Thoughts: As has become somewhat of a tradition, I start any new sketchbook or written art-journal with an image of Link.
Not oft known for being outspoken or quick, there's an odd essence to the Program that he might not let on to what he intuits, despite how others see him. In these starting images of him, he takes on an almost archetypical trait, and is very much a figure on a journey to find his own answers. Among other differences is a jade-hued blindfold, and a sapphire staff with a shattered surface texture.
Some of you may or may not be familiar with ‘Over the Garden Wall,’ and ever since seeing it, I’ve been wanting to get an image of this sort finished.
Or maybe this happened just because “Come Wayward Souls” has a similar melody to “O Holy Night.” Over the Garden Wall is a rich and intricate piece of animation, full of many potential (if dark) allusions. I’ve had lighter ideas along this line. Perhaps I’ll see to those one day.
“Come Wayward Souls” was the main influence on this. For those curious, it can be heard here.
Wandering in a digital Unknown, Tesler and Link are each there for their own reasons. As much as the concept could be called haunting, both of them would be 'lost' in that digital Unknown for their own reasons. Conversations and hinted topics with little revealed information could be just as haunting and unsettling.
A labyrinth of loneliness, certainly.
The Woodsman of Over the Garden Wall had reminded me of Tesler from the start… Perhaps being forced to commit atrocities in the name of ideals he can only uphold out of duty, but which remain a distant light - more of a beacon for others to lead them astray. Meanwhile, he is controlled by a greater malevolence that he doesn’t really want to be ruled by.
Link, on the other hand, is more abstract here. Not to mention that it’s a little difficult to depict him as extra tired or worn, given that he’s always downcast and hunched in posture.
Of course, “Come Wayward Souls” and image in mind, it takes on a range of dark undertones (including that Link might be too meek to remain whole in that crossroads-world for long). Though it doesn’t turn up in the sketch scan once it’s brightness and contrast are adjusted, Link has a bit of a blue halo - as is often my habit in sketching him.
But, with the implication in the Over the Garden Wall essence, it brings to mind depictions of the icons of saints. Typically they’re pictured holding a representation of the thing that killed them. People who are too weak in the Unknown pass away and are claimed into edelwood trees. (Though Link isn’t a child, one might as well consider him the closest approximation in Uprising.)
Then again, said dark undertones belong to Over the Garden Wall and Uprising, alike.
Materials: Graphite stick, .5mm mechanical pencil, col-erase, and digital alteration.
|Personal Quote: Do not forget that your blood, removed of it's shackles of iron, is golden.|