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Volvagia by SulaMoon Volvagia by SulaMoon
Aaand it's done!
I hope I can talk about Chris Oatley classes soon enough :) They are amazing.

So! Fanart to Zelda Ocarina of Time, Volvagia boss! The though guy from temple of Fire. So very fond of this memories!

Photoshop CS6 over scanned sketch, around 20h.
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've always seen Volvagia as a female, mostly cause of the hair. Nintendo's official stance, though, is it's genderless. Like the picture at any rate.
SulaMoon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm you made a good point. Bear with me here, as I also think of Volvagia as gender neutral (or I never payed particular attention to it's gender before).

Is that is the case, where did that particular choice of words came from?
Well, Portuguese is my native tongue, and as in many latin languages, every noun is gendered; We don't have an "it" equivalent, and we have two options for "the", both gendered. So we refer to a chair, in example, as "a cadeira", and the "a" preceding it makes it a female noun. A glass of water would be "o copo", or "um copo", both making it a male noun.
So, as in many languages like this, we sort of default things as male; A human is "o humano", definitely male; So you kind of end using it for genderless things too. It's weird because it is definitely gendered, language wise, but not meaning wise. A lot of activists groups is actively trying to knock out this male-default set by the language, but it's hard.

So yeah, when I pick words across languages, this male-can-be-neutral-too though sometimes slips though. I have been trying to avoid this kind of structural slip, but it's so impervious and hard to spot sometimes!
So thank you, another thing I'm going to keep in mind from now on.
pearwood Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Some of my feminist friends consider 'guy' perfectly inclusive, others are horrified at it.
vtfawkes Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
You used Photoshop CS6 for this? What is over scanned sketch? Forgive me if these are silly questions I'm just a newb in need of assistance.
SulaMoon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Fawkes! Welcome to digital art :) Questions don't bother at all, fire them away.
This one in special was indeed digital color in photoshop over a scanned sketch. You can see the original pencil sketch and the first color pass at this link:…

I do a lot of fixing digitally as you can see; But a pencil sketch is a powerful way to decide what direction you want to take your image.

However, I do sketch a lot digitally using a wacom tablet, a digital pen you attach to a desktop, not a tablet like ipad hehe. If you don't know it, I recommend you looking into for digital painting.

Ctrl paint site also has a very nice free tutorial series that does a nice introduction to digital painting. Check it out here:
vtfawkes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Thank you so much. Woah seeing the sketch and what you did with it I'm even more impressed. So cool.

A friend of mine bought a wacom tablet but he didn't use it much so I didn't see the amazing benefits it could have but now I do.

Thanks again SulaMoon :-)
vtfawkes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I used this for a photo I blended on Photoshop CS6. I just wanted to make sure it was ok. I know it's after the fact. I kind of spaced out on asking permission. (Sorry about that) 

I added a link to this picture in the description and hardly anyone follows me. It's more for fun than anything. Not for credit or money definitely as it's just a mish mash of pictures. Hope you enjoy. Here's the link (pun intended) :…

and if you'd rather me take it down I will gladly do so as it's just fun and never intended to diminish the hard work of others.

Stay frosty SulaMoon :-)
Old-man-Frosty Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Time to use the Mega Crush Hammer!
TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is completely awe-inspiring! :D
shadowalex3000 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
In the Manga version of OoT, Young Link buys a pet dragon in the Market Place of Hyrule Castle and he becomes friends with it. But, after the seven years of his magically induced coma, he goes to the fire temple and sees Volvagia. He then realizes that Volvagia is the pet dragon and he is then forced to kill it. Its very sad.
vtfawkes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Wow, I never knew that. Makes the story that much better for me despite it being very sad.
AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
OMG I can't handle the epicness!!
shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student General Artist
so dynamic and stunning! i love it! :D
minidelirium Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist
this is stunning! (oh dear lord, pun not intended :XD:)
kingbobbomb Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Emiko-Fubuki Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, the fire and the monster :O 

Omg ! 
RJHalfbreed Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Best boss ever
Anti-CosmoFangirl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

This is really cool.

I love that boss battle, and my brother dared me to do it without the goron suit, so i had to do it really fast.

duskmalfoy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
i called him whack a dragon XD
goldentorch4 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
whoooooooaaa........ very nice!  I love how you did Volvagia!
Epiblast Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Honestly not a dungeon I'm very fond of, but I've always loved that boss. Whack-a-Dragon!
LordStarscream89 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my God, one of the BEST Zelda Drawings i have EVER seen!
I LOVE how Volvagia looks in here.
Love the fire in the background and i love link.
Damn this Picture is perfect!
SulaMoon Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks <3
Ryivhnn Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   Digital Artist
That's a bloody big hammer XD Nice dynamic, and great job on the fiery bits :)
hyenacub Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love seeing artwork with Link wielding weapons other than the sword or bow. : D
speedsa Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
this makes me feel like Link would be like "0_0; ...and all i have to fight this guy with is this little hammer!?" this is so awesome, i love it!
JaqErant92 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great digital effects! Outstanding portrayal.
Dreyfus2006 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the contrast between the fire and the shadows. This is fantastic and really appealing to the eyes. :)
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Oh wow, this is gorgeous! What beautiful, fierce lighting. Just epic. :clap:
RandomPerson1310 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Two words that describe this pic...
Bring it!
StaciNadia Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Oh, wow, those are some intense flames! Gorgeous piece--love the lighting, and Volvagia looks so fierce!
Nintanya64 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful.

There's often a great deal of fanart in a more cartoon style, but the realism on Volvagia's face and claws is spot on, and the colours and shading really take me back to...the intense heat of the moment. (I'M SO SORRY)

Nicely done.
Fastesthe1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I beat this boss a few days ago. That looks awesome!
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
nice work
uisce2beatha Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I remember this boss :D ! The hammer in Link's hands is appropriate since you had to bash Volvagia's skull in to hurt him with your sword.

Instant fav. ! :boogie:
Maverrix Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant work. :)
PoeSheiky Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
princesshyrule Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The color is vibrant and fantastic! Great job capturing the mood!
Ninjendo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
That's so cool :'D
Nummonkee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i've seen a lot of link vs volvagia pictures, but this one is definitely my favorite!!!
SuperGamerKid2001 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely breathtaking!! You're work is amazing!
THEKIDWITHAKNIFE Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
One of the best bosses in gamer history if ya ask me!
YosemiteDen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very good but...where's his shield???
SulaMoon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh he never spoke to the guard.
YosemiteDen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol whoops.
SulaMoon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha xD
YosemiteDen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is just awesome!
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