07 October 2012

'Wheel of Time' Character Portraits - Sketchbook 2012

Lan & Nynaeve, 2012

I only recently picked up the 'Wheel of Time' series, having known about it for some time, but with an endless list of reading, not chosen it until now.

Amongst other projects, bits of research, and certain themes, I read, and by the fourth book could no further ignore the itch to sketch down the characters.

So, here follows a bit of indulgent doodling from my head; no reference, just grabbing faces out of the white void via the means of a graphite pencil. In no way do I wish to impose my imaginings on fans of the series, but this is what I see when I read Jordan.

And of course, I'm still reading them. I'm on...'Lord of Chaos', now!

Rand & His Three Women, Sketchbook Page, 2012

*Note on the approach: I drew them nude because frankly I was not concerned with costume aesthetic at the time. They are also really just portraits. The focus is structure, features, the physical posture, at most. I love the human body, and I wanted to show when the shape and stance of the shoulders or torso was imperative to character. Example: Perrin's well-developed smith's shoulders, chest and arms.Working these things out was a part of the character portraits, for me.

Moiraine Sedai, 2012
Lan, 2012
Nynaeve, 2012
Egwene, 2012
Mat, 2012
Perrin, 2012
Faile, 2012
Elayne, 2012
Min, 2012
Aviendha, 2012
Rand, 2012
Loial, 2012
Thom, 2012

That is it for now, though as I am continuing on with the reading, I may want to put down other certain characters as well.

Up next, the Renaissance Faire experience with photography and doodles. More besides...


  1. Whoa, these are awesome! I'm also reading Jordan, I'm on book 9 right now, Winter's Heart :)

  2. Thank you, Lilith! I appreciate it.

    I haven't gotten quite that far yet. I tend to read a variety of things at once, and I've recently taken a break from 'Wheel of Time' to re-read more Tolkien, some mythology, and pick up where I left off at Martin's 'Dance of Dragons'.
    Not to worry, I'll get back in on Jordan's world soon enough.

    Take care,

  3. Awesome drawings.
    Just started reading this saga, on book 1. I wanted to see some illustration of how the characters and you did very well. Keep it up ;)

  4. These are wonderful! I have been reading WoT for 14 years (since I was 13) and you did a wonderful job! You are an amazing artist and I hope you decide to draw more of the characters one day. : )

    1. Thank you, BReed, that means a lot. I do intend to create more character and concept art on the series work, but the continuation has been on hold for the sake of other jobs, gigs, and events that took priority in my creative life. I'm starting up the WoT conceptualizing again, though, so...Visit back!

  5. would have done loyal bigger and more exaggerated eyebrows but still amazing art all of them

    1. I see where you're coming from. I think my scale of him would be more clear if I were to place his above portrait beside that of one of the human characters. Thanks!

  6. These are extremely cool. I've read the series twice and am very impressed by your ability to bring these characters to life visually.

  7. Thank you for the comments, everyone! I always appreciate fresh eyes and fresh words on what I'm doing. And here's to Wheel of Time - It would be an epic series with the right team behind it...*cough.

  8. These are awesome. Have you done more in the years since?