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The bright lure of freedom by astarayel The bright lure of freedom by astarayel
To have the Tesseract, to have power, unlimited power.

Another Loki piece that just wouldn't leave me alone until I painted it. Based on a scene in The Avengers, which continues to be my current favorite movie.

As you can likely tell, the background pays homage to one of my favorite, and one of the most well-known, artists here on dA, `alicexz, whose use of colors and contours constantly blows my mind.

I spent an enormous amount of time working on this piece, really looking to push myself on the realism and details of it. I'd love to hear your comments and critique!

Loki (c) Marvel, Joss Whedon, and Tom Hiddleston
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A very well executed piece of art. and I like the way he is looking away without making an eye contact with the viewers, making him look like he's hiding something.

Positives: The details on the armour is extremely well done down to the little triangular texture details around the shoulder. Lighting on the character is appropriate, having half of his face covered in bluish shadow, again creating the mood of the character hiding something.

Things to improve upon: The proortion is a little off - his left shoulder appears a lot wider than the right one. The vertical lines on the background, while being interesting effect, distracts from the main character, also the colours you used on the background is too close to the tones/colours of the character. The hair also appears a little too stiff.

Overall, it is an excellent painting of Loki, and I like it very much. :)
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a-neverending Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, finally having the time to comment. Because this is amazing. Amazingly realistic, on one hand. It looks like Tom Hiddleston/Loki, whichis something hard to achieve, I think. He has a complicated face. And I did recognize the scene, yet you have it your own touch, especially through the background and the lighting/shading. I also love the overall colour-scheme of the picture, from the background (which has such a beautiful mood) to the blazing quality of his eyes. His eyes do stand out in the picture, overall. I love how they have some deepness and a shine to them. I don't even want to imagine how long it took you to paint this, will the tons of colours and you used and the many details you considered, especially in his clothes. Just that zipper would have driven me nuts. Not to mention the faint pattern on his shoulders. I could stare at this picture forever and constantly see a new detail.
And then there's the title. How i love it! It adds such a melanchonic feel to all of it. I'm amazed. Thank you for sharing this.
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astarayel Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Thank you so much again! Now I'm going to be the repetitive sounding one :)

You don't know how happy this makes me. I sincerely appreciate the time you took to look at all the details (which I definitely slaved over, and am very proud of).

Thank you, thank you, thank you, friend. :huggle:
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a-neverending Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Entirely my pleasure, in every way. I'm happy that I can look at such skilled art. And I think your eye for the detail might be what draws me to your art so much. :)
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astarayel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Awww thank you! And all your lovely comments make me want to paint again. If only my computer wasn't such an issue.

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a-neverending Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How can your computer dare to stand between you, your talent and the amazing? D: He shall pay for that crime!
Seems that I'm kind of lucky that there's much in your galery still left for me to comment on until a magic solution to that problem comes you way. Because there will be one. The universe won't let you not-paint after giving you thy magic!  :magicdance: (....am I overdoing it yet....? .... nah!:grin:)
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astarayel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Hahaha, it's an old and crotchety thing. If only the universe would hand me some money to buy a new one!!

(Your support means the world to me, seriously. :glomp:)
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blondon200 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is super cool! Have you done any paintings of Thor or the other Avengers? I'd like to see your take on Thanos.
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astarayel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I've got a Thor, Black Widow, and Iron Man in the gallery! Still need to do Bruce and Hawkeye...

Oooh, I hadn't even thought of doing Thanos, but that would be awesome! Unfortunately I'm on a digital hiatus until I get a new computer, but I'll definitely start doing some research. :)


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blondon200 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand. Good luck on that!
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astarayel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Thanks!
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331060 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very nice! I love Loki.
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astarayel Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Thanks! Don't we all :D
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moose07 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
lourina ?? that piece is awesome ♥♥
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astarayel Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Thank you so much!!
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BichodeLuz10 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice job!!
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astarayel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you!!
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GabrielAuger Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I know that movie like if I played in !! ^^ Nice art and god, Loki is so nice :la:
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astarayel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Me too! :la: I love the Avengers so much, and Loki is a fantastic awesome man.
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GabrielAuger Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
yep, funny and kinda the best evil :la: I really like his first scene when he appears in front of everyone !!
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astarayel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
It was fantastic. That first line, gives me shivers every time. I can't wait to see him in Thor 2 :D
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GabrielAuger Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
yep :la: Can't wait too !! I wonder about Avengers 2 ^^
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astarayel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
YUS. If he gets removed from Avengers 2, I'll be very, very sad.
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GabrielAuger Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
yep :(
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CourtneyLynnWashburn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
:iconfeature-it-monday: Has featured this piece [link]
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astarayel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Thank you so much!
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CourtneyLynnWashburn Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Your very welcome:heart:
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jjposti1876 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work here. Really well done portrait of Loki. Must have been a really really long project to get to this kind of level of details.
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astarayel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Thanks so much! It did take a while, but I'm so pleased with the result that it was definitely worth it :)
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cityprincess01 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   General Artist
Very well done! I love the expression in Loki's eyes. It reminds me of someone who has nothing left to lose. Again, great work :)
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astarayel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Thank you so much!! It's interesting for him to have that expression, since he ended up having so much to lose.
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FruitTartz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW It looks stunning *A* Beautiful work!!
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astarayel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Thank you!!
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Shaleco Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Loki!! this looks so good!! it is beautifully done
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astarayel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you! He's a beautiful man.
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Shaleco Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I completely agree!!
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pastelchu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is really cool! It shows another side of Loki. He seemed a little bit immature in the movie.
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astarayel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thanks!

You really think he did? I think he definitely came off power-crazy, but immature seems too...plain for him. If that makes sense.
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mystichuntress Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!
I have featured this here: [link]
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astarayel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thank you so much! I agree with your comment--his shoulders are a bit off balance, since the left one got cut off. :)
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mystichuntress Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh hahaha. Maybe you could crop the picture on the right side, to balance him out?
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astarayel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I could. But I spent so much time on that silly armor, I can't bear to crop it out. Maybe I'll just end up extending it later on :lol:
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh Loki, looking mischievous with that smirk of his. You got him just right. :nod:
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astarayel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thank you!!
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b-nicoleT Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
The shading is really amazing on Loki's face. The eyes have a really nice depth too. Great job!
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astarayel Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thank you so much!!
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Riemea Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Another amazing painting of yours! The details are very well done, especially on his armour. I also really like the colours you chose, they work very well together.
One thing I noticed though is that although there seems to be a pretty prominent light source on the right, you only shaded Loki's face accordingly. I think that you could have added more definite highlights to his clothes and hair too.
Ah, now I know why the background seemed familiar^^ I totally agree, `alicexz's works are my main inspiration source, too (:
All in all, this is an awesome painting, you did a really great job with it! Keep it up :)
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astarayel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Thank you so much for this incredibly thoughtful comment!

I see what you mean--at some point, I'll have to go back and give his hair and clothes a bit more attention. It's hard not to get caught up in Tom Hiddleston's face ;)

Thanks again!
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Riemea Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome!

I think I can understand that^^

No problem (:
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Morrigan22 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, awesome piece! At first I thought it was a photo O_O
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astarayel Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thanks!
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