Wheel of Time book 3

This page contains my fan art of The Wheel of Time, book 3: The Dragon Reborn, by Robert Jordan. Robert Jordan has passed away, but he left an active fan community at Dragonmount, which is a great place to go for an introduction to the series.

Spoiler warning: spoilers through chapter 10.

You can view the files either through the gallery below or the individual image links just below the gallery. Below that, I have included a discussion of the build and some of the customization involved, followed by copyright and use information. If you're on mobile, the menus are at the bottom of the page.

Gallery

Individual image links

From chapter 10: Secrets

About this build

Due to the scale of this scene, I had to use forced perspective in order to fit the foreground with the characters, Dragonmount, and distant Tar Valon all within the frame.  I used the maps and distance references within the books to determine the scale and placement of the three components, then arranged them as shown in the photo to the right.  The setup is janky, but it works.  Making the foreground a bit elevated allowed me to not have to extend the ground of the background scene all the way forward, which was important because I almost ran out of green plates.  (The scene was described as on a small rise anyway.)

The clouds are post-processed in, using photos I took in Hawaii.  I almost always have to use seaside photos for my cloud backgrounds because that is the only way I can get photos showing the sky all the way to the horizon with no obstructions.  The eye really can tell the difference between cloud photos where the camera is looking up versus right at the horizon.

I actually wound up changing the lighting setup significantly from what's shown in this photo.  There's a cool Native American photography instructor working at the camera store near my house, and he suggested using the lights to mimic the sun rather than directly illuminating the scene.  That is, he told me to point the lights at the ceiling, so they would reflect.  I was skeptical at first, but I tried it and got great diffuse light across the entire scene with almost no glare!  I plan to use that approach from now on.

Legal stuff

The artwork on this page is copyright 2020 by Richard Martin. The source material is copyright by Robert Jordan.

Feel free to download the images in this gallery and to use them for non-commercial purposes. If you wish to re-post them online, you may do so as long as you give me credit by either citing me (Rick Martin) as the artist, linking to this site, and/or linking to my Facebook page.

I am not affiliated with Robert Jordan in any way.