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Loki by Eldanis Loki by Eldanis
[Edit: now with a Thor companion piece!]

Whew, DONE. Well, for values of 'done' that equal 'making myself stop nitpicking it'.

So HERE YOU GO, INTERNETS. I drew Loki for you. Actually I drew Loki for ~Velvedere, but she's a nice person and willing to share.

Notice I didn't draw Hiddleston, not because I'm not fond of him (because believe me, I'm plenty fond of him), but because I'm lazy I've never really cared for actor-resemblance fanart (it creeps me out in a way I can't quite quantify), so I can't bring myself to make it. It neatly gets me out of having to copy the movie's or comic's costume design, too. |D

See, I'm being clever. If you like Loki, surely you can get behind that, right? *grin*


Also! Because a few people have asked, and thus I remembered that not everyone is as embarrassingly nerdy as me and can read runes, derpderp, a transliteration of the inscription:
'I am burdened with glorious purpose', and 'but the horrors are a part of me and they will never go away'. Because wow, projecting much in that scene, Loki?



Graphite with digital color overlay.
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:iconbeautifullacemoon:
BeautifulLaceMoon Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is seriously one of the best fanarts of Loki I've ever seen. A totally different, but just as real, side of his personality is at play here.

Keep up the gorgeous work!~Tinytinympink (f2u)Smol heart emoticonTinytinympink (f2u)
 
(It actually does resemble him, in all honesty, but without looking like you just copied Hiddleston. Btw, I definitely agree with you on the actor resemblance thing; it bugs the heck out of me. Obviously, a good fanart will resemble the actor to a degree because actors are cast to look their part, but it should never entirely look like them. Now THAT's lazy fanart XD)
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7-WasabiPerson-7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Student Artist
I love how you colored this!!
Excellent job. 
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NEVERNEUTRAL Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
I love this art and the outlining use of elder furthark! I learned all the letters a while a go so I was able to read it without the translation which made it 100x better. Very well done
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LikelyNotKai Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
he looks so sad! poor loki. *hugs*
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OroRosa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
I love the texture. and Thank you for the translation. Is that Norse?
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iloverex Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist
I like this. Especially the writing (Thank You LOTR and that I got bored enough to learn the runes)
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DalroththeWarlock Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Nice rune font.
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Ghost889913ab Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I aprove!
Loki lol smile 
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starsong-lady Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
I think I just melted... and the runes and their meaning and... I am just going to be goo in this corner over here, ok?
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hoppytoad79 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Absolutely gorgeous.  SO beautiful!
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ammaygunn Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Masterfully done I adore how you did the wrinkles and shading, including the wonderful curves with the plated armor and staff, magnificent. The runes just added the extra 'oomph'.
Diffidently going in my favorites.
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Corvicula1979 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
oh wow. just gorgeous.
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AnnaliselovesPrussia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
haha I just learned the runic alphabet and so I started reading the sides before I read the description. whoops. (I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who is nerdy enough to learn it) It's an awesome drawing ^.^ You wuv me? 
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silver79loki Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
actually it says something, if you read from left from the bottom up you can see the sentence that loki says in the avengers, but some letters are wrong... :D
it says "i am burdened with glorious purpose, but the horrors are a part of me and they will never go away"
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Eldanis Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Yes, the transliteration is right there in my description.  And none of the letters are wrong.  I used Anglo-Saxon runes instead of Futhark (Norse) runes, and there are some differences in the alphabet.  It was a deliberate choice.  The only part where they could be construed as even incorrect is where I spelled out the runes for 't-h-e' instead of using a single character for 'th', and that was because I needed the word to fill more visual space.
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silver79loki Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, i didn't know that, thanks! yes i've seen that's a little different but the sense is that! :)
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Eldanis Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
No problem! :)  The history of different rune modes is pretty neat. ^^
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MentalCosplayer2 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Writer
LOL Love the painting but I actually read Norse runes and tried to make all the words but at the end I realized they didn't spell anything XD
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Eldanis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
The description below the artwork explains it: they're Anglo-Saxon runes rather than Futhark (Norse runes). You're correct that they don't spell anything in Futhark. ^^
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MentalCosplayer2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Writer

I'm a noob to runes.... DX

but thank you!

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MMHinman Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love how you portrait the feeling in this
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tagg18 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student
Can Marvel please talk to you about character design? I love your take on Loki & all the detail. Also, it's really cool that you can read runes - I've never met anyone who can.
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darkkittenangel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very amazing job!! :D
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AlisonDeLuca Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Amazing.
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wanderingoddity1989 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
*silly wave* Hi! Saw and talked with you at Animazement in Raleigh a couple weeks ago (as you did with several hundred people) just wanted to say I'm getting this picture framed and putting it in my first apartment. Love your art, love the message and care you put into each, keeping doing what you do! :)
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PoliceGirlSerasV Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
got one at tekko and i freeking love it :)
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Patchouli-Rolling Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely adore it! I got a print of it at MomoCon! :dummy:
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doriennegrey Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Nice touch with the runes! And I can kind of understand the reasoning, RE: actor appearance-matching art. Probably explains why it's not something I've ever been able to do, either. Looks great!
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Solar-S-Shift Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love, love, love it!
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elisabetrouge Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's so wonderful! :heart: Loki. I got this at Nashicon and I love it! How did you learn to read runes?
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sukuangtou Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Writer
Amazing! So much detail!
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful!!! I bought a print of this at Katsucon 19 on Saturday!!!
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i thought o is like an o with two legs...is it really like a bended f?? asking from pure interest
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Eldanis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
That is an excellent question! It's actually both -- the 'o with two legs' is the way it's written in Futhark, which is the older and more properly Norse alphabet, while the alphabet I've used is technically called Anglo-Saxon runes: descended from the Elder Futhark, but expanded (and slightly altered in a few letters, as you noticed) and adapted for writing Latin texts (and thus by extension is a little easier to use for modern English). You were quite right to notice and wonder!
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:icondarkpaladinsorceress:
oh i got it......thank you very much..i just read somewhere about the difference between anglo/saxon, norse and german runes...also thanks for the history lesson :)..the thought of using runes for writing on the image was amazing..writing latin and modern english????....finally, i hope you dont mind..do you know any site with runic vocabulary?
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:icondarkpaladinsorceress:
by the way your drawing is really beautiful
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KTartgeek Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Turns out I am as nerdy as you.
I was able to read the runes and understand them, before I read your description!
I love it! Great drawing, great color, great shading, great set up, great work!
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AlaricKai Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Awesome!
Huzzah for nerdy reading of runes!
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SolitaryTraveler Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This has to be on of my Favorite Loki fanarts by far. Not only did you be creative with his face and armor, but the use of the runes is an awesome touch to the feel of the whole piece. I was happy that i could actually read the runes as well! :D
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Bloodshedshuriken Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
oh wow this is beautiful! and I am loving that helmet design!
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AbbiDaSquirrel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Omigod, were you at nekocon? Cause I swear I saw this at nekocon! Btw, I love it. A lot. A lot, a lot.
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gronda666 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice helmet design
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deangirl22 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Me likely. :heart:
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I LOVE THIS! The pencil is gorgeous. How you did the gradients. Wow. And his expression also kills me. Beautiful!
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FriendsOfTheABCGirl Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Absolutely Beautifully done!!!!!!!
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SourCherryPit Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Ah! What an insightful moment you chose. I feel like Im spying on him. I love seeing grandiose characters in their small moments.
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OgNimaeb Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Stunning! I love the texture, and Loki's expression is perfect, he does look burdened and haunted.
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Kitsune-Hime-99 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist
I love it! I also constantly forget, that not everyone can read runes!! XD
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hallosse Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Loki.....
I think I've been ..... LOOOKKIIIIII'D!
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