References & Inspiration: Breath of the Wild Artwork

I’ve talked already about how I love this game. One reason: the artwork.

In the first four images you can see the team’s official promotional art. It’s like digital gouache, really pretty. In motion, the game resembles this style remarkably well, especially when viewing landscapes from a distance. The textures, lighting, and shaders all contribute to the feel with irregular edges and brush-like strokes of color.

The last three images demonstrate their application ofan ancient Japanese style of sculpture known as Jomon. It is the inspiration for the designs of the ancient ‘Sheikah’ technology in the game, seen on the six-legged laser-firing Guardians, the Sheikah Slate that the protagonist uses, the several massive towers spread across the game world, and the 120 shrines and four dungeon-beasts that the player can explore.

I really like that gouache look. It was the thing I had in mind when I was searching for brushes to paint my Footwomen Doe portrait, providing a direct inspiration.


References & Inspiration: Flight


This is the cover art for Volume 3 of Flight, a series of comic anthologies, compilations featuring comics from various young artists. This book had been in a bookcase in the next room for years and I used to love flipping through it. Great variety of styles, super imaginative illustrations. Recommended to check this series out.

As of this post the site is under construction, but here’s where you would look:


References & Inspiration: Saga


I received the first two volumes of this great comic series, which i cracked open again the other day. I’m a big fan of the character designs and illustration style. This image in particular: somehow working both hard-edge black outlines and loose brush strokes together, looking effortless.

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References & Inspiration: alpha00zero


Meant to put this up some weeks back:

An artist I’ve had some chats with, who is similarly engrossed with Zelda. I had a brief back-and-forth with him where he told me how his process for pieces like these is often entirely digital! I came across his works while he was doing re-draws of classic TLOZ art. I chose to put up this picture because I like the shadows, the pure black #000000. Shadows are something I ought to be more comfortable with, I think (really, not being afraid to have a wide range of values in one piece).

Check out alpha00zero’s works here:



References & Inspiration: Cucumber Quest


Ⓒ 2011-2016 gigi d.g.

This is a wonderful, adorable, hilarious, and also beautiful webcomic.

Its writing, in humor and plot, strongly remind me of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, one of my favorite GameCube games. And the art is really pleasing to look at, very nicely drawn and painted. Highly recommend.

Start here: