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Daneel Olivaw by Landylachs Daneel Olivaw by Landylachs
Interpretation of my favorite literary robot, R. Daneel Olivaw. This started as a bad sketch that I tinkered on and off with a short time over a few days to try and save, and it ended up turning into a fun experiment drawing to practice faces. I think I'm getting better at drawing faces from imagination (I hope).

Even though the books describe Daneel's eyes as brown (I believe toward the middle-end of Caves of Steel), most fan interpretations give him blue eyes to go with his "bronze" hair. I thought he had (and drew him with) blue eyes for the longest time, most likely due to Stephen Youll's book cover for "The Naked Sun," until I came across that passage on a reread and was astonished to realize Asimov envisioned him with brown eyes. Blue seemed the natural choice, maybe even a too obvious choice. I tried him out with brown and blue eyes, and I actually think I like Daneel better with brown eyes now. They add a mysterious air to him, like you could get lost staring into those dark, artificially real eyes.

Daneel is from the 'Robot Novels' literary series by Isaac Asimov.

Edit: A quick glance over at tumblr showed proof that Daneel's eyes are actually described as blue in the third book. So Asimov changed his mind, it seems, haha. Then again, he is a robot, his eyes could have just been replaced. Maybe Fastolfe became bored between and wanted to see how blue would suit Daneel haha. A life-sized BJD for Fastolfe, ahah.
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AlrauneFlower Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Perfect, he's just as I imagined. I REALLY love Daneel
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! He's definitely one of my all-time favorite characters in any media :)
AHH I've been meaning to do another one of him, or one with him and Elijah, ONE OF THESE DAYS
I have some Daneel sketches from a while ago, maybe I should just upload them into scraps, they're getting a little too old to be finished properly at this point
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AlrauneFlower Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Well, I'll be waiting ;-)
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You inspired me to upload one of the sketches to my scraps xD
Still want to do a new, updated version of either him or Lije. I hope I find time to soon. :)
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AlrauneFlower Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Can't wait to see it! :-)
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boltonbastard Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
This is absolutely gorgeous. You captured perfectly everything in Daneel that is intriguing, pensive and yet somewhat soft. I love it.
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, glad you enjoy it! I'm always happy to hear from a fellow Asimov/Daneel fan. ;)
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boltonbastard Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
It's hard to read the series without falling a little in love with Daneel, he's definitely one of the most eye-catching and elaborate characters. (: Although to be quite honest I'm more in a bit of a Gladia Delmarre kick myself at the moment, (I have no idea why).
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I definitely agree! It's what makes him so difficult to draw, but fun to try. I enjoyed seeing how Gladia's character developed from the second book to the third. Which aspects about her do you enjoy the best?
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boltonbastard Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Wow, where to start... Her development is definitely a big part of it. I recently reread 'The Naked Sun' so it's fresher for me, but I like that she was very openly emotional, in contrast to all the other Solarians who act like they have sticks up their arses all the time. It made her socially deviant, really. One of my favourite scenes is when she makes her magnetic art-thingy without quite understanding how it works, "painting" her own abstract impression of Baley based solely on instinct.

Also, the personality aspects that show more in the 'Robots of Dawn', when she went on to take her own decisions and initiatives, are quite awesome. I like that she's able to keep everyone in line, haha, and her stoicism. Even though Aurora fits her down to a T there's always that continuous feeling of stigma going on about her too, not sexually anymore but sentimentally as well.

Also although I don't like to talk to her just in relation to other characters, she has some interesting relationships besides the obvious Baley and Fastolfe. I have a particular soft spot for her very creepysweet dynamic with Dr. Leebig pre- 'The Naked Sun' (nobody ever pays him any attention at all, but he's totally my favourite...I could wax poetry on that pairing, haha). Sadly one thing I miss about Asimov's writing is deeper character study, since some psychological things he touches upon just very lightly would be interesting to explore.

WOW, I just ranted. And I'd keep going if I hadn't got to go, hahah! So sorry. Pray tell, what do you enjoy the most about Daneel? :D
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