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'Dark King of Hyrule' by Ragaru 'Dark King of Hyrule' by Ragaru
The Dark King of Hyrule: Ganondorf Dragmire

"The approaching Shadow, with a cape shrouded in the blood of Hyrule.
It's Hatred reflected upon the twisted appearance of this dark Knight of Evil.
The greed for Power, starving the Blood lust.
With it's fragment of Divine Power, will cover Hyrule in ashes of its's past and Claim the Sacred Power for itself.
This Shadow from ancient times, of origin forgotten, whispered by the name, the name given the Dark King of Hyrule... Ganondorf!"

My first fully completed sculpture.

Made as a Christmas Gift for :iconlongelf: but is also my interpretation of Ganondorf for the Super Smash Wars Concept [link]

It was all in all a rushed work, and did at times mess it up, making me doubt my ability to actually complete it. But here it is as well as i could pull it of within a 5-6 days time frame.

It's a 1/8 scale figurine of Ganondorf known from the Zelda Series.

The appearance is my own interpretation as it came along while sculpting, so there were no definite design planned initially.

I wanted to give him an unique sword, not as glowing and unusual as the one he possess in Twilight Princess, I rather aimed for a Equivalent opposition to the Master Sword, A foul blade granted by the desire to destroy the sacred bloodlines of the Hero, and Royal Family of Hyrule.
I would mayhaps call it "Blade of Din", though it's not as catchy as Master Sword, so I'll ponder upon a better name.

I drew most inspiration from the Twilight Princess version of him, as it is my favorite presentation of him.
I did however try to bring the realism from the Ocarina of Time version, as the facial structure is more pointed and human like when seen in profile.
The suit design drew most inspiration from the TP version but with the colors taken from the Wind Waker version.

I wanted to give him a full war armor reflecting that from Twilight Princess, and go a little beyond that.
Also time wise, the plot he is a part of is further down the Twilight Princess timeline (If you've caught up on the official timeline you'll know of the divided time/story branches).

Entire figure is of Super Sculpey polymer clay, the blade of the Sword was cut and filed in copper for the sturdiness and metal feel, and the cape pin chains of steel.
Cape of a basic fabric, painted red(was originally blue) and some last minute gold pattern added.

If you found interest in this and read trough it all, I really appreciate it!



So, any opinions?

All relations to the "The Legend of Zelda Series" © Nintendo
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SocQA Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
You just reinvented awesomeness on a whole new level :iconbnbplz: :iconyourocksonicplz:
Absolutely epic awesome damn great crazy wicked cool work!
shishikokoroyuki Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
RedDeadRezzy081 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
He's got my vote.
Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013   General Artist
why cant this not be how he looks in the games? He looks cool!
Etheral117 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
What would be a good name for that sword..... hrmm.....

Wrathblade, Conquering Edge, Oath of Evil, Sinners' Vengeance, Unyielding Wrath, Hero's Bane.... and that's all for now.
Lwiis64 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist
This looks so fantastic. Nintendo should buy you the design to use it in the next game.
DarkBladeMaster777 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
The armor and sword designs really impress me! I also like the Wind Waker colour scheme you chose.

One problem is that Ganondorf's hair is too dark, it should be more Red/Orange, it looks like a dark brown here.

Overall, you did a great job on the sculpture.
Vykos86 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
WOW. Just WOW.
KiraTheLunarChild Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomeness! :la:
Ph03n1x-Warr1or-Z Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
What an epic interpretation of Ganondorf! I'm loving every single detail in this piece. Awesome job combining elements from his various appearances throughout the franchise. Also, this would have been a better appearance for Ganondorf in Twilight Princess. Keep up the good work!
Ouroboros-Armageddon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You've captured the darkness of the character perfectly.
yuuki-takaya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sword of heros bane
Rosyan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You made this yourself!? O_O I`d like to learn to sculpt that way! I can draw, but I can`t handle any kind of clay...
Miss-Audaum-Lovet Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
wow thats is amazing
Antaus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fav'd and OMG that is freakin' AWESOME!
zeldaluver27 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
OHMYGLOB! that is gorgeous and i want it so bad! and i want your amazing skills!
ChrisSweetwoodART Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is one of the coolest sculpts I've ever seen!
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that is amazing :DDDD
Atomic-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could get one of these. ;.;
Ragaru Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I wish I could sculpt more such figures :P
KaeporaGaebora3 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Ragaru Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KaeporaGaebora3 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
He looks gorgeous.... sounds strange but it's true!
zakniteh Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
That is very impressive!
Ragaru Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! =D
AwesomeNutella Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012


...i want one :(
Ragaru Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You along with dozens of others :ohnoes:

Thanks! =D
REBaker Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Alright - so how can I get my hands on one of these? (seriously) It's stunning!
Ragaru Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the compliment! =D

I am sorry to say that this is a one of a kind sculpture I made specially to someone close to me, and therefore it is no longer in my possession and thus not for sale :P

But if you do desire a Ganondorf figure of high detail, you should keep an eye on "First4Figures" upcoming(still to be fully revealed) Twilight Princess Ganondorf.
Judging from the teaser image they have released, it will be nothing less than awe inspiring!
zeldanatico Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Esta escultura esta increíble. es mi personaje favorito de la vida XD
Ragaru Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, he's among my personal favorites too! =D
imacetra Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O Holy .....! I so want!
Ragaru Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're not the first to be saying that :P

Thank you! =D
imacetra Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know lol I read through a good few of the comments.I wish there was a way you could cast it and use it to make more, but a cast would probably mess up what you have now. Of course that might be something you could do in the future. ;)
Ragaru Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it's not in my possession anymore, but I am going to be working on another Ganondorf sculpture at the end of May, it was commissioned so the appearance is somewhat unique [link]

At any rate, I do intend to cast a limited number of the sculpture in epoxy, given I successfully manage to complete the process :P

But at least those will eventually be for sale when completed should there be any interest =D

But I could always suggest :iconlongelf: as she is opening for commissions and is a huge Zelda fan and Ganondorf fanatic. Here's an example of what she's currently working on [link]
imacetra Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O I don't know why I didn't realize you were the same artist that did the stylized Ganondorf. I so loved that concept. Tavington picked a truly gifted sculptor when she choose you. Your friend seems to be just as talented. Do you know about how much your going to sell the copies for if it works? I don't know if I will be able to afford, but it never hurts to know. Also, I don't know why I haven't added you to my deviant watch yet. Going to do that now. X3
Ragaru Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He he, thank you! =D
Concerning the eventual castings, I wouldn't charge less than what I'd charge Tavington, so it will not go below $160.. which might be more or less expensive.. always depends on how much one can and would be willing to invest for such a piece.

I much appreciate the Watch, again Thank you! =D
imacetra Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! $160 actually sounds affordable. I knew it would be at least in the hundreds because as far as Ganondorf items go, they are few and hard to find. As long as nothing depletes my savings account before the castings are made I would so love to get one. If casting doesn't work out I might have to see if I could get one commissioned. X3
Ragaru Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, pricing always depends on the size and style(detail level), and for Tavington's commission, in order to keep the price reasonable, it will be stylized to save time and material (still the price is more of a loss to me due to the somewhat expensive materials.. because, if you take a price in Norway and reduce it by 25% or more, you'd get prices similar to those in the US :P)
A sculpture such as the Ganondorf I made, would be substantially higher, due to the size, detail level, different materials(such as copper), and tedious painting process.

I do hope the casting works out, due to the fragility of Polymer clay, as when it comes to shipping, you can never be guaranteed it will be handled as carefully as you would like.

Epoxy casting would also allow more dynamic and detailed sculptures in general, as the stronger material would assure a solid construction.

We'll just have to wait and see, but I'll let you know how it's turning out eventually =D
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Shugamri Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, one question in fact: How much do you charge for sculptures? This is absolutely beautiful! Love the desing you gave Ganondorf; your friend is very lucky to have you as a friend!
Ragaru Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I've only been commissioned once and that ended up with a highly stylized 1/12 scale sculpture at the price of about $160, but if you were to commission one like this at 1/8th scale the price would be substantially higher due to time and material spent on the sculpture.
But pricing really depends on what you want and how you want it, which has to be discusses.
I always want to have it the way the client wants it to be, but with my take on it of course.

Right now I am somewhat busy, so I cannot take any immediate commissions, but closer towards June I will have the time I believe.
So, should you be interested, just send me a note and we can start planning out something already =D

And thank you!
amanda04 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the most awesome sculpture I have ever laid eyes on.
I really don't know what else to say, I'm still in awe! :iconwowplz:
Ragaru Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He he, thanks, much appreciate that! =D
amanda04 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My absolute pleasure! :D
beachlovingirl Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Ragaru Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! =D
KingNicholas1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Writer
That weapon - it looks just like the Sword that the final boss of Skyward Sword wields.

But then, given the history - this does make sense. However, I'm not sure if you've beaten Skyward Sword - so I won't reveal spoilers.

Even so, Ganondorf Dragmire - A.K.A Ganon of the Enchanted Thieves. The King of Evil, the Big-Bad of Zelda, etc. etc. - this sculpture is accurately detailed and well colored. I applaud your work.
Ragaru Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have indeed played trough Skyward Sword, but I wasn't inspired by that, I found the entire anti Master Sword thing to be somewhat out of place to be honest.
Concerning this sculpture, I wanted him to have his own unique sword, not like the TP Sage sword, something more personally reflective, so thus I decided to give him his own sword with the same inverted powers as the master sword, the Hylian Bane as I call it for now, with the sole purpose of ending the Bloodline of the Goddess/Hero.

Anyway, thanks a lot for dropping by, much appreciate the interest! =D
ATinglesart Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is extremely impressive, the detail, the design and the pose on this are very amazing. This is awesome. Keep up the good work.
Ragaru Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words! =D
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