Loki – Cloak of feathers

I’m taking a SmArt School class with Rebecca Leveille-Guay this autumn, and it’s great! Working with so many creative people, the invaluable art tips, critiques and pointers (on my art and on the others’) are all so inspiring.

The first piece I decided to take to completion in Rebecca’s class was this one – Loki posing with Freya’s cloak of feathers, before flying off in search of Thor’s stolen hammer (and before him and Thor both ending up in drag, but let’s not mention that!)

I used tons of reference for this. The face is a much modified Matt Smith, and for the rest, I actually built part of a feather cloak to take exactly the ref pictures I needed! I’ve never gone to such lengths in a piece, but that was an eye-opener. Rebecca also suggested re-wetting and lifting off dry paint for highlights – something I had never really done and that’s totally addictive.


Watercolour and gouache on Bockingford cold-pressed paper, 29×21 cm.

Original for sale!


4 thoughts on “Loki – Cloak of feathers

  1. When I saw this image on tumblr my first thought was “that really looks like Matt Smith” :) So, well used reference! I really like the image, especially the feathers look great.

  2. Jenny – I have enjoyed your excellent work for a couple of years now after first coming across it on a Tolkien site. Thank you for sharing so generously with us.

    One point here though, the tale of “Thor the Bride” is not a Viking age tale but a product of the 12th or 13th century. See Daniel McCoy’s excellent “The Viking Spirit,” a both scholarly and readable introduction to the pre-Christian Norse religion. On page 227 McCoy says, it is “… the work of a late poet who sought to make fun on the Vikings’ religion by casting the quintessentially manly and honorable Thor in a humiliatingly argr (unmanly) role. … [W]e can confidently say that the tale didn’t exist prior to the medieval period. Not only that but it is deliberately *antithetical* to the spirit of Viking Age religion.”

    Best regards,

    • Hi Bill, thanks a lot! I haven’t really delved into Germanic Mythology that deeply, so it’s great to hear from someone who knows more about that!

      So – medieval crack fiction? ;)

      • You are most welcome, valiant shield maiden on a horse (from your avatar). There is so much to learn in this short life and trying to understand spiritual paths, to me, is foremost among our choices. I think we in the West have been misled. The People of the Book – Christians, Jews and Muslims, but in this case, mostly Christians – won a holy war 1000 years ago and everything we’ve been told – the Old Norse Religion is just a primitive superstition, in just one case – is rewritten, false history from the standpoint of the victors. While I will not degenerate any authentic religion, it is clear that medieval Christianity sought to… quash the competition for political purposes.

        THAT said, oh, yes, bring on the medieval crack fiction! And I have a wonderful suggestion of a place to begin, if you wish to explore it.

        Before I forget, I so agree with your opening statement about JRRT’s influence on your life, especially the Silmarillion. There is more to say than time allows.

        Feel free to contact me at my email address for further discussion.

        Best regards,

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