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Dalinar the Blackthorn by Somnicide Dalinar the Blackthorn by Somnicide
Before I say anything else, I'd like to first point out that if you are in to the epic fantasy genre and havent read any of Brandon Sandersons works...please do yourself a favor and pick up Mistborn or Warbreaker. I honestly can not sing enough praise for Sanderson, but there are other forums for that.

In terms of the piece, this is Dalinar in his Shardplate during the greatshell hunt. My mental image of the chasmfiend may be slightly different from others. Most would imagine it with a more lobster-like head, but I had always imagined them as a mix between a gigantic snapping turtle and a crab. The book only had the head description as: An arrowhead shape, with green eyes with a mouth full of mandibles.

I tried to keep Dalinar's armor true to the soldier image, as opposed to the beautifully decorated Shardplate that a normal Alethi General would wear. The Kholin blue cape flying behind. Cheers to the most badass Highprince on the Shattered Plains. I plan to do more Cosmere fan art soonish. I'm thinking either Kaladin, or Vasher with Nightblood. Be on the look out for those C:

Also, entering in to this contest: [link]

And the Train Your Mind one.
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Xeodrak Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student General Artist
You nailed the shardplate!
tejrinde Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Artist
Would you consider sharing your work on…? Excellent fan art would be a great contribution to certain pages!
monochromehero Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Not exactly how I imagine either Chasmfiends or Shardplate, but dat art! Got faved like *snap*.
xland44 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
This is awesome! Could you perhaps draw the fight between Szeth and Kaladin from Words of Radiance?
KiraAmiel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Good work! :D I'm  a fan. I Love Dalinar :heart: really this is the better saga i ever read.
phantomlegacy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Awesome pic but Shardplate doesn't have pauldrons :P
Zyvaron Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Uh, it does actually. There is reference to Adolin breaking the pauldron(s) of a warrior in a duel in Words of Radience ;)
THESHAGGYWOOKIEE Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OH this looks so amazing
Soiea Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually super close to how I imagined the Chasmfiend! This is amazing, wonderful composition and sense of action!
CommanderKip Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, this is gorgeous. Lovely concept of the chasmfiend. That is a lot of teeth, and it is awesome.
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Absolutely amazing! It's like it jumped out of the book itself. I can't wait for the next one. :D
kooyla Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
i love this so much. hope you don't mind, i use it on my facebook page. so well done.
ArcaneMonkey Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
that shardplate is incredible
Altrantos Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Dalinar is a massive badass.
gingiber Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist
This is truly beautiful! There are so little amazing Brandon Sanderson fanarts our there, love this one!
Very well done!
gingiber Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist
This is truly beautiful! There are so little amazing Brandon Sanderson fanarts our there, love this one!
Very well done!
Arlowa Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Well that is just plain beautiful. Dalinar is just such a badass <3 And that Chasmfiend! There is nothing to dislike about this
FaceTheSunshine Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
This is an amazing piece of art, one of my favorite TWOK fan creations. I pictured the chasmfiend as more of a lobster myself, as you said, and it's unfortunate that it wasn't described better int he book. Either way, you painted a picture much more epic than my mind ever could, and for that, I will think of this every time chasmfiends come up.

As a sidenote, on the cover of Whelan's cover art, the flag bears the silhouette of a much more lobster like chasmfiend, including antennae, but with the a rounder body much like a turtle. Regardless, thank you for this incredible piece of art.
Diennea Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Awesome AND badass!
Shadaan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that you have such a unique vision of the Chasm-fiend. I have to say this is sheer epicness on multiple levels. Since you're a Sanderson Fan I'm looking forward to mire of you're takes on the characters.

Super FAV
Jay45 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is an awesome rendition to compliment an awesome book. Well done
hisdarkdesire Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Please, please PLEASE continue to do art from Sanderson's books. This is amazing and his characters need to be portrayed with someone of your skill.
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Z706 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I love the drawing, and if I haven't read the book, I would stop there. But I must criticize a few points if you care to read. heheh...Sorry if I bother you.
As you stated, each person's mental images are different, so I will only point out the facts.

The shardblade should be smoking/misting.
I imagine Dalinar's armor is a bit more bland, darker, and gray (as he doesn't paint his plates like other shardbearers); instead of this intricate Ironman-lookalike you drew.
The blue cape is perfect however.
danielham Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Amazing. Was Oathbringer based on FFX's Brotherhood? Because, and not really spoilers, that would actually be pretty cool, reference-wise.

Omg - if you're going to do Kaladin (and Syl, presumably), are you going to do THAT scene? After he says the words? Because you would be my favorite person.

Also, grats on getting noticed by Sanderson!
kirylin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Writer
I saw this because Sanderson linked to it, and he's right. You did an amazing job!
PRjumpman124 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Utterly fantastic. Really love how Dalinar's shardplate looks.
Neurix Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
This is hands down my favorite depiction of one of my favorite scenes from my favorite book! I love your design for the shardplate, very close to how I imagined it looking.
Alienqueen86 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Wow this is beautifully cant wait for book 2
laxmonster33 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so cool! I wanted to do one of him holding the gemheart above his head with glory spren all around him and the chasmfiend dead in the back, but I couldn't quite picture how I wanted it to look.
Now I can totally picture it.
Krafus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
An absolutely beautiful work of art. The details of the armor and the chasmfiend are stunning, and the environment and lighting further enrich the scene. In particular, I love the play of light on Dalinar's armor. About his Shardplate - I believe it was mentioned in the book that he keeps it an undecorated, flat grey, and that he doesn't bother removing its dents and scars.

Oh, I hope your next fan art piece will be Kaladin. I would love to see your rendition of him performing his kata in the chasm with Syl zipping about him, or in a badass pose right after saying the Second Ideal. *crosses fingers*
Mengluoli Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Your work was amazing!I love Brandon Sandersons book so much and I'm so glad can see the good Fanart of his book.
Dalinar's cape is so beautiful.Blue cape and warm color background formed a impressive contrast.His armor had many details, I liked the design!

Sorry for my poor English, I just wanted to say...I felt so touched from this work,it show many things which I imagined from this book.
Zara-Arletis Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great fanart for an awesome story!
tichyfurball Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
im glad to see some sanderson love on here! looks amazing
Seavannah Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is one wicked looking turtle! Love it good luck to you!
MystiqueX Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't read anything by Sandersons yet, I'll have to check it out, but to me the desert like atmosphere and numerous teeth of the creature are reminiscent of Dune, which was one of my favorite book series. Great piece!
Oh my gosh this is awesome, the world needs far more Warbreaker fan art than it currently has. So amazing!!! :iconcannotevenplz:
CabbyHat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
That is supremely cool. The intricacy and attention you put into the chasmfiend and the shardplate really capture the epic feel of the scene, even if they're a little bit creatively interpreted. :)

I also love the way that everything's tilting towards the chasmfiend's mouth, like Dalinar's about to be sucked in if he loses his balance. Really helps to get the scale and sense of fear across.
Shiael Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
OMFG this is amazing, to say the very least.
-immediately watches-
peter-vash Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Holy crap, this is amazing! Massive Sanderson fan, and Way of Kings is all all time favourite book - this is the very best art I've seen done for it - love the style and atmosphere.
FeatherWriter Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Wow, what an awesome picture of Dalinar! He looks ready to kick some serious shell. This is great!
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!! Chasmfiends are distantly related to Axehounds (I'm not sure if that's clear in the book), and the snapping turtle was a central part of that design (snapping turtles, lobsters, and a bit of dog/wolf in terms of body language).

The chasmfiend's legs would need to be slender enough to be cut through (or at least deeply into) as that's central to the strategy Dalinar/Andolin/Elkohar use when fighting 'em, and in general it needs to be sized in such a way that it can move around in the chasms between the plateaus, but I dig your basic premise.

You're right on Dalinar as well, his armor is purposefully plain and utilitarian. Fancy decoration is more Sadeas's thing.

Good stuff! I look forward to seeing more!
Jaxim Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist
OATHBRINGER. You magnificent human being.
chaotea Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
which book is this from. ive read all the misborn, but not the others.
Somnicide Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is from Way of Kings, book one of the Stormlight Archive.
Dreamorchid78 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very awesome, entered.
Mirrasae Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Writer
A delightful visual treat and a great interpretation of the scene. Excellent work!
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ScarletElegance Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
I just finished that particular chapter and see this in my dash. It was how I imagined the scene to play out... you placed it so perfectly.
Somnicide Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hah, what incredible timing! Is this your first readthrough?
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