How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games

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​Who is Link? Link is the hero of the Nintendo video game series, The Legend of Zelda. In each game, Link begins as an ordinary boy. Throughout the course of the game, however, he gains skills and abilities, and is often depicted as a teenager or adult.

His mission is to bravely rescue the Princess Zelda and his homeland from the evil boar-like Ganon.

The first game featuring Link was released in 1986. In addition to video games, Link has appeared in manga, a cartoon series, toys, and other products.

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Why is he called Link? According to the character’s creator, the original story line required Link to travel between the future and the past. He was thus the “link” between these times. The story may have changed somewhat, but the name stuck.

Would you like to draw heroic Link? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use crayons or something similar to color your drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​​ Link

How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 1

1.​ Begin by drawing a circle. This will form Link’s head.

How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 2

2. ​​​​​​​​​​Enclose a curved shape beneath the head, using a curved line. This indicates the shape of Link’s jaw.

How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 3

3. ​​​​​​​​​​Beneath the head, use a series of curved lines to enclose a roughly rectangular shape. This will form Link’s body.

How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 4

4. ​Sketch in Link’s hair. For each lock of hair, use two curved lines that meet in a point. Allow the lines of each lock to attach to or overlap the others. Notice that some locks of hair are much longer and wider than others.

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How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 5

5.​​ ​​​​​​Erase the guide lines from the head.

How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 6

6.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​Begin adding detail to your character. Use pairs of curved lines to form each arm, enclosed at each end with shorter curved lines. Use a series of curved lines and “U” shaped lines to form the hand. Draw a “V” shaped line beneath the head to form the neck of the garment, and cross it with a horizontal line. Draw a curved line along one side of the torso, and a circle in the middle of the torso. Then, draw a spiral within the circle. Attach the circle to the sides using sets of parallel lines, forming a belt.

How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 7

7. ​​Enclose two triangle shapes, one large and one small, on one side of Link’s head to indicate another lock of hair and a hat. On the other side, enclose one irregular shape within another to form the ear. Draw sets of lines to form legs, connected at the end using a curved line. Draw another curved line across each leg to indicate the top of the boot.

How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 8

8.​​​ ​​​​Draw Link’s sword and shield. For the shield, enclose a rectangular shape with a curved bottom. Draw a similar shape within the first, and band this with two sets of horizontal lines. Then, draw vertical lines on each side of these. Use rounded shapes to craft the remaining fist. Within the hand, enclose a rectangle to indicate the hilt of the sword. Place a circle at the end of the hilt. Then, use straight lines to sketch the blade.

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How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 9

9.​​ ​Use curved lines to draw each eye. Shade a circle in each to indicate the pupil. Draw a thick, curved line above each eye to form the eyebrows. Use curved lines for the nose, mouth, and chin.

How to Draw Link from the Zelda Games: Step 10

10. ​​​​​​Color Link. Typically, he is depicted with green clothing and blonde hair.

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