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Loki - King of Asgard

By Quelchii
Finally I finished this mixed media drawing (colored pencil, marker, multiliner, white ink) of Loki (Tom Hiddleston). I'm very happy with the result, but my scanner killed the sky a little bit (it doesn't like the color blue + stars and adds weird lines, so it looks much better on paper)... I hope that you like it as well! :) That's the first time that I tried to combine so many reference pictures to create something new. I really like to draw details, but I think that I have to add a point to my "never draw this again list": Asgard (especially the city and the Bifrost / rainbow bridge)
Update: I tried to edit/rescue the colours with Photoshop. Looks still much better on paper. I'll try to edit the sky later...
Update2: I replaced the scan with a photo. Sky looks better and skin contrast + colors are more realistic and it looks more like the actual drawing (still not perfect).

Thor 2 spoiler: At the end of Thor 2 Loki is alive, disguised as Odin on the throne of Asgard and the Tesseract is in Asgard, too. So I think this could be a movie poster for Thor 3. That's why I wanted to add fire and ashfall to the sky at first. This would fit to Ragnarök. :D I really hope that they announce the movie release date soon... By the way: I drew him with short hair, because I prefer it and I don't want to believe that they have no hairdressers in Asgard! :grump: 

I used many reference pictures: screencaps of the movies "Thor, 2011" (short Loki hair), "The Avengers, 2012" (Tesseract/blue cube + armor in deleted scenes) and "Thor The Dark World, 2013" (2x Asgard sky, lower part of Gungnir/golden staff), a Thor 2 movie poster (Odin with Gungnir), a Thor 2 promo picture/still (Asgard) and a photo of Tom Hiddleston as Loki on Comic Con (SDCC 2013)

Tools: Paper DIN A4 (= 210mm x 297mm) 190g/m²,
- >90% Faber-Castell Polychromos artists' colour pencils,
- Faber-Castell pencils HB (for the "sketch") + Faber-Castell Perfection 7057,
- Copic Ciao marker,
- Copic Multiliner SP 0.03  and Edding 1800 profipen 0.1,
- uni-ball Signo pigment ink um-153 white
Time: >40h

OMG! I have a DD!!! La la la la Thanks a lot!

Please don't upload my pictures somewhere else without my permission. Don't infringe copyright!

Here some other traditional drawings of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) & Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a "tutorial" and a comparison of scan and photo:
Thor - God of Thunder (mixed media) by QuelchiiLoki (mixed media) by QuelchiiThor and Loki (colour pencils) by QuelchiiLoki - God of Mischief (colour pencils) by QuelchiiThe Trial of Loki step by step by QuelchiiScan vs. Photo by Quelchii
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Oh my goodness this is an amazing piece of art! It’s fabulous!!! Great details and colour too!!!😍:heart:

Quelchii's avatar

Thank you very much! :D

lmdarroch's avatar
JEBurton's avatar

This dialogue came to mind as an alternate scene:

Thor (angry): WHERE is the Tesseract?!!

Loki: I don't have it.

(brings Tesseract out of thin air)

Loki: Come brother, where's that sense of humor of yours?

Oh wait..

*hand reaches into air which conceals hand*

Loki: oh, that's right...

Thor: Where is it?

Loki: You idiot.

Sidekick-lover's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

You claim this drawing looks better on paper... but honestly, I can't imagine it being any better than this. How could this possibly get any better?! It's practically a photo! *erupts in fits of artist jealousy*
Anyway, on a more professional note: I'm impressed most of all by your displays of shadow and light. The lights gleaming off his staff and neckpiece, the shadows in the folds of his clothes--they're so REALISTIC. You used colored pencil for this, right? You used PRECISELY the right colors in the right places to imitate the effect of real light on a body. That's an impressive ability and you should continue to show it off!
You've also paid such attention to detail. From the watery reflections of Asgard to the glow of the Tesseract off Loki's hand, you've captured all the qualities a real life image would have. Your skill in depicting water and light reflections is surpassed only by your diligence in depicting ALL such reflections that would occur. (hopefully that makes sense.)
What really adds to this piece, though, is the visible stroke marks (most notably on Loki's face, and making up the sky). The color isn't smooth and continuous, it's clear that it's the result of many combined lines of color. However, far from detracting from the piece, I think it enhances its--well, its "artiness." It makes it clear that this was done BY HAND, painstakingly, little stroke by little stroke over hours of toil. It shows not only the attention you clearly gave to this piece, but also your skill--for the colors certainly aren't sketchy or poorly-flowing. In the sky especially, every stroke was put down purposefully to create the swirling, converging appearance of an interstellar atmosphere. That effect differentiates it from a typical Earth sky, and brings home the fact that this is on another planet.
I wish I could find some improvement to suggest, but I truly can't. This piece is... perfect. Literally, perfect. So perfect... *has another envy fit*
Quelchii's avatar
Thank you very much for your critique! :hug:
Quelchii's avatar
Oh. I forgot to answer your question: Yes. It's ~90% colored pencil. I used Copic marker and multiliner for the first layer (just a few areas/parts; see WIP). Then I blended everything with many layers of colored pencil, so that the marker is just a "background layer". At the end I added a few highlights with a white gel pen and shaped these lines/dots with colored pencil to get very small white lines/dots or smudgy highlights. :)
Sidekick-lover's avatar
Thanks for telling me. :) Someday, I hope to have artwork this good... *rushes for sketchbook*
Quelchii's avatar
Practice makes perfect! ;)
oOWildCherryOo's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Du weißt, wie wundervoll ich deine Bilder finde – dennoch möchte ich dieses mal gern eine Kritik dafür schreiben, da du diese Option immerhin eröffnet hast <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/> Auch wenn ich nur ein Laie bin...

Das Erste, was mir auffällt, ist die Tiefe des Bildes, sowie die unglaubliche Detailverliebtheit. Die Kleidung – jede kleinere und größere Falte und jeder Schatten – wirkt, als könne man sie sogleich anfassen. Der Stoff hat Struktur und verschiedene Schattierungen, wie man es von „realer“ Kleidung kennt und macht es dadurch einfach zu etwas Echtem. Selbst die Goldaufschläge sehen so aus, als könnte man sie anfassen und zeigen kleine Verzierungen und Erhebungen auf.
Vielleicht wirkt dadurch aber Loki's Hand, die den Stab hält, etwas flach. Sprich, nicht ganz so lebendig, ebenso die Hand mit dem Würfel – sie sieht aus, als stecke sie in einem dünnen Stoffbeutel – und der Kopf. Wobei trotzdem auch hier gesagt werden muss, dass kleine Fältchen, Schatten und Licht hervorragend gesetzt worden sind.
Zum Hintergrund: Atemberaubend. All die unzähligen Türme mit deren Schatten und Lichteinfall allein muss schon Stunden an Arbeit gekostet haben. Ich hätte vermutlich keinen Nerv dazu gehabt und wäre schlichtweg verzweifelt. Der Bifrost ist detailliert mit den vielen einströmenden Farben. Das Wasser und das Gebirge erinnern mich an eine Postkarten-Landschaft, wo man nur zu gern selbst einen Fuß hinsetzen möchte. Auch hier finde ich, dass Schattierungen und das Spiel von Licht und Schatten dem Bild etwas überaus Reales geben.
Auch wenn dein Scanner den Himmel ein wenig erblassen lässt, so finde ich dennoch, dass darin Bewegung steckt. Wolken – ob dicke, flauschige oder zarte, fedrige – treiben darüber hinweg und hier und da erkennt man den ein oder anderen Stern.
Alles in allem gefällt mir dieses Bild persönlich wirklich sehr, sehr gut und ich freue mich auf weitere grandiose Werke von dir.
Auch wenn Teile davon nun auf deiner „Nie-wieder-zeichnen-Liste“ stehen <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="387" title=";) (Wink)"/>
Quelchii's avatar
Nochmals vielen Dank für die Kritik. Da sie enstanden ist bevor ich den schlechten Scan mit dem besseren Foto ersetzt habe, sollte es jetzt stellenweise besser aussehen. Zumindest der Kopf sollte jetzt realistischer wirken, da das Foto den Kontrast nicht zerstört. :)
oOWildCherryOo's avatar
Sehr gerne und jederzeit wieder :) (Smile) Hug 
Lokiloversassemble's avatar
This is absolutely stunning. Flawless. Would you mind if I downloaded it to use as my screensaver for my computer?
EchoMAPLE's avatar

Tom Hiddleston

plutobeard's avatar

hard to believe it's not him :nod: real nice!

ArtBySuzanne's avatar

Your work is abso-heckin'-lutely amazing and you work so quickly! You are a god among mortals.

kliatinpi's avatar

I thought this was photoshopped pictures at first, but no! It is actually traditional art! Amazing.

9Elizabeth9's avatar
It's soooo amazing! I love your works so muchLa la la la Unbelievably. Thank you for thisHeart 
Quelchii's avatar
Thank you very much! :la:
Notte-di-LunaYT's avatar
it´s so awesome, I thought at the first u made just a screenshot and edited it
Quelchii's avatar
Thank you very much! :)
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