How to draw Link from the Zelda Wind Waker.

Zelda Wind Waker has in my opinion the best art direction of all the Zelda games. The papercut manga art style match the mood perfectly. It will be a lot of fun to draw Link this way, lets start! Victory!

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 1

Step 1: Start with a slightly stretched circle. It is only about 15% taller then wide. Make sure to leave a lot of space below for the body and legs and some space above for hair and cap! Happy

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 2

Step 2: Add slightly curved Eye line and Nose line. Points 1, 2 and 3 should be in the middle of the circle.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 3

Step 3: Lets add a bean shape for the body. It's about 10% longer than head. That's right, he's got a really big head Speechless Notice that the body is thinner than the head too. Draw a half circle for neck touching the head and overlapping the body.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 4

Step 4: Study the rhytm of the legs. The shorter leg is about half the size of the body shape (bean). Draw a line under the bean shape to mark the bottom of the link’s tunic.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 5

Step 5: Draw arm and hand. The bottom of the hand should be slightly higher than the bottom of the body.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 6

Step 6: To draw the sword draw two straight lines from the hand pointing toward the foot on the left.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 7

Step 7: Draw second arm. The bottom of the hand line is passing through the middle of the hand on the right.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 8

Step 8: Ok, we have the basic proportions in place and we can start adding details. Lighten the layer with the construction lines and start to draw in another layer above it. If you are drawing on paper just lighten the construction lines with kneedable eraser so they are barely visible. Draw the hair and ear.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 9

Step 9: Add eyes. Eyes are most important part of every character so concentrate on it in order to do it right! Wink The edges of the eyes should sit on the eye line (except maybe the left edge of the eye on the left Happy). Draw the dot for the nose and mouth stretching almost from pupil to pupil.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 10

Step 10: Draw the ears,cap and add the hair bang on the left.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 11

Step 11:  Draw the details for his clothes and hand. Notice the sharp angles where the cloth folds. Draw the neck in V shape.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 12

Step 12:  Draw the construction lines for belt and continue adding details to the clothes and hand.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 13

Step 13:  Draw the details to the hand on right. Sketch the shield behind Link’s back and the sword sheath above his shoulder.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 14

Step 14: Draw the sword handle.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 15

Step 15: Add some details to the shield, sword sheath and belt buckle.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 16

Step 16: Now that we have all the construction lines in place, lighten them again using your kneedable eraser or layer transparency. If you are in Open Canvas or Photoshop create a new layer for final black lines. The eyes are quite delicate so while we will try to simulate a torn paper quality line in most of the parts try to keep the eyes clean.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 17

Step 17: Continue with outlining/darkening the construction lines. The trick is to set up a really hard brush or use a properly sharpened pencil so that the edges of the lines are hard and you can simulate the torn paper with sharp angles and various thicknesses of line.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 18

Step 18: Finish the hair and add some shading with hard parallel lines. Keep these thinner than the outline lines.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 19

Step 19: The lines of body are slightly more rough than the head lines in general.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 20

Step 20: Fill the buckle in with black but make the center spiral line delicate.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 21

Step 21: Shade in the sword. Fill the bottom half of it with black and add delicate shading lines close to the leg on the right.

Zelda: Link from Wind Waker tutorial. Step 22

Step 22: Finish the body outline and shade in the shield. It should be quite dark. What I do is that I outline the small white areas and fill the rest in with black. However make sure that you draw them a little bigger as the outline of them will merge with the black background and they will visually appear much smaller after they touch the black surroundings. Draw the detail to the sheath.

How to draw Zelda: Link from Wind Waker. Step 23

Step 23: Oh, I forgot to draw the left ear. I also made some small touch ups to the head and our Link is finished ! Happy We will continue with a coloring tutorial in the future Thumbs up!

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Hideki's picture
Hideki

This is great! Really love this.

-Hideki

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fairytailnerd

So,I save the Deku Tree.....And THEN he dies??!

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Extremely helpful and turned out great! Thank you! And I cant wait for the tutorial for how to color it in cause that all I need to finish it (:

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cool drawing

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i dont have any paper DANG IT!!!!!!!;(

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Millymoo (not verified)

came out great the first time, thanks! :)

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CC (not verified)

Thanks, this was very helpful. Mine came out really well.

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zelda45$$ (not verified)

well done! well i didnt do really well as i planded well that one is really great good job who ever did that one!

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i like wind wakers!i have the game!

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thanks so much it was great, it turned out well the 1st time! :D

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nice jobe, very well done.

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Kinda nice, but the ww link is cliched. Someone should do skyward sword link!

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Cuteeeeee

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i just did it mine turned out great :D i love these tutorials their so fun to me i love drawing

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pretty educational!!!

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awesome

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oh i love wind waker...awesome game

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nice

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Wow, this is a really detailed tutorial, I´ll try it out soon!  I never noticed that the head was THIS big o.O thanks for taking the time to make this *__*

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Wow, great! Thanks!