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FINAL EDIT:

This is the final approved Rand. Did so much to change him that I really don't even feel like listing it all. :D

EDIT: Pulled up his sleeve, bent his arm back, changed the face, blended and added dragon

Rand al'Thor is the Dragon Reborn,

savior of the world, who will save it from the Dark One, and break it in the process. Car'a'carn, or He Who Comes with the Dawn, Coramoor, Shadowkiller, Lord of the Morning, Prince of the Dawn, and True Defender of the Light.

“He is born again! I feel him! The Dragon takes his first breath on the slopes of Dragonmount! He is coming! He is coming! Light help us! Light help the world! He lies in the snow and cries like the thunder! He burns like the sun!”
—Gitara Moroso, Keeper of the Chronicles (New Spring, Chapter 2)

Art by Ariel B

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thirstformusic Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I feel this image works better for book 12-13ish and on, where the other Rand you drew is better for beforehand. The final book(s) describe him as looking old and young at the same time, and i think this picture works quite well, there is a maturity to this Rand that he may not have had in prior books. Well done! 
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I was aiming for after he came down from Dragonmount in book 13.
The other Rand was modeled after the end of book 11.
I am really glad that you see that and are happy with it. I don't know why so many were upset. Rand is very difficult to capture so he needs many portraits because he is almost more than one person. :D
It brings me great joy that you saw exactly what I was going for
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thirstformusic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Perhaps they havent read that far? I don't know, but I revisited this picture as i was on the final books (or perhaps just finished with them), so your art made much more sense to me. Thats why i had to comment again! 
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I guess so.
Thank you so much for the comment. It lets me know that I got something right :D
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Fokolo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Now I understand Avienda and others 
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol Thank you, he is pretty
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thirstformusic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I dont know which one i like better. I almost feel he looks a bit too old here, wherein the other he seemed just as he is: a young man forced into a destiny that any would run from. 
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and I am torn as well. Rand is a tough one to get down properly so I will continue to try painting him. 
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joshuarmour15 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great artwork. This is even better than th e other one.
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I think so too but people keep on loving the other one more. You're one of the few to like this one more. To me, artistically it is way better and more accurate to book 13. lol but I'm really just happy people like either one. :D
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joshuarmour15 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A little too much of the "beautiful Rand" in that one, not enough "He that will save the world" in the other. He definitely looks more like he can dominate a room with his presence.
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. Rand is always a work in progress. The main character is most often the toughest to get down. Most of all Rand because he evolves so much.
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joshuarmour15 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Its part of what makes him such an amazing character.
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
True
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DeborahBeeuwkes Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh he really is a hotty here <3 love it!
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, Painting sexy people can be a real perk. He was one of my favorites
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DeborahBeeuwkes Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I get what you mean. Wouldn't be my cup of tea, so all the more props for you!:D
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LilyTree Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good gravy, I love this Ariel. By far and away the best Rand I've ever seen. *swoon*
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like his flowy hair :)
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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fee-absinthe Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love the whole treatment in this, the work is awesome as in all you card drawings, but I think that his features are a bit too round, too "beautiful", lips too full, round lips and eyes... More like a Rand I'd imagine in the Eye of the World than at the end of book 13...

But it's just a fan's opinion, and everything looks great in general, I really admire all the work you've done in you WoT pics!! :love:
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
yes I have a list of what I am supposed to fix on him.
So when I get back to him there will be a new update. :)
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fee-absinthe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm looking forward to see it!!
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol me too
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Kessira26 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, this is awesome!!!
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is how Rand look like when he's young? He doesn't look like Elril anymore :nuu: Well, similarities must part at some time, I always say ^_^
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is Rand at the end of book 13. :) Thanks
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fan2000 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   Writer
I'm currently reading The Eye of the World for the first time (presently in Chapter 19), but I had seen some spoilers for the REALLY MAJOR events before reading like the what happens in The Dragon Reborn. I've sorta been using your character card gallery to help me envision the characters as I read and I wanted to say thanks as well as congratulations for getting OFFICIAL thumbs-up for your work.

And if I can get your quick opinion, when would you recommend reading New Spring? After Book 4? After Book 5? Or in publication order?
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Thank you so much. That is a big compliment.
I'm really glad I could help you envision the characters I love so much.

As for New Spring, I read it after book 5. It made it more powerful.
Happy reading
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fan2000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012   Writer
You're welcome and thank you for recommendation on the reading order for New Spring. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
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