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Demon Road: Zelda Design by sambees Demon Road: Zelda Design by sambees
Did these last year for our LoZ: Demon Road comic, I hope to get a full turnaround done when I don't have so many commissions on my to do list :la:

This one doesn't get a full turn around and layer break down like my link messenger uniform reff does because this design is not finished and we are unsure if we are keeping it as young zelda's "princess dress" outfit.

We where trying to go for something completely our own in this one for our Zelda world like we've been doing so far but trying to keep it recognizable as "princess" zelda. Then again, Skyward Sword threw everything recognizable about zelda except for her hair and eye colour and threw it out the window so... maybe we're just over thinking this.

Most of the inspiration for this outfit calls back to the A Link to the Past and Twilight Princess designs with the silhouette of Orical of Seasons/Ages Zelda without wanting to add a cape.

The design on the front of the dress is definitely still in production. The biggest thing we both hate about the zelda designs is the obnoxious fuschia and baby pink combo that somehow survived the OoT era to plague zelda for the rest of her lives so we did away with that. It's not coming back.

We'd love to get your thoughts and crit on the design or the direction we've taken it as another zelda fan.


You can read our comic here: [link]

Or follow it on DA at a much slower pace:
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For serious though, I'm going to try to catch the DA one up soon

Edit: This is not the outfit that she fights in, the sword is for decoration here. This is her "princess" outfit, her fighting outfit will be much more practical, and also blue.
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BlueCereal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! I was wondering if I could cosplay this? I would credit you for the design of course. I'd have a link to your page on every photo and say you designed it to people at cons. Thanks!
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SoulFire402 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing I love her outfit~
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TheOrangeElephant Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist
uff this is amazing!
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AR-X-DESIGNS Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
sssssooooo niiiiiice.
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Sushi-Ice-Cream Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
:iconloveloveplz:
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alexichabane Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Great design and color.
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Pretty awesome.
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bawathor Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow, what a amazing character design o:
I really love it, amazing work as always
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Citizen56 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student
I like it. It makes me think that the kingdom she rules is a lot more aggressive though, that sword and ornamental armor look like they could do some work before she changed into her "work" clothes.
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Aloharr Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
mmmm, my new desktop background
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crazydragon111 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
So detailed!
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Enyae Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Beautiful design!! :iconiloveitplz:
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angry-green-toast Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
all your work is so beautiful. I love the shapes you use.
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Neo-Draco Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Very nice!
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:iconmilay:
Milay Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
so pretty both style and design!
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SigloEstrella Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd be lying to myself if I didn't say Zelda's outfit looks incredibly detailed and quite elegant as well. :heart:
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Quezecotyl Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome! :D
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Bloomins Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Guess who's watching that comic of yours. This gal right here. :iconbadassplz:
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rockiecuff Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Did you make the pictures yourself?
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sambees Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Yes.
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Svitavotara Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
That's cool! That outfit has character!
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wolf166 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i lllooovee it! :D
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Thatonegirl27 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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NekoNinja13 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
AWESOME!!!!!!
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iPeony Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
THIS IS AN EFFING AWESOME DESIGN
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Vocapony Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
she looks awesome!
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
awesome
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Toradh Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the fact that it’s not pink. And her jewellry. And how you built up on "classical Zelda dress" patterns with the triforce and the goddess wings without copying them 1:1. Her sleeves are awesome, too. I’m afraid I'm unable to give you constructive criticism, I really dig the design!

Just mayyybe you could consider making her look more like a princess from a Middle Eastern nomad tribe in a sandy desert, just to fit the comic (which I LOVE by the way). The way she looks now would also fit any other sword and sourcery fantasy setting.

I still love it, anyway.
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sambees Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
I will certainly keep that in mind for her traveling cloths :)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And I will definitely stay tuned for those ;)
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13Nyx Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand the need to refrain from the outfit being overly gaudy, but I just keep finding her chest and back a little too plain. I'm not saying to go all out or even change anything at all (It's a great design), but something as simple as one line straight down the back or down the torso, or even something like a necklace or extra piece of the undergarment (white) showing over the top garment (redish) would help to split apart the solid areas without making it to where there's too much going on at once.

Otherwise fantastic. Loving how you included her eye color into the gemstones and all the little triforce symbols in the different pieces. And what I'm assuming is your rendition of the hylian crest is just beautiful.
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Jonot Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
She has a sassy look on her face, that I find interesting. And I've read the webcomic, and I'm wondering if Ganon will take on his traditional roll as a villan or as an unlikely hero? keep up the work.
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sambees Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Thanks :)
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SiguneRose Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Beautiful work. I love how you have the traditional Zelda outfit elements, but done in a completely different way. Very inspiring.
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Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Writer
This piece just breathes character. Well done!
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Astro-Kid-248 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The mauve is nice, it's part of why I liked TP Zelda so much. It looks more elegant and regal. The overall shape is wonderful, and the sleeves give a regal presence.
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vivicool995 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! I actually like the OoT Zelda outfit, not necessarily the color, but certainly the design, and this looks sort of like it, while being more mature and suiting her personality. It's fantastic! :)
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flaagan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
This would make an epic cosplay outfit!
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HeavensChaos Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a gorgeous design! Breathtaking really.
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Aloharr Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
i love the sleeves
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alexsanlyra Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! That's some sweet costume design you have going there. You should totally go with it. I'm a big Zelda fan, been playin' it since the very first game (yeah, I'm kinda old, but only on the outside). Strangely, some of my favorites are the ones that don't follow the canon so closely, such as "Wind Waker" and "Sky-word Sword"... guess it comes as no surprise that I loved this design of yours. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is, this design could very well be original art from the series, as far as style is concerned. ^_~

Gonna go check out that webcomic now...
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manic-medic Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, love the colour combination and the details :D
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mountainlaurelarts Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow, totally awesome. I love all the detail and accents, and her hairstyle design. can't wait to see the fighting outfit :)
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Feeling-Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
looks really cool! and the style is very nice too!
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AnndSchKaDsteRnchn Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, it's adorable! I like the design of her clothes!
She is just like in Twillight Princess :3
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Kimmy-x3 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Such a cool design! I can definately picture her fighting like in Twilight Princess <3
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Anyone who says zelda couldn't fight with those sleeves has never seen house of 1000 daggers >:U
[link]
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lulles Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
i must say again how i love this outfit! can't wait to see her fighting outfit.
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