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ALttP: Hero in the Dark World by Kathisofy ALttP: Hero in the Dark World by Kathisofy
Zelda (c) Nintendo

I bought A Link to the Past for the Wii because ours for the snes was lent out. (and never came back)
In the game, Link has pink hair. Its not a misscoloring since he changes into a pink rabbit when he enters the dark world.
He also has a veriation of diffrent colored tunics and hats. I just started it, but it feels alot like OoT.

I'm addicted to Manwa style and I think I'll keep it. I'm wokring hard on backgrounds. Okay.

I hope it doesnt hurt too bad to look at. Its REALLY bright.

Alot of this picture was influenced by ALttP song remixes that you can hear on my playlist here
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(2010 edit) Wow this is old. his eyes are all off center and too far off his face. the colors are too bright and his skin is too orange. perhaps I'll redraw this one.
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:iconhawkheart29:
Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pink haired Link - You either love it or you hate it. I love it. :D
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:iconramman05:
Ramman05 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Awesome!
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:iconwhitedesertsun:
WhiteDesertSun Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
This is a beautiful piece of art! :D
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Further investigation tells me that the pink hair is due to graphical limitations on the SNES. What I read specifically is that while the colours themselves weren't too limited to give him blond hair, the sprite pallet was. Primarily the issue was his changing into a pink rabbit. To ease the transitions on the programming (to prevent lagging the game) they left his hair more or less the same colour as his rabbit form. Ergo it's a tech-related out of universe issue, not an in-universe one.
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megamushroom64 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
while that maybe true heres something also to factor in. People have made hacks of A link to the past where one of the features of these Hacks, was that they had changed Link's hair to blonde. Since technically SNES emulators work about exactly like the SNES. It is possible that Nintendo may have overlooked it.
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:iconlaharl234:
Laharl234 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It IS a miscolouring because the official art for the game shows him blond, like always.
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:iconkathisofy:
Kathisofy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
but sometimes there's a difference between the game art and the actual sprite art.
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:iconlaharl234:
Laharl234 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
And the game art is the correct one.
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:iconkathisofy:
Kathisofy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
and I call artistic interpretation on this one. I'll continue to draw him with pink hair because that's what I grew up seeing it as.
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CaptainZana Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Yeah, redraw it, it would be awesome
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Dark-Link117 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I always thought the pink was the rim of his hat not his hair color. But you do have a good point that he turns into a pink rabbit.
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Viasacra Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This one always catches my eye. ^^
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Velow Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
How interesting. o . o Has kind of an intense feel to it, in a way. XP I really like the shadowing on Link. And, I forgot he turned into a rabbit.... marvelous work, though.
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Psytronic Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice interpretation of Link, with bunny ears. Plus 10 points for use of the blue mail.

If the game feels similar to OoT, that's probably because Miyamoto himself said OoT was essentially just a translation of LttP into 3D. :)

I don't really think the pink rabbit is proof that Link's pink hair was intentional, but it certainly alludes to it, eh?
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MottInThePot Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
lol i love that game ^^ yea i thought I was just seeing it wrong but i walked over to some blond guy and yep its DEFINITELY pink lol I love his blue tunic the best... with the yellow hat ^_^
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Stareon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I downloaded LttP for Wii as well. Pretty good game, although I still think Ocarina of Time is the best Zelda game ever made.

Anyway, very pretty picture. Love the saturated colors.

PS I don't want to know what's in Link's heart if his Dark World form is a pink bunny...O_o
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:iconzipdog11:
ZipDog11 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute! I love your colorful style.
You're still growing stronger everyday!
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:iconkisetsusarina:
KisetsuSarina Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this game needs more fanart, and this one does it total justice :D :D
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Artsy-Seachel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
LOLOLOLOL!!!! I seriously almost cried from laughing too hard. When I was young (like, 4 years old) I used to think that the pink was part of the hat. Then my brother informed me a year ago that it was his hair. I still can't believe they gave him pink hair in the game XD

Ahhh... alttp... My favourite Zelda game, and the first game I ever played:)
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JohnTehJoker Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
To me, A Link to the Past is the best Zelda game ever made, and one of the best games ever made. I, too, lent someone our version. I'm currently holding on very tightly to our third copy, I've had to buy both the replacements. My mom seems to think even though I've bought it twice though that the game is still hers. x_x so I'll probably wind up buying a fourth... Seems like this is a really hard game to hold on to.
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Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job on this! very nice 8D
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Phoenixwizard Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Been playing the game since I was seven and I never noticed any purple hair... but then again, I mostly pay attention tot he soldiers and figure out ways to taunt them. :lol:
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kat-reverie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh~ I really like this image. The way you did the colours looks fantastic. The yellow hat, the pink hair and ears, the colour of the skin and tunic, It all matches very well in a clashing way (I hope that made sense) and looks fantastic! I loe the lighting, how some areas are real light, some are real dark, and the light's angle is great. Wonderful!
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:icontwilight-princess-13:
I wish I had ALttP! Anyway, I think that this is so cool! And I like your new style!

Keep drawing!
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LinksLove Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think they fixed his hair color when they remade the game for the GBA...I think...

Never quite got why he turns into a pink bunny in the dark world. o_O I mean, a pink bunny? pink!?

No insult to your art, though. Its cool seeing such a different color palette, plus I love how he's wearing one of the other tunics. ^^ Awesome work!
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harumeau Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Nice colours! Yeah Link to the Past is cool... :D
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HylianBlood Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Wow. Down to detail and everything-- great job!!!! I love it! I wish I had a poster of it.
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Kairu-Hakubi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that is some INSANELY good coloring. You continue to have teh sk1ll :D
This is indeed a nice style, though I don't think anything can beat the style ALttP's original art was in.. which didn't have pink hair BTW.. that was an error they didnt fix for some reason. XD
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MurakisSlave Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
This looks fantastic! You're very good at adapting to different styles. :D

Alttp is probably one of my top favorite Zelda games. It's really difficult, and pretty intense for a SNES game. I hope you enjoy it!
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Sugar-Kat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
I love it.. but you know in character art he had blondish brown hair... I cosplayed him with blondish brown hair cause that made it easier to find a wig.. but I love how you drew him.. its my fav zelda game :3
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Shadow7Zerudahime Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmm...weird pyramid on the background...pink hair...this is so crazy it's cool! :w00t:
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
I downloaded A Link to the Past but didn't play much of it 'cause I got bored >.< I still think Link's pink hair is a misscoloring. Maybe they couldn't do blond hair at that time? XD Maybe the rabbit was supposed to be "blond" too.
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Kathisofy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Student Filmographer
hmmm no, a bunch of robbers in the woods have blond hair. I dont know why they decided to make it pink, but I love it.
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Haha, it's weird, but I kinda like it too.
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nintendiehard Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Oh wow! Crazy. But I love it!

Excelent work, and I like how you kept him mostly human, it really works.

Fantastic stuff, outstanding. :+fav:
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Ladoncyan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Nice. ^^
You know, you can prevent him from changing later.
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pettyartist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh Link and your silly pink hair...
It was one of those phases he was going through. XD <3


I like it. :)
Especially his clothing, how you handled the lighting on it. <3
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kitttiecatt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
I love it! My first Zelda game ever was Link to the Past!

And part of the reason I fell so in love with OoT was that it reminded me of LttP.

*warm fuzzies*
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akuriko Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
AWEIRFUHAEGNULSEIRUGHDFJGNDF BUNNY LINK!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
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GoldenKite Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Nice! The pyramid looks amazing Karnella. ^_^
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GreenHat77 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the lighting! his hair is so cuuute and his expression! wooo! :highfive: love this!
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earthspring Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
God I loved Link's sexy pink hair in ALttP.

lol>_>
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Zelda1000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I really like all the different colours...it makes it really unusual
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Richarmeleon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Ah, so this is what you were up late working on. I admit it would be a bit bright, but luckily I work at a low brightness setting while not playing games.

The triforce at the top of the steps reminds me of like a Mayan or Aztec (dunno which, maybe both?) temple.
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Boonski Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Looks great! I am always wondering why they decided to give him Pink Hair! :+fav:
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:iconkathisofy:
Kathisofy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Student Filmographer
because he has pink hair in the game.
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:iconboonski:
Boonski Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
Why the creators decided to give Link pink hair in the game. Not why you decided to give gim pink hair.
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:iconkathisofy:
Kathisofy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Student Filmographer
sorry. I must be misreading all my comments today. sorry. I dont know why they gave him pink hair. but I like it.
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hunterspire Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
my god, you drew link's hair very prettily. 8D you give this style a good name~ ;D
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:iconkathisofy:
Kathisofy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Student Filmographer
Its an actual style. Its korean manga but it has a very common art style. You should look it up if you like my art.
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