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Finished version of my entry for the History of Hyrule contest:

I chose the moment Hyrule gets flooded as my second choice since I wasn't sure if could finish my first-choice idea for the first deadline.
I personally love the intro of WindWaker. It's interesting how this lighthearted toony zelda game has a sad and dark backstory.
I Just really have a thing for tragic events, the hero for once not coming to save the day, no Deus ex machina, and the Triforce of courage shattering as a proof the hero is gone.
Wind Waker had some very impressive and strong Cutscenes, especially Ganondorf. He's kinda right when he says the Gods have destroyed them and him not seeing the hope that's left fits his own story as the one who always fails( sorry Ganny ^^ )
I also like a lot the theme of letting the past go etc which is also present in Majoras Mask and Links Awakening.

Erasing the past and just starting over, it's actually very close to how I imagine the backstory of Skyward Sword, it's pretty cruel too.
I like to see the goddesses(and Hylia) not only as caring and having given life to all but also as beings that have a responsibility and that know that sometimes they have to make sacrifices "for the greater good".

WIPs of the picture can be seen here:

It was actually much more work than it looks like but that's kinda part of such styles. If they look like they have been much work it means that they are too crammed or so. If it's well done you cannot see the effort put into it giving a more harmonic feeling overall.
I was first sceptic if the picture would turn out looking epic but in the end it got better than I imagined it and I'm really satisfied with the result.
Very different than I imagined it but fitting.

I tried to keep the positions of some of the Wind Waker isles, but keep at the same time the location of the places from Ocarina of time to really make the connection that WindWaker-Hyrule is the flooded OOt-Hyrule.
I Used TP-Hyrule castle as a reference because the WW-castle is on a cliff which wouldn't have worked for the picture and only putting Oot-castle was not fitting either since it was important for me to have a Hyrule town around it.
It's an entire culture that vanished, not only one castle.
The Triforce shards add a nice touch of color.

I forgot the bubbles on the contest entry I sent in(but I'll sent the update version)
They are important to me because of the Wind Waker ending, all the different weird characters you meet in Zelda games are really something typical I love and I found it nice that the Wind Waker ending showed really every single one of them.
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very good, and very sad. Well done on portraying such a momentous event.
WaffleBerry Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
As the goddesses gaze down upon their world being consumed by the evil they let run rampant for eons.... they decide with heavy hearts to bury the beautiful kingdom beneath the waves of a vast sea. Tears flow from their eyes as the land they once held dear is consumed by the torrential rains cascading from the heavens. Where is the goddess's chosen hero? Why has he not appeared? Her Grace, now a mortal is powerless to stop the impending Evil. Where did everything go wrong.... why did Hyrule have to face such a fate...

The people chosen to take refuge on the mountain tops look out into the distance... all memories and things they cherished being forever buried. All sense of hope was torn from their minds as even the Princess herself was no where to be seen.... her fate unknown. Without leadership, how would the people survive? It will take what little faith they have left to make it through the cold night let alone the nights to come. "Why have the Gods forsaken us?"

Thus one Legend ends.... and another Begins :icontriforceplz:
E-Man276 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
It's bad enough to have the kingdom get flooded in the first place, but having the king destroy it completely makes the whole thing even worse!

....... I miss Hyrule...
Robin46853 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Incredible, beautiful work. It makes me want to cry.
Niraven Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really one of my favorite entries I've seen so far. :) I really like the style and the colors you've used. Good luck in the contest!
Bleachbender Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Artist
Thank you very much! You should also check out the pictures from last years contest they are amazing!
Tafuri42 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
LOve this!
Shinkami Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This piece is so awesome. Thanks so much for adding the WIP process; after viewing that, I can appreciate the piece even more. You built it up masterfully and it's a gorgeous finished work. :D
Bleachbender Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Artist
thank you very much I'm glad you took a look at the WIP
AtomicTaco24 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really emotional picture :( It's just so sad to see what has happened to Hyrule in the Wind Waker.
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