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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

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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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Neolte Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Has this project been cancelled?  It's been really long since any updates came out of it.
BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Oh my gosh this looks incredible! very very cool. :DLove 
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
themaninred64 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Dat title.
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 
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
Hostility5 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
This guy is way too stiff D: I would make a way more convincing link :(
satrilvix Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
if you think so, then go do it.
roiikkata Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its adult link i guess ..
AllexiaLeticia Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I Love Zelda ♥
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