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Link vs. Link by Artsammich Link vs. Link by Artsammich
While graphics have improved over the years, Link's design has taken some definite steps backward. At least when I looked at those chunky pixels, I imagined a cool scrappy kid elf, and not the androgenous pretty boy that Nintendo's designers want him to be now.

This was done for the Avalanche blog "Legend of Zelda" tribute for the 25-year anniversary of the first game.
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Given 2011-08-23
Link vs. Link by ~Artsammich

The suggester said: "Link vs. Link by ~Artsammich is a hilarious digital painting that really shows how dramatically the depiction of a character can change over twenty five years. "

*yaminokuni said: "Really funny and intense in the same time, you kinda stare in their face and just gives you that humorous feeling" ( Suggested by PigMasterOra and Featured by TommyGK )
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PepeMonst3r Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017   Digital Artist
well... i prefer the androgenous xD
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SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
A Tale of Two Links :)
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:iconlorddonovan:
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I think the old and new versions have their own pros and cons. For example, the latest incarnations finally got pants, which is a HUGE improvement if you ask me. Even the OoT tights were better than the original bare legs he officially had. Though I would certainly agree that what I assumed the original sprites were trying to communicate wasn't exactly what Link became once he went 3D. I interpreted them similarly to what the illustrations for the Oracle games eventually did - less "pretty" but still generally cute and and cartoony.
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ooMormunaoo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Excuse meee princess!
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Bekett-the-Snark Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
I love how the little scrappy one is like, "CLEARLY it's too dangerous for you to go alone. Stay close, and do what I say." Pretty Link does kind of seem perpetually trapped in his angsty teen "Meh" years, as compared to the chunky little ball of pixels and baddassery.
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Danderfull Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love love loveeee your work!!! 
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NobleValerian Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Shared on my blog today :)

www.noblevalerian.com/1/post/2…
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:iconartsammich:
Artsammich Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Thanks!
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:iconnoblevalerian:
NobleValerian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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flynn1978 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Hilarious!!
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IHave2Dream Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!

Frankly, though, I like the adult Link better than the child Link.  But those expressions are great!
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Toshiro-Hitsugaya-31 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahah
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Zae369 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
lol, pretty boy Link has lady hips. The sprite might have looked that way, but the illustrations in the manuals always had Link as some variety of anime androgynous, so I din't think it was a conscious decision so much as them working with the limitations of the technology.
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Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like how scrimpy lil' Link looks.:)
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FantasyAqua Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well,I just love this, Is amazing and good point
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MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, toon Link is somewhat similar to your own vision of Link, and Nintendo made several Zelda games with that design.  :D
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:icon13ghostez:
13ghostEz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist
hahaha haha haaa
thats funny, im not being sarcastic!
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:iconbil0vd:
Bil0vd Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
But in "Wind Waker" and "Ocarina of Time" you can still find that scrappy boy ;) Great pic !
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:iconkkylimos:
KKylimos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Digital Artist
exaclty as u said in the description. awesome work
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:iconannarcky:
annarcky Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still love this picture, I remember the first time I saw it!! (I still gotta say, though, I like the pretty-boy link u__u;;;;;;)
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I feel these two should go on an epic buddy-quest.
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Eyelids-pie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
hahahaha dem link hips
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:iconpyroxyz:
pyroxyz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yup. I definitely agree. Major design flaws, at least compared to what it WAS like...
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multielementmage Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
MY GOD, THE LITTLE ONE XD
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mizueyes777 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hahahaha! i can't stop luaghing. what a great piece. when i showed this to my friend he thought the short link looked like chucky there for a sec.
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:iconsuperjaegar-aviator:
superjaegar-aviator Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol this is too perfect~~
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skysoul25 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student General Artist
sweet job man. I LOVE IT!!!
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:iconpoesheiky:
PoeSheiky Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
this is adorable
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional
funny scene, hehe
great, great work!
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:iconmc-comic:
mc-comic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Digital Artist
It's so funny :D :clap:
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ZombieFX Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
LOVE IT
the faces... lol
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TheArtisticSpaz Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Link strikes a nice balance of tough and prettyboy. I mean Legolas isn't exactly ugly but that doesn't take away from him being a bamf >.>. He's just Goku with better combed hair, pure of heart and full of courage.
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Yhervmx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional
Awesome
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annaannad693 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I am in love with your style.
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napalmzonde Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very stylish, I especially like the color
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TotalArtFreak Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is just epic, i love little link xD
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Bergholtz Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Now I got the map music from The Adventure of Link playing in my head. Having non detailed graphics can be a really beneficial because it gives everyone a chance to envision their own hero. When I played A Link to the Past as a kid, I gave Link a girl name and pretended that the character was female. Great work as always. I like the edge of the hill in particular, it has a real old school game feel to it with the layered dirt and turf of grass. The trees are also dead on.
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RSRG Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Yeah, I bet all those "Zelda is the Girl" T-shirts feel sheepish now
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
It may be because I got into Zelda with OoT, but I never liked the old design as much. Twilight Princess Link will always be my favorite. You may not like bishounen!Link, but he was hot, and I got plenty of eye candy as I was playing. :) Speaking as a girl playing video games, there aren't really all that many pretty boys for ogling (Prince of Persia is the only other one that comes immediately to my mind, and in the more recent games even his design is more of the huge, buff, and manly type) so I say, forward with the pretty boys.
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thedragonb0y Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
vs. Bind
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thesadpencil Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
brilliant
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:iconwshm:
WSHM Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
I love the child link
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iEatMudkipz Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Isn't his hair blonde now?
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:iconartsammich:
Artsammich Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Or pink, depending on which version. But does it matter what color a weak character's hair is?
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iEatMudkipz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't think link is a weak character. And this picture, shoes the developement of link over the years, and they gradually changed his hair from brown to blonde. Just saying.
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ElliotWolfSlayer Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Jesus christ how does no one get this, the cover art always had blonde hair they used brown and pink because the colour sets were limited on old games
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:iconieatmudkipz:
iEatMudkipz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL Why are you replying to a comment from over half a year ago?
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:iconravagaard:
Ravagaard Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the law!
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zodiac2000 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
(L)
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NasokaKewe Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Artist
Heh, this reminds me of that Disney movie Tangled. :D
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