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Dragon Reborn - Wheel of Time by endave Dragon Reborn - Wheel of Time by endave
Another Wheel of Time fan art. Min, Rand and Cadsuane. No references were used...just started sketching and blocking values until things started looking like I wanted. Hope you guys like it! Enjoy :)

Some progression captures - 
Dragon Reborn - Rand Al'thor ( Work in Progress) by endave
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turin-turamb Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
The picture is really good, but, you reversed the hands. His right hand should hold the sword, and his left hand should be behind his back.
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Katsura66 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist
Just awesome.
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endave Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Katsura66 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist
^^
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cemac Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
I have included this wonderful artwork in the new feature for January 2014 on the front of the :icondigitaldelights: journal. Please +fav the journal so that more members will see your art, and thank you for being a member Heart
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endave Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for featuring my work! :love: Sorry for the delayed response...been so busy with work :(
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cemac Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
My pleasure to feature it and late is never a problem, more a way life :nod:
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JaimieK Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist
I like your conception of Rand.
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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rwrigney Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
I agree with some of Elbo3's comments, but on the whole I still like it.  I'd also like to see what you come up with when you make changes.  You may want to scrap it, but it's good enough in my opinion to make it into my WOT art folder :-)
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's nice of you! :) I really don't like the painting at all as is. It will probably be one of my first reworks for next year. I intend to revisit a whole bunch of paintings early next year before I try to start creating new ones. Elbo3 is absolutely correct about everything she said. 
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Elbow3 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not really feeling it with this one, I'm afraid.  It's a good effort though, so don't worry.

Rand himself is ok - the face is nice.  The shading on his coat is off though - his right arm looks 3D, but his torso looks very flat.  His hand isn't quite right either - if you grasp something at the angle that he's holding the sword, you'll notice your fingers don't line up so perfectly.  That's a small niggle though.

Now... Min & Cadsuane.  Not a lot to say about them, as I just think they look unfinished.  Cadsuane doesn't really have much of a face, as she's mostly in shadow.  Min, however, looks a little squint.  Her body is fine (though again, the clothing isn't quite right, due to shading & contours - her jacket, regardless of what fabric it's made of, would not cinch in at the waist and flare out again, unless she's got a killer seamstress).  As for her face, its not too bad, but her eyes should not be extending right to the edge of her face.  Her nose is drawing too much attention since most of her face is in shade and her nose is in bright light.  

Don't get me wrong - it's a nice picture & there are elements to it that I really like.  The crown Rand is wearing looks very detailed and sits nicely on his head.  Rand's head in general - very nice! It's got a nice medieval look to it, if that makes sense, which is nice, considering the similarities in that time period to the WoT universe.

I also like the dragon on his hand - it's only a little detail, in comparison to the rest of the image, but it's there and it's detailed and clearly not just shoved in at last minute.  I like this mainly because it's so important to Rand's character - without this little detail, it could be any old dude with a sword, but the dragon makes it Rand al'Thor.

Thanks for posting!
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the really detailed critique! You pointed out so many things that I had not originally pin-pointed as issues. Up until now my biggest issue was how terrible the colors ended up being. But after your post I am going to completely scrap this colored version and go back to the gray scale for more polishing and clean up. I spent the most time on Rand's face and the crown which is probably why it looks best in the entire painting. But I can't have a portion look alright and the rest look half done :(

I really appreciate your honest feedback and the time you take to always respond with very positive critiques. You don't just say it isn't quite right, you point out exactly what you know is wrong and how I can fix it or learn from my mistake. To me, that is the most valuable type of advice anyone can get! :love:
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Very nice.
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you like it :) Not my favorite with the muddy looking colors but oh well :)
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
I like it :D
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
You're welcome.
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kainkusanagi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty much how I picture him, but with red hair.
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, the coloring needs to be redone. Thanks for the comment!
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Shane-01 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
I want to see you do Logaine channeling. 

Alsso love to see you do Paul Atreides.
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the super late response!! Logain is definitely on my to draw list....I generally suck less at drawing women so I favor them :P I don't know who paul Atreides is yet. I am halfway through book 9 so may be I haven't come across that character yet.
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Shane-01 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Paul Atreides is Dune.
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tigerlilykitsune Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cadsuane's detail is done very well, and overall the picture looks good!
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) It needs more time and attention to really make the picture shine. Right now it is a muddy and unpolished mess :(
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Nice
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man! :)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Not a problem :)
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Cybercoin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Compared to your usual paintings, this one isn't that good. I don't like really criticizing but to me it seems like their heads are just too long and thin. Especially Min. But on the WIP picture I saw Rand's head done right. So it's just a matter of lightning and shadows that make it seem so thin. Min's head is still too thin and long in my opinion. But I'm not art specialist ^^;

I do like that I can kind of tell when this took place ( if memory serves me right. It's been a while since I've read that book ) He wears the crown and you can't see his other hand. Don't wanna spoil the rest to those who haven't read it :P
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JaredTheDragon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I rather like their faces, to be honest, shape-wise.  Cadsuane seems a bit too manly for my mind's eye, but she looks ageless and that's a hard thing to paint! Min is gorgeous, and Rand looks wise but laughing again... :)
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endave Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really appreciate your honest feedback! You don't have to be an artist or an art specialist to provide such useful feedback and critique to anyone. I got disappointed with the painting once I started trying to add colors. I lost a lot of my original values and thought the only other problem was the colors. But you are right...the faces are way too thin and not tight. 

I reverted back to the a gray scale copy and overlayed the colored layered but it looks shabby. Oh well, I guess I will work on it some other time in the future. I feel like I have regressed in the past month or so because I have not been practicing much :(


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