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Dalinar Kholin art

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I am in about 400 pgs into rereading Words of Radince and I think I love it even more then the 1st time around. When ever i read the Dalinar Kholin character I picture the actor William Hurt. Dalinar has probley been my favorite character sense I 1st read book2. I love the character so much haha I commissioned an amazing artist by the name of @venamis to do a peace for me. I have trying to download it to the gallerys but have not been able to. Would love to see what people think of the art wotk you can go see it on my Instagram account Bdoble97. Who do guys picture in your head reading the characters is actores or people in your life. For me it usaley ends up been a mixture of actores, people from my life and athletes. 

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35 minutes ago, bdoble97 said:

I am in about 400 pgs into rereading Words of Radince and I think I love it even more then the 1st time around. When ever i read the Dalinar Kholin character I picture the actor William Hurt. Dalinar has probley been my favorite character sense I 1st read book2. I love the character so much haha I commissioned an amazing artist by the name of @venamis to do a peace for me. I have trying to download it to the gallerys but have not been able to. Would love to see what people think of the art wotk you can go see it on my Instagram account Bdoble97. Who do guys picture in your head reading the characters is actores or people in your life. For me it usaley ends up been a mixture of actores, people from my life and athletes. 

For me, it's almost the opposite. Usually a synthetic mix up in my head.

I think Dalinar would look more middle-eastern, and likely big, imposing, but not regal. 

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I think  I picture William Hurt as Dalinar right before read Way of Kings I watched Ridley Scott Robin Hood movie and his character really stood out to me

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Here is the picture (I assume) OP is talking about.

I think Dalinar's beard is not quite so magnificent, but otherwise it's a solid depiction, I like it.

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Some WoB's about Dalinar and Dalinar's appearance: 

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Q: If someone from Earth saw an Alethi, what ethnicity would they assume they were?"

A: The model I use are half-Hawaiian half-Asians common in Hawaii.  Some people might say Arab, but the model I use are half Hawaiian-Asian...  The only ones that look Caucasian are Shin... Shallan still has an epicanthic fold but looks fairly Caucasian.

Source:  2014 interview.

 

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Q:  Is Dalinar clean shaven or does he wear a beard?
A:  It depends on the day, and the time. Dalinar is clean-shaven through most of the books you have seen.

Q:  I get the impression that Sadeas has a creepy mustache from the audiobook as well.
A:  Beards are not in fashion in Alethkar right now.

Source:  SLC Convention, 2014.

As a side note, Gavilar is the one who had a beard, not Dalinar. 

 


Since Alethi aren't Earth people, I can't think of any celebrities or actors who could match my mental image of Dalinar when I read the books.  Anyone IRL who naturally had the tan skin dark hair combo of the traditional Alethi look without resorting to spray tans and hair dye would have to use contact lenses to be a lighteyes, and coloured contact lenses look really weird up close.  

I always imagined Dalinar to have a combination of Arab, Polynesian, indigenous Amerindian, and Central Asian features.  One of Brandon Sanderson's influences for Dalinar's backstory comes from Mongolian legends.

 

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Q: I was just listening to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast and Dan Carlin was talking about Genghis Khan’s habit of seeing the potential in anyone, even an enemy. He was specifically going over the story of Jebe, a soldier who shot Genghis Khan in the neck and was recruited by the Khan because of his skill. This, at least to me, bears a striking resemblance to the final scene in the first flashback of Oathbreaker. /u/mistborn can you confirm or deny my suspicions that this scene was directly inspired by the real life event?

A: Yup, that’s where it came from! I read a history of Genghis a number of years back, and loved this story, which was included there (though said to be just a legend.) Since I based old-school Dalinar on Subutai, a Mongolian general, I thought that this would be a perfect inclusion.

Source:  Reddit thread from 2015.

 

 

That was what I used for my interpretation of Dalinar when I did a character design for him.  Most people draw him in a very similar way, as a brown guy who wears blue.  It's only the small details that differ from artist to artist.

 

Young Dalinar:

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Basic character design:

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Animated Dalinar:

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I imagine it would be difficult to find someone with that perfect combination of features, since Alethi are a fantasy ethnicity that doesn't exist on Earth.  And then there are problems with people who look the part and can't act, and non-Anglosphere actors who don't speak the same language, or even English at all.

Well, at least with our imaginations and homemade fan art, we can pick and choose all the things we like without having to concern ourselves with reality.  B) 

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1 hour ago, bdoble97 said:

Sorry to sound annoying but can people see the at work I posted

Yup!  It's pretty awesome, though the beard shouldn't really be there.  EDIT: The Shardplate and Shardblade, on the other hand, are ridiculously (and accurately) imposing.  No indication of gaps either, which other artworks sometimes show.

jW

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