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The Dragon Reborn by niji707 The Dragon Reborn by niji707
When I first met Rand al'Thor in the Eye of the World, a simple sheepherder from the Two Rivers, not very keen to adventure, I didn't remotely considered that he would eventually steal my heart.
^^; Yet, I ended up fangirling like I haven't since my age lost the "-teen" ending.
Trust me, he is one of the most fascinating and complex characters I've ever met! :love:
He has a lot of sides and he changes a lot, book after book. I'm always astonished to see how each fan art about Rand is very different from the others; everyone see a different Rand or choose to portrait a different side of him over another.
So I'm here to add mine. :blushes:

DISCLAIMER --- Just few words about me and fanarts:
I'm not a careful reader. Since I love to read, I love to imagine the characters I'm reading about and I love to paint them as I imagined. But not being a careful reader, how I imagine them may be not completely correct. I know it sounds rough, but I don't really care. What I try to do is having fun and catch the feeling I have from my reading experience, nothing more. Please bear with me and just enjoy the love for the Wheel of Time world! :love:


My other WoT fanarts:
Moiraine by niji707 A Golden Lily by niji707 Sketch portrait of Rand by niji707 
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loonyleo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just got into WoT recently and found this searching for Rand fan art!
Good to know I am not alone in my fangirling. Glad to find your awesome work here! 
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jonu3486 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
Its amazing. Simple but at the same time full of emotion for those that read the books.
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niji707 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016   Digital Artist
thank you!!! :love:
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WilsenIrre Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
I am with you =)
Rand is precious to me :heart: and this artwork is amazing :hug:
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niji707 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016   Digital Artist
thank you so much!!! :heart:
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WilsenIrre Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
=) :heart:
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LilyTree Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is quite possibly my very favorite depiction of Rand. The emotion you captured is astounding. Beautiful!
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niji707 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! I loved painting this fanart so much... I felt so involved in his struggle while reading the books, this was something really close to my heart! 
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hasanalshaikh767 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
Simply amazing. I think you've portrayed his inner struggle and pain extremely well here. :D
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niji707 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   Digital Artist
thank you so much!! I'm really happy that you think so!! :hug:
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Idator Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think... this is my favourite depiction of Rand I've seen so far. I love it :) It is so much... like him. I can see so much of his personality in this piece... Just amazing work! 
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Mika-El Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
This is simply amazing. 
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laki94 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015   Artisan Crafter
PERFECT!
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freemind84 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
In the first couple of books this is how I see him also. An especially nice touch was the boots! I know, I know, why comment on the boots right? These books have so much detail about how someone looks and their mood that its good to see that much quality and time went into your art. Thank you.
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FreezeRaySH Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Drawing books characters with complete accuracy is boring. Add some flair! The sleeveless coat is a really nice design and puts him somewhere in the middle of his Two Rivers Farmboy to Dragon Reborn "king of half the known world" transition.
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RavaNearo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it. I can't stop looking at it. I love the way Rand looks :)
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robchristianson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
is this digital or "real" painting?  Either way its breathtaking!! 

I just started a sketch of Bashere last night. I'll post when i'm done.
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Abyssi-Somnis Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
*drool* Omfg I love this. Why can't Rand be real, Dragon Reborn and all XD
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niji707 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm so with you in this!! :XD:
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Abyssi-Somnis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Or Mat. I think Mat is probably my favourite of the three. I do wish I could talk to wolves like Perrin though. I just wanna smack him, because if I could speak with wolves, I'd be euphoric XD
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ZachValkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Writer
I'd settle for Logain. He's a beast!
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Abyssi-Somnis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
oh Yes he is XD
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niji707 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   Digital Artist
I love Mat too!! :D ahahah actually, I didn't like both him and Rand at the beginning, but then I grew very fond of both!!
Never felt quite the same for Perrin, though.
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theodusa Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
About the most accurate depiction of what he is in my own head I've seen yet. I especially like how he appears dark and foreboding against the backdrop of the very light, white Dragon banner he's so keen on hiding most of the early series. This is the Rand I know circa second-third book. Possibly my favorite, too. =)
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niji707 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Yes, you caught the idea and the moment exactly :) I'm very glad of this!! 
Thank you for your comment, I'm so happy that you like it!! :love:
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thirstformusic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I really love this. You can just see by his face and body position that hes wondering who and what he has become. The pain of doing what he must. 
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niji707 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you so much for your comment!! :hug: I'm glad to hear that I managed to convey the right feeling :D
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thirstformusic Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
It's just so great! I feel like this picture also embodies my own emotions when i look back at Rand's life prior to becoming the Dragon Reborn, and my heart just aches for him. 
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Misterpaint Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
sei bravissima fra!!!
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niji707 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Digital Artist
:hug: grazieeee!! :love: sempre troppo gentile!! :love:
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leboralli Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
So... amazing... this portrait represents everything what I see on Rand. The pain of the duty and the fear of what will become. Thank you.
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niji707 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Digital Artist
:hug: thank you so much!!! :hug:
Sorry for the late reply, I'm really happy that you like my representation of Rand, he is a really complex and amazing character. :love:
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fee-absinthe Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
I really love how you protrayed his youth and also a pained, fearful expression. You can still see the sheepherder here, wearing the clothes of a king.. Thank you so much for sharing, this is really close to what I have always imagined him.
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niji707 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Digital Artist
:heart: 
thank you so much for your words!! I'm really happy because you really caught what I wanted to paint with this illustration! :hug:

(sorry for the late reply!!! ;____; )
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youngduss300 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
your view on him is amazing! do more hahaha.....
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niji707 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013   Digital Artist
:hug: thank you!! I'm happy that you like my painting!!
I have some more sketches on the hard drive, perhaps I'll be brave enough to share them someday :XD:
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youngduss300 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Please Please PLEASE do!
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ZachValkyrie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Writer
Light...
Who am I?
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heaposheeit Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
The best of Rand I've seen so far. It tells a hundred stories.
What i see; Our hero, every hero - faced with unrelenting duty.
Unlike death, it's never lighter than a feather.
Well done.
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niji707 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Digital Artist
(Hello!! Sorry for the late reply, I've been on vacation :D )

Thank you so much for your comment, I'm very happy of what you see in my fanart :)
"Duty is heavier than a mountain, Death is lighter than a feather"
Yes, I had this is mind a lot while painting this.
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Caramoore Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
WOW! This is great!
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niji707 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you so much!!! :hug:
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Zanarky Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Rand piece! Amazingly done :D.
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niji707 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Digital Artist
:hug: thank you!! I'm really happy that you like it!! :glomp:
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DisaFear Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice
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niji707 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Digital Artist
:hug: thank you!
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Dudinkah Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing work!
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niji707 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Digital Artist
:heart: thank you so much!! :D
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shady767 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student General Artist
its wonderful (y) love your portrayal of the character and in case you didn't know, your artwork has been featured in the Official Dragonmount Facebook page :)
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niji707 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your comment and also for the heads up! :D I went to check also on Facebook, I use it so rarely... :hug: anyway, I'm really happy that you like it!
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