Zelda Fanart Spotlight – History of Hyrule Calendar

HachiJanuary 3rd, 2013 by Hachi

Welcome to another Fanart Spotlight! With the new year just a few days old, I’m sure I’m not the only procrastinator who hasn’t bought a calendar yet. Well, our friends over at History of Hyrule have a very unique and affordable alternative. Axle reported in November about their second annual Fanart calendar Contest, featuring lots of great prizes and the chance to be one of twelve winners. The contest winners were announced last month, and the calendar with the official winners is available for download.


These are amazing pictures. Some of them have already been featured on the Spotlight within the past several months. However, one of the coolest aspects of this project is that while only 12 pictures were chosen, a blank template is also available so that you can make a customized calendar with your personal favorite entries! With other 250 beautiful entries to choose from, that’s quite a challenge.

So even if you already have a new calendar for the New Year, it’s still worth checking out. This is a real testament to the talent of the Zelda community. All you need is a printer and a bit of paper and you’ll have a unique calendar and the knowledge that the blood, sweat, and tears of a fellow Zelda fan was poured into creating each month’s image.

Click here to go to History of Hyrule’s Blog to download the calendar with the winning images, as well as the blank template.

Click here to go to the History of Hyrule’s Flickr page to see all the entries!

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  • 7thHanyou

    Fantastic work all around by these artists, and the blank template is a fantastic idea.

    The variety of styles certainly reflects the variation in the Zelda series itself.

  • Linkfan99

    Wow! Those are awesome pictures! My favorite is the one in the Kokiri Forest. Sadly, I already have another Zelda-themed calendar for 2013, one that you guys posted about here earlier this -I mean, last- year.

    • lon lon cow

      Mooooooooooooooooooooo. MOoOoOo.

      • rambler77

        Dude, just quit it already

        • lon lon cow

          Why don’t you mind your own moo. Suck my utter loser. Mooooooo.

      • Linkfan99

        Dude, it wasn’t even funny when the REAL Ian Ian cow did it. Now, when you do it, it just makes everyone want to stab you with the master sword.

        • hot apple Fi

          What’s up with your cow? I’ve seen him commenting a few times now.

          • lon lon cow

            Get your own cow. I belong to Linkfan99 Moooooooooooo!

        • lan lan cow

          MOOOO! Are you cheating on me? Mooo! Who’s Lon Lon? Moooooo! We’re done jerk, no more milk for you moo.

          • Linkfan99

            GUYS, in case you’re wondering, I’m a pimp cow-owner. That’s right, 2 COWS AT ONCE. My face pwns all of you.

          • gamer

            What the heck is going on?

          • Linkfan99

            I have a cow, and then another cow started following me, and then the first cow found out, so now it’s mad.

      • baileygirl99

        When you comment, please translate

    • baileygirl99

      Sorry, but this entire situation is hilarious. ( the problem with the cows)

      • hot apple Fi

        yeah, sadly, the last insult directed at rambler77 made me crack up.

      • Linkfan99

        Well, ya true.

  • Flaming Lemons

    Is that Impa sealing Majora’s Mask on the bottom left!?
    Oh great now I can’t help but theorize!

    • Melora

      Yes! Sort of. OMG, you should read the full blurb she wrote about it- it’s AMAZINGLY interesting. It really got my mind going too. After the fact she even found more tid-bits in the in-game text to “back it up” She posted it here: http://niraven.deviantart.com/art/The-Ancient-Power-334435768

    • Emma Mix

      I can feel a new idea just bursting at the seams of my mind… Should I sustain it or let it overwhelm me?!??!

  • StillwantMidna

    hmm… I don’t know, some of these pictures (2,3,11), I’ve seen them before. And except for the winter one at December, Nothing in this calendar is seasonal… The calendar that they had last year was great because of the diversity in different art style and the various seasonal themes, but this one… just does not look like typical calendar pictures. The October picture of 2012 has stullkids, gibdos, and Sharp and Flat, dancing around the Music house in Ikana canyon (don’t forget the most creepy looking MOON in the background!!) God, I couldn’t wait to flip to that page when I got it in 2012. Sorry to say so much, it’s just that I was a big fan of the calender last year and I had big hopes on this year… Though I like the August picture and I never saw it before. Can somebody decode the Hylian text for me?

    • Melora

      The contest starts early in the year, (It has a LONG run-time,) so no doubt you may have seen them, but they’re not older than 2012. (Also, that would be against the rules ;) As for August! If you love it, you should check out his other art too: it’s so amazing. It’s so “Zelda” and so perfect- yet so different and unique. Here’s the original for that one http://aquanut.deviantart.com/art/Book-of-Mudora-340721361 and he doesn’t translate it fully, but he did say this about the text: “the Hylian writing spells out sentences from OoT’s creation myth… or it should if I was picking the right readings for the kanji in the text dump.”

      Also, you have very valid points. I need the feedback and it’s rare to get. It certainly helps me know how to help structure the thing. I hope you have high-hopes again next year/this year; I can at least promise I will try to do my best. And let me know! I’m fine with opinions on either end of the spectrum. I’m also really glad to know you loved October so much and why- that month had so many amazing choices, it was one of the more difficult picks. Hearing you talk about it like that is such a huge goal of mine with this event: Just the love for art and creativity and excitement for Zelda.

    • Emma Mix

      At least some of them have a match…

      JANUARY – The January picture has an art style similar to the genesis story in OoT. Genesis means beginning, so it’s only suiting that this picture was set for January, the first month, and beginning, of the new year. While it’s unclear to me whether this is an actual depiction OF the genesis, or just a depiction of the Seven Sages, or just a similar art form, it definitely has a genesis-look.

      MAY – May is basically the beginning (or the middle, in some places) of summer. This particular scene, or at least this particular depiction of it, has bright, summer color schemes. The background is light and the Kokiri, being children, are natural representatives of summer, the season of joy, happiness, and carefree fun.

      JULY – This one might only have a meaning for Americans, but it still counts. July 4 is independence day (obviously), and this particular depiction immediately brings independence to mind. The art here depicts what seems to be the final battle between good and evil, much like any fight for independence, so, in my opinion, it fits perfectly.

      SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER – I’m putting these two together. September fits because of 1) the color scheme. It’s very dark and dreary and fits September, the month where it begins to turn to fall and winter. October also fits because it includes Majora’s Mask, an item (or is it spirit?) that possesses a very terrifying past, character and willpower. However, I might have switched the two months. September would be a better October here, since the evil can already be seen attacking. October, on the other hand, is more of a prologue to evil, so it would fit as a prologue to October (as September). Either way, while they’d fit better switched, they still fit okay where they are.

      DECEMBER – This one’s kinda obvious. You know… … The snow? Yeah. It just looks wintery and cold, okay?

      Sooo let’s see. January, May, July, September, October and December all fit. That’s 6/12 months. At least half of them fit their month. I could do some research and try to prove the other ones, but honestly, I’m kinda tired. I think I’ll watch some Avatar now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004047914984 Krishna Moorthy

    i designed one a few days ago. if i had heard about the contest i could have participated :( but none of the drawings are mine, i got them from google images you can check it out at http://lozdrawings.blogspot.in/p/zelda-calender.html

  • gamer

    You can make your own Zelda calendar. There’s a make your own calendar app on walgreens.com. Just choose your favorite 12 Zelda pics and upload them. I made one with pics from different video games, costs about 20 bucks.

  • baileygirl99

    That seems cool, but I won’t be getting one.

  • Melora

    Thank you so much for posting about this! I’m really glad to know you like the blank template idea as well! Thanks :D