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TZP: Link Rides Epona Into the Sunset by Adella TZP: Link Rides Epona Into the Sunset by Adella
Spending time at the ranch was always a welcome distraction from reality. However, he had a duty to find the Princess and liberate the people of Hyrule. As the sun dipped below the mountains, Link lead Epona away with heavy heart, his sights set on Death Mountain.

This photo was meant to be the last in the set, but unfortunately the final two that were supposed to go before this one are not ready. I didn't want to be late again for you guys, so I just posted this. Sorry they're out of order guys. :) Expect to see more Link riding Epona in future shoots!

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.

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 (retired from 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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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 Malon Epona and Cuccos by Adella TZP: Link and Malon by Adella TZP: Link and Malon observe Death Mountain by Adella TZP: Malon Singing by AdellaTZP: Goodbye Epona by Adella
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:iconneolte:
Neolte Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Has this project been cancelled?  It's been really long since any updates came out of it.
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Oh my gosh this looks incredible! very very cool. :DLove 
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NightshadowCat93 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student General Artist
* A * He's perfect and Epona too...the most beautiful cosplay that I've ever seen <3
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:iconthemaninred64:
themaninred64 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Dat title.
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:iconsteamland:
Steamland Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
tony retired as Link? he was so good to. well, I love this :3 amazing job as always sarah :3 
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:iconphramer:
Phramer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truly great work. The attention to detail in this entire series is just mind blowing. Keep up the great work
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:iconhostility5:
Hostility5 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
This guy is way too stiff D: I would make a way more convincing link :(
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:iconsatrilvix:
satrilvix Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
if you think so, then go do it.
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:iconroiikkata:
roiikkata Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its adult link i guess ..
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:iconallexialeticia:
AllexiaLeticia Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I Love Zelda ♥
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:iconequigoyle:
equigoyle Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Soo...if this Anthony gentlemen is no longer 'cosplaying' as Link... who are you going to get to do the character?
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:icontwilight-twit:
Twilight-Twit Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
This serie of cosplay art is just MAGIC!!! :wow: You really did a good job! :clap:
And I'm dead serious here, it's amazing! :dummy:

message from a fanatical Zelda oot especially addict
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:iconmoon41083:
Moon41083 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
This is beautiful!
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:iconbluemoonscorpio:
BlueMoonScorpio Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
nice sunset
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ForestFairytails Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
hey malon, with that lil cut big john gave ya, best thing u can do is wash it with salty water or soapy and expose it to sunlight other wise the skin will rot.
for future shoots, before u actually take out the camera tie a ribbon to johns tail to say dont walk behind me ill kick, we do this at the pony club it really is worth doing to avoid the ER
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:iconrokubixnoxdanna:
rokubixnoxdanna Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your works are all so amazing & beautiful! Keep making such great pictures!
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:iconhellboys-daughter:
hellboys-daughter Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Thats just ... äh ... I am spechless!
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:iconsuperrainbowsakura:
SuperRainbowSakura Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they AWSOMEST COPLAY I EVER SEEEE IN MY LIFE!!!!
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:iconm-a-f-u-y-u:
M-a-f-u-y-u Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist
That boy certainly does look good in tights ^_~...
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DarkPhyre01 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THAT HORSE IS EPONA! HOLY CRAP! SHE'S REAL! LOL. Excellent work! These cosplay pics are absolutely amazing!!!!!!
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:iconvaidya:
Vaidya Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Beautiful! The resemblance to both Link and Epona is uncanny, well done!
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:iconvvinterpaws:
vvinterpaws Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
his tunic is to tight. love epona tho
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:iconclassof2012:
Classof2012 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
KICK ASS!!!
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:iconynysdyn:
ynysdyn Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Writer
The hair keeps getting to me... Are we trying to capture the spirit of the game, or make it seem more natural and true-to-life? I think some serious attempts at the latter would be very interesting...
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GalopaWXY Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Except Epona never had a bridle in Ocarina of Time :/ didn't think I'd see a flaw in TZP...
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ArataX Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Riding without a bridle takes yeeeeears of experience to pull off. According to their BTS the guy playing Link had to learn how to ride a horse just for this role so I really doubt they wanted to hurt the guy on his first outing. And, actually, I doubt Link would've been able to without a bridle since he just learned how to ride, too, lol.
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GalopaWXY Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then you get the horse to do it ^^ or erase the bridle on editing
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:iconeverox2:
everox2 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
How is this not paint?
It looks so unreal.
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:iconmortimermcmirestinks:
mortimermcmirestinks Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
COUCHthisprojectisamazingCOUGH
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:iconfishphan10m:
fishphan10m Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
That's a really cool picture!
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:iconmaryanime:
MaryAnime Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome!!! *O*
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:iconzaboo17:
zaboo17 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Epona is so beautiful!
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:iconfionnaandcake123:
fionnaandcake123 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
good job!but were did you get the horse...0_o
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another great cosplay picture!
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:iconsniperplier:
sniperplier Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow amazing
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:iconartists-block-bgone:
artists-block-Bgone Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That horse is just so perfect!
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:iconperle-eggeplome:
perle-eggeplome Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
If Nintendo don't say anything about Copyright (like with the April's Day Fools movie trailer), it will be awesome.
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:iconpookiem0n:
PookieM0N Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist
These photos are so stunning!!! Great job!
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:iconisolds-tears:
Isolds-tears Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Those riding lessons paid off. He looks like a pro on that horse.
Also, this is beautiful and fantastic just like all the other pictures. :)
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SRR345 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
awesome! Epona looks beautiful!! XD but to loi do feel like link's outfit needs ok alittle more...beat-up kinda? well, it looks too clean to me. :/
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Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
O_O :worship:
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:iconsweetdelphy:
Sweetdelphy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I <3 It *_*
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:iconhazelnut-eyes:
Hazelnut-Eyes Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconchesterina:
chesterina Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome :love:
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:iconpikachucool:
PikachuCool Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Nice!
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:iconheronsight:
HeronSight Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
cool
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:iconemilyahedrick:
Emilyahedrick Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome shot :) great lighting
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:iconconyay:
Conyay Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student General Artist
wow this is so great. I just can't get over how perfect all the actors and characters actually look compared to the game, but in a non-cheesy way. . . if that makes sense :P These could totally be shots from an actual movie
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:iconsina-rose:
Sina-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great!
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[link]
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:iconcris-11:
cris-11 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
My god
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