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Welcome to The Zelda Project

The Zelda Project is a Los Angeles, CA based group of fans who seek to bring to life the characters, settings, and overall feel of Ocarina of Time through photography and film.

A labor of love, this project combines all aspects of art from costuming & photography to CGI visual effects.  Our end goal is that we hope those of you who view our work are brought a little bit more into the world of Hyrule through our art.

Princess Ruto, signing in!


Hey everyone!

My name is Nessa and I’m The Zelda Project’s Princess Ruto. I’ve been wanted to post something basically just saying hey and introducing myself to everyone, and so finally after Lillyxandra gave me a little nudge, I am. I’ve known Adella and Lillyxandra for over 8 years now but I’ve never done a project with both of them together so I’m very very excited about this! I love the Zelda series, I have been playing the series since I was just a little girl, Link to the Past being the first one I played. I still have the original shiny gold Nintendo cassette for the original Legend of Zelda game, so being a part of this is very exciting, especially doing it with a full group of friends. I respect and admire Adella’s work so much, and Lillyxandra is beyond an inspiration, so I know this group will be amazing!

So I figured I’d put in something about Ruto because I have a million ideas on how it will be done! I know it will be a spandex base bodysuit, airbrushed, but making the fins, and especially the head piece, are so much fun to brainstorm! I want the fins to look alive and not stiff, I want them to move, we’ll probably avoid conventional wire. Maryssa, our Impa, used a beautiful chiffon fabric for her Lady Vashj costume’s skirt and finger fins and it was wonderfully textured and just the right stiffness. I think that fabric is really influencing how I want Ruto’s fins to look, lol! It also want to hand dye the fin fabric so they don’t get stiff, though I’m sure there will be tons of airbrushing and paint involved too. So many ideas to play with! The head piece will also be an interesting sucker to tackle. We’ve talked about carving it out of special foam and covering it with latex which will attach all the way down to the nose prosthetic. What do you guys think about the thingerz on the side of her head? Do you think they’re eyes, markings, gems, or something else? I’d love to get other fans’ idea of what exactly those are, so tell me what you think!

Princess Ruto's head

Anyway, I just really wanted to introduce myself to the project! I’m excited, I can’t wait to recreate the Zora Princess and I hope I do a good job ^_^ If anyone wants to ask me anything, I made a forumspring.me thinking I was supposed to, but it is a good way to communicate with people, so I want to invite any questions people have about me. Seeing this project come to life means a lot, and of course Zelda fans are the most important part! Hopefully I’ll have some great updates soon! =D


The Zelda Project is for entertainment purposes only and is in no way affiliated with Nintendo Co., Ltd., Legend of Zelda, or any of its respected licensees. The content is for the exclusive use of the end user, and may not be sold, rented, or used for any commercial enterprise. We make no claim to any characters, storylines, prop designs, names, logos, or situations that are trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise protected by federal, state, international, or other intellectual property law. This work is produced solely for the personal, uncompensated enjoyment of ourselves and other Zelda fans.

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