Zelda Swap

BastianDecember 26th, 2012 by Bastian

What do eight professional artist friends do when they want to collaborate on a series of art pieces? A Zelda drawing swap! One artist makes a draft, and another interprets the idea to bring a full piece of art to life.

Make the jump to read more about this fascinating project and to see more examples of the art pieces produced by this project of collaborations!

The idea is that each artist would draft a quick sketch or idea for an art piece and then another artist would take on the task of bringing that sketch to fruition as a fully realized piece of art. Sometimes the final result was nearly literal as in the above piece wherein the sketch is a near identical blueprint for the resulting piece of art, sometimes the final result is a bit more abstract taking only a couple basic notions from the original sketch.

Regardless of how the initial sketches were interpreted, the final pieces are all fantastic. It’s really interesting to see what a different artist will pick up from the drafts and use in the final drawing.

If you’d like to see more of these beautiful pieces and the sketches that inspired them, head over to the Zelda swap page on Ten Paces and Draw for the full collection. Ten Paces and Draw have tons of different themed swaps, too, which you can see on their swap gallery.

Source: Ten Paces and Draw


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  • VikzeLink

    Technically, they aren’t chickens… they’re cuccos

    • Midnafan

      why do they call them cuccos, especially considering they’re essentially chickens? is it a long-running joke or is “chicken” copyrighted or something? :/

      • KidNintendus

        I think it’s kind of Nintendo’s way of making them.. special. I say this because a chicken obviously probably couldn’t KILL you.

        • Hero of Time

          I know, right?

        • Midnafan

          that is a freakin lie! Have you seen the spurs on an actual rooster?! those things CAN kill you if they attack you. O_O

          • KidNintendus

            And that’s exactly why I said “Probably”.

          • Midnafan

            well when talking about probability, then yeah. however, you are more likely to be killed by a farm animal than an airplane crash. -_-

      • zombie_eat_flesh

        …How could “chicken” be notorized?

        • Midnafan

          i don’t know, that was kind of my question :/

    • Amber

      I know right?

    • Legend of Zelda

      They’re still evil, either way.

  • Anonymous

    Link looks like drunken creeper in the third picture xD

    • Midnafan

      have you ever been attacked by a real rooster? wish I could have a freakin’ bow. all i’ve got is a baseball bat and a milk jug, those work pretty well though :P

    • Linkfan99

      “third” picture? Am I missing something?

      • zombie_eat_flesh

        Anonymous is saying that the most realistic picture is the third picture, with two before it near the top of the page.

        • Linkfan99

          Oh, ok. I missed those first two. XD

  • Midnafan

    wish I could have something like that done to my drawings… instead i just use my best friend as an illustrator cause she’s a great artist :D

  • ZeldaScience

    I believe that there is a bird named the cucco (I don’t know how to spell it) that was breed in Japan or China that looks almost exactly like a chicken. Either that or cucco is just what the Japanese call a chicken. ( Im not trying to be racist)

    • Midnafan

      Well, there are cuckoos (not just the clocks) that can be found all over the world, but they don’t really look like chickens. And according to google translate, the japanese words for chicken aren’t even close to “cucco” except for the clearly-borrowed-from-English “chikin” :) According to Zelda Wiki it could either be just “an onomatopoeia of the sound a chicken makes” or “a reference to Jill’s carrier pigeon of the same name in the 1986 anime Windaria” not sure what that really has to do with it though :/

  • Dart

    The finished realistic cucco drawing was featured before, yet the whole collection was not revealed until now. The other pictures in the link are cool.

  • MsNerrrrrd

    I mean, they could be chickens, hens, roosters, cocks (immature giggle), but it’s just so NINTENDO, to make them SPECIAL, to have them as cuccos.