It’s time for a family meeting.

Boys, sit down.

No. I’m serious. Buns in the seat, please.

Odin-All

What is the only rule of this palace?

Say it with me now: “No roughhousing when Daddy is drinking quietly in his study.” 

Got it? Good. 

I love you boys. Especially Thor.

Now skedaddle.

I’ve been picking away at this piece for the past month and a half. Ideally there’d be wider cropping and better, um, man cave detailing — but I’ve reached the point where I need to either:

1) re-do it from scratch to fix the composition and make it clearer Odin’s sitting behind a desk in a study, or

2) just take a moment to enjoy the parts that are going right, and keep them in mind for the next illustration.

Here are some details I adore:

Odin-Sons

Loki and Thor’s faces, even though Loki looks like Snape.

Odin-Himself

Odin, complete with gravity-defying crown. His face is pretty much the same as Thor’s. I also love his ridiculously broad shape, which is better seen in the overall composition.

Odin-FrostGiant

Our friend the stuffed and mounted Frost Giant, who, it should be noted, is still frozen even in death.

I really like the “look everyone! Loki’s adopted!” sky blue & reddish brown contrasting motif. I like the icicles mimicking the lines of the wallpaper, contrasted against Odin’s sheer width. He has gravitas. Literally.

If this illustration were closer to the release of the Avengers, I may have tried making and selling prints of this. I think right now, however, America’s loins have cooled with regards to Loki, so I’m going to move on to the next thing.

Loki-adopted
(image via source)

Sorry, ladies who love Loki.