Katsuya Terada is a damn fine artist, and his illustrations for various entries in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series are among my favorite pieces of all time. The scale represented can be downright overwhelming, and each one displays remarkable use of color and generous helpings of imagination. NES games looked like this to kids back then thanks to all the gorgeous artwork that assisted in broadening their scope beyond the system’s capabilities.
Here are but a few of Terada’s Zelda drawings. If you want more, it’s all but a simple search away.
Naturally, when gearing up for last night’s practice with watercolors, I used Terada as an inspiration. While the end result is nowhere near the spectacle above, I’m sure you can see where the idea originated.