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Ginger Trickster by erebus-odora Ginger Trickster by erebus-odora
If you’re familiar with Norse myths, you need no extra explanation.
But, in case you’re interested why this god of mischief and shapeshifting trickster has such sad face… blame Tom Hiddleston. I didn’t mean to paint a portrait, but I do confess: his portrayal of Loki (the Marvel Universe version) in that recent “Thor” movie inspires me too much.

He actually stole the movie, I mean that. But I watched this gorgeous British gentleman and was like, “Oh dear, why isn’t he ginger, like in those myths?! Why doesn’t he have scars from the stitches on his lips?!!..” I was possessed by this idea for quite a while, and now I feel like I need to share the result; at first I didn’t actually want to paint something more than a plain sketch, but the subject appeared to be too tempting.

More over the mentioned facts… you see, Hiddleston’s Loki is VERY SMART – ergo, he’s mostly sad all the time. So I mixed the “modern version” with some hints from the Norse myths, and here’s what I got after few hours of work and endless Dave Gahan in my ears.

I do hope you like him…

I thought I'd paint The World Tree or a serpent underneath his robes, but alas, I'm always in a hurry to finish the work; maybe I'll re-paint this later, who knows...

Here's a "work progress" image HERE.
And few words in my art blog about this image (reasons for painting and few how-to tips included)) HERE.
Hope you enjoy :3
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arinadream Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow ! fantastic work *_*
jillamos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
As a ginger and a Hiddlestoner I LOVE this!! Though I believe Loki in the movies are more based off the Marvel comics than the mythology-thus the black hair and lack of lip stitches.

:happybounce: Love  
GemoBean Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
the irony is they died Hiddleston's hair for the role. His natural colour is much closer to ginger.
Grovette12 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

Wow, I am /extremely/ attracted to this

And at a loss for words...

I feel like saying this is amazing doesn't do it any justice. Do you happen to have any tutorials or tips for how you've done the hair? I cannot get over the colors and medium. Again, beautiful, stunning, tons of more appreciative adjectives!

Albegoyec Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing : ))
azurite Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a wonderful blend of myth!Loki and movie!Loki. I've never seen this done before, but I will be on the lookout from now for more of this.

I don't know about the ginger thing, but about the stitched-lips thing... since in the movie most of the things that make Loki tip over into darkness are happening during it, I always thought all those things that warranted those gruesome punishments just haven't happened yet in the movieverse. So I don't see the myths recounting what happened, but rather a prophecy.
Elle268 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly beautiful :clap:, I love the way you mixed the movie Loki and the norse mythology themes. The fiery look to the hair really suits him, as Loki is supposed to be the incorporation of forest fire, and the messy way his mouth is stitched looks very authentic (because I doubt that the dwarf who did it would have been to neat about it).
Altalia Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, it's only ironic as well that Tom Hiddleston is naturally a ginger himself XD If only, if only!! But this is an amazing artwork!
MissDudette Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Just stunning colors and softness. Are you using Paint Sai?
erebus-odora Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Corel Painter IX
MissDudette Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Ack, EVEN better. :D
Atanapotnia Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Just gorgeous.
Sayael Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I love how you portrait him... it inspires me so much. Maybe I'll do a "fanart" of your loki one day. It tingles in my fingertips already~
askthederpvengers Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   General Artist
Found this through Tumblr. I am in love with your interpretation. It's so beautiful. :)
patientwords Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This is wonderful. alkdjsfalskdfjjflsdfjsfk
minebellatilli Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Those eyes. Your colors. Stunned.
outlaw393 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The myths don't say what Loki looks like. It's a common belief that Loki has red hair, though he comes to me with black hair. :)
ProofrockPilchard Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I love how he seems to flow into the shadows, and how the glint in his eyes is so enigmatic and unreadable. You really have done a beautiful job on this.
SaskiaDeKorte Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ahh, this is gorgeous *__* I really like the merging between Hiddleston (he looks much better with blonde or ginger hair imho anyway) and the myths. Good job <3
SpydrGrl101 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
I really really really like this. The scars on his lips are both creepy and beautiful. Good job :D
Katyma Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
wow, this is stunning. the scars and his expression are amazing!
AnnaIceflames Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Спасибо!!! Локи действительно бывает грустно...Есть от чего...
vya Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I love it. so. much. :heart:
LallabisLovesDrugs Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet :3
LittleMoony Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful! I really like your Loki *-*
boltplum Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did the myth so much justice! XD
LauraShafranetz Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Просто потрясающая работа, очень глубокая и эмоциональная.
Apocalyptic-Hero Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Can I buy this as a print?
erebus-odora Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I doubt it. I'll try to find a larger version on my PC, but no promises so far.
TheWhiteTiger Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer

I am in awe of you...I love this!
Twilight-Airglow Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The best art of Loki i've ever seen.
QuantumGinger Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found it ;3; I saw this on Tumblr. I love this so much ;w;
WintersKnight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Goodness, he is surely quite lovely! I think the scars and the gingerness make him even more charming than ever. *nod*.
Snigepippi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this picture! It's going straight into my Loki collection!
The changing eyecolor is perfect, and the scarred lips are one of the better versions I've seen :)

I don't know any myths that actually descibes Loki's hair color. There's only a few myths that descibes the gods atributes, like Thors red hair and Sifs new hair is golden (We don't know what it was before).
Many picures Freya and Frey with blonde hair, but I've red a few interpretaions where they are shown with dark hair as they are Vanir gods and Vanir are connected to the dark waters and brown rich eath.

Lately more and more people draw Loki with ginger to redish blond hair. But in older pictures he's just as often dark-haired. Some tell it because he's a fire-god too. I also like to connect Loki to Fire and Lightning. But I have no mythical background for doing that.
Not that I agree on the Marvel version, but it's mainly because of the ridiculus helmet!? (Marvels Thor never really got to Denmark before the movie, and even then we mostly went for the laughs)

But enough pondering of painted idols and other gods :)
I just like to se as many intterpretations of my favourite shapeshifter as possible :D
(Always wonder that he's a shapeshifter but still have to borrow Freya's feather-skins to fly though...maybe he's not very good with feathers)
Lithieu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the best mix between mythological and comic Loki I've seen so far.
vvvDragonsNestvvv Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I watched the movie just because of your picture. Thank you.
Gil-Elf Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist
I actually resent the ginger!Loki, for me in the myths he always seemed to have a somewhat prismatic hair color... like Saroman's robes from the Lord of the Rings... since he always changes his alignment.... but that's just me thinking..................
But really this is just such a great portrait! the eyes are so mesmerising....... I love it!
And about the stiches...... I believe, well, since they are so OLD (the warriors three mentions that they are at least more than a thousand years old!) that he had the stiches, but the visible scars disapear...
My comment is long. Anyway, :+fav: !
erebus-odora Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh, I LOVE long comments, they are what I'm always craving for!
I think you're right about that his ability to change every now and then. I've murdered hours of work on making the doodle of Loki look a tiny bit alike to the one I imagined, and I did have a version with... different hair colour. I mean, I changed my own opinion few times before making him THAT ginger. So we are basically thinking in one direction.))
Gil-Elf Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist
Glad you liked it hehe!
You made me want to write another something long... but I've gtg to work! so I'll just watch you instead! :D
gabriellwinter Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
ах, какой!!!....
lpatsouris Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Jukebox31 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Photographer
I love this too much.
Fenevad Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
One of the best portraits of Loki.
mimiloki Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
EosEurybia Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
just awesome!
Niko-NOIA Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student General Artist
JEE-ZUS I would LOVE to see more of these!! :D You did such an amazing job! I love the scars from the stitches over his mouth~ ♥ Sexy painting~ I can't wait to see the movie~

I DO hope you plan to do more~ Just as dark as this one~
BitterApples Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Absolutely gorgeous.
irkeyshn Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
so cool! that's real Loki. very well done!
killidol Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
This is stunning!
erus-aevus Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh I love this so much. I love how you do the colours for the background! It's lovely.
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