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Loki Sketches by the-Orator Loki Sketches by the-Orator

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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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 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 !
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