Hello and welcome to another edition of the Zelda Fanart Spotlight, where we take a look at some of the latest and greatest fan work the community has to offer. Today we are looking at Forest Ancients, a digital illustration by Daniel Watkins. This piece features a stylized Deku Tree with a composition that is similar to a piece of official art from Ocarina of time. However, the atmosphere is interpreted very differently by the artist. The picture takes place in the future, many years after the Deku Tree has passed away and the forest was terrorized by invading monsters. The light through the branches and the fog adds a thickness to the air and shortens the viewer’s field of vision. Just behind the Deku Tree’s giant roots are several tiny crosses scattered throughout the forest floor, emphasizing the bleak situation the forest and its population have gone through.
This fanart sacrifices a close-up of Link for the majesty of the scenery that tells a larger story by the use of subtle cues throughout the composition.
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