Here is the story behind this character Loftslag Blade. Loftslag means weather in Icelandic:
An expedition travelled from the northern tribes to the most remote parts of their land. During the journey most of them passed away, until only two of them remained alive. They reached an area with very low visibility because of a strong blizzard. They finally caught a glimpse of a small area that seemed to have calm and peaceful weather, like an oasis in the desert. Both of the travelers made their way to the peaceful place and found what looked like a black stone sword. One of them held the blade in his hands, and the peaceful place suddenly became frozen.
The one holding the blade remained frozen for a long time, turning everything surrounding him into ice, even his friend. One day, life came back to him, but he wasn't as human as he once was.
From that day on the winter has followed him, the black stone blade allowing him to master the cold weather at his will. He is sometimes seen in storms and blizzards by careless travelers. He will never be able to leave the blade or winter alive.
This image was started quite a while ago and over time I revisited it, making changes each time I looked at it. I wanted to create a character that looked like he ruled the winter. I wanted him to look a little different as if he was a ruler of something other than humans. Fig.01 shows the first concept that I came up with.
next page >