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So here we have my own personal interpretation of Loki from the Norse Mythology. There are several theories as to who Loki was (he still remains the most elusive and problematic character for mythologists in mythology) but the most common, as well as my personal favorite, was that Loki was a fire giant. He often referred to as the “Offspring of Lightning” (and in some versions of the canon he is the god of Lighting), Loki was the son of the giant Farbauti (Cruel striker) and the giantess Laufey (Wooded isle) so his birth represents the union of lighting and vegetation, which is wild fire. According to some myths, Loki was born when Farbauti struck Laufey with a bolt of Lightning.

The most common theory as to Loki’s appearance was that he was a red head and I tried to make his hair flow to help represent his fire nature (as well as contrasting against his angular facial features) but I braided it to keep it practical. The green eyes are my own personal touch. I gave him green eyes for the same reason I gave them to my Dovahkiin: green eyes through out history have been regarded as unnatural and often times, a sign of “evil,” an ill omen.

-So here was have just an full body sketch of Loki. I made his tunic green but I tend to stray away from the color to avoid too many similarities with Marvel!Loki but also because blue is the color more commonly associated with Chaos. Here’s the clothing inspiration:[link]

-Loki expression! Clothing reference:[link]

-Loki with his lips sewn shut because you can’t draw a bunch of pictures of Loki and NOT draw him with his lips sewn shut. I also made him look scraggy with his clothes falling off because I highly doubt Loki just sat there quietly while this happened.

-Loki and Sigyn. SQUEEEE! I wish there was more stories about Sigyn in the mythos because she’s such a loyal wife. With a fickle husband like Loki she could have just divorced him and been done with it, saved herself a lot of trouble. But while she didn’t help him when he turned against the Aesir, she was at his side when he needed her most. I also drew them flying through the sky because Loki was said to have shoes that could walk on air (hence his nickname “Sky Walker”). It kind of makes me think of Howl’s Moving Castle.

-Then we have chibi Loki and Thor going on an adventure (I’ll explain about this more in a later post)

-And finally Loki being a badass with fire. Aw yiss. Clothing reference:[link]
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gabrielsangel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Student Artist
I've gotta be honest, I ADORE THIS!!!! I adore Hiddles, but the way you have drawn Loki here.... OH GOD... :drool:
MoonlightTyger Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Love your interpretation of him!  So awesome; the expressions and poses are priceless! ^^
darth-the-kitty Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I love this!!! So glad I stumbled on this while looking up Catbug Loki shirts! Ah google thou Art a crafty thing hiding real treasures. This is perhaps my favorite Myth!Loki I've ever seen!
AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student Writer
Such a little fairy boy, but that red hair, blowing in the wind… and pulling a "Howl Pendragon" on Sigyn = priceless!  That sketch with him riding Thor is too precious, and I love the "casting a fire spell" picture.
xXDiamondStealerXx Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
I love it, but sense it's not Marvel Loki, i'm going to put it in my Loki favorites.
DragonsAddicted Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm into Marvel!Loki, but this is so amazing!
I'm falling for him all over again. This is bad, and also the third time I fell in love with a version of Loki (not always romantically).
Voxyn180 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
This is awesome, your interpretation of Loki is spot on! Please draw more of Loki!
Akane09 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
I LOVE IT. Adn I have green eyes too >:D
Julytoo Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg.. I should search through DA more often about mythology.. *W* I mean, I'm new to norse mythology, but I like Loki and the story about him and Sigyn :D
And you portrayed them perfectly (in my opinion ^^) they look awesome <3
PlaysWthFire Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally! I was searching through the Norse Loki tag for a decent version of myth Loki. This is by far my favourite to date. Thank you!! <3
CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you know whats weird? I looked at him in the green tunic with the magic hands and even though he has red hair and the only two lokis i know have either black or blonde, I thought, "that's ... loki." and i hadnt even read the description or the title or saw the "onward thor" which confirmed it. I dont know how I knew... but something in his face.... and the green... I dunno. I just thought you'd like to know it made me feel that way :)
KikyouNez-sama Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It happened to me too
I understand yur words
KikyouNez-sama Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear mother of jotunn
This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen.
I just felt in love and here it goes to my faves like the most fave of all

(sory for my english, but I think I love you)
Blood-Mina Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I guess I'm going to have to change how my interpretation of Loki looks now. But this is wonderful work I love it.
KieraLavode Featured By Owner Edited Sep 30, 2014
Found this some time ago, when I wasn't a member jet.
So, a little late but still, great work!
The two on the right are my favorites, but they all are amazing.
The clothing just looks so intricate and perfect.

I always love to see people still caring about the myths, and this is just great.

And yes, Sigyn is the best wife one can wish for,
being the only Aesir truly on his side and even trying to keep him safe during his imprisonment.
I love how happy they seem in that little picture.

A question, though:
Can one somehow buy this picture, or would you allow me to print it as poster, of course just privately?
I'd really love to have it on my wall!
allythecat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
About Loki being a fire giant, uhh I thought it he was the son of Laufey, an ice Jotun.
great art though! 
the-Orator Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jotunn are very rarely specified as "ice giants" in Norse Mythology and are actually described as being very diverse in appearance and abilities. Laufey was never specified as an ice giant (in fact she is sometimes referred to as an Aesir) and in some texts it says she was impregnated with Loki when the jotunn Farbauti struck her with lighting. 

He not always said to be a fire giant in mythology, but it appears from time to time and I enjoy the idea :)
allythecat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
allythecat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
so i'm not the only one who can see him as a ginger? yessss
Malivita Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh goooods, this is so... just... so... I don't know, perfection! I absolutely love your interpretation of him. I need more!
Alex-art-project Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist
This is just briliant !
repopera Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Writer
I don't normally like guys with long hair.
SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These are absolutely gorgeous! I love the clothing details.
KuboTaiko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Writer
Now while Sigyn is only mentioned in two stories, in Lokasenna Njord calls Loki "Husband of Sigyn". If a man was called a husand of a woman during these times it means that whoever the wife is, she is someone with great power. Loki, one of the greatest gods of time is reduced to a husband. We're talking royalty here.
VegtamtheWanderer Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
*cries with happiness*
Loki is so adorable when dancing with Sigyn in the sky. I fell in love with these beautiful pictures. In the Sigyn one, he's looking down at her with such tenderness;they really love each other!
Cupcakequeen16 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Loki looks GOOD as a redhead! I even like the look on his face where his lips are all stitched, he's all like " I hate this SO much!"
ProfessorMythology Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, I love your Norse Mythology Loki!La la la la 
kbay19 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I. Love. This. It is brilliant. 
Indigo-Night-Wisp Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
I cannot even begin to tell you how in love I am with this interpretation of Loki. I love the little git in all his incarnations (whether it be original myths, alternate stories, or Marvel Comics) and I just want to let you know that I absolutely adore this one. He's utterly fantastic. :)
Arcanity Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
These are great. I have to second Sigyn's greatness. The story of Loki being completely disowned and imprisoned to have a snake drip venom onto his face only for for Sigyn to remain by his side and fruitlessly trying to stop it from hurting him is heartbreaking.
Ceandre Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
[EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon  Lok' with red hair is sooo beautifull ! Good job !
Nestabes Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Wow ! You're Lok' is great ! I love red hair :)
Sfaira Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love his hair! And clothes. And everything. I love marvel Loki, but this one's so great too! 
Audiffred Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
make more art about Norse gods , I simply love your style and I love Norway. <3 pls
Haveba25 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Love it. Especially the one with Sigyn.
Iglybo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Brilliant, love the  clothes. ^_^
Sebistara Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i thought blue is the color of the noble-blood-fags. o.o i mean, it was a big pay for colored clothes, like a sword this times (meanwhile the slaves and poor people wear uncolored clothes)... forgive me if im incorrect D:
DehFentom Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Fave Asatru/Vanir(in witch one he si calssifed again?XD) ever!
the-Orator Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I remember correctly Asatru refers to the actual religion, the belief in the Aesir (I may be wrong however). I think the word you're looking for is Aesir, which the characters of Odin and Thor fall into the category of, while Frey and Freyja are Vanir.
Loki is technically a Jotun (in most stories anyway). However since he was admitted into Asgard and is Odin's blood brother, you could make an argument that he's an Aesir :) 
DehFentom Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Oh,interestng,well thanks fr the information and continue with the Norse gods work!:D
OrganicFantasy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Loki is the shit.
Salom333 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
i love this...hilarious!!!
AllOfTheChaos Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
AMAZING! I've always loved Loki even before Marvel and this is exactly how i pictured him in my head, Sigyn too! It's AWESOME! 
NoHateForTate Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
OMFG this is PERFECT! exactly how i pictured him. where'd you hear about him as a god of lightening? i never heard that and would love to learn more. course i have heard about that version of his birth, and it just makes him so much more mysterious and badass...poor Laufey though!
Alexandrine-Black Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
wooOOoOOoOoOow this is jUST INCREDIBLE!
PhoenixWormwood137 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh well this is way too fricking perfect. oh my WORD new favourite Loki art.
Eroro Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Measure98 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Wait, Loki has magic flying boots? I never heard that one before, do you think you could give me the source? Pretty please :D

Also, your drawings are REALLY good. Jeez, you're crazy talented... I like the chibis and the LokixSigyn one! Nice designs for Loki, and thank you so much for drawing this!
the-Orator Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I um...have about fifteen different Norse Mythology books
it might take a while to find which ones bring up the shoes ><
Measure98 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Oh, sorry, didn't think about that -_-;. You don't have to look it up, it's fine. Do you think you could list a couple of those books and I can look them up?
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