So... I've been working on this box for almost three years now. I started it one fall, and intended to have it completed by Christmas that year, but it never happened. The original box was designed for a vertical N64 template, and I didn't like the idea. Besides that, the original art was horrible. Instead, I decided to make art that resembled the official Ocarina art as much as possible, and use a custom N64 template.
I started with the logo. I wanted it to closely resemble the Link to the Past style logo, giving the box a classic look like the older Zelda games. Here was the original logo:
After some deliberation, I decided that design didn't work for my custom art. The sword cut off too much of the art. So I went to this design instead:
I still wanted to use completely custom artwork. So here's the sketch that I started with... you'll notice I didn't originally draw the second half:
The intention was that the second half would have images of Adult Link, Sheik, Impa, and Epona, along with a picture of Ganon's castle. The entire image would be split down the middle by a line of gold that pierces the triforce/eagle emblem.
I started simple: focusing on the minor details, like the three Spirtual Gems the sages would hold:
And then I moved on to Link and Navi, who would appear to with a gold circle of light around them, as if he was teleporting in from another location, or possibly teleporting away.
Ruto came next... not the girl Ruto, but the adult sage Ruto, holding her Spiritual Gem
Finally, Darunia was made, holding his Spiritual Gem
I attempted to draw Saria as I have her in the sketch, with her hair blowing in a forest wind. Unfortunately, her art turned out badly. I put her inside of a combined image anyway, just to get an idea of how the design as a whole looked at that moment. I also added in a path of golden lights, which connect Young Link, all of the sages, and the triforce in the center, with the intention of continuing the gold path onto the second half as well, connecting Young Link to Adult Link:
And that... is where I stopped. The box has been sitting on my computer, unfinished, for nearly two years now.
What do you think?