Throughout time, the world has been gifted with amazing masterpieces. Buildings, statues, paintings — some of these works have been preserved for generations and have inspired more to come. Think of Michelangelo’s statue of David, Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.  As an artist myself, I find myself drawn to the old masters for inspiration and I’m often in awe of those who have come before me. I am not the only one inspired by the former masters. A small group of incredibly talented artists have banded together to study and learn from the former artistic masters to create masterworks from The Legend of Zelda. They are Atelier Hylia.

Atelier Hylia’s goal is “to try something new, learn new techniques and to support each other in our journeys as artists.” Each artist in the group participated in what is called a “Master Study.” A Master Study in art is the re-creation of a successful work with the goal of learning from the original artist’s techniques, process, and choices. Each artist had the option of choosing what artist and piece they would like to study. Some chose to emulate the style as close as possible, and others took inspiration of the composition and injected their own style within their piece. You can see the detailed thought and love behind each work; they are all beautiful. A few of my favorites include Johannes Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window by artist Amanda, Gustav Klimt’s Judith and the Head of Holofernes by artist Mimi, and Alessandro Puttinati’s Paolo e Virginia by artist Whitney. I am just in absolute awe of the entire collection. As an artist and art historian this an awesome project for the Zelda community.


The first volume of the anthology is out now and free to download from their site right here. As you view the project, you might be wondering if there are plans for another volume in the future. The answer is yes! The first volume is full of beautiful and breathtaking works, masterfully created by artists of Atelier Hylia, and I can’t wait to see what this group creates next. The group is currently not accepting applications for more artists, but you’re encouraged to try your own master study, tag the group, and share your work with the world.

What do you think of this project? Are you inspired to try your own master study? I know I am! Let us know your favorite piece in the comments below and be sure to follow Atelier Hylia on Twitter.

Source: Atelier Hylia

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