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The Final Boss by TsaoShin The Final Boss by TsaoShin
Gannon, the Prince of Darkness, faces Link in the final chamber of Death Mountain from the original Legend of Zelda.

As an '80s kid, few things were more important to me than Legend of Zelda. I was Link for many Halloweens and I often created "dungeons" out of couch cushions and blankets around our house. Hyrule was a constant source of inspiration for drawings which continues even today.

This scene is when you first enter Gannon's (not a typo) chamber and Link holds the completed Triforce above him. During my first play through of the game, my hands were sweaty when I saw this final boss after hours of navigating his maze-like dungeon (no Gamefaqs back then!).

I took liberties in the design here so in b4 omg inaccurate :P I borrowed a lot of Gannon's design off his more recent incarnations.

Enjoy!

See my other Legend of Zelda pieces!


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:iconinkoflife:
inkoflife Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015   Filmographer
Epically Poetic!
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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NintendoGamer5000 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I may not be an 80's kid, but I love the Legend of Zelda probably as much as you do. I was born in the 90's and experienced the OoT when the Zelda games became what they are today. I really think its awesome that you had this artistic representation of the game that started it all. :)
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :)
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TigerRose13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks awesome! I love all the detail you put into everything, especially Gannon: his armor, his musculature, the designs on his staff... I also like how you drew the light coming from the Triforce and the ground near Link's feet.
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TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words ^^ Glad you like it!
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:icontigerrose13:
TigerRose13 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :-D
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Ganon looks like a Hindu go!  Awesome!  I always picture Link as being in his 20s, but other than that I WOULDN't change a thing.
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :)
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:iconrofhmichaels:
RofhMichaels Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Who fed Nasus?
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:iconrisika93:
Risika93 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I get it. =v=
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nasus?
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plasticplayhouse Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

man, i remember the day when i stumbled through Gannon's layer and reached him.  i was like OMG!!  It's Gannon, a giant blue pig-man!!!  i was the first of my friends to battle Gannon and i was the first to defeat him!  my hands were so sweaty and i was so nervous and excited.  that was the best game ever IMO.  i also loved the Super Nintendo version.  I wish Gannon remained the blue pig-man.  i never cared for the later incarnation of him.

 

great pic. i like it :)

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TsaoShin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I miss blue Gannon ;o; Thank you :)
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ChaosMiles07 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Dem abs.

But seriously, this is a great rendition of a "retconned" (haha lol NOT!) classic. I recognize the original picture. Great job, and great detail!
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TsaoShin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  I love that image from the original manual.  I remember seeing it before finishing the game and thinking that the final fight would be so epic.  I was not disappointed :D
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ChaosMiles07 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
The series hasn't been the same since. At least ALBW calls back to pre-Ocarina games (ALTTP) for its source. Can't wait for my copy of it to arrive..!
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Aegis-Runestone Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sweetness! :D
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Sofiathefirst Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Artist
:omgomg:  He's huge faintstare 
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha yeah XD
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Flameclaw101 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
GANNON!
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:icontaekwondomonk:
TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That is really cool! :D
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icontaekwondomonk:
TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome! ^_^
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Jumpei Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh damn...masterful use of detail management, I need to try harder in getting better at it!
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What are you talking about, Jumpei?! You're stuff is incredible - I'm constantly looking at your art thinking the same thing haha
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wingwolfly Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
This really puts the boss fight in perspective. A little kid fighting a mutated boar/sorcerer. Great job with Gannon's staff. 
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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NicksFluffyShit Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! :clap: 
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnicksfluffyshit:
NicksFluffyShit Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope he never got to see what is under that rock... D:>
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:icondaeamor:
Daeamor Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
DA DA DA DAAA!
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha :)
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DemonicCake Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ERMAHGERD!! (dies...)
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconaxisenigma:
AxisEnigma Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
SILVER ARROWS! SILVER ARROWS!
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hahah :D
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:iconxtincell:
xtincell Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible, the composition have a strong balance and color was choose with taste. Excellent
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconrooster-crow:
rooster-crow Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Link just needs to be a few feet further forward and aiming for the crotch...
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oooo right in the rupees!
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:iconrooster-crow:
rooster-crow Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
So THAT'S where he's been keeping them!!
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:iconarttraveller77:
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just tooooo cool. I love how you made it look.
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Gnome-o-Fury Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
so awesome!
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Blurr-Art-Studio Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Final boss indeed! This is wonderful!
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Ramman05 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Neat!
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Dawn-and-Dusk Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool! Link holds the shining Triforce, and Gannon seems to be in some sort of a surprise state. I think that it might be a bit (jut a teensy bit) better if Gannon was closer and taking a step back due to surprise or something. Or a step forward because he wants to attack since he's regained composure. I feel that it might be a little bit more engaging that way :3
And you'll be able to portray more of Gannon. But, what can I say? It's amazing as it is!! :heart:
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Dreyfus2006 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wicked awesome. :D
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