Posted on September 25 2018 by Sean Gadus
The diverse locations seen in The Legend of Zelda games are unforgettable. For the past thirty years, these beautifully realized locales have immersed the player in the rich environment and lore of Nintendo’s ground breaking series. The dungeons are especially important to the sense of immersion created in the series. Most dungeon are required to have their own visual identities, often channeling architecture and themes from a variety of cultures and sources.
Artist Tom Garden does an incredible job of capturing the different dungeons of Ocarina of Time in all their mystery, glory, and foreboding in his art prints. Garden created stunning scenes of Link approaching the Forest, Fire, Water, and Shadow Temples in Ocarina of Time, a game that remains iconic on the eve of its twentieth anniversary.
Each portrait does a great job of capturing and expanding on the dungeons visual identity presented in the game. The Lost Woods and Forest Temple are captured in low light, with vivid green and blue colors that highlight the natural forces that have overtaken the temple. The Fire Temple is bathed in orange and brown, with a hellish atmosphere of flying embers and enormous stalactites jutting from the ceiling like teeth. The Water Temple is captured with a sense of mystery, with Link emerging from a pool of water outside of temple proper. Natural elements hide in the background and foreground of the piece, like coral and moss, along with water dripping in the distance. Garden’s final piece captures the Shadow Temple in its nightmarish glory. The Shadow Temple has the deserved feeling of a crypt, with chains hanging forebodingly from wooden beams and a hint of a purple haze/light in the background.
These are a quartet of impressive pieces, which will definitely delight fans of Ocarina of Time. These pieces are available in a variety of shapes and sizes here. The only thing that could make these more perfect would be Spirit Temple piece that would capture the hostile but beautiful Gerudo desert, as well as to complete the set.
What do you think of these different pieces of art? Did they capture the Temples of Ocarina of Time correctly? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Tom Garden