|Cel Shaded Link|
So I thought of an exercise that I wanted to try out. I had the urge to both draw Link and do a picture with cartoony cel shades (which I'd never really done before).
What I ended up doing was finishing the picture on top in that style - using 100% opacity on my brush, leaving all the line work, and not blending anything together. The process was kind of annoying at times because of the limitation of not blending, mainly because it was outside of my comfort zone. Because of all that, I thought it might be cool to repost the picture with a paintover in a more realistic style (and some slight editing on the background). That's the one on the bottom.
I like both styles in different ways - the one on the left is more storybook/cartoon looking, and the one on the right has greater contrast and pops certain things out more.