We agreed on this costume near the beginning, but upon closer inspection it could still easily be mistaken for Link. We want a unique character for the readers to remember, and we definitely don't want to infringe on Nintendo's copyright. Back to the drawing board!
The character is supposed to be a stylized version of the client, so the hair/skin color had to be redone to match his appearance. The client wanted a foggy, darkened sky above a white "ground" set against the protagonist. He also suggested a Native American warbonnet for the hat redesign, so it would really stand apart from Link. I also made 2 other design suggestions myself, just to explore some other options for a hat that isn't too close to Link's but still matches the overall look of the costume. More progress to come as we finalize the look of the cover. :D