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A character study of Rand al'Thor from the Wheel of Time books. I've had these books on my shelf for a while, decided I'd start reading them hoping to finish the series by the time the 14th (?)book will be released. That should take some time, considering I've just started the third book and I hear the series tends to 'drag-on' at certain points :D

That Blind Guardian album is to blame as well :/ I had other books to finish before I tackled this.

Anyhow, no spoilers

This was half digital and half traditional, had no idea where to submit it :/
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Kalandrin Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
For those speculating, Robert Jordan wrote books 1 - 11 of The Wheel of Time. Brandon Sanderson was hand-picked by Jordan's wife and editor to complete the series, which was books 12 - 14. Book 14 was released in January 2013. I'm doing my final read of the series - one last hurrah before I find out what happens - and I stumbled across this artwork. Love it, looks like a young Rand, how I picture him in The Eye of the World.

Oh, and the story didn't die with Robert Jordan. Sanderson has completed the series based on the copious notes left by Jordan, and the final scene was written by Robert Jordan himself. So it ends the way it was intended.
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Lometari Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
OMG Rand instantfavloveyouforever! Though I must say that Mat has stolen my heart beyond any repair.
I love the series. I might make my next tattoo WoT related.
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merriya Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
:dance: Thank you! I'm going to get around to drawing Mat(and perrin) too eventually. So many characters to draaaw! A WoT tattoo sounds awesome!
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Hreztil Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I never did finish that series - I think I made it to about book five or six before I stopped. Anyhow, it looks really good! I definitely like your version better than the ones on the covers. ;)
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merriya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Ooh~ thank you :meow:, I do hope to finish the series, I hate leaving a book or series unread... but it happens o_o;
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Hreztil Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Yeah, I don't really like leaving series' unfinished, either. The remaining books are still on my list of 'books to read someday', but that's a pretty long list. :XD:
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magdalagarza Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, update! My goodness, these used to be my favorite books when I was younger, and I really should continue them now that the always amazing Brandon Sanderson has picked up the writing reins. Blind Guardian has a song about WoT now?

Also, I love Rand in your style! This comes closer to the way I see him than the cover art does. *shudders at the cover art*
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merriya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Thank you ^0^, Blind Guardian has two songs about the Wot [link] and [link] :dance: May they make you continue reading the books. Which was the last one you'd read?
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hinitsu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
OH Rand you silly moron the more you try to avoid bad end and mistakes, the more you do !
Nice composition and lighting !
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merriya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Thank you :3, I do hope I complete this :nod:
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hinitsu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Then both of us shall hope for that. It is nice to have you back please do not disappear again!
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Yakra Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Rand Al'Thor art from ye! As much as I still feel like slapping this guy across the face three times, he looks SUPER nice in your style~! *____* He actually looks super good! Whenever I read the books, I always imagined him looking something like so, but.... the traumatically non-hottie looking Rand Al'Thors on the cover almost always disturbed me vision. X'D

*embeds the Merriya version in one's mind!*

I was reading these back in the time we were in college. Did I try to lump these upon ye too, then? Since back then, the books were only available till the 9th, and the 10th and 11th came out so very slowly, I kind of lost the flow (as well as the love for certain characters, as their actions cheesed me off greatly X'D). Annnnd.... still haven't read the latest ones. I keep thinking that I ought to perhaps restart from the beginning? Seeing your fanarts, I think I shall~! Soon~! I think I have kind of forgotten almost all the earlier (and even latter?) events. ^^;

*kicked for popping up out of nowhere and rambling like so*
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merriya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Tacky book cover Rand has grown on me actually, I really like the cover of the third book in all it's eighties tackiness. Reaching out for the *forgot name already*... epic flaming sword! with tacky un-Perrin gawking.

I think you mentioned the WoT books? But you didn't lump 'em on me. Just the Sword of Shannara and the two Terry Pratchett books which I was delighted to be lumped with! Speaking of Pratchett, I think reading the Thief of Time sent me in this direction?

You are now officially like those mysterious magical shops that appear and disappear at their own whims :shakefist: :D
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MNat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional
I rememeber trying to read the Wheel of Time books in highschool because one of my friends was SO INTO THEM OMG but ...after that 50 page prologue in the firstbook, I was so bored that I fell asleep durring the first chapter and never read another word more. x.x Props to you for making it to the THIRD book! XD
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merriya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
It does start out in a notoriously ho-hum manner, and a lot of characters got on my nerves(they still do~) but I stuck to it and very gradually the clicheness started giving way to interesting twists. Let's see if I can keep it up 8D.
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MNat Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional
Didn't Robert Jordan die? And now some guy by the last name of sanderson is finishing the series?
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merriya Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Yep, that's how it is, although I'm too lazy to find out which book was his last (the sixth?). I hate it when writers die along with all their stories in their heads :|.
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Silverlight-Dream Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love your artwork Merriya
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merriya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
And I love you :hug: :D Thank you :heart:
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Silverlight-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
lol your welcome
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Minime2000 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Man... i'm stuck after the 7th book. =( i love this series. Absolutely brilliant.
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merriya Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Yeah, it's something, can't wait to read them all! Just hope I don't get stuck, I've heard of so many people dropping the series at some point or another!
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