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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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GiskardReventlov42 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
I'm not sure why everyone is shocked that his hair is brushed backward. It's described in all of the books as being brushed backward with no part. So, the artist hit the nail on the head.
And, if anything, Data is inspired by Daneel, not the other way around. ;)

I love this, and I'm glad to see so many people that enjoy the Robot Series.
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JaidanWolf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Actually, in the books, Daneel DOES have blue eyes. It's not just a fan interpretation :)

However, eye color aside, this is an absolutely beautiful and perfect portrayal of Daneel. I love that he has that alien look...a man, but an almost ethereal one. Gorgeous job!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yeah, I looked it up after doing the picture, and found out that they're described as brown in the first book, and blue in the third book. One of the rare times where a change in eye color can be completely canon, due to robotic eyes. I thought that was a nice little touch by Asimov, whether deliberate or not. :)

Thanks for much for your kind words, I'm happy you like the artwork! I've long wanted to do more Asimov-inspired artwork, hopefully this will be the year *crosses fingers*
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JaidanWolf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Oh wow, I just looked up an online version of Caves of Steel in order to do a quick scan and yep, I see brown eyes mentioned at least twice for Daneel. I totally forgot about that! He's described as having blue eyes in all of the other books, so that's how I picture him, whereas Lije is always said to have these intensely brown eyes, so I always saw it as a bit of a contrast. Lije the Earthman with the darker hair and eyes, and alien Daneel with the brighter hair and eyes. Maybe Asimov just confused himself along the way! LOL it's an amazing series though. I'm so disappointed that there are only 4 books (or 5 if you count I, Robot). It seems like there was still so much to explore there.

You did such a good job with this one, I'd love to see more Asimov artwork from you! I wish there was more Asimov artwork out there in general; he has such great material to work with. I'm in the process of doing my own set of Robot series images...right now, I'm doing my own versions of the covers for books and then I'll probably illustrate a few random scenes. I just reread the series recently so I'm kind of on a kick :P
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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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Landylachs Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm so sorry my reply is so late ;-; It's difficult for me to cohesively articulate what makes the Daneel character so appealing, which resulted in postponing my response for an inexcusable length of time. xD

I loved reading your analysis of Gladia! She really is one of the singular characters who jumps outside the boundaries of social norms, no matter which planet she is on. And also of Dr. Leebig - you're right, I don't think I've heard anyone show interest in that pairing, which is intriguing! I'd be interested in hearing more on your thoughts of him!

As for Daneel, I think part of what I enjoyed the most about him was the development of what are, by the third book, properly called "emotions," and his gradual realization and respect for not wholly logical thought processes. What I really like is here you have this totally logical creature, programmed and completely ruled by logic, and despite all circuitry he manages to not only gain respect for the, at times, illogical nature of humans, but arguably grow respect and feel fondness for it.

I read his relationship with Elijah as his relationship with humanity, so for me the relationship between the two is symbolic of the struggles between the illogical nature of humanity vs theoretically pure logic, and there was something comforting in having those two forces not only coexisting peacefully, but actually complement each other. It made the novels feel very humanist, which is optimistic and rare in science fiction, but is probably my favorite sub-genre (and I'm sure why I'm also very fond of Star Trek: TOS and TNG, even if TNG can be a little too rose-lensed at times).

Getting past any symbolism, I also really like how Elijah is able to trigger emotions in Daneel. The way the book presented it made it seem like Daneel did not have any real emotions at his genesis, but that they slowly developed due to the increasing complexities of his interactions with people, but especially due to his interactions with Elijah (I guess it can be argued that Fastolfe added them later or upgraded his programming, but it's never clarified, so free interpretation! :D). By Elijah simply by being human, that was enough to turn a machine ruled by logic into something that can feel, something that is in itself a little more human. Again, it's very humanist. It's also why I'm sure people love the Spock and Kirk dynamic, but I read Asimov first before Star Trek, so Daneel and Elijah hold a special place for me. :D
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Bimtav Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Thank you for this :)
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! ;)
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ClockWorkJu Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
If we should trust Giskard, Daneel is the Friend and Protector.
A really good job ! The light, textures and colors are really harmonious. It's funny how we (well all the people that I know and also knows Daneel) imagine him with that kind of cuthair (I'm also working on a Daneel-draw, and the rule of plated-hair is respected hahaha).
I like the pensive eyes. Remember me his discussions with Giskard about humanity, robots, and the potential limits of the Three Laws !

Thank you for the art :)
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yes, it's funny how we tend to have a similar image of him. (: I hope you finish your drawing soon, I would love to see it.
Thanks again, I'm happy you enjoy it (:
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Catbar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Gorgeous! My absolute favourite too (along with Giskard). And I'm all for him having lovely mysterious exotic brown eyes - I've imagined him being based on a mixed Eurasian racial type: red-bronze hair, dusky skin, and those brown brown eyes. Oh and dark brows and lashes of course. Soooo 'artificially real' - lose me anytime in those eyes..... that face..... that body...... those legs (I'm imagining these last two but Daneel is described as tall and 'well-knit', and surely would be perfectly-formed as well). More please!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And thanks for sharing your thoughts, it's always fascinating to learn how others interpret Daneel ;) I am sure Daneel is 'perfectly formed' in every way, hehe xD I hope to do more in the future (: I've always wanted to try Baley, he's significantly tougher for me to pin down.
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ARMYKH Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always feel Daniel like the best character ever also sometimes I wish I could have him as a friend but I always fail when I try to figure out how he could looks like, I mean I could have the picture in my head but the way you did it its just great, totally love it.
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I feel the same way about Daneel, he's one of the greatest character concepts to me. (: The potential for his type of character is endless.
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Catbar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
(Sigh) I would just love to have Daneel as a friend. He would be the friend who would never forget.... the friend who would always have your best interests at heart.... and who would never know how to get resentful, would never make demands and would never have an ego that got in the way.... I can really imagine he looks just like Landylach's beautiful beautiful picture of him.
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ARMYKH Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was meaning Daneel tehe sorry the autocorrect sucks
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe np ;)
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QuantumReality Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Very inspired! His haircut seems reminiscent of the cover art from the 1980s Del Rey printing of the Caves of Steel. :)

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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Oh wow, I've only come across that cover once before. It's good to see it again. Thanks! (:
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FreakyZayin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like it!!! :D Is his haircut inspired from Data's?
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! And yes, absolutely ;)
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FreakyZayin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hihihi ;D!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: :heart: :heart:
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Ilnere Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Just great! I really like it.
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, happy you do (:
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MissAtlantis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, I imagine him just like this! :-)
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm happy you like him (:
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TearlessRain Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow... I almost never see Asimov-related art this good!

And yeah, I'm pretty sure his appearance changed at least three times over the course of the books. XD
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I almost never see any Asimov-related art period, it's such a shame! :O Asimov deserves all the arts.
Haha really? What was the third time?
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TearlessRain Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I could be wrong, since I've only seen an excerpt (only problem with his books is they can be dang hard to find), but I'm pretty sure his hair turns brown with highlights by the time he shows up in the Foundation books. XD

And now I'm compelled to continue resolving a serious oversight in the world of fanart. -scuttles off to draw Asimov related things-
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh that's hilarious xD I need to read Foundation (and Empire), I am a bad, bad fan xD;;
Daneel in your style would be amazing, you have gorgeous work o3o!! (:
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is a beaaaautiful picture of Daneel, you really did him justice! I love his brown eyes, and you really gave him that mysterious but simple air that I always imagined. Brilliant!
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I think he's one of the most brilliant characters ever written, so if my drawing communicates some tiny part of that, that's as much as I could ever ask for (: Thank you again and I'm happy you enjoy it (:
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World-Inside-Me Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I don't really know the book or character, but this guy (robot) looks gorgeous~ His slicked back hair and deep eyes are so beautiful, and the colouring on his face is simply perfect. :love:
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like his looks, it seems to be a pretty unknown series! It's such a literary gem. :'D
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World-Inside-Me Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
No problem~ I may have to check it out though, I have tonnes of other books to read first! haha
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Landylachs Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I hope you can read it someday! It's a pretty fast read, the writing style is extremely clear yet at the same time, engaging. The first novel is called "The Caves of Steel" and isn't very long. Let me know if you ever read it (:
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World-Inside-Me Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
I hope so too~ :love: I'll keep an eye out for them ^-^
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