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Majora's Return by ErikShoemaker Majora's Return by ErikShoemaker
Edit: Touched up the contrast a bit, particularly on the moon and the clouds around it.

How about returning to Termina as adult Link in a sequel to 'The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask'? I don't own a Switch yet but I might consider buying one. 8-)

I don't even know what came over me to create Zelda fanart again lol. It's been almost ten years since I finished my fanart for Ocarina of Time. Time flies, it's scary! 

Song of Storms V2 by ErikShoemaker  Serenade of Water by ErikShoemaker

The landscape/castle of this artwork is based on photos I took on my trip to Scotland this fall. Besides that credit goes to the following stock owners:
Link8 by faestockHand Pose - Gripping - Shoulder/Arm by Melyssah6-Stock | UNRESTRICTED - Falling Autumn Leaves by frozenstocksCastle in the fog 2 by legends-stock | Lightning Pack by untodarkness-stockBird Silhouette1 by FrankAndCarySTOCK | Sky photos from photobash.org and gumroad.

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I love the style of Majora's mask and Link and how the mask stands out with its bright colors. However, it does not seem Link stands out, he just sort of fades away into the background. I also like the sky and it's sort of realistic style. The moon looks a bit weird compared to one in Legend of Zelda, especially with the moon having a fat, crooked nose and a wider mouth, but I like the eyes. There's lightning coming from the moon which kind of annoys me, since I do not think the moon shoots lightning, although I might be wrong since I've never played Majora's Mask.

Overall, it's pretty good, especially with it's sort of realistic style and a sort of depiction showing how important it is for Link to continue his quest.
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The shading and light are great, with multiple sources of light the shadowing is realistic. The color choice is subtle yet vibrant and beautiful; which makes you explore the fantastic details. The clouds and stone are done particularly well. this an improvement on some of your other pieces. You should be proud.
Everything is well done and flows. . . . except for the moon. It's out of place. You would have to redo this piece to fit the moon or replace it. It just doesn't fit with the flow of the awesomeness of the rest of the scene. Overall I love this piece of art my eyes just choose to ignore the moon.
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Kingstantin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome!
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017
I love your creativity and how perfectly you can convey the result of your rich imagination! Heart 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much dear :)
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thegirlcansmile Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
all my pleasure love! Heart 
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C4rc455 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an astonishing piece!
I'm trying to get back to gfx, it's really nice to see that now you are a monster in this area!
Glad to see that you evolved this much dude!
:+fav: :peace:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey thanks man! It's nice to see some old faces and I'm glad you think so :D Thanks for the compliment!
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Mocris Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, großartig!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
danke!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the feature, Dani! :hug:
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Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: Well deserved.

Got your note, Erik, hehehe... I bet in 3 days you would make some breathtaking, after all, is you, Erik Shoemaker! :D
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DriPoint Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017   Digital Artist
Great scene!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you mate!
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DriPoint Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017   Digital Artist
.....and congrats on Dune DD!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you once more :D
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saber7610 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017
:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017   Writer
This is pretty wild! Love the personality in everything!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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faestock Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Professional Photographer
this is awesome!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the wonderful stock! I'm really glad you like it!
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zfbaser Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
great work as usual
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, much appreciated!
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tubi4 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017
Fantastic :la:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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tubi4 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017
Welcome :3
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caddman Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
real nice work...:clap::heart:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks Skot!
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caddman Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Professional General Artist
Erik

:) (Smile)Hug:iconmostwelcomeplz:
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LinkFan29 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic artwork
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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x-Nodd-x Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017   Traditional Artist
Cool composition. Also love the colouration + the insane attention to detail. I'm conflicted on the atmospheric haze. I love the effect but also partially agree with ParadisiacPicture about the contrast in so much as a small portion around the moon (at least to me) seems a little washed out, though I don't think that it flattens the moon. Good stuff.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I decided to bring back a bit of contrast on the moon. Someone else critized previously that it needed more haze to increase the sense of scale, which is why I reduced the contrast. This is now actually closer to my original version.
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x-Nodd-x Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017   Traditional Artist
It's amazing what a difference that small change in contrast has made. Superb !
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear it!
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ParadisiacPicture Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
lovely, but I would recommend giving the moon more contrast, its still a bit flat :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I decided to bring back a bit contrast on the moon after all. Previously someone complained about the exact opposite; can't please everyone I guess :D
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ParadisiacPicture Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017
sorry for the late reply :D yeah you dont need to be people pleaser, its already a really great artwork :)
maybe its about the sharpness - the moon is smooth while the vicinity is HDR-like :D

Schönes Wochenende!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment! That's supposed to be atmospheric haze which covers objects in the distance - the further they are away the more obscured they appear. 
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Rui-Abel Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017   Digital Artist
Love Zelda and this work is amazing, with a lot of details Love 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you mate, I'm glad!
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ReyeD33 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Talking about something different then what we usually see around here :lol:
Insane work, and I'll be having nightmares thanks to that moonface creature :O

The saddest thing is that I can't fully appreciate it cause I've never played Zelda in my life :(
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the artwork is pretty close to the game, just my arrangement of the elements is "new". Here's a screenshot of the original moon from the game: geekparty.com/wp-content/uploa…
I still remember it as annoying and scary back when I was a kid playing the game for the first time. :D
To be honest I think the Zelda games are the only reason to buy Nintendo consoles, but a good one.
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ReyeD33 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yep...definitely the stuff of nightmares, thanks again :lol:

And I agree completely about the nintendo, I've always been a sony man and the only thing I regret missing out is Zelda :D
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JayGraphixx Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always heard a lot mention about the game, never really played it, I hope to though. Well the artwork is brilliant, especially the moon. As in some of the comments, it looks confused haha. But you've done a great job with this. Well done. :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much! I love it because I grew up with it, but today the game's really old. There's a remaster for the 3DS I think. The graphics were slightly improved, so perhaps it would be worth playing.
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DoaaHammam Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
Awesome work! 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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DoaaHammam Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017
So welcome! 
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GabrielBStiernstrom Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
Ahhh yeah! I get all nostalgic seeing the clock tower! Majora's Mask was always my favourite Zelda game, I just love how dark and sinister it is on a psychological level and how you can see how each character in Termina deals and comes to terms with the fact of their inevitable doom. It's a gorgeous and heavy themed game. And this image is gorgeous too!
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