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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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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 Apr 1, 2014  New member Student General Artist
[EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon  Lok' with red hair is sooo beautifull ! Good job !
Nestabes Mar 22, 2014
Wow ! You're Lok' is great ! I love red hair :)
Sfaira Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love his hair! And clothes. And everything. I love marvel Loki, but this one's so great too! 
Audiffred Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
make more art about Norse gods , I simply love your style and I love Norway. <3 pls
Love it. Especially the one with Sigyn.
Brilliant, love the  clothes. ^_^
Sebistara 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:
Fave Asatru/Vanir(in witch one he si calssifed again?XD) ever!
the-Orator 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 :) 
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