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The night before war by Epselion The night before war by Epselion
I decided to make this my entry for light vs. shadow contest on deviantart. by Your-Best-Art group here. I used Loki/Thor fanart for it because I think they are more light/ dark in contrast than anything. I wanted to symbolize that dark and light always go with one another. That they come from the same and that they have the same origin. And since these two are brothers I figured it fit my thought even more. (if you just forget about the whole adoption thing. I chose to do light and shadow as brothers, even though fight looms over them in the form of war. That I maybe killed the 'vs' part a bit I know okay. But I just found this sooooooooooooo perfect that I had to do it. Also wrote a passage to go with it. Read below:

Thor frowned, rubbing his thumb over the smooth silver surface of his helmet.
“Why not?” he looked over his shoulder.
Loki’s chin almost rested on his shoulder, just hovering above it. His brow furrowed, his eyes were sad. He looked at the helmet between Thor’s hands.
“It doesn’t feel right. I don’t want you to go.” his words were a plea more than an explanation. The hand on Thor’s shoulder had no force to obstruct him, it rested there lightly. But Thor understood the gravity of their conversation.
“But I must.” he protested with a soft voice.
Loki shook his head.
“Just don’t leave. Not without me.”
So that was it? Loki was just afraid to be separated? But that made no sense, he had gone to war before. Loki had never had trouble with that before.
“You can’t come with me. Father doesn’t want you in battle yet. And you should be glad for that. It is not a pretty business. You are too young.”
He shook his head again, agitated this time.
“No, this is not about war itself Thor! I know I can’t go yet. I don’t mind even. But I can feel something is wrong! Please….”
Loki’s fingers grabbed the edge of his shoulder plate more forcefully. Thor turned around to look him in the face and put a hand on his brother’s shoulder.
“You mustn’t worry for me. Our soldiers are loyal, I have a weapon, a horse and an army of those very soldiers. I will be home again soon.”
Loki looked at him with begging eyes.
“Just stay… Just this one time. Please, on the field of war something bad waits.”
It was hard not to cave in, but Thor had his honour that told him to go to battle.
“War is a bad thing of its own brother. But it must be fought. And you must understand that I cannot stay behind while others fight for our cause. You do understand that, don’t you?”
Loki gave him a silent nod, his hand slipped from Thor’s shoulder and he cast his eyes down in what almost seemed defeat.
“I will be home before you can miss me.” The older assured.
And so it was decided. The next day the army left under their father’s command. Loki and his mother came to say goodbye to them, Loki looked reluctant but said nothing. His father told him to look after his mother until they returned, that it was his task for then. It was a lie, a lie to make him feel better about staying behind. The Bifrost brought them to another realm after that. There was nothing to be done about this sinking feeling anymore.
So he spent his days at the weaponry where the older men, the teachers did what they could to teach him how to handle a weapon. He had to, so that next time, he could go with them instead of wait. He tried all of them, there had to be something he could master in time.
Months later the Bifrost opened and a significantly diminished army returned. Asgard had been victorious, but at a price. He figured that was why no feast was thrown, why there was no happiness. Because there had been many losses. But when he asked his father where Thor was he was told that his brother was with the healers. He had been struck in battle very badly and time would tell if he would even live. He had been right, if only Thor had stayed and believed him……

I hope I stand a chance here because it would be totally awesome to win something for like the first time in my life.
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Lovely piece over all! Great technique and use of the pencil. A tricky medium, and you have pulled it off quite well. Some advice I could offer is putting more contrast between the shading in their clothing. Loki's middle and his forearm are very dark areas and they seem to blend with Thor's armor. I only bring that up cause I had to really look to tell that it was Loki's arm there and not Thor's. But it may also be from the watermark so it's not much to fret about. One more point are the outlines of Thor's helmet. I'm unsure if this was on purpose or not, but the lines around it are not solid and rather sketchy. The rest of the drawing is pretty clean with solid and well-defined lines, so it sort of stuck out to me.
Over all this is a very moving work of art. I can see the emotion in both faces and you bring a fresh look to their outfits by designing your own look for both.
I hope you keep it up and best of luck in the contest you're in ^^
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I love this. It's truly amazing. The first thing that catches my eye is the clothing. It is so realistic and detailed.

I think you might do better with the expressions, and I, personally, think Loki's hand is slightly too big and misplaced. I see how it is a very difficult that area can be, but you have done so magnifecently on the rest.

I also espacially like the hair. It's realistic, it looks like thier hair, and it adds a lot of character and theme. If you could change anything, again I would say just move Loki over slightly to see more of Thor and balance it a little more.

Thanks for sharing!
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parrtykiller Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
And I also LOVE the way you work with pencil. It's beautiful. Congratulations! :))
Epselion Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm horribly late to answer this... but thank you very much. I practiced hard to develop my own style with pencil. It was quite hard. But it's really what I wanted myself to reach
parrtykiller Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so perfect I'm almost crying...  x___x
Veeja Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
WOOOOOOOOOW this is amazing!!!! *_____+
Definitly one of my favorite pictures with Loki and Thor from you! ^^
The way how Loki hug his brother form behind by the shoulder and his worried look is so wonderful T^T
You descripe perfectly the defference between the brother but withou going too extrem. Just prfect balance ;-)
Please more of this lovely heartbreaking brother scenes! Love it so much *____*
Cuileth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist
I love their clothes, you've done great work!
Epselion Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I rlly love making clothes :3 it's fashion design without fabric for me... Allows me to go mindcrazy on outfits
Cuileth Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist
That's cool! I'll just take a look at your gallery!
bavaria44 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I´ve told you that you inspired me to write a fic here´s Chapter 1: [link]
Epselion Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I liked it! I have an account on too btw. I use it to keep up with Mending broken bonds.
bavaria44 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
The Piano Guys are just amazing, righ! I started with this one song and ended-up listening to their entire repertoir. As far as the fic is considered, I send to you the link as soon as it is finished.

Btw, have you thought of coloring this piece of fantastic art and add some background? Like any other fangirl ;) I´m curious if there will be more so detailed and emotional pics from you :D This one provoked a thought in my head. Well, not as much as the-night-before-war-thing, but more like it´s-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-thing. I can´t help myself, I just love the atmosphere in there. In my humble opinion, you captured the light vs. shadow matter perfectly. Also, I don´t think that the upcoming war "killed" the "vs". The (hehe, I´m going-all-star-wars again) dark side was always a part of Loki (god help me but I can spot it in his expression too). The events happening in the movies were only the outcome of it, when he let his disturbing emotions running free. When I look at this pic, I see a moment in the brothers´ lives, where Thor isn´t all lofty, propeled by everlasting pride and Loki...just nuts :) and scrambling for absolute power, his identity, authority. On the other hand, I don´t feel peachy about it either. It´s not peaceful, it´s uncertain. And that is something I´d like to exploit in the fic.

Okay, before I go all-fangirly on you, I sign off :D
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