Zelda Fanart Spotlight: Picnic With Jabu-Jabu

HachiMarch 27th, 2013 by Hachi

Hello and welcome to another edition the Zelda Fanart Spotlight. Today we are looking at a unique piece of fanart from New Zealand artist Isobel. This feel-good piece features young Link from Ocarina of time having a picnic with Princess Ruto. Her friend, who also happens to be the Zora’s deity, is happily enjoying the twos company.

The symmetry that Jabu-Jabu creates makes the composition very striking. The attention to detail on objects like his head ornament is also impressive, but no individual element of the picture is overwhelming. The dynamic light and shadow used to shade pulls many different colors from the rest of the piece, such as the bright teal and the peach-like color on his crown.

Dwarfed by the fish deity, both Link and Ruto enjoy a fish sandwich in the foreground. The two are much more stylized than Jabu-Jabu, which helps accentuate their youth and innocence. The background is minimalist but effective, with only a few lines suggesting the cliffs that protect Jabu-Jabu shrouded in mist behind them.

She has a lot more Zelda fan work, as well as some impressive projects she’s working on, so make sure to check out the rest of Isobel’s work on her DeviantART. Don’t forget to leave us your thought on today’s Zelda Fanart Spotlight below!

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  • Joharis Yadiel Burgos-Cotto

    this is so beautiful

  • ShadowBeast

    The person who drew this is so talented, wow the art style is incredible! :D

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/bs88145 bs8814

    I want to see part two, them getting sucked in…

  • http://www.facebook.com/morty.hoeben Morten Hoeben

    Also, one of my favorite dungeons ever!

  • rjhewgyrfu (aka ruifgyqforug)

    Why aren’t they eating fish? From a bottle? :P

  • adleZ

    I like how this shows a further relationship between Princess Ruto and Link, other than being engaged.

  • TheRizardon

    This is beautiful.

  • npatoray24

    link looks anorexic… just saying

    • VladNorris

      Doesn’t help he’s lending his sandwich to Ruto…

      • Midna’s Sister

        *calls Doctor Mizumi*

    • The Hylian Monolith

      I feel like that’s like when people say that I draw Slender Hylians. My legs are really long; that’s just how I draw it. I have long legs, too. So I taught myself to do it that way.

      …But moving on! This is an excellent picture. I love the use of a minimalist palette, it makes the scene feel relaxed. The specific color choice also contributes into making it feel natural while eye-catching, but not overly strained for vividness. I’m impressed. Nice work!

  • Westar

    Is there a fish inside the sandwich? I know where this is going…

  • alsonic

    Why are they eating fish?? ;_;

  • Altair_420

    Getting swallowed by jabu jabu for the 1st time was my biggest WTF moment in OoT.

  • http://twitter.com/ThomaseDurnad Thomas Durand

    Wait if Ruto is eating a fish is that like a person eating a monkey?

    • Thing

      I think…

  • WhiteFoxCub

    Aw thank you for doing this! > U < I'm happy with all the attention this picture is getting =)

  • Darkstar

    It’s interesting to know that Jabu-Jabu went to Labrynna a century after he left Hyrule in OoT

    • Dragon Ball Zelda

      Excuse me, a century? I think more than a century passed between OoT and Oos.

  • oshawottanastas

    that’s really pretty

  • baileygirl99

    That is so amazingly beautiful! I love it!