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TZP: Link Malon Epona and Cuccos by Adella TZP: Link Malon Epona and Cuccos by Adella
Malon caught the direction of his gaze as she lead Epona out to the pasture. "No Link..." She warned with a smirk, remembering his fondness for harassing the cuccos. They remembered him too, as one of them raised her head to warily observe the hero.

The Zelda Project is a Los Angeles, CA based group of friends who seek to bring to life the characters, settings, and overall feel of Ocarina of Time through photography and film. Our ultimate goal is to create the characters as they would appear in reality to the best of our abilities, placing them in beautiful sceneries true to their Hyrulean counterparts, and creating elaborate photosets, as well as a film short (coming soon! Stay tuned for our Kickstarter project!).

Link Model: Anthony Beaston (retired from the project)
Malon Model: Sarah Quillian Adella
Epona Model: Big John
Costume: Made by Sarah Quillian Adella
Photography: IndigoVerse Indigo76
Matte Painting: Mickael Forrett
Leatherworking: Ben Wallace, Me
Sword/Shield/Sheath: Aaron Granofsky
Navi Effects: Julia Starr night-fate
Horse Trainer: Dawn Stafford (Stafford Ranch & Stables)
Horse Owner: Jerry Rudolph
Horse Wrangler: John Sedano
Chicken Wrangler: John Sedano, Dawn Stafford
On-Site Vet Tech: Marcus Eddings
Horse Make-up: Marcus Eddings
Assistant Camera: Julia Starr
Bowser Pin: Donated by AnimeGeer
Storyboarding: Sofia Alexander Elenath

The Zelda Project Official Website: www.thezeldaproject.net
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The Malon costume is a classic remake of my original Malon costume. The skirt, blouse, and scarf are all 100% linen of varying weaves and thicknesses. The costume has been distressed to show wear and tear, assuming that Malon would get dirty if she was working on the ranch all day! The background is a beautiful digital matte painting by Mickael Forrett. Also, to answer the popular question about horse makeup: We painted Big John's legs and tail and ears to have black on them because his coloration wasn't like that. We used horse show touch-up which many people use in horse shows to hide things like scars and imperfections on their horses. :D Think of it kinda like spray in hair color for humans, but it's made for horses.

Oh man. You know you've done it! Everyone's done it! Harassed that group of cuccos at Lon Lon Ranch and then jumped onto Epona's back and rode around in circles while they chase you but can't catch you. So funny. I had to put something like this in because it's too great to pass up.

This cosplay photo was a huge combined group effort that was a labor of love by friends and fans of the Legend of Zelda series. Combining all aspects of art from photography to matte painting, we wanted to bring the Legend of Zelda to life as best we could in a final presentation. So far this has been incredibly rewarding, and we hope that those of you who view our work are brought a little bit more into the world of Hyrule through our art.

A special thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far! Without all of your support and kindness we wouldn't have been able to make this happen. We only hope that with what we produce, a smile is put on your face!

Related Images:

TZP: Returning to Lon Lon Ranch by Adella TZP: Malon in the Pasture by Adella TZP: Link and Malon by Adella TZP: Link and Malon observe Death Mountain by Adella TZP: Malon Singing by Adella TZP: Link Rides Epona Into the Sunset by AdellaTZP: Goodbye Epona by Adella
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:iconstacychan:
Stacychan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015   General Artist
Watch out for those cuccos, Link.. >.>
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laurette612 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
this cosplay is really cool <30<3
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:iconlucky-clover91:
Lucky-Clover91 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
This is all very cool, all is very alike. Everyone is dressed brilliantly and Epona is very pretty :)
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xTorchwoodx Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm guessing Bog John is a Belgian, yes? He's gorgeous. I've never had the pleasure of playing any of the Legend of Zelda games but everything I've seen of Epona says she'd be a silver dapple bay and they can be difficult to find so nice touch with the show paint! 

These are beautiful pictures. These pictures definitely put a smile on my face. 
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Adella Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
You like that?  HAHAHA!  "horse makeup" XD!!! <3 thank you!!
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:iconxtorchwoodx:
xTorchwoodx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*oops, should have been "Big" John on the first one!

I do! That color is not a common one in horses so you see a lot of bay or sorrel Eponas and it doesn't seem like many put the effort into getting Epona's "costume" right like they do with the others. And Big John's a gorgeous horse to begin with so how could you go wrong? :D
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Adella Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
He was literally the only horse that I could find who didn't have his tail docked and had the right size and coloring in relation to the models for the shoot.  I think I got really REALLY lucky and everything else we just sort of improvised with makeup! <3
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ogazebub Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jeez, it looks exactly like the real thing, amazing !Link icon 
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:iconsenaris:
Senaris Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, this is wonderful!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, all that detail! :la: It looks like you all took a lot of time and effort to make this look just like the game come to life; it really paid off. :love:
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Xorecheg Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
ammazing *___*
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:iconrandompoliceofficer:
randompoliceofficer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Flawless, and REALLY impressive.
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Tacoss2 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
How'd you make Navi?
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:iconchigami:
Chigami Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is lovely!
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:iconcarlosdattoliart:
CarlosDattoliArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this is excellent, amazing job! 
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:iconwiicoo:
wiicoo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
great =)
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:iconprissguerrero:
prissguerrero Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
A great scene.
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
That line is epic though the cuccos were one of the more deadly aspects of that game, LINK why do you not learn!? :XD:
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MidevalExponents2sqr Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Epona... I love you :heart: Thank you for this!
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:iconhhorselover96:
HHorseLover96 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, Goood job
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NightshadowCat93 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
awww you two are fantastic <3
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:iconjapanzelda:
JapanZelda Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fucking awesome! :heart:
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xXBEN-is-DrowningXx Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i just noticed theres navi. this is so epic. its like so freaking real.
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:iconjaevairny:
jaevairny Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is amazing. It put the hugest smile on my face. Thank you for sharing.
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GirlOnFiyah Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The costumes are amazing, but the horse... It's perfect!
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:iconkitten4me:
kitten4me Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Im overdosing on awesomeness.
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Girfan2000 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
These photos are great. The dirt on Link and Malon is a nice touch as well since Link is rolling around in dirt all day and Malon works at Lon Lon Ranch. 
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RoxiiCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love this photo!!! amazing!! aww the cuccos! *w* just beautiful!
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:iconkutanra:
Kutanra Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would you mind if my sister used this in a short video about deviantART? Full credit will be given
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RockinCountry Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you take cosplay to a new level!
This is amazing
The ranch and even Epona!
Everything is just stunning
great work!!
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Gerardwayobsessed Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Ah I love it. Perfect!
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:iconradlady:
Radlady Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
This is just absolutely perfect...great job!
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:iconleisurekiss:
leisurekiss Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Cosplay!
Nice work, it`s amazing!
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WowFantasticCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You two are just too perfect as Link and Malon.
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ilovewolvez Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
omg i'm a horse lover + i'm a girl
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:iconmidnightrainbowfire:
MidnightRainbowFire Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
S-SO C-CUTE...
FANGIRL SPAZ ATTACK!
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BlueMoonScorpio Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
cool couple.
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:iconkeiko12:
Keiko12 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I really love this one!
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:iconikoukaabii:
IkouKaabii Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I love every touch of it, and the dirt stains really make everything look realistic
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SailorOdango Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Hee hee hee. Awesome. I love the nod to the cuccos. An absolutely fantastic job as always. I LOVE it.
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:iconkoizumi-hotaru:
Koizumi-Hotaru Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME!!!! BEST COSPLAY!!!!! I LOVE EPONA!!!
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:iconamayakadwolf:
AmayakaDWolf Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very Very Awsome ;)
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:iconynysdyn:
ynysdyn Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Very natural, well done!
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EvilPuggy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Writer
Even got a real horse, nice! @~@
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