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Sail Towards the Storm and Embrace Your Courage by xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Sail Towards the Storm and Embrace Your Courage by xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx
EDIT: THIS JUST IN! I received an E-mail from Nintendo saying that I made the top 50!! :D :D Expect to see this piece at the symphony of the goddess concert on September 12th!

EDIT 2: You can see my work at Nintendo's official YouTube page on this video (around 6:20 min): www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX_17N…

Some of you may know that I've entered the Wind Waker fan art Contest that was hosted by Nintendo that ended on September 2nd. As of writing this, they haven't decided on the winners. However, I decided that I could probably post it now since Nintendo is no longer accepting entries, and therefore, I should be safe post this drawing without it being entered by someone else during this time. Just as well, nobody else should have access to this drawing. Thus making this the origin place for its public viewing.

Anyway, the contest is all about the Wind Waker. The top 5 winners win a Wii U, along with the HD remake of Wind Waker, and their drawings are published in different Nintendo related Medias. Just as well, the running up 50 contestants get their art works shown on the big screen at this year's symphony of the goddess concert being held in Seattle for thousands of people to see. This gave me an excuse to draw something again, as I've been putting off doing any kind of artwork over the summer because my summer job was too physically demanding for me to actually discipline myself to sit down and make something creative. It was too straining. But at this point, I was finished working for the summer, and I decided to use this to get myself going again (though school will get in the way of future drawings for a while).

This was drawn in roughly 21 hours over the course of 3 days in Photoshop CS5. Personally, I really liked the sailing aspect of the game, as well as the game's general setting. The world was huge with lots of places to explore and islands to see, and even the ocean was dynamic. It had enemies to keep it from getting too boring, sunken treasure, and even weather that changed. Anyway, I enjoyed making it even though drawing the ocean was a pain to figure out (I just ended up squiggling it out with a hard brush). I hope you enjoy looking at it!
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SorceressofShadows Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, the water is too pretty! And the transition from the blue skies on the left side to the storm at the right is really neat. I also like the balance this strikes between realism and Wind Waker's style. :D

Also, get out your boomerang, Link, there are Gyorgs following you. >I
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm pretty proud of the blending styles myself. :nod:
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SorceressofShadows Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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X2theD Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:o (Eek) ... simply... amazing :o (Eek) 
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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LynKofWinds Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
This is freaking awesome. My favorite part though has got to be the ocean. It looks so real!!!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I think the ocean is my favorite part too. It came out naturally without any real hassle and it looks all the better for it. :)
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RaiteiSama Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I can't find the words to describe it. It's just too beautiful, really well done.
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, thanks! I'm constantly surprised by the amount of people that appreciate what I do; it really helps to put meaning into my work. :)
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AnimeOtaku585 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome!  I can tell! 
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AnimeOtaku585 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is breathtaking!  Amazing!  Looks so realistic! 
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! I'm glad you like it. :) I worked for quite some time on it.
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neodarkwing Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
this is one of the most beautiful Zelda pics I have seen
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! It's certainly a lot better than the last Legend of Zelda picture that I made.
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astercrow Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   General Artist
Whoa, that's incredible! This is beautiful, and congrats!! I'm psyched for you! :boogie:
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, Aster! I worked quite a bit on it.

Haha, I know, right? I was totally taken aback when I saw the e-mail. It was quite something. :)
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MrElectrog64 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
OMG this is amazing!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!! I'm glad you enjoy it!
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MrElectrog64 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
np!
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icewyvern181 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this! You kept Link and The King of Red Lions very small compared to the ocean so us viewers could take in the landscape's grand scope. Beautiful work, and I'm very glad to hear this made it to the concert!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, yep, that's certainly one reason why I made it that way.

Yeah, I was really surprised and happy to see that my entry had made it to the top 50. It totally made my day. Now if only someone would upload a video showing the other entries. :E
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Katsunogi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful! 1 of my all time fav games!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, it's one of my all time favorite games as well. :)
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Corrupted-Mirror Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
So awesome!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, thanks!
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Corrupted-Mirror Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
No problem bro 8)
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AtomicTaco24 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks soooo freaking awesome!!! The ocean is beautiful, and the clouds look phenomenal!! Your spot in the top fifty is well deserved!!! Congratulations!!!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I was absolutely shocked to see the e-mail in my inbox. Too bad I live in the midwest and couldn't go see the symphony...
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AtomicTaco24 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, well that's a bit upsetting :( But hey! A lot of other people will be seeing and appreciating your art! That's great all on its own! :)
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DisDude Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Wow congrats, it's amazing :D
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! :)
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AmandaMullins Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Congradulations! I'm so happy you got the top 50, this really deserves it. 

It's great to see a picture that just shows the vastness of the game. Blue sky and blue ocean and a dark storm up ahead. Love it!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I appreciate it. :D I think I saw your submission too at some point. Your animation was pretty sweet, and congrats to you for getting top 5!

Yeah, Wind Waker is a massive game with a lot of stuff to do and see.
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Eivilys Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
WOW !!! o-o I don't know what to say. It's so beautiful! 
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I spent quite a bit of time fine tuning it. So I'm glad it was worth it. :)
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orange-manifesto Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I wanna go sailing again...
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So do I.

Blarp.
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ViciousWW Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those sharks! They always were annoying.
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, I know, right? I once had a couple of them chase me almost all the way across the map.
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ViciousWW Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tes, and we always have the hope the lost them, but they were always behind you...
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Biscuiteer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I would like to say something, but really, I don't think anything I could say would properly give credit to this masterpiece you have created! Its.. its.. GREAT! Your style of art seems to be perfectly suited for the cel-shaded art that The Wind Waker establishes for itself. If I *have* to nitpick, I might say that this piece might have benefited from a bit more contrast. Perhaps the looming storm could have been drawn a bit darker, with the lightning bolts illuminating the distant island. But I do feel this piece still works out, there is alot of fine detail, and I will be forever perplexed by how you managed to create the ocean to feel so vibrant and, dare i say, realistic.

That art contest is sure to have alot of stiff competition, but I can't help but feel you will be winning something at least. Congratulations!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I was looking at 4 different monitors/screens when working on this because my laptop is a bit light in its color, though not terribly so, and each monitor was a bit different from the last (some darker, some a bit lighter). So I tried my best to come up with a happy medium where it looked acceptable for each monitor. So that's where my decision for the clouds came into play.

But thanks though! It makes me happy to see people like it.  I can tell you that drawing the ocean took a while since I've only attempted to draw the ocean one other time, and that was a while ago (you can find that other piece with the ocean here: xx-mr-no-name-xx.deviantart.co… Compare it if you want). My method for this one was to splash different colors together in the form of squiggles with a hard brush over a base blue that I laid out with an air brush until it felt right. Of course, there were fine adjustments, and it did not always look this way because of that method, but that's okay because I think it turned out nice.

Winning something would be a welcoming idea, but I'd be okay if I didn't win either. But we'll see what happens. Thanks a lot! :)
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Biscuiteer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on the top 50! I knew you would win something with that quality of art. That's definitely a reward in itself, for sure. I see you made your effort on the contrast bit, so I can't fault you anymore now knowing that. I *think* I have an understanding of the oceans now, but i'm more of a visual kind of guy, so it will make sense when I see it. But i'm going to take your word on that, clearly it was enough to land you a top placing finish!

Well then you're clearly on your way to art greatness.. i'll just sit here and grab the popcorn for the big show.
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I was totally in a state of euphoric excitement to see that my effort was worth something, haha!

Well, enjoy that popcorn and enjoy the big show, my friend. ;)
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Bogren Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
NIIIIIIICE!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!! :iconhappytearsplz:
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sjonnoh Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I just have to say that I really love the background. I must say that you are very skilled with drawing backgrounds. And I can tell you improved alot!
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, a lot of my skill has changed since I first joined dA some 3 years ago. It's good to see that I'm improving.
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BananaSundae456 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness... :iconrainbowdroolplz:
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xX-Mr-No-Name-Xx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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