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Rusl by Contraltissimo Rusl by Contraltissimo
I finished it.  :crazy:

Or at least stopped workin' on it.  :faint:

As.... exquisitely as this fellow would have lent himself to my bad fixation on severely wounded hero types.... I wanted to portray him as being a little more, mmm, win.  And I'm betting that that whole bloody-bandaged couch-moaning episode was not one of his proudest moments.

And so here we have Rusl in the back room of Telma's bar, no doubt layin' in to the rest of the Resistance that crap just got real, and them what wants to save Hyrule'd better man up or get out.  No offense, Telma, Ashei.

In looking for references to draw from, I was able to reacquaint myself with Rusl a bit.  I have always loved his character.  Rusl is what a man should be.  A good and true friend.  A wise and steady mentor.  A brave and able protector.  A faithful husband and a loving father.  To this day, seeing him in the darkness of the village after the attack, ruddied by his own blood and dragging one leg, but still boldly bearing a torch and his sword as he sweeps the night for any remaining villains that would dare come near his pregnant wife.... oh my heart, how it just roars for that man's fortitude.

I remember the first time I, as Link, found him again after having lost him for so long.  He'd been half-dead recovering in the village the last I'd seen him, and out searching for the missing children the last I'd heard of him.  I wonder if he may even have crossed the Twilight wall on his own at some point, anything to bring back his son....  And then to think that I'd found him again before I even realized he was there before my eyes.  Words will never be able to express my shock and exhilaration at that one moment of revelation.

As Link I was the world's Hero.  But Rusl was my Hero.  He is an expert swordsman, a skilled falconer, a seasoned warrior, a befriender of creatures who have obviously somehow found the Triforce already, and at the very end.... a life saver.

From the Hyrulean Resistance, he is Rusl.

For Link's Friendlist at :icongame-art-hq:.

For much of the fine tuning of this I was listening not to music as is my wont, but to, uh, this playthrough of Twilight Princess.

Listening to a Zelda playthrough while arting will do nothing for your productivity.

I got to part twenty-five, the Temple of Time, before I was finished, and there were a few repeats.  Right now I'm listening to part twenty-six.

I would recommend that particular playthrough to anyone looking for high quality references for art (or just looking to relive his favorite Twilight Princess moments).  At 1080p it is the most crisp and gorgeous playthrough I've ever seen.  The YouTuber, ZorZelda, is a delight to watch as well.  S/he goes through the game efficiently, to be sure, but not in such a rush that s/he can't maintain the mood of the story, or pause to look at the occasional Easter egg.  It's not a speedrun, and it's not a blunderer; it's just a gorgeous, well-oiled happy medium.  Have a look.

Peace out.
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shadow2k Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, this is awesome! D:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thanks so kindly! :hug:
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shadow2k Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
y'welcome~
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EricAfterDark Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
THIS is how I want to use Photoshop! Nice work, this is really well done.
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
You can do it I believe in yoooou! :la:

And thanks so much! :D Glad you enjoy. :)
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EricAfterDark Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thanks for the vote of confidence!
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EndoFire Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2014
THIS IS AMAZING
That is no overstatement :)
it's in the game's style and everything.
Just.
Perfect job Batman Approved 

I agree with you on his character. Also, Rusl was the one who had taught Link all of his fundamental skills as he grew up in Ordon, and gave the orphan a loving family to cherish and to take part in. (:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
LOL that Batman! XD XD

Thank you so muuuuch! ;u; Haaaaa I looked at so many screenshots to get his head and face and clothes and things riiiight.... :crazy: I think I made myself crazy but am so happy with how it turned out. ;u;

And right??? Augh, I love that man; just so good and strong and kind. Also I'm a sucker for characters who get seriously wounded but can suck it up anyway and then bounce back. ;u;
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Redfoxbennaton Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You have such good painting skills. 
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Thanks so kindly, friend! And thanks for taking a look! :aww:
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Redfoxbennaton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome my boy. 
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Eruanna17 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I really like how you did his clothes and armour! Very detailed and with that warm glow of the fire:thumbsup:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Thank you so much! Ha, those parts were INTENSE to figure out! So I am so glad to see those appreciated. :iconimcryingsomuchplz:

Thanks for taking a look! ^__^ :heart:
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Eruanna17 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!:hug:
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GrimSlime Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god this is fantastic
I especially love that you take characters a lot of people don't pay much attention to and you just make these awesome paintings. dude you rock
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Thank you so muuuuuch. ;u;
Haa, sometimes the side characters just kinda stick with ya. I always thought Rusl was so boss. :D

Thanks for looking, friend! ^_^
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ladyz0e Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional Artist
Lovely art! I need to play Twilight Princess again. The characters, the world, the fighting..everything was so well done imo. Rusl is also the closest father-type figure I'd have seen to Link in any game. c:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Thank you so much! :) Heh, I do love that game--currently playing through with my nieces in fact! :D Good times.

And I love the dynamic between Rusl and Link. Such a great mentor figure, and you really feel for him after he's wounded. Maybe it's those kinds of sympathies that the game plays on that make him seem like such an important character.... to me at least. :)

Thanks for taking a look! :D
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rinxlenfan4ever Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Amazing! I have no words to describe how happy I am because of this picture~!
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SnowBunnyRabbit Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student
Rusl is one of my favorite characters from Twilight Princess I always thought of him as a father figure for Link. I haven't played the game myself (cause I'm kinda scared to do it since it's darker than the other Zelda games) but I have seen plenty of playthroughs and I really like the story.
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Oh my, yes, I love Rusl too. He's such a strong mentor figure. :)

It's a real fun game to play! I'd recommend it. Though I can't argue that playthroughs are great to watch. :)
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SnowBunnyRabbit Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student
By the way, I got A Link Between Worlds and it was awesome!
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Heh, I got that one, but I haven't played it yet. :)
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SnowBunnyRabbit Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student
You should! :D
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masterrohan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
CONNIE!  :icongwahplz:

I haven't seen your art in a while, so looking at this just blows me away!  :iconfireworkplz:

I'm going crazy over the lighting!  And details!  :D

AND DETAILS!  :XD::XD:

AND DETAILS!!!!  :iconlawooplz:



AND THAT MAP!  :faint:



Once again, you inspire creativity in me!  :iconherotimeplz:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Late reply is.... late. :blushes:

You are kind to come and take a look. This one was.... definitely a strenuous thing to get through! ^^; But I am so pleased with my progress. :)

Thank you so much again. :cuddle:
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BlueLink Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Love the picture, and also love your comment to go with It!
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Thanks so much, BlueLink!!!  :iconrlytearplz:

Rusl is the man.  I love that guy.
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Iceway Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
hhhhhhnnngh everything looks so soft and nice how do you do it it's beautiful :faint:

ah, it's been so long since I've played this c:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Ohhhh my gosh thank you so much Icewayyyyyyy.... ;u;

Me too.... though that YouTube playthrough was a pretty good substitute!  8D
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Wings-of-Art Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work, great job on the details. :w00t:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Thanks so kindly, friend!  :D
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small-myth Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
So glad you enjoy, friend!  :aww:  Thanks for looking!  :D
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LyricalMedley Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When I :wow: saw this picture, I thought

:iconlyricalmedley::iconlawooplz: Weeeeeeeeee! Here we go!

Oh and wouldn't ya know it...My brother and I were only just geeking out about this guy who figured out how to ZOOT (Zelda Ocarina Of Time) in :hooray: 22 minutes flat! :icondragoncollapse:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Hehehehe, glad you like.  :D

And 22 minutes?  That's madness!  :iconmadnessplz:
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LyricalMedley Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:omg: I know, right. All these "cheats" and then BAM! This guy beats the game with Link as a child. :faint:
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LyricalMedley Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And I have to say... :iconthinkingplz: I have this crazy notion


Me thinks...:paranoid: that Hiccup might be a direct decendent of Russel. Just :iconwowplz: look at those eyes!
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SpeedyAlchemist Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Writer
Awesome!! =D
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Thanks so much!  ^_^
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elihaun Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love your painting!  I especially like how you did the shading/lights.  You did a great job with that :)  Also, those hands.  ARGH!  how I wish I could do hands like that!

I can totally see Rusl taking charge of that group of characters.  He is kind, but also a natural leader.  If anyone could save hyrule (other than link of course) it would be rusl.  You captured that perfectly Winner 


Anyway, Great job!  


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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Omigoodness thank you so muuuuch.  ;u;  :heart:  The lighting was giving me fits near the end, wasn't sure how much was too much, was I underdoing it, was I overdoing it....  Couldn't really tell anymore from just looking at it so long, but I'm glad it seems to have come out so good!  :happycry:

Haha, the hands were cake compared to that blasted armor!  :laughing:  WHO DESIGNED THIS GUY?  I'd like to have a word with whoever it was!  :crazy:  What is it, etched leather?  Something....

Augh yeah, maybe it's just that he's imprinted on you from the beginning of the game, but Rusl is my favorite of the four.  He's just so good and steady and brave....  Yeah, if Link weren't around, I'd feel good laying my hopes on Rusl instead.

Thanks so much for your kind kind comments!  :hug:  I'm glad you and I could give this awesome character some art-lovin's.  :la:
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Mohegan567 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
Wow, you have improved so much! I really hope to be as good at Photoshop as you one day :)
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Wow, thanks, Mohegan!  :happycry:  So very kind of you to say.  :D
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whocaptoredmytuna Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing!!! :D (Big Grin) 
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Thanks so much!  :D
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whocaptoredmytuna Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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VinDeamer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014   Digital Artist
I am stunned  by the level of detail in this!!! ;o; sadly I am not the first to say it really does look like a 3d render especially from the thumbnail image!!! INCREDIBLE job, Connie. WOW.

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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Thanks so much, Vin!!  ;u;  Haha, people keep telling me that.... I kinda can't see it anymore from looking at it for so long, but I am glad that it seems to have come out that way!  :happycry:

Thanks for looking.  So glad you enjoy.  :love:
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VinDeamer Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Digital Artist
I totally understand! You can kinda go cross-eyed after working on something for so long. :XD:

You're welcome! Your art is always amazing though ;o; :heart:

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