Finished Artworks

 

 

Every now and then I actually manage to do the impossible...I finish an artwork. *laughs*

And if that happens, you can be sure to find some of those here.

Well admittedly, I’m exaggerating wildly here, but I do feel happy every time I finish a picture, and if I feel like it, I also present it here! For now there’s only a few pictures here, but as time passes, I’ll be showing more works of art.


Just as in the WIP section those illustrations usually show my own characters from my written works. (Unless it's clearly specified as fanart, of course.)

This section will be updated every now and then as well, so it's worth to risk a look from time to time.

 

(To see more finished artworks, you can scroll down to find some of my blog articles tagges as "Finished Art" - the advantage of reading those is that I sometimes include some step by step images that show the process of an artwork's creation. As of recently - you also find my art, both, finished and unfined, on facebook. Why not take a look, too? ;) It's here: https://www.facebook.com/yasaoart )

Enjoy and comment if you like! :)

 

 

Various finished artworks:


Art and the "tome of countenance"

Hello everyone –  once again some time has passed ever since I last updated my blog, but those who read my previous article can imagine that I haven’t been feeling well. Truth is, I still haven’t recovered entirely, but I still wanted to write a small entry to update you on something I did just recently: I went social.

Yes, indeed - I joined facebook. Here's the link, for those who are interested in visiting me. (You'll also notice that I added share buttons to most of my previous entries.)


https://www.facebook.com/yasaoart


In this entry I will tell you why and what I’m going to do with this in future.

Also, as always, I'll show you some new drawings I did.

First things first, though – it might be a little late, but may I bid you welcome to the year 2015?

After all this is my first entry this year and I hope to update my blog more frequently this time around.


I know I’ve been slacking off a little last year, but it honestly wasn’t a good year for me. Sure, I successfully managed to get my certificate from the design school in summer 2014, but otherwise things haven’t been so good. I’m unemployed ever since then and although I have been trying to spend the time working on my novel and shaping up my artistic skill, I also spent way too much doubting myself. Doubting, wether my drawings are any good and whether I’ll ever be able to work as an artist.
I kept telling my family I want to study art in 2015, but it was mainly due to the fact that I felt - and still feel - like I’m not making any progress at all and hoped an art school might help.

Yes, my drawing style may have changed, but I don’t know whether this means it improved or not. That why I still do plan on studying (although I still don’t know where or what precisely) but the fear of being just a dreamer with a hobby called art and writing kinda... Well, let’s just say, it isn’t the best thing to keep yourself sane, especially if you're having a bad time in general recently.

So then I thought - how can I know, if I am any good, if the only people who see my art are my family and my few friends? How could I become famous, only keeping my work to myself?
Last year I thought my blog was my first step of going “public” and it already took a lot of courage for me to take this step...  But the lack of feedback built some kind of uncertainty, because I never knew if anyone looks at this website at all. I told my mother about this – and my brother as well, and it was him in the end, who said I should consider joining facebook.
Now, those who know me probably know I always purposely avoided this social network. I never liked it much of it and truthfully... I never had a high opinion of facebook altogether. This still hasn’t changed, I’m still in doubt  whether this was such a good idea... But time will tell, I suppose.
At least this way I’m able to reach more people and that’s also why I keep writing my entries in English, although German is my native language. Thankfully I had a rather warm welcome on facebook though, due to my brother and his friends showing me their kind support.
I know I already thanked you all over there, but I want to repeat my words: thanks for welcoming me in such a friendly manner and leaving me a few likes already <3
A “like” may not be the same as a comment, but at least it’s a direct way of knowing people appreciate my art.
...So, to wrap things up:



What will happen to the blog and what will be published on facebook?

I think I’ll keep sharing my future blog entries on facebook to notify everyone there’s been an update here.
Finished artwork and work processes will still be published here exclusively, however I’ll use facebook to share WIP images and sketches that you wouldn’t see otherwise.

What do you think of this idea?
Do you like it or do you perhaps have some suggestions or wishes? Please let me know! You can either leave a comment here or over at my facebook page.



And now, finally, to end this entry on a positive note, here’s some sketches I did recently.

And if I say “sketches”, I really mean sketches, although some of my friends might disagree. These drawings are really just some “finger exercises”. Since I’ve been working a lot on my digital art recently, I wanted to give traditional art another try so I wouldn't get out of practice (also because I got some neat new colored pencils for Christmas and I couldn’t resist to try them out <3).

All those drawings show my own characters from my stories called "Tales of Yokai", which are inspired by japanese myths and legends.


To those of you who're new here:

To find more about the stories, take a look at this here - or if you want to read a few pages of a doujin about my youkai, take a look here.


  • The first colored pencil study features Seiichiro, a land lord and haunted samurai of "Tales of Yokai".
    I'm still in the process of developing my own style, so trying to draw him traditionally rather than digitally was quite the challenge. The whole drawing took no less than a few hours and although it isn't perfect, I'm happy with it - after all it was the first time in a while that I drew at all.
  • The second picture stars my infamous crow youkai Karasu. As the description says I attempted using a limited color palette. I used only purple-ish colored pencils, with the exception of his eyecolor to get a nice contrast and some additional black to enhance the shadows. (Quite the difference compared to my digital works. I usually refrain from using pure black).
  • And finally, Umeko, my kitsune (fox spirit) of "Tales of Yokai". Considering that I usually have a hard time drawing feminine characters, this came out quite well. I still gotta practice drawing her braids, though.


Well, now that really is all for now.

Hope you enjoyed it - and see you again later, with hopefully more art!

~Yasao


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Your not so ordinary Easter entry

Dyed easter eggs are childish? Well, don't care, Mom and I did it anyway XD
Dyed easter eggs are childish? Well, don't care, Mom and I did it anyway XD

Happy Easter everyone - did you go and catch yourself a bunny?

Well, I got my fair share of annual chocolate without chasing down a fur ball and also followed the tradition & dyed some Easter eggs with my mother yesterday. I know, I'm 23, but I still enjoy doing things like that - but anyway, I'm not planning to rant about how the eggs look like dragon eggs now with their metallic color... In fact there's other things I want to talk about. Plenty of things.

So... Got a minute or two? Then go on reading - and besides, there's a new painting included in this article! X3 One unlike my others, because I've drawn it using a new tool. Which tool you ask? Well, you'll see!

As some of you may know – or not – I’m currently on vacation. Although I stayed home and I don’t really have much time to really relax because I have loads of school things to work on, I’m trying to make the best of it. After all you could say these are special holidays, because they’re my last ones in quite a while. Why? Because I’m finishing school soon – in May it’s time for the final exams, so you can probably imagine how busy I am at the moment.  There’s a pile of work still waiting to be done, for example some task for 3D class or some written works for politics and economy class – plus there was the final project about Manga I told you about the last time, but I finished it on Thursday already. (A small question by the way, are you interested in seeing the Manga I drew for that? Let me know~ so I might be going to post it.) Yeah – loads and loads of work x_x

But anyway, enough of that! To look on the brighter side though (wow, did I really just say that? o_o Something POSITIVE coming from me?) something good happened just recently: one afternoon, during a day off from school my dad called and was like “Didn’t you say you’re interested in an E-book reader?” And although I’m fond of printed works and favor the smell of paper and ink over digital pages, I did mention owning one wasn’t a bad idea, so I went like “Yes, why?” and he told me that one of his coworkers had a special offer from amazon for a Kindle Fire HD. My dad told me to read up on it and soon I made my decision: I want that thing! So, now, about two weeks later I’m happier than ever about that decision – it’s like a dream come true.


You gotta know... I’ve always been wanting a mobile device to write on, so I can write my stories during a bus ride or when I’m outside in general. A laptop is way too impractical and a smartphone wouldn’t really do the job well either... So when I saw that my new kindle is basically like a normal tablet PC and can operate some kind of office app, I squealed with glee. But it’s getting even better than that... Ever heard of Sketchbook Pro? It’s a neat drawing app and omg... After I got myself a proper pen (a bamboo pen from Wacom – hey, IF I get something, then I’m getting the good stuff XD) I tried to doodle in it...And what can I say? I LOVE it *o* I spent all day doodling yesterday – though you can’t really call it a doodle anymore, considering that I spent about 12 hours on it buuuut... I love how it looks.
Are you curious what I doodled? Well, I proudly present the randomness that went on in my head when I was reading Journey into Mystery by Kieron Gillen XD

 

 

Okay, I know this doodle doesn’t make any sense – how can there be Teenage Loki and the older Loki in one picture, alive and present? But hey, don’t question the logic of my random mind *laughs* I couldn’t help it, Teenage Loki is simply so adorable >//u//<  And yes, I obviously enjoy toying with Loki’s clothes – the ones I drew here are kind of a mix of various of his “traditional” outfits. They were fun to draw and I like drawing my “own” version of Loki anyway rather than copying someone else’s design~

So... What else is there to tell other than that I’ve been reading way too much Marvel recently? Well, actually not really much otherwise. Honestly – lately I’ve been either working on school things, writing my Marvel Fanfic, doodling Loki ooooooor watching the Thor movies over and over...
Oh! Right, I’ve also been squealing over some TV commercial I saw the other day – it was so odd though xD My mom asked me randomly if there’s a way to find out whether there will be more movies with Tom Hiddleston on TV soon (I still don’t know WHY she asked that o.ô Maybe because I talk about Loki so much?) and I was like “Hm, dunno. Kinda doubt it.” And what happened? Just a few minutes later I saw Tom in some Jaguar commercial – I was sitting there like O/////_//////O and ended up being giggly for the entire evening. For those who don’t know it, here’s a link to the longer version of the commercial – it’s actualy quite cool and called  “The Art of Villainy” XDD. (It’s in English, on TV it was dubbed and Tom had his German Loki voice XD I still like his original voice better though *//u//*) But honestly, it was such an odd coincidence to see that after my mom asked about him *laughs* She was surprised too.
Anywaaaay.... That’s all for now!

~Yasao


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Mischief

Good evening, faithful readership.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and spent the sunny Saturday outside! I sure did go outside, though I was silly and... Well, you’ll find out in a moment. Let’s just say, you wouldn’t necessary call it “weekend” as in "being lazy and just enjoying the free time".

 

So this article will be about what I’ve been doing recently and I’m going to show you something nice: the finished Loki painting I've shown you before - including a picture with close-ups of some details!

Let me start with asking you a simple question: is there a button in the human brain to switch on some kind of “weekend mode”? I’m asking this, because I spent nearly the entire weekend working – not working on private things though, but on a task for school.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s about a topic that personally interests me, so it’s not like I had to research some boring matters, but I still would have liked just a little taste of weekend - that’s not too much to ask, right?

Admittedly, saturday I DID want to work.
It was simply the perfect chance to get some work done, you know? My parents were out hiking and my brother wasn’t home either, so it meant perfect silence and no one to distract me. Well, almost. There’s still my pet bird who’s being a bit noisy since it’s spring (*laughs* Seriously! You should hear him, little buddy’s singing so loudly that you can hear him with the doors and windows closed). So I decided to move to the garden, got comfortable at the terrace and worked there for about seven hours straight.

Now WHAT did I work on? Well, see, there’s that final project we have in school – it’s kind of like some research paper, combined with a practical task. We were asked to pick a topic on our own and once one of my teachers was like “Well, is there something that really bothers you? Something you want to change?” quite a number of things came to my mind. Eventually I decided though, that one of the things that probably annoy me the most is how arrogant some artists are, especially when it comes to things like Manga. Some don’t consider it art at all or judge it worth less than “real” art. Whatever “real” art is.
If you ask me, every kind of measure of conveying a certain message or an emotion to an audience is art – may it be a movie, a novel, a photograph, a painting or even a Comic or a Manga! But that just as a side note.
So yeah, that settled my topic – I was going to write about Manga, on a scientific level. That includes the history of Manga, as well as the various genres and some lines about notable Manga artists.
As for the practical task... My teacher helped me developing the idea of creating a kind of general tutorial on Manga – a “How to” about drawing a short, two page Manga for learning and teaching purposes. You know, material a teacher could use to teach this in school. Sounds like fun, huh?

Well, yes and no. As I said before, it’s interesting to do research on this matter and to write about what I like on a professional level, but... It can get quite stressing if you work and work the whole weekend and forget to take a break.
Because today I’ve been working too – I was laying on my bed, not knowing what to do with my Sunday, half thinking about Monday, as always, until I went like  “Oh to hell with it” and continued my work. While yesterday I mainly focused on the writing part, I began creating a layout for the work sheets today and wrote the first part about getting an idea and writing a script.

Now it’s Sunday evening, I feel more stressed than I did Friday and kind of wish I had a remote to go back to Friday and start my weekend all over. I mean yes, I’m glad I got some work done, but I would like some rest now – and some time to draw.

But let me tell you, the weekend DID  start out alright though – despite the fact that I didn’t feel too well on Friday, I was so happy to see that both, my new Thor Comic (Thor: The Trials of Loki) and my Loki poster arrived (yes, now there’s a biiig Loki poster on my wall *laughs* Right next to my favorite Sephiroth Posters <3 Sometimes I’m really like a child).
In the evening, after I took a small nap, I decided to give painting a try. After all I still had that unfinished Loki picture laying around on my desktop and I was eager to work on it. Glad I decided to, really – it went so well! I’m a bit surprised about HOW well it went to be honest but I guess it’s because I had fun painting it :3
So a few hours later the painting "Mischief" no longer was unfinished and now it makes a pretty background picture for my laptop *giggles*.


Well, what do you think about it, hm? As I said, I also added a picture with some details today, mainly so you see how rough some parts actually are. I absolutely love this about art, by the way: to create the illusion of  details with just a few rough brush strokes and a few “blotches” of color. Fascinates me every time *laughs*.
Oh and may I say that I am utterly stunned by how I painted his eyes? >////> *coughs* ANYWAY! Enough of this.


Yasi over and out, I think I should really get some rest now. Good night and oyasuminasai!

~Yasao


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Earth - A picture "grows" (...and some off-topic talk xD)

Hello world wide web world!

As I promised you last time, I'll be showing you the finished painting of my Marvel OC today! But not only this, I'll also show you something interesting: the work process of my painting. See how I transform a very rough pencil sketch into a fully colored painting that (hopefully XD) looks as though one took it right out of a comic book.

 

Also, I'll be telling you some off-topic things - but you know me, I like to rant about things, especially if it comes to movies, and especially a ceeeeertain one.

In fact I'm writing this entry right after I watched Thor: The Dark World with my mother – that is, I made her watch it with me *laughs* (Just as I made her watch Avengers with me last week). Actually I'm surprised she even agreed on doing this, but probably it's because I've still been like “Omg mom you just NEED to see it, Loki is SO cute there” ever since I got the Blu-ray on Wednesday. I was so happy it arrived one day earlier than the official publishing date, so I spent the whole afternoon watching the movie.

 

But Wednesday generally has been a Loki day to me, you know? See, it had been a day I dreaded, because I had two presentations in school on the very same day and I'm scared of things like this. I don't like it when all eyes are on me, it gets me nervous and panicky... But since I bested the demon and survived (wow, not exaggerating at all here, huh? XD) I felt I deserved a reward – EVERY hero gets a reward after a battle after all! (So now I'm being a hero?!) What did I do in that case?

Well, I can tell you what I did – right after school was over I went to a nearby comic book store that's on my way home. I've only been there once before because you have to know, going alone into small stores and talking to strangers, including shop owners, is something else I'm kind of scared of (yeah I can tell what you're thinking: “She's got quite the issues – does she have some kind of social anxiety disorder?!” =.= So what if I do, hm?). The first time I went there I didn't dare to enter the store at once and instead went past it four or five times until I finally made myself go inside >>;

 

This time though I took a deep breath, went inside and made my way straight for the counter and went: “YOU can help me today.” I think I was half wishing the ground would swallow me up but I still told the shop owner that I usually read Manga and that I'm now searching for some Thor Comics. He told me that there was a Season One volume of Avengers but I told him (and I think I blushed when I said it) that I'm more interested in something that has more... Loki. >///> (Alright, alright, I DID blush. Happy now?).

Eventually I did buy a new comic book of Thor and also let the shop owner put another volume of Thor away so I can pick it up next week X//D And I guess it's a good thing I did, because I already finished reading Thor Season One and the one I bought wednesday, Thor: Godstorm.

 

By the way... I realized that I like the Loki in the comics just as much as I like Tom Hiddleston's version in the movies X///3 And it makes me giggle every time when Loki is thinking of some new schemes and Thor is stepping riiiiight into his traps. Honestly – every time there's a panel of Loki I cannot help but to smile, it's strange hm? But the comics also made me dislike Odin all the more (didn't think that was possible, I already didn't like him in the movies >> I mean seriously Odin, setting stinging blood gnats on poor Loki? UNFAIR! >O<).

 

Aaaanyway, this all was actually just meant as a side note... *giggles* I suppose it got a little longer than I expected, but hey, don't say I didn't warn you I was going to rant!

 


 

Now on to the actual matter of this entry: my painting “Earth” and the character in it!

As I've told you before I'm really inspired by Marvel and their superheroes – and villains – so I decided to make an attempt on creating my own hero. It started as experiment, out of curiosity to see, if I could turn my own life into a story worth to be told about in a comic book/ a graphic novel. And well... It went better than expected. Actually it really went VERY well and I'm happy with the concept I came up with X3

 

After I read a bit into the matter of creating a superhero here and on some other websites, I began writing a concept of my own – and before I knew it, I had written about five pages of a concept for my villainess.

I was toying a bit with the concept of Thor and the fact that there are only humans, no gods on Midgard (earth) and so I wondered, well, what if there WERE gods in the past, but they died because humans gradually kill nature? And what if there's one person who seems to be a human, but has always felt different... And eventually discovers she has power of nature & plants and happens to be earth's last goddess who'll bring about the worlds end, so nature can recover at last? That's roughly my concept for her *giggles* Not bad, hm? I had fun thinking of it (and also of the possibilities this offers as far as Fan Fiction writing goes X3 I love doing things like that, it's a fun and useful writing practice to me.).

 

Based on this concept I wanted to draw an illustration of her – but not just ANY illustration, but one that's kind of drawn in Comic style. So I first made a pencil sketch [1] (keeping the “How to draw the Marvel Way” video in mind that I had seen a few days prior) showing her in battle, as one with nature, and eventually inked it digitally in Manga Studio Debut [2]. But unlike the way I ink usually I scarcely hatched the shadowy parts of the image, but instead filled them with solid blacks, aiming for a dramatic comic book look. You may have seen the WIP of my inks before, but I included a picture of the finished inks this time so you can compare it to the sketch.

With the inks done I exported them and began coloring them, first blocking in the flats for the colors, but focusing mainly on the character [3] without doing much background work. Saving it as an extra file called “earth_flats” I continued to work on a new file and began to paint a rough background, deciding to get some lighting done before I actually begin shading. [4] I decided some bright areas behind my character would spark the interest, especially since she's wearing dark clothes, so she'd stand out.

Then the tedious part began: blending the background [5]. This took me way too long, at least two or three hours (but admittedly, I was half busy watching Thor 1 while doing this xD; ) but in the end it was worth all the effort: the grass now looked more detailed than it actually is and the sky in the background became nice and smooth, but not TOO clean looking as it would have, if I had merely used a gradient ( I generally rather paint my own gradients rather than letting the software do the job for me, it looks more natural this way, believe me).

As I finished the background, I also did something else at this step: I went back to do some research. I found this awesome website and took a look at how other Comic Artists paint dark brown hair, and I realized they often also use solid black a lot for it as well. So before I went on painting, I added some more black too to give the hair more thickness and flow.

Then the fun part finally was there: shading [6]! At times this can get annoying to me too, but I generally like doing this because its amazing to see how just a few shadows can make a flat color look three dimensional all of sudden. Though this part also took me a few hours, I ended up being rather happy with the result. It's different from how I usually shade though: if I paint illustrations in my normal style, I tend to take colors from the background to shade and add highlights, so the character blends well with their surroundings. Blending is something important for my style anyway, also if it comes to brush strokes: I like smooth transitions between colors better than hard edges. For this Comic Book Style attempt I tried a kind of cell shading style though, intentionally leaving hard edges here and there.

Finally done with all the shading I went over to the finishing part [7]: I merged the layers of the character, copied it, filled it with an orange-ish color and tried some layer modes so the color would affect the painting underneath and make the colors look more harmonic and fitting to the background. Furthermore I also added some kind of “halo” behind my character to make her look as though she glows and added some effects to the background as well (such as darkening the background a bit at some places. And the rest – the text boxes and the title? Well, I actually did them just for fun *laughs* But I liked them so much that I eventually decided to leave them there.

 


Doesn't look too shabby for my first attempt of a Comic-Style illustration, hm? :3 Let me tell you, I'm REALLY happy about it – and not just happy, also proud, which is rare for me. Maybe I'll be doing something like this again soon, but first I have some other things to work on... A comic book page and some school project about Manga. I might be telling you details about this some time later.

For now I plan on finishing this article though, there's some chinese noodles in the fridge and they're calling my name – can you hear them? XD

 

Have a nice weekend, everyone! And be sure to leave me a comment or two :3

 

~ Yasao


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And he spoke: "I expanded his mind." - or in my case: "her mind"

Avengers
...How often did I see that movie again? I can't remember, I stopped counting.

To those who know me it’s nothing new that I enjoy reading Manga. My bookshelves are filled with various tales and you’ll certainly find “classics” like Sailor Moon, popular Manga like One Piece or XXXHolic, but also some less famous, but all the more sophisticated works as for example Inoue Takehiko’s series Vagabond in my shelves. But now I discovered a whole new world – it’s one that’s been existing for a long time and that’s just as large, or perhaps even larger (?) than the world of Manga: Comics (or Marvel, to be more precise *giggles* Sorry, DC xD).

[ A small warning in advance: you’re about to read a long article laced with maaaaaany names and titles. Praise is due to those who read it until the very end and my great respect to those, who recognise many or even all titles. But don’t worry, in the end of the article you can expect something nice for your eyes: drawings! :D ]

 

 

 

If I were to count my Manga, I’d most likely reach a respectable amount of around 400 to 500 volumes (not counting volumes like Daisuki or the “shonen” counterpart Banzai) – I don’t know the precise number though, after all I’m not a fan of Maths and numbers *laughs*. Some of my favorites are Kentaro Miuara’s Beserk, as well as Tomoko Hayakawa’s The Wallflower / Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. (I can’t wait for the next volume of both D: ).

Manga simply are inspiring to me – though I may not be as skilled (and especially not as ambitious and fast) in drawing Manga (as you can see if you take a look at my doujinshi >>; ), but I still admire those artists  who CAN draw Manga so well and I like losing myself in their stories. If you ask me, Manga can be just as well told as modern or classic best sellers with plain text. And movies as well, are no rival to Manga, especially since sometimes Manga seem to me as though they’re storyboards on their own, in a way. So yes, it’s not surprising that seeing me with a Manga in my hands is a rather common sight.

 

Although I also have some non-Japanese works in my shelves, as for example the first volume of the Castle Graphic novel from Marvel (based on the TV series Castle with Nathan Fillion, a show I like a lot xD) or one volume of a Marvel / Top Cow crossover  (I bought this many years ago at an airport so I’d have something to read during my flight to Rome), but aside of these I never really looked into American Comics. I simply had no reason to, you know? Sure, I liked movies like X-Men and I enjoyed watching Teen Titans as a child, but I never really had a big interest in going further into the matter. Neither Marvel, nor DC, nor any other publisher really was that enticing to me.

 

This began to change about a year ago, slowly, but surely.
My brother told me about the movie Thor, the film adaption of Marvel’s famous works and he claimed I was probably going to like Loki. Sure, I wondered why he said that – was it simply because I generally like “villains”, as well as in games, books or movies? He didn’t tell me why though and as I then finally watched Thor, I realized at once: damn, he’s right o_o. Loki really was rather... Tempting. >///<
Still though, this wasn’t quite yet when my interest in him and in Marvel started. Even though he started to kind of “follow” my life a bit, because as my brother played the Lego Version of Marvel on his Playstation in the end of 2013, I often watched him and yes – there I saw Loki again. It was funny and I had to laugh a lot, because the way he was portrayed in this game was just as silly and amusing, as it was cute as well.

 

At the same time my brother and I often discussed superheroes during dinner and we had fun giving our father a hard time with questions like “Dad, Batman! Is he from DC or Marvel?”. Though the relationship between my brother and me is usually kind of...tense and not as harmonic as I’d wish (if I tell you it’s a bit like between Loki and Thor, that tells you everything, right?), the talk about superheroes – and villains – at least gave us a basis to get along. (...As long as no one start’s the discussion who’s better, Thor or Loki, because there our opinions differ GREATLY. He’s all like “Thor!” and I’m like “LOKI! D<” xDD)
At Christmas eve, while our parents attended church, my brother and I even watched  a movie together: Iron Man 2. We talked about Tony Stark & the others as though we were some kinds of experts. But waiiit... Experts? Yeah sure... Not quite.

 

I never had even read a single volume of Iron Man – that’s the same as though I’d say “Oh sure, Lord of the Rings is awesome” without having read the books, merely basing my judgement on the movies (SERIOUSLY >o< I hate it when people do that! Go and read the books, people! They’re amazing!!). And to be honest? If you had told me about Iron Man before the movie I’d have most likely said “A Robot guy? Yaaaaaawn. Spare me with Mechas, that’s boring.” – but I don’t know why, I liked the movie. Iron Man was somehow... Different. It was new to me.
On the one hand it may be because of the character Tony Stark himself – he’s such an a-- uhm, such an arrogant guy, and yet there’s something rather lovable about him (I wonder if I’d also think that way if he wasn’t acted by Robert Downey Jr. xD That I like him is obvious, at least ever since Christmas, hm?). But on the other hand it’s also because of Pepper – I’m usual sceptical when it comes to female characters, but she’s just great. I love how she always counters Tony’s smug comments and how she still loves him, although he’s such a jerk at times X3 They sure make a cute couple. 

But yeah – I don’t know why... I just like Iron Man for these reasons and for more reasons that I cannot even name.

 

Again some months passed and after my brother and I watched the third (and last? D: hopefully not!) Iron Man movie, it kind of bugged me that there were parts of the movie I only half understood – see, I didn’t watch Avengers yet, so I was missing some background information needed to understand Tony’s trauma (and all those allusions and flashback scenes in the movie). Though my brother tried to tell me abut it, that wasn’t enough for me... So what did I do? I ordered the Blu-ray of Avengers and holy Chocobos... That’s how I sealed my fate. Couldn’t my brother have warned me that Loki is so damn... He’s... Uhm... Well... Loki is rather... He... >//////<
Waaah! Can it be possible?! I’m at a loss for words (or rather, I want to avoid saying “attractive” X//D *laughs and blushes*). Oh well, let’s just say he’s „insanely smart and incredibly good looking“ “insanely smart and incredibly good looking” to put it in his own words.

 

To make things short: I already knew, ever since I had watched Thor, that I liked Loki, but ever since I own the Blu-ray of Avengers now, I keep watching it over and over – oh and sometimes I only watch the scenes with Loki >////>. It won’t surprise you to hear that it didn’t take long until I ordered the first Thor movie as well, right? (Just because of Loki X//D) And of course I also pre-ordered the second movie (yay, it’ll be published next week, this means I can watch more Loki scenes, yay! <3). Ever since then I’m all “Loki here, Loki there, Loki everywhere.”

And why is that? Because of Tom!

 

Tom Hiddleston, the talented actor who’s playing the role of Loki, is simply the best choice they could have made for Loki. It’s rare for me to see an actor who plays his role so convincingly that I really get the feeling he IS his character and not merely acting. I mean seriously... I get the chills and get all teary-eyed whenever I see the scene in Thor 1 in which Loki confronts Odin about the truth he found out about himself  >////<. When Tom then yells “Tell me!” he’s so much “in character” there, it’s scary. That scene touches my heart every time T_T And I mean, I heard about good actors being really “in character” before, but I’ve never seen something as incredible as Tom’s acting. He makes the whole scenes with Loki feel “real”.
But yes... Tom is a fantastic actor. His voice and the way he moves captivates me and whenever there’s a scene with him, I pause whatever I’ve been doing  aside of watching the movie and I stare at the sceen, as though I was under some kind of spell.


In that text I also mentioned some drawings that I made: studies of Tom (based on some screencaps) to practice drawing Loki. Although I usually don’t like drawing real people, it’s...Different with him. I like drawing him and I smile as though I’m dreaming whenever I see a picture of him – and that although I usually always feel so awkward when I have to look people into their eyes, even on photos... But that isn’t the case with him, I like seeing him.

 

And I like seeing Loki – to return to the topic of this article. But I wanted to see more than just the movies – I wanted to KNOW more. It isn’t enough to me to only know the movies... So what did I do? Simple – I visited a nice comic book store in Bonn and bought Marvel’s Thor Season One.  I haven’t read it yet, but I’m already excited, simply because I own it now! And I am certain this won’t be the only volume I own – I’m planning to buy more works of Marvel and of Thor.
This isn’t all, though! I also want to look more into the matter of comics in general: how to plan a comic, how to draw it, how to ink it... Yes, I want to expand my artistic horizon, so to speak. Or to put it in a different way: when Black Widow asked Loki in Avengers about Agent Barton, he said: “I expanded his mind” and that’s what Loki also did with me *giggles*.

 

I even tried to invent my own Marvel OC *laughs* of course she’s a villain, but you already expected that, didn’t you? And I tried to ink her the way it would look as though she comes from a Comic – would you like to see it? You can, if you like! I’ll be showing a WIP picture of her here, along with the studies I made of Tom Hiddleston *giggles* X//3
 

Tell me what you think, okies?

Oh and one more thing: I might make an update somewhen next week – again with more drawings, so stay tuned! :3

 

 

The drawings:

~Yasi


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