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beguiled by tuxedos beguiled by tuxedos
Painting of Loki and a friendly little moth. Drawn in about six hours. This was a little idea I've head sitting in my head for a while and I finally got around to drawing it. I'm mostly satisfied with how it turned out.

There is a ton of symbolism in this piece. People on Tumblr have buried me with their input and holy moly this thing has evoked a lot of emotion. I'd like to hear what you guys think of this. What do you think it means?

The intended meaning has yet to be figured out, but I will hint that it does not symbolize emotion (actually it does but alsjldkjclk), rather it symbolizes historical science. idek
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oberon13 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow. the way you have prevailed this feeling of emotion through this drawing is amazing!
tuxedos Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Aaw thank you so much!
oberon13 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem! you've done an amazing job at catching Loki's look. your an AWESOME ARTIST
FireYuuki Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it looks great!
tuxedos Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you!
nancy-freaking-drew Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013…

Have you ever heard Disarm by the Civil Wars? Ever since I found this art, it's all I hear in my head.......
tuxedos Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I actually have never heard it, but I really like it! Thanks for sharing!
xxcloudscollide Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
So I basically CANNOT EVEN, but I'm going to try anyway. D;

When I saw it, I went straight to self-immolation. The whole moths burning up in candle flames and symbolizing self-destruction and transformation thing.

Possibly a moth, being a creature of night, symbolizes Loki in his personal darkness being drawn back to the light. Only at this point, the light will kill him. He can't return without destroying himself - the self he has become. Considering how the self-immolating moth symbol tends to signal some kind of transfiguration, there is the possibility for transformation into something reborn and good, but it'll come at great cost.

Alternatively, the light might be like one of those bright lures he talks about, and could represent the promise of glory, power, and self-respect he hoped to get by conquering Midgard. In pursuing that goal, he ends up burning up everything that he was: the light is irresistable (beguiling even, ooo), but it destroys him.

Maybe, looking at the moth, he realizes that now.

I don't even know, but this is beautiful work. The lighting and colors give it a kind of unworldly, suspended quality; it's an atmosphere for significant moments. Love it. :heart:
tuxedos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
/gross sobbing
oh my goodness that was quite the analysis.
wow thank you so much. ;O;
LuizaHarker Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg, I can't with this. It's so beautiful and so emotion loaded yet so melancholic and sad... It's just a mix it gives me all of it at the same time, GOD I just...
I started analysing it and I agree with what other people said. And I even going to put up some things:
The moth simbolyzes transition, and like with saw in Thor and Avengers, Loki changed a lot. For me, someone that know Loki in the movie and in the comics, I see like the transition of the Loki that was moved with anger and vengeance and sadness to the Loki God o Chaos, who is motivated only by his joy and pleasure, a 'dead Loki', with no more soul, no more hope. The Loki in the picture is the one who was indeed Thor's brother, but will never come back. It's the one who regrets the things he did and the path he took.
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