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TZP: Link and Malon by Adella TZP: Link and Malon by Adella
She saw him approach the gates to the ranch out of the corner of her eye. Feeling a burst of excitement, Malon gathered her skirts and ran to greet the hero and her beloved Epona. "Welcome back, Fairy Boy!" As if prompted, Navi popped out of his hat, fluttering towards her to say hello.

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 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
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.

I always wanted a photo of Malon interacting with Navi. I thought it would be cute, so I just couldn't resist the idea of this one. :)

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 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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ClayCeryni Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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pho3nixdown Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I don't care what you say, this is my LoZ OTP :iconlazepoolplz:  (spoiler,  Malon is Marin from Link's awakening)
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Quintiple Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Marin is supposed to represent Zelda, Link even calls her 'Zelda' and mistakes her for her xD   ZELINK FTW!! :iconlinkxzeldaplz:
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Nosonart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i wonder what is Link trying to say.
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Zerelixon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just the cutest photo ever. It made me grin and become all warm and fuzzy inside :love:
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SolluxCaptor4 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Were do u get the ears from can i have a link please?
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:iconadella:
Adella Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
We made them.  :)
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princesafada Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OW =O
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:iconmischievous-princess:
Mischievous-Princess Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in love with these pictures!!
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:iconjillianlovesdragons:
JillianLovesDragons Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
<3 <3 <3
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:icondo-anotherstory:
DO-anotherstory Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
OMG THIS IS A AMAZING COSPLAY!!
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:iconczneddie:
czneddie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I so love Zelda and this game! Great work!
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:iconherestia:
Herestia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
D: AAAAAH!! That's SO CUTE!
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eissaY Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ermahgerd its link
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Lightneko1377 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
What breed of horse is the model? Sorry if it's a dumb question >.<
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Adella Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Belgian/American Cream :D
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dashblitzfan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
your cosplay is so amazing 
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TaishoBee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Adorable, so well done!
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AmEShiRo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Link <3
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IbofTheRedRose Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
So kawaii!
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Pink--Reptile Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BREATH TAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sayne7 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm working on a Link cosplay of my own, and I noticed you managed to do something very few Link cosplayers have, and I'd really appreciate your input on this problem... How did you evade the dreaded 'flop-hat'? Your hat is so... full-figured and luscious lol
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Shaku-the-Vendialor Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
This link is actually a guy! AN INSANELY LINK-LIKE GUY!!! O.o It's usually girls that make the best links, but... wow.... Looks like a movie scene! Nintendo fusses about a zelda movie being just another Mario Bros. movie disaster. The secret to avoid that? Put some actual cash into it! Big budgets aren't everything, but they DEFINITELY help!
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roiikkata Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
these are such cool photographs
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shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Woooow absolutely fantastic!!! *w*
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Dragoon91786 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
FILM FILM FILM!
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Kubamikoss Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Real.
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MikiyoOo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Naaaah Link, just forget Zelda and get yourself this awesome Malon <3<3<3<3<3
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Tazi-san Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Man, why'd he have to retire? I have never seen a guy pull link off so well.

This pic is wonderful, you can definitely feel the friendly rapport here.
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Mirria1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the guy playing Link left? awwwww. :c it's reall too bad. he was perfect.
awesome shot by the way!:D
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JazzyJayJay Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
wow this is beautifu..
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amy1r4e3 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
SOO so awesome!!!
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albadaru Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had tried everything because of this im always one step ahead ive finally reached the top keep this between us
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bboibang Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had reached my wits end I cant believe how much this exceeded expectations my success was effortless just wanted to share the wealth
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Dark-Coco Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Great cosplayers, and photograph! I feel the moment has been captured well. :)
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CreationAndrea Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Genial me encanta
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Corky-tan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
I really like how you messied Link up a bit. Most cosplays depict him as too perfect and clean. It's like, c'mon, he spends much of his time running around in the wilderness fighting monsters xD
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Team07 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
THIS PICTURE IS PERFECTTT...
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Team07 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
This picture is beautiful <333!
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KillerInstinct12 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great!
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RRGreiner Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Single best piece of Zelda cosplay I have ever seen.
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nunetroll Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Dem tights. XD
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kittythorns Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
i love what you guys are doing with this. i am so impressed. i have been following you on thezeldaproject.net as well as on facebook and deviantart. i wish there was something i could do to contribute. Zelda is my absolute favorite of all time. you are doing such a kick ass job! thank you for your hard work. it is sure paying off. you have all my love and support. :love:
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angelloveszelda Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
THIS IS PERFECT AND THANK YOU FOR EXISTING!!!! I have always loved your works, and never ever ever will forget how amazing you are. I seriously am on this website all the time just to stalk your works.
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