Finished version of my entry for the History of Hyrule contest:[link]
I chose the moment Hyrule gets flooded as my second choice since I wasn't sure if could finish my first-choice idea for the first deadline.
I personally love the intro of WindWaker. It's interesting how this lighthearted toony zelda game has a sad and dark backstory.
I Just really have a thing for tragic events, the hero for once not coming to save the day, no Deus ex machina, and the Triforce of courage shattering as a proof the hero is gone.
Wind Waker had some very impressive and strong Cutscenes, especially Ganondorf. He's kinda right when he says the Gods have destroyed them and him not seeing the hope that's left fits his own story as the one who always fails( sorry Ganny ^^° )
I also like a lot the theme of letting the past go etc which is also present in Majoras Mask and Links Awakening.
Erasing the past and just starting over, it's actually very close to how I imagine the backstory of Skyward Sword, it's pretty cruel too.
I like to see the goddesses(and Hylia) not only as caring and having given life to all but also as beings that have a responsibility and that know that sometimes they have to make sacrifices "for the greater good".
WIPs of the picture can be seen here:[link]
It was actually much more work than it looks like but that's kinda part of such styles. If they look like they have been much work it means that they are too crammed or so. If it's well done you cannot see the effort put into it giving a more harmonic feeling overall.
I was first sceptic if the picture would turn out looking epic but in the end it got better than I imagined it and I'm really satisfied with the result.
Very different than I imagined it but fitting.
I tried to keep the positions of some of the Wind Waker isles, but keep at the same time the location of the places from Ocarina of time to really make the connection that WindWaker-Hyrule is the flooded OOt-Hyrule.
I Used TP-Hyrule castle as a reference because the WW-castle is on a cliff which wouldn't have worked for the picture and only putting Oot-castle was not fitting either since it was important for me to have a Hyrule town around it.
It's an entire culture that vanished, not only one castle.
The Triforce shards add a nice touch of color.
I forgot the bubbles on the contest entry I sent in(but I'll sent the update version)
They are important to me because of the Wind Waker ending, all the different weird characters you meet in Zelda games are really something typical I love and I found it nice that the Wind Waker ending showed really every single one of them.