Artistic interpretations of Nintendo's most popular fantasy swordsman run the gamut from burly and broad-shouldered to effing pissed to utterly horrifying. But these stripped-down paintings by Dave Palumbo represent a more grounded, pulp fantasy take on the Hero of Hyrule.
Palumbo -- who's done work for Blizzard, Marvel and Wizards of the Coast -- removes the iconic hat and doubles down on finer details like glinting chainmail and tattered boots. The result is a Link who looks like he could have been created by Robert E. Howard instead of Shigeru Miyamoto. This pointy-eared hero? He's not so gentle.
Dave Palumbo Paints Beautiful Demons, Bad Deeds and Lots of Link [Comics Alliance]