I have completed the fourth portrait in my Tales of the Æsir series, titled “Odin.” I had a great model for this particular painting and really enjoyed painting a character with a bit more grit to their personality. According to the myths, Odin is the oldest of all the gods and acts as a sort of creator and a father figure. He’s really seen it all, from the beginning of time all the way up to the apocalypse called Ragnarok. Like most of the characters in these stories, Odin has many dimensions to his personality. He is both a wizard and a warrior, a soothsayer and a jester. One of my favorite stories about Odin involves him trading one of his eyes for infinite wisdom – talk about badass!
I know some people will inevitably say of this painting, “hey, doesn’t he look like Gandalf?” Actually, Gandalf looks like him! J.R.R. Tolkien took direct reference from the Norse myths as written by Snorri Sturluson and Gandalf is basically a nicer version of Odin who happens to still have both his eyes. Even the name “Gandalf” is stolen straight out of a list of dwarf names that Snorri draws up at one point.
In other news, I just sent off the first set of these four portraits to get printed as a collectable set. They’ll be available as a limited edition at Spectrum Live where I’ll also have other prints and original paintings available. Stay tuned for more on that coming soon!