Amazing Princess Ruto and Link Artwork

JesseMay 16th, 2012 by Jesse

The Zelda series has been filled with romance from day one. I mean it’s always there to help drive the story, handsome young hero comes to save the Princess from evil doers over and over again. It’s a story we are quite used to. Throughout the Zelda series we have seen hints of many different love interests for Link. An unknown boy from the woods or an average ranch hand from across the map would surely be an odd couple for Princess Zelda. Malon would be more suited for young Link or possibly even Ilia or Telma from Twilight Princess. Even young Saria was quite fond of Link. Although, none of them would come close to being as strange as the romance between that of Princess Ruto and Link. Certainly Prince Ruto was putting the moves on Link while giving him the Sapphire that is so dear to her people.

I think this is what deviantARTist ~ProjectVirtue had in mind when creating this wonderful work of art showing the friendship between Link and Ruto. Make the jump for an even closer look at it.

The level of detail put into this artwork is just jaw dropping. I like how Link and Ruto both look original. They didn’t copy the Twilight Princess, The Wind Waker, Skyward Sword, or Ocarina of Time style, but came up with a completely knew one. Just how some people claim Skyward Sword looks like a mix of The Wind Waker with Twilight Princess, I would say this art style takes the anime-eque style of Ocarina of Time and mixes it with the detail of Twilight Princess. What are your thoughts on it though? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Ocarinalink

    I wonder what a cross between a Hylian and a zora would be, also, first comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MasterQuestMaster

      You started with a legitimately interesting idea and moved to a crappy one.
      But I applaud your effort.
      Yeah, wait, what WOULD it be? Would Hylian be a dominant trait, or would ti be some sort of cross? For example, a kid who is really good at swimming, or a Zora that can live their whole life without staying in water.

      • http://twitter.com/Thcolthon Geir Åge Kravik

        Sure their genitals would even fit together? ;)

        • L!Nk!!!

          WTF!!!!!!!!

        • NoPervsinLoZ

          PERV!

          • linkasourous

            Blargh!!! *pukes*

          • Why!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

            Please…. Put me out of my misery Before I read Geir Age Kravik’s comment again. Urk… Thanks…. *Dies from a bullet to the head*

          • MichMasteR

            grow up…

          • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

            Hey its gross!!!

          • linkasourous

            Blargh!!! *pukes*

          • linkasourous

            Blargh!!! *pukes*

          • linkasourous

            Blargh!!! *pukes*

          • linkasourous

            Blargh!!! *pukes*

          • linkasourous

            Blargh!!! *pukes*

  • http://zeldadungeon.net/ ALttP

    This actually looks REALLY beautiful, I wish I had artistic talent like this, but alas, I shall always be forced just to star in awe:)

    • yup thats the story

      and while you stare in awe i will try to make stick figures resemble this but horribly fail

      • SethDarkcloud

        lol

  • ledge

    The implications I get from this piece is that they are still letting a young friendship blossom. Link’s lack of a Zora tunic and young facial structure probably shows that this takes place sometime between the life of “Young Link” and “Adult Link”.

    • MasterQuestMaster

      Yeah remember Zelda sent him to the past, perhaps after the events of Majora’s Mask he returned to Hyrule and lived his life there, probably with Ruto.

      • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

        or before MM! Maybe he was looking for Ruto at the beginning!!!

        • MasterQuestMaster

          I don’t know about that though. It seems like everyone believes it was Navi. Besides, Ruto never left, and Navi did, and it would make more sense for him to look for Navi in the Lost Woods than it would to look for Ruto there.

          • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

            U r right but still it’s not a bad theory.

          • MasterQuestMaster

            Yeah it is a pretty good thought and it does make sense. After all, Malon has a ranch to attend to and Zelda probably has many many many things she has to do.

    • ‘ElloLoZ

      Umm….. Link looks like a girl, and I kinda can’t get past that >XP

      • NavIStFu

        I agree, the hair is too long, the face is too childish, and the chest kinda sticks out a bit.
        >:- o

  • CrackedBrain

    Wow, so amazing, Ruto looks so sexy but… Link looks kinda bishounen hahahahaha

  • Crazyfreak

    What’s going on with their arms, her boobs are bigger than her forearm, coloring is great!

    • Luca

      perspective.

      • crazyfreak

        Erhm you do realise perspective doesn’t work like that, do you? Her forearm should be bigger than her boobs, since her forearm is reaching for Link’s hand. Also the way the forearm is attached to the upperarm is strange.

        • Hero_of_Space

          Erhm, perhaps YOU don’t realize how perspective works, because her forearm should be small, since her elbow is bent, not reaching forward.

          • crazyfreak

            I know how perspective works and I know it doesn’t work like this. It’s because you can clearly see Ruto’s upperbody -notice the boobies- But her upperarm is just cutt off due to her forearm. The problem here is, is that Ruto is too close to Link. If the artist made Ruto less close to Link and more to the right, he could have had enough space to draw the forearm bigger with her hand. The hand on the left side is just as big as the one on the right. Seeing how it’s drawn in perspective the hand on the leftside should be a lot bigger then the one on the right. You can always determine the size of a hand by placing your hand on your face. A hand can cover a face, since the hand on Ruto’s left is reaching Link’s her hand is in front of her and should be bigger then how the artist drew it.

            Than there’s the thing with her elbow bent, she’s behind Link right? Not next to him. She should be reaching a bit out for him so her elbow should have been more streched. No one reaches someone else like that. That’s why the upperarm should have been longer and less cut by the forearm.

            I do realise how perspective works, I’ve been drawing quite a while. You can view our webcomic at Zeldanime.com

          • sheikah98

            his arm is reaching back, and she has it tucked against her body. maybe the hand is too small, but there’s nothing wrong with the forearm. besides, i doubt any of us here could do this, so we have no right to criticize. i think its amazing, problems with the hand/arm area or not.

          • sheikah98

            it was posting. sorry.

          • sheikah98

            his arm is reaching back, and she has it tucked against her body. maybe the hand is too small, but there’s nothing wrong with the forearm. besides, i doubt any of us here could do this, so we have no right to criticize. i think its amazing, problems with the hand/arm area or not.

          • sheikah98

            his arm is reaching back, and she has it tucked against her body. maybe the hand is too small, but there’s nothing wrong with the forearm. besides, i doubt any of us here could do this, so we have no right to criticize. i think its amazing, problems with the hand/arm area or not.

          • Drake

            I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but it would actually depend on the position of both characters in order for anybody to be right. But her forearm does cause quite the argument.

          • Drake

            apparently I find out now that it WAS posting.

          • Drake

            I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but it would actually depend on the position of both characters in order for anybody to be right. But her forearm does cause quite the argument.

          • Drake

            I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but it would actually depend on the position of both characters in order for anybody to be right. But her forearm does cause quite the argument.

          • Drake

            I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but it would actually depend on the position of both characters in order for anybody to be right. But her forearm does cause quite the argument.

          • Drake

            I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but it would actually depend on the position of both characters in order for anybody to be right. But her forearm does cause quite the argument.

          • Drake

            I’m not trying to be a smart ass, but it would actually depend on the position of both characters in order for anybody to be right. But her forearm does cause quite the argument.

  • stupidasswigguh

    new* not knew idiot.

  • http://twitter.com/Thcolthon Geir Åge Kravik

    There is something wrong with Link’s face.. I can not put my finger on it.. But something is WAY off..

    • thethrashking

      i totally agree. i think its the eyes that really dont look right but its still absolutely gorgeous art

      • wafflegoat

        yeah, link looks like a girl

      • http://twitter.com/Thcolthon Geir Åge Kravik

        Definitively something around the eye area, yes..
        And, agreed! :D

        • http://www.facebook.com/dylan.m.prouty Dylan Mandalore Prouty

          It’s that his eyes are more of a teardrop-ish shape. That’s a common thing in femanine anime art. Also, his eyes are very shiny and the blue is really light. I’m an artist and I’ve been told I’m pretty good, but I really like the art. Hasn’t Link always been a bit girly?

          • Drake

            I really hate to say this, but I agree in a sense. His eyes would have to be much bigger, much wider(so they fit the length of the eyebrow), and I’m not trying to be picky either. The eyes on Link are actually more human-likerather than in most of the games.

          • Drake

            I really hate to say this, but I agree in a sense. His eyes would have to be much bigger, much wider(so they fit the length of the eyebrow), and I’m not trying to be picky either. The eyes on Link are actually more human-likerather than in most of the games.

          • Drake

            I really hate to say this, but I agree in a sense. His eyes would have to be much bigger, much wider(so they fit the length of the eyebrow), and I’m not trying to be picky either. The eyes on Link are actually more human-likerather than in most of the games.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001116928822 Bailey Roberts

        his eyes look fine to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dipalma Jordan DiPalma

      They made a couple mistakes that made him look too feminine, the eyes being a prominent one. They also lengthened his hair too much when giving it that “flowing freely in water” effect.
      Of course, I’m in no place to criticize. This is beautiful artwork and is far superior to anything I could imagine crafting.

    • SethDarkcloud

      the is also his face. its too smooth and innocent.

  • LoOkClOsLeY

    Dude, If you Look closley, She has EYES on THE SIDES OF HER HEAD!!!

    • Hero_of_Space

      Yeah, she has those in OoT too.

  • RubyDragonCat

    I honestly dont think Hylians and Zoras can even crossbreed…if they can, the offspring would be hybrid abominations and likely sterile like mules. Link x Ruto is never gonna happen for that reason. The Zora royal bloodline would stop right there..and that would be bad.

    The picture is cool though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003085988763 Josiah Konning

      Ya, But in Ocarina of Time Ruto likes link

      • RubyDragonCat

        She may or she may not, but the pairing still makes no sense :)

        • wafflegoat

          EXACTLY!

          • linkasourous

            I am all for Zelda x Link
            …plus Ruto is like…a fish

          • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

            STOP SAYING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • linkasourous

            I am all for Zelda x Link
            …plus Ruto is like…a fish

          • linkasourous

            I am all for Zelda x Link
            …plus Ruto is like…a fish

          • linkasourous

            I am all for Zelda x Link
            …plus Ruto is like…a fish

  • Parasite

    The best are her boobs.

    • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

      Perv! D:<

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.brassbridge Michael Brassbridge

    the only fault with it is that link should be wearing the blue tunic lol

  • Lexi Z

    Is it just me, or does Link look more than a little femanine?

    • http://zeldadungeon.net/ EGhapee

      It’s not just you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001116928822 Bailey Roberts

        I agree.

      • dark majora

        ANNYOING COMMENT MAN IS BACK aka MEEEEEEEE

        • http://zeldadungeon.net/ EGhapee

          I can’t put pictures in the comments anymore for some stupid reason so I’ll just say it: Watch out we got a badass over here.

    • Sir ORR~YIP

      Defintely agree with you there.

    • SethDarkcloud

      he definately does

    • lololools

      Femanine? not sure if the bad spelling was intentional…
      femanine
      feMANine
      fe MAN ine
      MAN

  • BTT

    I do like how much detail is put into it, but the foreshortening is very wonky. Link’s left arm especially doesn’t make any sense at all . . . I’d like it otherwise, but that just takes away from the piece entirely.

  • wafflegoat

    I really like it, but Link looks like a girl and (I agree, BTT) the left arm just doesn’t add up.

  • Shadowknight1

    First, you said “Prince Ruto” at one point in the intro there.

    Second…wouldn’t Link be drowning?

  • BlackRaven6695

    That’s some serious talent right there. I’m also impressed with the lack of ‘Lol look at rutos BOOBS’ comments. Well done, people.

    • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

      I know the planet is slowly becoming less barbaric than before with the whole boobie thing which drives me crazy!

      • dark majora

        to annyoy you O-O she has nice boobs

        • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

          >:P

  • Turo

    Whoa, wtf happened to Link?

  • zeldafever98

    it’s amazing but link kinda looks like a girl…

  • Charlotte

    I just don’t like how they used TP Link instead of OoT Link. EVERYONE seems to do that for some reason. :/

  • Tommy2Guns

    PLEASE LET THIS BE THE WII U ART STYLE!!! I know it’s not gonna happen, what a shame :/

  • Hero_of_Space

    Link kinda reminds me of Katniss Everdeen.

    • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

      A bit. Especially the whole archery thing. BTW did u know archery is popular now JUST because of the Hunger Games?! I am not included in the crowd of ppl who like just cuz of Katniss. I enjoy it because its fun. I liked it even before the Hunger Games books even exsisted!!!

      • wafflegoat

        I adore the Hunger Games! Poor Rue…Wait, isn’t this ZELDA Dungeon?

        • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

          Yes it is :)
          Still it sucks when Rue dies!!!!!!!! D;

  • LinkInMyHead

    Amazing, just amazing, it captures the beauty of the Zora’s domain in just this one watery scene… Even though Link’s hair is a little long, it’s able to swirl in the water and it just adds to the idea of them swimming

  • http://zeldadungeon.net/ EGhapee

    *Ahem* Link is a man.

    On a more serious note, the artist who made this is evidently very skilled.

  • guest

    great artwork. i like the smile on link as he looks at ruto lol

  • Sir ORR~YIP

    This is really beautiful!!! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001116928822 Bailey Roberts

    its amazing. i love it.

  • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

    Princess Ruto is pretty in this picture… except the eyes on the side of her head!!!

  • K2L

    How can Link swim underwater without the Zora Tunic/Armor? O_o

  • RockinLinkr

    Great picture, but “Certainly PRINCE Ruto was” ummmm…. Prince?

  • BlueCosmos

    WOW. This is borderline perfect! Link looks slightly too feminine but it’s still amazing. I wish I could draw like that.

  • SethDarkcloud

    pretty good.
    hey guys, a friend of mine is writting a book with my help, and he is going to have an art book with it.
    on deviant art, he is going to post some concept art. not zelda related, but brand new. nothings up yet, but when it does, i may notify you, or i may forget. anyway, the book/ series is called the heros of Rysden, something like that. his account to check out the videos should be something like this, Doomraker. it may be different, he hasn’t made the account yet. like this and reply if you want to know more!

  • TheLuikinz

    Link DEFINATELY looks like a girl

  • dinofos

    it’s freaking porn -.-

  • Hylian Heroine

    Yo, Princess Ruto!! There’s these new things called SHIRTS, AND PANTS, I think u should try them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I think that whenever I see Ruto!! But, seriously, I LOVE THE PICTURE!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joy.hoose Joy Hoose

    It is one of the best artwork about Link and Ruto that I have seen in a long time!!!!!!!!! 10 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sheikah98

    really, really good, but Link looks a bit feminine. i wish i could draw like that. or however they did that.

  • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

    umm Telma? She’s like thirty or something and link is like 18. that would not work out it would be so akward!

  • LOZFN

    IS everyone focused on link so much that they cant see ruto’s huge boobs

  • Terminus

    Did anyone notice that this was Twilight Princess Link? The chain mail and right-handedness give it away.

  • Neutopia

    That picture is so gorgeous, I absolutely love that style of artwork, definitely my favorite piece that you guys have posted in the past few years! :)

  • princeofhyrule126

    how do you put pictures by your user name because i dont have one and i am new to this

  • Salim Issimdar

    Link – “Huh ha! I’m gonna run out of air soon and die buh at least I got to see Ruto’s take off her bra lulz!”