to look at, but I was even more impressed when I discovered all the clever ideas she used to put this together, as described on Reddit.

There is one hidden detail here that adds another layer of horror onto an already spooky scene.

The way the greenery around the scene is presented, it looked so authentic that I thought that it was life-sized when I first saw it. Then, when I had an idea of the actual scale, I was convinced that that Poe was some official figure that Nintendo had secretly released — but not so!

Amazingly, the Poe sculpture is her own creation, made from Sculpey Firm polymer clay. She used a pen light to make its lamp look like its glowing, and used real Hylian text for the tombstones. She even used an actual fog machine for that final touch of atmosphere.

There is one hidden detail here that adds another layer of horror onto an already spooky scene: the Hylian text on the tombstone on the far right reads “Link”. It seems that this spiteful spirit has sadistic plans for the Hero of Time.

Zelda Universe staff