Link`s Blacklist – a Tribute to the Dark Side of Hyrule
Welcome to Link`s Blacklist, an Art Collaboration to tribute and illustrate all the Enemies and Bosses from the Legend of Zelda Video Games!
Over 160 artists from around the world drew Ganondorf, the Skullkid, the Octoroks and many many more characters we had to battle since 1986.
Have fun wandering through the darkest side of Hyrule!
There are hundreds of bosses and evil enemies in the over 10 Legend of Zelda games if you count them all together. While it is our goal in the long run to get just all of them drawn, this is taking years to accomplish. We started this art collaboration in June 2012 and continued it via five “Rounds” so far with the last update being the Link’s Blacklist 2015 (19th Oct. 2015) that added 48 new artworks and 17 more enemies to this project.
Currently 211 different Zelda enemies are covered with Link’s Blacklist.
From November 2015 on we continue Link’s Blacklist as an ongoing project to cover the complete Legend of Zelda Bestiary hopefully in Summer-Winter 2017.
There will also be additional anual Rounds for Link’s Blacklist where it is possible to claim characters that are a part of Link’s Blacklist already.
Enjoy one of the biggest and completely free video game art projects and see the Legend of Zelda enemies of the past and from today illustrated by awesome fans that helped to make Link’s Blacklist happen:
The Legend of Zelda (1986,NES)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987,NES)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past (1991, SNES)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (1993, Game Boy)
The Legend of Zelda series is one of the most successful video game series ever made.
So far over 67 Million Zelda games were sold since The Legend of Zelda was released in February 1986 for the Nintendo Entertainment System
Ganon aka Ganondorf is the main antagonist of the Zelda series and appears in most of the games.
In Super Smash Bros Melee he was a playable character for the first time. He is also playable in Hyrule Warriors.
There are speculations that he is the reincarnation of Demise
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, Nintendo 64)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (2000, Nintendo 64)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons (2001, Game Boy Color)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002, Gamecube)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (2002/3, Game Boy Advance) & Four Swords Adventures (2004 GameCube)
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2004, Game Boy Advance)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006, Wii & Gamecube)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007, Nintendo DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009, Nintendo DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011, Wii)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013)
Others & Special Characters
The Background of Link`s Blacklist…
Link`s Blacklist came to Life when we asked the community of our Game Art HQ group on deviantARTabout a handful of possible choices for art tribute projects on the website in 2012.
We asked about 16 bit era Heroes, Actraiser and well..I had the Idea about doing something for the Legend of Zelda series, but for a change get people to draw something beside Link or Princess Zelda (you see fan art for those just everyday). And Link`s Blacklist was born as it got a massive positive feedback by our community
Stats & Facts of Link`s Blacklist
The Project was born in June 2012 when I had the Idea for it and got a lot positive feedback from Artists of the Game Art HQ Community
The first round of Link’s Blacklist started on the 3rd June 2012 and ended on the 17th November, the 2nd round was started on the 21th November and ended on 1st May 2013, the third round started on the 1st June 2013 and ended on the 1st September 2013. Round IV started in March 2014 and ended on the 25th June. Round V started in May 2015 and ended on the 1st October
Over 170 Artists participated so far in Link’s Blacklist in the last three years.
So far 211 different enemies and bosses from the Zelda games are part of Link`s Blacklist (September 2015)
If you are an artist and want to be a part of Link’s Blacklist with similar submissions as seen above, either comment here or our deviantART Group
You are welcome to spread the word about Link’s Blacklist!
Credit where credit is due:
Nintendo & Shigeru Miyamoto
All other creators and designers of the Legend of Zelda games
All participating artists
All Legend of Zelda players and Fans
All websites which are writing about our Project and share the word about Link’s Blacklist and other Video Game Art Collaborations.