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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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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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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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