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LoZ - Valentine Love, SxL by salsa-ishida LoZ - Valentine Love, SxL by salsa-ishida
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY~

It totally didn't look like I was gonna finish this sucker in time, but I got out of work early (~Dawnfira, your sacrifice will not be forgotten!) and managed to spend my entire afternoon working on it. Navi was only ever added to prevent me from having to draw Sheik's hand (better than using a shield again, amirite? XD), but she turned out to be one of my favorite parts by the end. I referenced dragonfly wings for her (they seemed apt, and the picture I found of them was so pretty~), and both the gossip stone and the monarch butterfly were also entirely referenced. As you can probably tell by the crappy anatomy, though, the rest wasn't. XD

...And I still can't draw flowers or grass. D: Ah well. A battle I will fight another day~

(This picture is dedicated to ~Dawnfira and Eric, who I don't think has a DA; it's also being entered in the #Link-X-Sheik-Club's Valentine's Day contest too, so wish me luck!

Done start to finish in Paint Tool Sai, which was a douche and wouldn't let me save, with my sexy-ass Bamboo tablet. =3)

[EDIT 03-07-10:] G-guh! This won first place in the #Link-X-Sheik-Club's Valentine's Day contest! Holy wow~ Thank you so much! ♥
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sarahkitten42 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wrote an ode to how fitting these two are for each other, to the tune of Sheik's theme. :3

These two are my OTP
Sheik and Link were meant to be
Together they play such lovely melodies
It's the prettiest sight I'll ever see
These two men together in front of me
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Leapoffaith4 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
even though shiek iszelda sheik is a guy you know!
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Well, yes, I like to think so. XD I'm open to other interpretations too though, Sheik is pretty much awesome no matter how you view him (or her, as the case may be)!
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Kaith-Sith Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Awww cute great now I'm getting into this pairing.
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sognodrago Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the details, colors, and that soothing calming atmosphere
this is a great piece

as a small patch of the grass, there held so much.

though Sheik's head seem a bit bigger then Link's
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GateKeeper27 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Wow, that's beautiful. I love Link's hair.
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Get out of the way, Navi!
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carbonatedwater Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, this is gorgeous! the background is beautiful, and the coloring on everything is great. I especially love their hair and the grass - it's almost like you drew every single strand.
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
There's a lot about this picture I still wanna go back and fix, but thank you! <3 It's funny you mention the individual strands, because that's basically how I do it-- I slap down a base color and then do individual strands of progressively darker/lighter colors on another layer. The 0.7 pixel brush and I are BFFs~ ...It's the only way to get the effects I like. :S
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sweetie-pie5575 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats on first place~!! =3

i'm surprised i haven't seen this picture yet in browse~ i've been going through looking for link and sheik about twenty times since valentines day... >.>;
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Thank you! I was excited, I never win that kinda stuff ^.^

Man, I don't know what's up with Browse. I used to use it fairly regularly, cruising for Shink (usually I just search for Sheik and go from there), and there would be times when I'd see my pictures showing up in the wrong chronological order, some missing altogether, some showing up as supposedly new even though they'd been up for weeks, etc. It made me leery of how accurate the results were. :S
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sweetie-pie5575 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol me either, usually. XD;

yeah... but i don't think they show up chronologically unless you're looking at "new", and i've always gone with "popular within 8 hours" so I don't keep seeing the same things on the page as deviations continue to be submitted.
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Eisha-Suiiki Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
....I think I love you. ;w;


This is so beautiful~ These two are my OTP for sure, but whenever I try to draw them together I do them no justice. Unlike you, as you are amazing! xD

I seriously love this~ :heart:
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
I am very late in replying, sorry! But~ D: I think your Shink art is better than you give it credit for! I loved the hell outta your Carnival of Time picture (although I prolly forgot to comment, I am tres fail at that >.<)... it was part of what inspired me to start playing with Termina as a setting recently. C: My art is usually littered with errors, I just happen to color things shinily enough to temporarily distract from most of them. XD (This one's no exception-- I don't even know what's up with Sheik's anatomy :'D I went to fix it up the other day and tried drawing a little skeletal guideline to figure out where things were and where they needed to be, and ended up getting mad and just drawing mustaches on everything instead. Because that is, apparently, the maturest form of vengeance. XD)
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Hione Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Soooooooooo pretty! <3 Awesome job, dear!
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Wah, thanks~ I appreciate it! ♥ ^^
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twiliheroine Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
O.O
So gorgeous!!
Well done :clap:
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
=3 Thank you~ ♥ ♥
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twiliheroine Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
You're welcome :love:
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kristalwaterfairy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
o.o no way I'm wining now,I love the coloring,I wouldn't contrast anything.
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t3homni Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
I love the grass. *pokes it*
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
OMG YOU! *Points* How've ya been? Was just on my way to molest your gallery~

And ahaha, glad it came out okay, I was like, "*shifty look* ... Maybe if I just scribble in a bunch of green lines no one will notice~"
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t3homni Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Haha, I've been fine, just going through life, starting Uni this year. :D
And YOU! Been good yourself? OMG, I kept thinking you were dead, it's great to see you back! :D
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KatFrog08 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
8D Sooooo pretty! I love the colors and the grass and Navi and Link and Sheik and and and--! *flail* especially Sheik's face~! X3 Great job! You're style is so painterly and flowing, which I love SO much. :D *tries to emulate and fails* XD
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
G-g-guh! I admire the hell out of your coloring style (I literally set aside a bit of time every day to gape unabashedly at this 'un), so the compliment means a lot~~ <333

I desperately wish I had been able to do the depth of shading I was planning on, but it's encouraging to hear so many people like it anyway! And hee, Sheik was actually where I dumped most of the time I spent on this picture XD He was pretty much done before I worked on any other part~ (...'Cept for that hand. Thanks for the save, Navi ;D)
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KatFrog08 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
://D Thanks for the compliment! X3 That one is one of my most popular pieces...for obvious reasons. XD;;; *needs to draw more Shink* >w>

I hope you get the opportunity to go back and do some more shading on this one! I really do love how it looks though either way. ;3 Ah, Sheik~ :heart: As much as I love him he does take some thinking to draw, eh? Lawl~ Good save Navi! XD I do the same thing, avoid drawing more than one hand in a picture.
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HylianDragonCatty Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Nice composition and anatomy. As a hint I'd like to recomment that the shading needs FAR more contrast and you should give the cloth a few big folds instead of that many sketchy like ones. Hope that might help :)
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
First off I'd like to say, thank you so much for the critique! I adore when people give me tips for things to work on <3 I'll probably never end up getting around to fixing the many things I see wrong in this (Sai wouldn't let me save it, so I had to take a screenshot when I finished, and thus ended up losing all of my layers ;_; Wah), but it gives me an idea of what to focus on in the future.

Both of the things you mentioned are actually things I wanted to get around to, but ended up having to nix due to time constraints; I really wanted it done in time for V-day, and was too busy working during the week to put the time into it that it needed. (Up until Valentine's Day itself, I actually hadn't even so much as begun the background save for a flat green, or finished drawing the bottom portion of the picture >.>)

Part of the shading was actually going to include the shadow of a massive tree, which was going to cover the grassy side of the picture (as well as most of Link), and that layer was where I was planning on putting most of the deeper shadows in the picture... but I couldn't get the effect right (it just looked like I smeared gray chalk or something on the picture, no matter what I tried XD) and had to give it up. Hence the slightly lighter-than-visually-appealing color scheme. The shading on the clothes was also very last-minute (put all of my effort into the hair, eyes, and gossip stone, and my bajillion failed attempts to fix the anatomy and hands; on V-day everything else was still pretty much in the flat color stage) and I didn't have time for much other than "*SCRIBBLESCRIBBLE* I DECLARE YE FINISHED!"

... Heck, if you look closely by Link's face/Sheik's chest, you can see there's actually a big spot of green from the background layer that I completely missed covering. XD

But yes~ I realize that I definitely could have done a better job on the shading, and if I'm ever feeling motivated enough to pop the screencap back in Sai and poke at it, I will certainly keep your suggestions in mind! <3

Thanks again for the crit! <3 I appreciate it beyond words~
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HylianDragonCatty Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Longests Reply I ever got. Hands down XD
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
*sheepish look, shuffles feet* I... have been accused before of being something of a rambler. XD Sorreh 'bout that~ <3
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atroxbasium Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh. My. God.
Look at the hair, the colouring, the grass. . .
This is absolutely stunning!
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Ahaha. I feel like I could've done better if I'd had time (the commenter below you actually touched on some of the things I felt it lacked), but thank you for saying so! ♥
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minoru-k Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww this is cute.
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Why thank ye~
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ryttu3k Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, don't mind me, I've passed out from adorable <3
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:iconsalsa-ishida:
salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Oh noes! I'll get the smelling salts~~
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ryttu3k Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*waves hand* I'm good!

Anyway ^_^ This is lovely - I adore their hair, the grass and flowers are great, and just the... cuddliness... is making me go d'awww. And Navi's wings are pretty!
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ponytoez Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Ahhh, so beautiful :D
I love how soft it looks!
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Thank you! <3 It's a very different style of coloring than I'm used to doing, so I'm glad it came out alright~
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ponytoez Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
:)
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omg-chibi-sorn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
naww now im going to lose TT^TT oh well its an epic pic :DDD i love it!!
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salsa-ishida Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
I doubt that! Your chibis are easily my favorite <333 I adore ~ryttu3k's too, but for some reason every time I see yours I can't help but flail with joy~ <3 Best of luck to you, I'm rooting for ya! =3
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omg-chibi-sorn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
yes i love :iconryttu3k: :D but i still think your going to win ^^! and thanky-chi ^w^
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