The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker is my favorite game in the Zelda franchise and with it’s recent HD re-release I’ve been reminded of how much I really love it. One thing that had slipped my mind over the years though is how cool the Rito are, and not just because they get to listen to the awesome Dragon Roost Island theme all day.
So it ended up turning gears in my head and I realized that Kaepora Gaebora (the Owl), one of my favorite Zelda characters (I realize I’m in the massive minority here lol), wasn’t really represented in the game. I decided that he would probably make a pretty cool looking Rito, so I took a shot at doing a portrait of what he might look like.
He actually went through quite a few versions and I ultimately liked this the best. Few of them were quite literal humanizeations of him but those weren’t really appealing and felt like they lacked something. I think even with the lack of familiar patterns it still reads as him.
Background textures from Sirius-sdz.