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Happy Birthday to the Mighty Thor

In 1962, Marvel Comics introduced the Mighty Thor to the pages of Journey Into Mystery #83.

As a kid, I had discovered Norse and Greek mythology in the 4th grade and a year later stumbled onto some reprints of Tales of Asgard.  I quickly read the whole volume in an afternoon.  While Marvel’s version of Thor was pretty different than the source material, it was close enough to capture my imagination.

Drawing of a silver-gilted Thor’s hammer found in Scania, Sweden.
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Guardian of the Trees

I’ve been sketching all these little trolls and fairies that will populate the third act of my upcoming comic, The Bear King.  Last week, I made a forest guardian that was grass-themed, so this week, I thought I’d make one that was tree-themed.  I sketched this at the park with pencil and a Pentel Color Brush.

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Baba Yaga’s Hut

I was always intrigued by the imagery of Baba Yaga’s hut.  I started playing with it a bit one day in my sketchbook.  I kept adding layers of tracing paper to the sketch and refining the image.

Finally, I took the top layer and put it on a light box.  I inked it on a sheet of bristol board.

The image still seemed lacking, so I brought it into Photoshop and added layers of creepy tree branches to act as a frame of sorts.