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Link's Friendlist is an art collaboration where 30 Legend of Zelda Protagonists and Allies of Link were illustrated by over 50 artists

Upcoming Art Collaborations on Game-Art-HQ:

KOF 20th Anniversary Tribute: 25th August 2014

Mario's Blacklist!: 20 September 2014

PSX 20th Anniversary Tribute: 03.12.2014
Tekken 20th Anniversary Tribute: 09.12.2014

About me:

Reinhold Hoffmann is my name..i am German am born in 1980. Played thousands of video games, especially Fighting Games.

I like to write about video games and their characters and organize art collaborations and tributes and sometimes art contests via my Website / Community Game-Art-HQ

In March 2014 I started working to add a video game character database to Game-Art-HQ.

It is still small but it is possible now (May 2014) to see when and where around 150 different game characters made their debut and some other details from them as well. About 10-20 more characters are added per week including articles about them with official illustrations as well as fanart and cosplays.
You can find this growing database here

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Hello Friends, after reading a few c-blogs today I was getting motivated to write an own one again and maybe make this a little series of blogs as well.

As some of you already know (I mention it often enough) I am quite heavily affiliated with many artists, some of them are professionals and work in the video game industry since many years, others are basically guys like you and me, posting stuff on video game sites but also have a fucking god given talent to create wonderful art which is related to video games and their characters.

In the past I wrote c-blogs here about some of the art collaborations, also about pretty great cosplayers or artists which were involved in GA-HQ stuff often. Today I want to feature three artists which all did some seriously badass stuff which has nothing to do with my own projects. If you like what you see below, visit their galleries on deviantART please as well.

Ruth Taylor,24, from the Netherlands (Europe)
[i]I'm a professional Animator and Motion graphic artist working at a production company in Amsterdam. I've finished artschool 2,5 years ago. Art keeps me busy everyday and I hope I can continue doing that the rest of my life.

Ruth Taylor draws a lot of dragons, other mythical big creatures and since some years also these Pokemon fan arts which are meant to be realistic takes on the Pokemons. The small thumbs here in this blog can't illustrate the many details and dedication she puts into her works. There are a lot of Pokemon re-designs and different takes out there, especially on dA but I believe her works are outstanding and extraordinary beautiful.[url=http://ruth-tay.deviantart.com/]

Arman Akopian from Canada
Personal Quote: Life is about chances. Taking them and giving them to others.
I learned about his Street Fighter Chronicles series on another site I think..maybe it was even fucking Kotaku a few years ago.
Arman drew the classic SFII characters with his own ideas how they would change years after the game. His vision is a lot darker than anything we would ever see in a Street Fighter game by Capcom but some of his ideas are really cool, loved his ideas of what would happen to Balrog and Vega...sadly he did not draw one oabout M.Bison yet..

Nemu013, 23 from Moscow (Russia)

Yes, she is a cosplayer, and a damn good one who worked with Warner Bros. / Netherrealm Studios 2 times in the past already when they made her promoting MK9 and later Injustice as Jade / Wonder Woman.
I dunno how much influence she has in all the photo shootings she shares pics from online, and her photographers and stylists were most likely all involved in the ideas of the cosplay photos but damn..a lot of them look super professional, thats for sure. No matter if she is a sexy Mortal Kombat Ninja, a Super Hero or a Dark Drow Elf...these cosplays and the photos deliver!

I would have used bigger images but seriously, the blogs here on dtoid are not the ideal way to display these artworks and they are worth it to be seen in their original-sizes in the galleries by the artists.

If you liked this blog and you would like to see it going into a weekly series, please mention it via comment or just hit the "I was here" button

And hey, do you care about video game related art?

Game-Art-HQ's Link's Blacklist is an art collaboration where selected artists are illustrating enemies and bosses from the Legend of Zelda games.

This art collaboration was started by myself in June 2012 and is getting 1-2 big updates per year. Now on the 30th June it got its 4th big update in the form of around 50 new artworks of 42 not yet covered characters.

The focus was set on minor enemies and especially characters from the handheld Zelda games ranging from Link's Awakening up to the 6,5 Zelda Game also known as Link Between Worlds.

To feature all 48 artworks here, the blog would be a bit long but to see the whole update or the complete Link's Blacklist Gallery which covers around 200 different enemies and bosses now visit The Link's Blacklist Round IV Gallery or the complete Link's Blacklist.
]Additional to the images you can see descriptions of the characters, the illustrations and often the artists behind the fan arts.[/left]
Later this year, probably in November I am going to organize another update about the new enemy characters from the upcoming Hyrule Warriors. The next big "standard" update will happen in Summer 2015, have fun browsing through the big galleries there or just viewing the following new Link's Blacklist Illustrations!

[url=http://www.game-art-hq.com/47706/links-blacklist-the-scary-dead-hand-monster-from-zelda-ocarina-of-time/]The Dead Hand from Ocarina of Time by Rachael Nelson

[center][url=http://www.game-art-hq.com/71935/links-blacklist-the-angler-fish-boss-from-the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening/]The Angler Fish from Link's Awakening by CorvusRone

[center]The BuzzBlob from Zelda ALTTP by Eric DeSantis

Our next art tributes /collaborations are coming in August with the King of Fighter's 20th Anniversary Art Tribute and our second "Blacklist Project" Mario's Blacklist in Mid September. This one will feature around 50 different Super Mario Series enemies and bosses, greets Reinhold
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Have plenty of ideas for upkoming Art Contests and also future Collaborations and Art Tributes but thought it can not hurt to hear out other gamers..like YOU as example.

Via the GA-HQ Community I can organize both art contests as well as collaborations like Link's Blacklist, the upcoming King of Fighters 20th Anniversary Tribute etc.

Art contests which were done already were

- Screenshot redrawing Challenge last year. Where it was the target to "re-draw" a screenshot with one's own style.
- Allignment change. Evil game characters were drawn as nice guys and vice versa
- Sega Contest
- Borderlands 2 Contest
- Chibi Art Contest

Planned is a Halloween Themed Contest for october this year where Zombie versions of game characters and basically everything Horror related will be in the focus.

If you have ideas for an art contest, out with it. Basically everything from redesign ideas to something to celebrate a specific character type, an art style, a specific game or series is possible.

Same with art colalborations. We have the big one about the many enemies of Link and Zelda and a new one ongoing about Marios enemies and 3 anniversary tributes ongoing for Tekken, KOF and the Playstation which turns 20 in this December. We also covered Castlevania, MegaMan 1, Final Fantasy 1, Final Fantasy Protagonists, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter in the past.

Any ideas for future projects are very welcome

Greets and a nice week, Hoffmann

At least if you don't only play the games, like to jump on Goombas and collect 1UP's but also like to view art.

Was thinking about this idea since months and well..Mario's Blacklist just started, has over 35 handpicked artists on board I knew from previous projects and 15 new faces which are fired up and love the idea of illustrating the bad guys from the Super Mario games.

Seriously..even damn Tatanga, that Alien which abducted Daisy back in 1989 in Super Mario Land gets drawn by a super talented artists while also other classic SMB 1-3 enemies, many from SMW 1-2 and also the newer games + Mario RPG and the Paper Mario games are on board..and yes..even Waluigi will get his spotlight.

This latest video game art tribute for my website and community Game-Art-HQ.com  started just on this Monday and five illustrations were done already while the deadline for those goes till the 30th July. As said..the artists are on fire and it looks like we will have something damn great online, most likely in the 2nd September week since the King of Fighters 20th Anniversary Tribute will be published online on the 25th August.

On the 30th June its time for Link's Blacklist Round IV. Around 45 more Legend of Zelda enemies and bosses were illustrated and are described by the artists and myself in the galleries, this time with a big focus on LOZ Minish Cap and also ALBW guys like Stalblind and Yuga for the first time.

After the downtime because me deleting the database of the website which resulted in 9 horrible long offline days the site is back with a vengeance though. Redesigned and better looking than ever, with shorter loading times and a much better navigation. Could use the downtime days to try out things which made the site better than before.

Have a look at these five fan arts of super mario enemies and bosses, around 45 more will be part of Marios Blacklist!

The classic Bullet Bill by http://stlemons.deviantart.com/

Iggy Koopa from Super Mario World by http://c-r-o-f-t.deviantart.com/

One of the hardest boss battles ever in video game history ^^

The Spiny Koopa, classic enemies from SMB by http://mortalshinobi.deviantart.com/

Dry Bones by http://emortal982.deviantart.com/

Antasma by http://spadenightmaren.deviantart.com/

ps: Wondered me that there was no dtoid article about it but OCRemix just released their Mario 64 Tribute Album: Portrait of a Plumber which also comes with a few artworks by Game-Art-HQ members after DJ Prtezel and I worked a bit together for the first time.

This album is pretty awesome, download it!

This is the continuation of this blog http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Reinhold+Hoffmann/fu-bar-i-killed-the-website-i-worked-on-for-almost-3-years-with-one-click-276057.phtml and tells how it went till today.

Won't forget the 4th June 2014 and the following days for a good while.

For some reason, my website run very slow and I tried out all kinds of things to figure out what it was. Called my webhoster eventually and the support guys told me the mysql database might be the reason and told me I have to optimize the thing.

Okay..got that all done but the site was still running slow. for some stupid reason I had another database there, from a forum which was sadly no success for my Game-Art-HQ Project. Communication was just a lot better and easier via the site itself.

Well..I thought..heey lets delete this stupid database..at least I have more webspace ..yaaay.

5 Minutes later I realized full of shock that I deleted the fucking wrong database...and GA-HQ was no more after this one damn wrong click. Fu-BAR.

Called my Webhoster again, and they assured me it is not a big problem and they have a backup from the day before and it will take only 48 hours till I have it.

Well..2 days passed...meanwhile I got emails and messages by friends /artists who wondered whats up with the site and I started explained the situation on facebook, deviantART and eventually here on dtoid since I found that all blog-worthy and also working as a warning that everyone of us should always fucking care for back-ups..be it related to websites, music, image or movie files etc.

Called the webhoster again and damn..they have a ton of tickets currently and the guy is sorry but tells me it might take 2-3 more days.

In the end I FINALLY got the backup file yesterday and was able to restore the site ....YESS! 

Around 150k people visited a completely blank page in the following 9 days and ga-hq lost a ton of Google Search Positions so only a few hundred are visiting the site now but it seems that positions might return after some days or maybe weeks.

Long story, short sense..always have a back-up guys...from database /website content copies to a 2nd hdd with all your personal photos and sex-videos and whatnot. Never think something will never break or you or someone else won't delete it by mistake or stupidity :-)

Ps: The big Legend of Zelda Art Collaboration, Link's Blacklist gets updated as previously planned on the 30th June. Seems I won't be able to comment here on dtoid as often as usual since I have to describe around 25 more enemies and bosses. The focus was on minor enemies this time and how some really popular guys like that Pincer from Link's Awakening were drawn is simply beautiful. Have a small glimpse if you care:

Vaati Reborn from Minish Cap by http://eternalegend.deviantart.com/

The Buzzblob from Zelda 3 by http://superedco.deviantart.com/

Deadhand..the maybe scaries Zelda enemy ever, by http://chewbaccabigsis.deviantart.com/

For the case you care about fan art like that, have a look at the main gallery of Link's Blacklist , the upcoming update gets an own gallery and might be promoted on dtoid etc.

Happy weekend everyone

from blogs with nothing but a video..others which seem to be made in less than five minutes and have nothing but copied text which is formatted differently as in the PERFECT RUNNING C-BLOG EDITOR ON D-TO-ID and appears in very small letters to people who seem to use a c-blog with the main target to leave a backlink to another site or a youtube channel.

This is not a giant problem, but on the other hand..it is quite uncool to see that many of the c-blogs in a week are written by people which are neither active in the forum nor the frontpage and seem to have no connection with these two communities or this site in general.

I might start a new blog series btw..maybe retro reviews...since my own site is offline because my stupidity a few days ago I have this thought about writing Game-Boy reviews all of a sudden.

Are there any blog series you would like to see written by yours truly?

Beside that, happy weekend!

ps: For the case that someone of the fucking UBER-LAME D-TO-ID Staff is reading and knows ze answer, why is the c-blog editor still broken and why are you not just using tiny-mce which works on a ton if small and big websites and makes writing blogs an easy and uncomplicated thing?