How to draw Link from Legend of Zelda

Grid step

You can print out the base construction lines and start drawing on tracing paper or you can draw the grid layout yourself using the following steps… Show more

1) Draw a rectangle that will define the conditional proportions and boundaries of the chosen drawing.
2) From the middle of the rectangle, draw one vertical and one horizontal line equally dividing the shape.
3) Draw another horizontal line equally dividing the upper half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a horizontal line equally dividing the bottom half of the rectangle.
4) Draw a vertical line equally dividing the left half of the rectangle. Similarly, draw a vertical line equally dividing the right half of the rectangle.

Step 1

Mark off the width and height of the picture, as well as the main proportions of Link’s figure. Draw his head, and a centre line. Draw a circle for the bird’s head, and add a guideline for its beak.

Step 2

Outline the body and neck of Link and the bird.

Step 3

Draw guidelines to define where the arms and sword will be, and the proportions of Link’s face. Draw a line where the centre of the bird’s beak will be.

Step 4

Outline the shapes of the arms, legs, and sword, as well as Link’s eyes and ears. Draw the eye and beak of the bird.

Step 5

Outline the shield, hilt, tunic, boots, belt, eye pupils, and the general shape of Link’s hair. Detail the shapes of the bird’s eye and head.

Step 6

Draw Link’s hair locks, belt buckle, and fingers. Refine the shapes of the sword, shield, and the bird’s crest. Add an eyelid.

Step 7

Detail Link’s hair and clothes. Sketch the bird’s wing. Work on the whole figure, paying special attention to the details.

Step 8

Contour, trying to vary the thickness and darkness of the line. Draw the details carefully, and add the ground. Erase all the guidelines.

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