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Watcher of the Seals by Alsdale Watcher of the Seals by Alsdale
Thank you so much for the DD, guys--especially to king-of-angmar [link] for the concept/request/feedback, superfreak92 [link] for suggesting it as a DD, and Lyricanna [link] for featuring it.
Gosh, I'm just floored. I love you all.

This is Egwene al'Vere and Rand al'Thor from the book series The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.
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Please skim the following before using/reposting, thanks! [link]

This painting is a monster. Believe me, it's best viewed fullscreen. I would actually recommend downloading it to see it full-size (about poster-sized).

A request by king-of-angmar [link] inspired by the scene in Towers of Midnight in which Egwene is in Tel'aran'rhiod and sees the Dragon's Fang in the Rose Window alongside the Flame of Tar Valon.

Medium: Watercolor and ink
Time commitment: Don't ask. My day job misses me.

NOTE: Someone was kind enough to point out the similarity of my style to that of my favorite artist, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law [link]. I discovered her work very early in my development as an artist and it has strongly influenced my style over the years.
Most importantly, it looks like I accidentally took the dove-and-ribbon concept in this painting from her painting The Lovers [link] To the best of my knowledge, all the other symbolism in the piece is mine (though really it belongs to Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time). Obviously, no copyright infringement is intended. Go watch her and buy her prints and stuff!

Wheel of Time Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. This is a derivative work based on the book series, is not official, and was created for exclusively non-commercial purposes.
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Given 2012-07-15
Watcher of the Seals by ~Alsdale is a vivid depiction of an amazing scene from the series. Symbolism, small details and careful attention to intricate patterns really draw the eye. ( Featured by Lyricanna )
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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LostOddity Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
This is astounding, I love the complexity of it and all the little details at the bottom.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it!
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Achilles189 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Its fantastic.. Blown away by the first look..
But I seem to remember Egwene as being dark-haired.
And the White Tower is rather colorful.
Nice symbolism, otherwise.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
I agree, Egwene's hair should be several shades darker. I got careless. I've fixed that in a new painting I'm working on.
I'm addicted to detail. I wanted the White Tower to have lots of stained glass windows. So it did turn out quite colorful, yes :)
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HeChengWei Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
WOW! I NEVER comment but I just have to with yours. Absolute beautiful, I love the style, I love the colors. Wonderful Job.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It means a lot to me that you took the time to comment!
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forgeblaze Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
excellent! Thank you for doing this. You set the bar high, and I commend you.
PLEASE do more.
all the best and my most sincere admiration and thanks, wil
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I will undoubtedly do more, though it's slow going during the semester :)
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LilyTree Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm pretty sure I've commented before but I am constantly captivated by this. It's just stunning.
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Milford-the-Third Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I love all the intricate patterns* throughout this piece -- to say nothing of all the symbols you've incorporated. Gorgeous!

*no pun intended
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha thanks!
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TnSabregirl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I love this one (still). Just re-read your comment on it and was interested that you've studied Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. I just recently discovered her work as well and I can definitely see some stylistic similarities. Great work.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks (again)!
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ArcangHell Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Masterpiece of rare beauty.
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:iconalsdale:
Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, really!
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king-of-angmar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I procrastinate at work by staring at this for extended periods of time. Every single piece of Memory of Light news brings me back to this, every single time.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:P
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shorelle Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is truly beautiful! The amount of detail and symbolism is amazing (I love the wolf and dragon and one-eyed (?) fox :D), and the rich colours really pop out of the picture. One of the most gorgeous pieces of WoT art I've ever seen! *__* :heart:
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for saying! (and yep, the fox only has one eye :) )
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Faveokatro Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Simply amazing, wow.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TnSabregirl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Congrats on getting the DD. I could have sworn you and I talked about this piece (and how awesome it is) months ago, but you've gotten so many accolades since I could not find the conversation! Many congratulations on the the well-deserved recognition and praise your art has received.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
I remember us talking about it, too, but I can't remember whether it was on deviantART or on Dragonmount ... oh well :)
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NaturalMonster Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Doves, ribbons, hearts are all featured quite regularly in love-themed images. I would not say it was anywhere near a copyright infingement the way the two pictures look.

Great work!
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for saying :) I really appreciate that!
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JaimieK Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow. This one belongs in Tar Valon.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, thanks for saying!
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ZakHarrar Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here : [link] =D !!
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome, thanks!
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Fawa1 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow this is amazing. The detail in the image is wow.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D thanks!
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eowebriviel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amaizing! Love it! :)
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Docilus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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Docilus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ur welcome :)
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brendabond Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a huge WOT fan, and this piece is absolutely amazing! Gorgeous work.
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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superfreak92 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I'm so glad they took my suggestion! :w00t!: Also, I can't believe that I never added this to my favorites! I must have been too consumed with getting you a DD! I'll go :+fav: right now! :) Congrats! :hug:
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) :) :) Thanks a million for suggesting it!!!
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superfreak92 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
You're welcome! :w00t!: By the way, do you remember me from our Pymatuning class? Small world. :)
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah! occasionally I forget to connect handles with people I know, is all :P what are you up to these days?
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superfreak92 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Ha ha, that's okay! :) Not much really, work work and more work. That's pretty much it. How about you?
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha that sounds familiar. school school and more school!
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Just wonderful! Very eye-catching work :)
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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SahajaSun Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
amazing, love it
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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