A talented artist and The Legend of Zelda fan has produced a beautiful piece of fanart using Copic markers, reimagining a young, pink-haired Link in a cute, cartoon art style. Although usually depicted as brown or blond, Link's hair took on the eye-catching color for 1991's A Link to the Past, making the depiction stand out against both older and newer versions of the well-loved character.
Copic markers are a notable brand of artistic marker pens. There are over 350 different color markers available from the Japanese company, and as a result of them being alcohol-based, they produce vibrant colors while also being translucent. Additionally, the ink can be built up in layers and blended, creating a vivid spectrum of color. Because of this, an artist can utilize practically any shade or hue in order to create stunning pieces of art.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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The possibilities presented by Copic markers are demonstrated brilliantly by Twitter user MorganLuthi in his new Legend of Zelda fanart. The artwork recently posted by MorganLuthi actually consists of two related images. The first image is an incredible scene of Link exploring an overgrown forest, picked out in dozens of shades of green and brown. Link can be seen walking over an immense fallen tree trunk as an ominous structure looms in the background. Considering Link's pink hair in this scene, this appears to be MorganLuthi's depiction of the Skull Woods dungeon from A Link to the Past. Curiously enough, Nintendo has never provided an official reason for why Link has pink hair in this game, although this hasn't stopped fans from speculating.
Copic sketching some Zelda… pic.twitter.com/iUN0TAihij— Morgan Luthi (@MorganLuthi) July 9, 2022
The second image changes the perspective, giving the viewer a close-up of Link's face as he sees the ancient dungeon before him. Link's face is far from the heroic visage seen in recent Legend of Zelda games. Instead, he is depicted as a boy, wide-eyed and even slightly buck-toothed. With a wooden shield on one arm, his expression conveys a curious kind of anticipation as he takes in the view. Neither excited nor afraid, Link shows understated courage here, as he prepares for a potentially dangerous challenge. This alternate version of a young Link may be an awkward youth, but at the same time, he is clearly still the hero loved by so many.
This fan art is incredibly detailed, with a dazzling array of colors. The towering trees and enormous gaping mouth of the dungeon dwarf Link, whose youth makes him seem tiny in comparison. It is clear this is a hostile environment, very fitting for a Legend of Zelda dungeon entrance, and one that has likely laid undisturbed for a very long time. Nevertheless, Link continues on, a bright spot standing out amongst the moss-coated trees. The Legend of Zelda often emphasizes Link's courage, and this same quality is on clear display in this gorgeous new fanart.