Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Sons of Asgard II

It is a new year of 2014! I apologize for not being able to post a blog in December. It was a very hectic month and I wasn't able to get around to it, but it doesn't mean I wasn't hard at work. If you follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter, you'll be able to see all the work I post when I don't want to write a blog about them. So yes, I'm keeping at it as well as preparing for the Phoenix Comicon and working on The Sting Chronicles. I do hope you follow me and my projects on other social networks! You can go to the links on the right side of this page. Thanks!

Anyway, so, for this month I am posting something I've been working on amongst all the rest of what I am doing. It is another Loki and Thor piece. (Yes, this is literally what I think about all day.)

"I wish I could trust you," he said, regret filling his voice.
"Trust my rage," came the soft reply.
The events of Thor 2: A Dark World are still revolving around in my head. I just love the direction they have been taking Loki's character as well as his relationship with his brother Thor. Despite being utterly disappointed that the Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King is not about Loki, I still have enough to chew on until Loki makes his appearance again in the Marvel universe. In this piece, I was inspired by two artists, one of which I've mentioned here before, Arthur Rackham and John Bauer.

Right: Brunnhilde is Enraged by Arthur Rackham
Left: Freyja and Svipdagr by John Bauer
Arthur Rackham usually always inspires me and his work is always in the background of my psyche, influencing my work. I've been kind of pursuing the works of John Bauer, which I'm liking a lot of as well. He has a very whimsical style with a lot of movement, which I love! In these inspiration images particularly, I've also been channeling some Norse Mythology along with illustrative movement. I wanted to make my concepts of Thor and Loki a little more authentic looking compared to the glittery and glossy Asgard of Marvel. Not that it isn't beautiful, because it is, but I just wanted to add some texture to my concepts here. As for the concept behind this piece, I'm expressing the complicated relationship Thor and Loki have. They are brothers and will always be brothers, but there is a great chasm between the two of them as well, as each is walking on a separate path. I have Thor in shadow, showing how Thor must feel in relation to Loki, reaching out towards him, but cast away from him. Loki coils back in isolation, unyielding and firmly rooted in his way. Yet, borrowing movement from Rackham's piece and Bauer's work, both Loki and Thor are flowing together. Movement goes up from Loki's figure to Loki's helmet outward to the tree branches, back down to Thor and his cape which flows right back into Loki. They are inexplicably linked despite everything and no matter how far away they are from each other, they may end up meeting together again. Here's to hoping!

"It's all right. I'll tell father what you did here today."
"I didn't do it for him."

He makes everything beautiful in its time . . . Ecclesiastes 3:11