Loki Picture

I drew this on the bus, believe it or not. I was thinking about the Jungian archetype of the trickster that is ubiquitous within the mythology of humankind. He is almost always a creature possessing no moral boundaries, and frequently violates the laws and logic set in place by his given god or gods. He is amorphic, appearing as male or female, and frequently as an animal-- he can travel with ease between the world of the gods and the mortal world, or as in Celtic mythology, he can slip between the Twilight world of faeries and the mundane world of humankind. His purpose is to open the minds of humans to the possibilities that lie outside normative boundaries. Coyote, Loki, Puck, Robin Goodfellow, Lucifer, Bugs Bunny, Baba Yagga; all of these figures can be cruel and dangerous, but they also serve to guide humankind in some way toward self actualization.

ANYway, I've been really into all that Jungian stuff lately. Here's the current incarnation of my personal trickster-demon. Usually he's an animal, but on the bus he evolved into a sort of insane, flesh-eating elf. Not really, but I don't know what else to call him. Just a destructive force, with an enticingly quizzical look on his face.

Graphite (mechanical) pencil on sketch paper. Approx. 7 x 9.

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