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Uploaded: July 21, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: July 21, 2012
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As I sat reading the tons of requests today, one catches my eye more than others. Someone asked if I could please make a tutorial on "how to draw Dark Link", step by step and out of my surprise I can't believe I never did a lesson on him before. I mean, how could I forget to draw Dark Link, he is one of the most popular figures from the Zelda games and I forget to make a tutorial on him? I am such a big fan of Link and all of the Zelda games so I was more than happy to fill the request. Dark Link is a cool looking character so I know he will be a pleasure to replicate if you try out this lesson. They may look the same, but make no mistake, Dark Link is evil in every which way possible. He is also called Shadow Link or Link's Shadow and he made his first debut in 'The Adventures of Link'. This evil version of Link makes it difficult for the real Link to defeat because every move that Link makes when fighting, Dark Link makes the same moves. It almost always looks like Link is fighting himself in battle rather than someone else. If your not sure what version of Zelda that Dark Link is in, I will tell you. He appears in 'The Adventure of Link', A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Ages, Twilight Princess, Spirit Tracks, Four Swords Adventures, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl'. The game that Dark Link plays a big role in is Four Swords Adventures. He is created by the Dark Temple's Dark Mirror so Link is always coming on contact with this evil version of himself. I had so much fun drawing Dark Link because he is one of my favorite characters from any video game I have played in my lifetime. I know you guys will enjoy this lesson as well, so don't forget to upload your finished works to your profiles. I shall return in a bit so stay tuned in!

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How to Draw Dark Link, Dark Link

how to draw dark link, dark link step 1

STEP 1.

Begin with making a shape for the head, then sketch in the facial guides as well as the guideline for the torso.
 
how to draw dark link, dark link step 2

STEP 2.

Next, sketch out the structure of Link's face like so, then begin drawing his bangs or hair that frame his face in a chunky manner.
 
how to draw dark link, dark link step 3

STEP 3.

Add detailing to his hair, then draw out the eyebrows, and shapes of his eyes. Remember, this is an evil version of Link so make sure you don't draw his facial expression to look friendly or cute. Draw the elf style ear like so, then draw in the nose and mouth.
 
how to draw dark link, dark link step 4

STEP 4.

Next, draw the hood or hat that the original Link always wears like so, then add a stitch on the side.
 
how to draw dark link, dark link step 5

STEP 5.

He's really not that complex to draw as you can tell. We are almost done. Draw the shape of his neck, then continue by drawing the shoulders, torso, and collar for his shirt. You will also need to draw the strap that goes across his chest which is actually his sword sleeve.
 
how to draw dark link, dark link step 6

STEP 6.

Lastly, draw in all the detailing to his clothing like the design on the front of his shirt, and buckle to the strap. Draw the detailing to form an arm on the right side as well before you begin erasing the mistakes you made throughout the tutorial.
 
how to draw dark link, dark link step 7

STEP 7.

Here is Dark Link, all you have to do is color him in black and make sure that his eyes are red.