Written by Adella Created on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 19:16
Spending time at the ranch was always a welcome distraction from reality. However, he had a duty to find the Princess and liberate the people of Hyrule. As the sun dipped below the mountains, Link lead Epona away with heavy heart, his sights set on Death Mountain.
This photo was meant to be the last in the set, but unfortunately the final two that were supposed to go before this one are not ready. I didn't want to be late again for you guys, so I just posted this. Sorry they're out of order guys. :) Expect to see more Link riding Epona in future shoots!
The background is a beautiful digital matte painting by Mickael Forrett. Also, to answer the popular question about horse makeup: We painted Big John's legs and tail and ears to have black on them because his coloration wasn't like that. We used horse show touch-up which many people use in horse shows to hide things like scars and imperfections on their horses. :D Think of it kinda like spray in hair color for humans, but it's made for horses.
The Zelda Project is a Los Angeles, CA based group of friends who seek to bring to life the characters, settings, and overall feel of Ocarina of Time through photography and film. Our ultimate goal is to create the characters as they would appear in reality to the best of our abilities, placing them in beautiful sceneries true to their Hyrulean counterparts, and creating elaborate photosets, as well as a film short (coming soon! Stay tuned for our Kickstarter project!).
Link Model: Anthony (retired from the project)
Epona Model: Big John
Costume: Made by Sarah Quillian
Matte Painting: Mickael Forrett
Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Sarah Quillian
Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky
Navi Effects: Julia Starr
Horse Trainer: Dawn Stafford (Stafford Ranch & Stables)
Horse Owner: Jerry Rudolph
Horse Wrangler: John Sedano
On-Site Vet Tech: Marcus Eddings
Horse Make-up: Marcus Eddings
Assistant Camera: Julia Starr
Bowser Pin: Donated by AnimeGeer
Storyboarding: Sofia Alexander
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This cosplay photo was a huge combined group effort that was a labor of love by friends and fans of the Legend of Zelda series. Combining all aspects of art from photography to matte painting, we wanted to bring the Legend of Zelda to life as best we could in a final presentation. So far this has been incredibly rewarding, and we hope that those of you who view our work are brought a little bit more into the world of Hyrule through our art.
A special thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far! Without all of your support and kindness we wouldn't have been able to make this happen. We only hope that with what we produce, a smile is put on your face!