Painting Handsome Loki: Step-by-Step

I really enjoy walking you through my process as I create custom oil paintings for my customers. This handsome fellow is Loki and his family decided to present a painting of Loki to a family member who would not see him in person for a while.

The Photo

This is the photograph that Loki’s family sent to me to create a custom oil painting of this handsome fellow. Impressive, isn’t he?

Loki Photo
Loki Sketch

The Sketch

This is the basic sketch. It will be followed by a wash – the process of putting a very thin coat of oil paint on the canvas. That shows me the lights and the darks that I will use for contrast in the final painting. 

Full Color Palette

Here I have added the full palette of color. This is where the painting starts to comes together, showing me that I got the drawing right.

Loki Full Color Palette
Loki Final Painting

Final Painting with Details

This is the final painting of Loki with the finished details – bright eyes, detailed fur, inquisitive nose, and that fabulous personality comes through!


I wanted to show you the intricate detail of Loki’s amazing face. Look at those eyes and that nose! He’s a character!

Closeup of Loki Painting

Presenting the Present!

And of course, Loki’s favorite human person was VERY pleased with his surprise gift!

I hope you enjoyed this step-by-step review of the creation of Loki’s portrait. I’m sure that the recipient of this gift will treasure it while he is away and unable to hug the real Loki. I have shared my step-by-step process on other paintings as you can see here.

I would love to create a custom oil painting of your dog or cat or other animal companion, or of a loved one! They make perfect gifts for family or friends and it is never too soon to plan for upcoming birthdays, holidays, or other celebrations! You can either complete this form to order your own painting or contact me via email or call me at (214) 405-1834

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