Guardian Link

Here is another illustration I did for the Character Design Challenge.  This particular challenge was to design any character from The Legend of Zelda.  I chose to do a complete reimagining of Link.  I wanted to avoid doing a simple race swap.  People tend to get really weird about that.  So I came up with a backstory.
This story does not exist in Hyrule. It takes place in a hidden land to the far north.  The Tri-Force was born there.  An ancient race called the Guardians swore an oath to protect it.  This gave birth to Guardian Link.
I took reference from the Maasai and Mursi people in Africa.