I had no time to make this, but I had a rough day, am super stressed, and needed an outlet.
Link is based off of the version in the Skyward Sword manga at the end of Dark Horse Comics' print of Hyrule Historia.
If you want specifics, I reffed the pose on p. 14 and then reffed the color scheme on p. 8. Which is where I also got the quote
Here's a screenshot of the image (Link's hair is very pale blonde in this--I couldn't quite match it): [link]
The background art dates from the 17th century and can be found here. [link]
(Since it's so old, it is considered public domain).
I totally winged him. No pre-sketches this time, just freehanding it in Manga Studio. Which is why his arm and the sword handle look a little messed up. I tried to put more effort into my lines and digital painting this time around, because I'm tired of submitting messy work. It's not perfect, but I'm damned proud of it. I think it's my best work so far.*Edited and resubbed for the huge honking typo in the quote!*2nd edit--I can't seem to get Manga Studio to remove the page numbers on the image no matter what I try...if you keep the image minimized you don't notice, but on max, it looked stupid, so I used Photoshop and just spot corrected them out of the picture. So if you want to download the image, this is the best version. I AM SORRY FOR ALL THE RE-UPLOADS!