Here's a string of sketches where ya can kinda see some of the thought process I was having with these Link redesigns.
I had the idea cookin' to draw up something in very limited 3D fashion - like Link stepped right out of the 1984 Dire Straits music video "Money for Nothing". But as soon as I started drawing, the geometry, the facets, the horrible look - just wasn't any fun.
Then I turned to some rubber hose style animation of the 1930s. That could be cool for Link. Along the way, I came across a UPA-ish looking Dennis the Menace type character and thought that would be a neat contrast to the spaz I was dreaming up in the other style.
And here's where the two paths ended up