Between now and the launch of The Last Viking Returns (Sept 1st, 2014), I’m doing a series of posts showing my rough sketches for all the characters in the book.
I’ve covered Josh’s family already, so it’s on to the Norse gods – the Asgardians. Thor is up first.
Millions of children are familiar with the Marvel comics version of Thor, thanks to the Avengers cartoons and films. For copyright reasons, we were unable to reference that version of Thor (not that we would want to).
In the original stories Thor had red hair and a big red beard. He wore magic gauntlets to protect his hands when wielding his lightning hammer, Mjolnir. I tried to include these elements in my design, while making it (hopefully) original. (Though in all these Viking characters there is more than a little influence from Asterix comics).
These are my reference sketches and notes for Thor.
I made a standard colour version of each character too, so that I could keep their colours consistent. Here’s the colour sheet for Thor:
And here’s how he appears on the back cover of The Last Viking Returns.
Next week I’ll focus on a new Viking character – the hero Sigurd.