A Link to the Past Enemy Artwork Competition

Mases HagopianNovember 7th, 2012 by Mases Hagopian

Do you have artistic ability and want to contribute to Zelda Dungeon? Well here’s your chance! We’re hosting an artwork competition to help bolster the aesthetics of our Zelda Wiki. I personally am a big fan of the artwork of the Legend of Zelda series, and in particular, the artwork for all the individual enemies and bosses from early on in the series. When The Legend of Zelda first released in 1986, the instruction manual had individual artwork for every single enemy in the game. Furthermore, almost every independent Strategy Guide that released for the game had unique artwork of its own.

This trend somewhat carried over to Adventure of Link, but by the time A Link to the Past came around, the idea of each enemy having its own artwork sort of faded away. Over the last few days I’ve been working on the A Link to the Past Enemy Guide and I’ve compiled sprite images for almost every enemy that appears in the Light World. If you click the page and then click the images, you can see more sprite images, as well as detailed descriptions for all these enemies. What’s missing from these pages is artwork and that’s where you come in! Make the jump to check out the details on our artwork competition.

There are a few simple steps that you need to take to enter the competition. All you have to do is browse through our A Link to the Past Enemy Gallery and pick out an enemy or two. Then just create a a piece of artwork based on that particular enemy. You can use as much liberty in altering the character as you’d like. It’s hard to imagine what these 2D sprite image enemies would look like in a more 3D artwork environment, but that’s is where your imagination comes in to play.

After creating the piece of artwork, send it as an attachment to my e-mail at [email protected] or send it to our Facebook Page. Every single piece of artwork that we get for this competition will be posted at our Facebook page in its own separate image gallery, with full credits to the original artists.

After a few weeks, we will compile all the individual pieces of artwork that all the fans have sent in. The staff of Zelda Dungeon will then sort through them all and vote on our Top 5 Favorite pieces. The artists of these Top 5 pieces will be the winners of the competition, winning a variety prizes. At this point, prizes are yet to be determined, but will likely consist of Zelda-related Plush Dolls, Zelda Manga Books, and other Zelda Collectibles, along with one grand prize to be determined.

Furthermore, the winners of the competition may be offered a position here at Zelda Dungeon! Zelda Dungeon is looking for artists to go through a bulk of this project, creating individual art pieces for every single enemy. We understand this is such a grand task and we may bring in multiple artists for the project. We also understand the time and effort that goes into this type of work, thus, these could very well be commission-based positions. This will all be worked out with the individual artists at a later point in time.

So that’s about all there is too it. While we currently only have the Light World enemies listed in our A Link to the Past Enemy Gallery, I will steadily be adding the Dark World enemies as well as I progress through the game. Feel free to create art pieces for any of the individual enemies, whether they appear in the Light or Dark Worlds. Furthermore, the goal is to gather artwork for every single enemy, so there is no reason to limit your submissions to just one enemy. If you’d like to create several pieces, send them all in! We’d love to see your work and we’ll post them all at our Facebook page. Good Luck to everybody out there!

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  • http://twitter.com/Popje667 Sean Gaffney

    Oh! If only I had art talent…

  • TriforceSamurai

    i have to enter this! just got a tablet monitor and been itching to really put it to good use! i hope i can stack up to the other amazing artists im sure will enter

  • ShadowZone1996

    Im gonna draw the Giant Ball!

  • crb

    I would draw something epic about LOZ but I don’t know

    • crb

      anyone got an idea of what I could draw I would be really happy

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

        An enemy from A Link to the Past would be preferable, considering that’s the focus of the contest. How about a Deadrock?

  • Darkgreyfire

    Are you guys looking for just minor enemies, or are we able to draw bosses too?

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      This is primarily for the enemies of A Link to the Past, but we will take boss artowork images as well. The bosses do have some artwork and there are some fan artwork pieces out there. There is virtually nothing for most of these enemies.

  • Cucco Link

    I’m gonna get to work right now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebekah.sapelli Rebekah Sapelli

    As soon I finished reading this article, I grabbed my drawing pad and pencils and got started. If I win, it will definitely boost my confidence in my artistic ability.

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      We could do something like this for Pokemon Dungeon. However, this is based heavily around the particular project at the Zelda Dungeon Wiki. Some of the best artwork is going to be used within our site content and site guides, published right here on Zelda Dungeon.

  • superspecialawesome

    When is the deadline?

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      There is no exact deadline. It will certainly go for a few weeks though at the least. It’s a long term goal as part of the site project. We want artwork for every single enemy in A Link to the Past.

      • Demise

        Just wanted to know, is it possible to draw based only on the sprites or is it recommended to have the game itself? Cuz I might be able to draw something, but I don’t have the game.

        • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

          That’s perfectly fine. It’s hard to imagine their movements without actually seeing them in action. However, use your own liberties and imagination.

  • http://twitter.com/BlueFungiGaming Shear

    One question: is Link required to be in the picture?

    • Donutwizard

      Good question. I want to know this same thing

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      Nope. In fact, it’s probably better if it’s just the enemy and no Link.

  • http://twitter.com/Boba2007 Boba2007

    About what size should the images be? or does that not matter? I usually make my stuff pretty big.

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      The bigger the better. However, there is no set requirement. I think images that are teeny tiny are not of much use though.

  • Drewschebag

    I am about to draw you the best boulder fan-art EVER!! ROCK ON!!!

    • Drewschebag

      p.s. There will be no drawing, as this post was for humor sake only. Thank you for your time. :-)

      • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

        I am severely disappointed.

        • Drewschebag

          oh fine! Let me see what I can do >.>

  • fabbie

    Do you prefer pics that show only the enemy or with background/environement?
    Sounds interesting

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      I prefer just the enemy, as it will allow us to use it in more ways when we include it within our content. However, either way is fine.

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  • Hylian Gerudo

    Should it be just the enemy,or should it have background?

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      Just the enemy works fine. Makes it easy to work with when including it within our content. However, with backgrounds is perfectly fine.

  • 23PQ

    So is there only one enemy in a picture, or can we draw similar types of enemies(soldiers, archers, etc.) into one picture?

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      Ideally, one per picture… but for the various versions of Soldiers/Archers/Knights, it might look nice to put them in one picture.

  • Twinkie

    questio: does it have to bee a simple drawing of the enemy or can i draw a fight scene with the enemy?

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      Either is fine.

  • triforce

    CAn i send in more than one?

    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      Absolutely. All will be posted on the Facebook gallery. Only a select few will be used within the actual content on the Wiki though.

  • Roth

    Pic at top: why I want to see Geldmen in 3D.

  • zora dude

    Who is the hardest enemy to defeat in A Link to the Past? That could help me figure out what to make.

  • twinkie

    is there a limit to the amut of entries?

    • twinkie


    • http://www.zeldadungeon.net/ Mases Hagopian

      No, the more that are sent in, the better. I will post all submissions at our Facebook page.

  • Donutwizard

    Mases can you friend me?

  • Bladerunner2534

    I’ll try my hand at it…

  • zeldafreak

    I suck at art so im not entring this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.graham92 Matthew Graham

    I’m doing this! :D One question though: Can Link be featured in the artwork?

  • itsameluigi1290

    I drew Cukeman!

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  • zeldaboy

    I am totally doing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/big9ize big9ize

    p.s. I am zeldaboy from now on.