Posted By Snow at 11:48 AM on Wednesday July 25, 2012
A translation of a concept art page from Hyrule Historia. Images taken from History of Hyrule’s The Legend of Zelda art anthology. This page was translated by Patas.
•The red parts are not feathers, but hair
•Purple and yellow, to give it a Master Sword and Triforce vibe
•Silhouette and colour like the bird mark in the Hylian Shield
•For steering (they don’t flap) Link puts his feet near the base
•When not flying, the tail curls up, like a dog
•The tail waves
Middle Right Sketch:
Bottom Left Sketch:
Ways to tell other Loftwings apart from Link’s:
•Fewer, shorter hair
•These wings are short too
•No long tail
•Do not use exactly the same colour combination, white, purple, yellow, on the wings
•Zelda’s Loftwing may also have a vivid colour and a long tail to make it look special
Click to enlarge.
“Since a hero riding a red bird saved the land that would eventually become Hyrule, there’s a bird on the shield. However, that emblem was designed previously, so I guess fate was already decided. Loftwings are like shoebills, but the model for their curling tails was the designer’s Shiba dog. When it’s in a cage in the first part of the game, it wags its tail in a cute way.”
Final Sketches For the Sacred Shield
Top Right Picture: Back
Middle & Bottom Right: Strap Color
LV1: The bird head changed a bit.
LV2: Please make the frame silver.
LV3: The pattern’s OK. To make it look more like a goddess and give it a shawl vibe, the shape of the hair was changed.
*The parts in red are to be done with polygons. I’d like to represent the other uneven surfaces with specular bumps.
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