The Adventures of Link

Here are two pieces I made for an upcoming show at OhNo!Doom in Chicago. The show is all video game related images, and for me that translates to NES classic. It was my first system, my favorite system, and the only console I still use (believe me, Tetris *never* gets old). The choice of which NES game to jump off from was tough at first, but in the end it had to be Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link. It was the first game I ever owned (besides Mario/Duck Hunt I suppose) and it was fuel for my imagination for years and years to follow.
This was also a fun project because it was my first experiment into combining fantasy art subject matter and ideas with the more painterly and naturalistic style which I’ve been exploring in my gallery work. I definitely will be doing work more along these lines in the future.


“Before him was a raging sea and, beyond it, the Ocean Palace”, 18×24, oil on wood panel

“The Graveyard”, 18×24, oil on wood panel
If you’re in the Chicago area, check out the show! It opens February 11th at OhNo!Doom
*edit* some process shots as requested:

the initial sketch

the acrylic underpainting

portrait detail, in progress

portrait detail from the final

About DavePalumbo

I'm a freelance illustrator working mainly in the F/SF genre. Most often I'm either painting book covers or gaming cards.

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  1. dave this is just awesome!
    best Link I’ve ever seen!

  2. Cody Tilson says:

    Badass! You going to be in town for the show again? I’m marking my calendar…

  3. DavePalumbo says:

    Cody – not this time, sorry to say

  4. Jessica says:

    Oh my Godddd this is so sick! Please post some WIPs?

  5. oyo says:

    Fully sick bru !

  6. Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell says:

    Great balance between the brushwork and the defined planes! Also, the colors and value range are so beautifully handled!

  7. Cos Koniotis says:

    Really great work man, I love them.

  8. Björn Hurri says:

    very nice! Now give them to me!!! :D

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  10. Blake says:

    That sketched version looks AMAZING. Here’s one I did a couple years ago that’s similar in style, though your technical skill is LIGHTYEARS beyond mine.

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