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Here's the final cover for the final book: www.tor.com/blogs/2012/05/mich…

The WIP looks good, but what does everyone reckon about the artwork?
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MichaelWhelan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Just a word of explanation about Rand's arm position: by this time in the book he is missing his other hand, and when i studied Filipino blade fighting in the 80s and 90s we would often use this maneuver as a blocking sweep to protect the body from a vertical swipe...but aside from that, the MAIN reason he's got his arm BEHIND Callandor is to shield it from his eyes. It's all aglow, and he's using it to light his way into a pit of darkness. It's the only way he can see what's ahead without having the light blinding his own eyes.
– Michael Whelan
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MichaelWhelan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Just a word of explanation about Rand's arm position: by this time in the book he is missing his other hand, and when i studied Filipino blade fighting in the 80s and 90s we would often use this maneuver as a blocking sweep to protect the body from a vertical swipe...but aside from that, the MAIN reason he's got his arm BEHIND Callandor is to shield it from his eyes. It's all aglow, and he's using it to light his way into a pit of darkness. It's the only way he can see what's ahead without having the light blinding his own eyes.
– Michael Whelan
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MichaelWhelan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Just a word of explanation about Rand's arm position: by this time in the book he is missing his other hand, and when i studied Filipino blade fighting in the 80s and 90s we would often use this maneuver as a blocking sweep to protect the body from a vertical swipe...but aside from that, the MAIN reason he's got his arm BEHIND Callandor is to shield it from his eyes. It's all aglow, and he's using it to light his way into a pit of darkness. It's the only way he can see what's ahead without having the light blinding his own eyes.
– Michael Whelan
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JaimieK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist
I like it! There are also some other concept drawings from the artist available for the public to see...I liked some of the other positions for Callandor better than this final version, but really, I can't complain.
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TnSabregirl Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
I don't have a real problem with the pose as shown. You would use such a maneuver if you wanted to protect your sword arm. Rand only has one arm now; perhaps, as a swordsman, it is instinctive for him to think of Callandor as a regular sword (even thought it isn't) and to protect his remaining arm. And it really isn't hard to do at all if you are practiced at wielding swords.
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Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Callandor looks nicely accurate and I like the different shaped moon (or sun? 'twice dawns the day...' probably the expected eclipse), his outfit also fits descriptions of his clothes through the books.
I kind of wanted the two women (presumed to be Moiraine and Nynaeve by some, but we'll see) to be wearing something a bit more sensible for such a dangerous mission, but Whelan is a classic fantasy artist so we get flowing dresses for the women and random hero pose for the man.
My only important negative is Rand's face. While it's artistically better than Sweet's, it feels far too square and plain for my image of Rand - remember he's a very good-looking man (considering his half-brother) so I can't imagine him having such a farmer face.
I love his hair in the third layout, but probably too modern! And his pose in the first one seems more natural.
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Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
consider*
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Elandria Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love it! As an absolute fan of MW's previous cover work, he was the perfect choice to recreate the final one after the sad passing of DKS I get the feeling hes caught Rand maybe wiping his brow from the heat, or shading his eyes - rather than being about to do something dramatic :3
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty cool and full of all those tiny details. Can't wait to see it on the book, though :P Tarmon Gai'don is truly coming, now that the final book even has a cover :XD:
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pickledshoe Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Dude this made me so giddy!
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Tirramirr Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome cover!!
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DrowElfMorwen Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I spoke too soon, I saw them on the bottom. Very nice cover...
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DrowElfMorwen Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh I'm chilled! "Final Volumn" and all... the cover art is AMAZING. But I think it takes away from the common theme of seeing more than one character on the cover... too bad Moiraine isn't there, or Rand's three ladies.
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Writer
I like the look of it, but Rand's pose really bothers me. I tried bending my arm and wrist like that while holding a rolled up poster and, needless to say, that burns the tendons. I can't see a reason for him to hold Callandor like that unless he's about to stab it into the ground and even then that makes the pose awkward.
Or he could just be Rand posing like flashy Rand before a very important and dramatic event. He is a woolhead after all, regardless of how enlightened he may now be.
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VD-Art Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At least you didn't twist something when you tried to pose that way - something got pulled in my back :lol: Looking at the WIPs, the one where he poses with the sword held high in the air would've been more realistic in terms of pose, but it smells faintly of the Dragon Reborn cover
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Writer
Yeah, I know what you mean about the resemblance. I think I'd be half okay with it looking similar, with the third book as the opening for his life as the Dragon and this one being the end, but at the same time I'd be miffed by repeat art if it was too similar.

I respect the guy who did the cover and will readily admit that he's better able to do it than me, but I still think that he could have done a better job on this one pose-wise.
The cave gets double thumbs up though.
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polegnyn Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't help but chuckle at your response. So true about Rand! ^.^
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oddball-walking Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it. Its a shame the cover for England is so bland.
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AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Um, I freaking love it.
But I'm freaking out because I'm pretty sure Rand is going to die!
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JaimieK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist
Remember, though, in Book 6 Nicola has a Foretelling when Anaiya links all the girls. She says, "Three on the boat, and the one who is dead yet lives." It mirrors the image of a dead King Arthur on the barge...the three have to be Min, Aviendha and Elayne, and of course, Rand is the one who is dead who yet lives. I can't wait to find out for sure, though!
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VD-Art Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Let's wait and find out...=D
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AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Did you see the unfinished cover Darrel K. Sweet started?
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VD-Art Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I did, but I'm kinda hoping it's not Rand even though his death feels inevitable
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AnnaCStansfield Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Agreed! :D
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Alignn Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
The pose of Rand's body is strange. I suppose he's shading his eyes, but why does he put his left arm behind him like that?
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mandersen Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree about the pose. it's trying too hard to be dramatic. the arm behind i think is so we don't see his other hand. either because he didn't want to show a stump, or because something else is going on there we aren't supposed to know about (such as min's viewing of an onyx hand). other that the pose though it's pretty amazing.
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ActsofArt Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that it's pretty awesome.
I love the perspective he chose. and callondor looks amazing.
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