I LOVE Norse mythology. Always have. Of the characters, Odin is definitely the one I enjoy the most and relate to somewhat. For those of you who don’t know the details of it, Huginn and Muninn are his ravens - their names translate roughly to “Thought” and “Memory,” respectively. Odin tends to worry about them both, but more for Muninn than for Huginn (to me, losing your memories versus losing your ability to think).
The reason for getting them is pretty simple - I subscribe heavily to the idea that in order to perceive what we consider to be reality, everything we experience is filtered based on those two things subconsciously and it cannot be avoided. Subsequently, our own realities are infinitely different from any other person’s.
Location is important because they are not always apparent to oneself, but ARE always in attendance. Both ravens are also going to face inward to reinforce the idea of one’s perceived reality and that it is exclusive and very personal. This is also because I don’t think it is possible whatsoever to ever have someone FULLY understand that which we perceive because of how personal it is by definition.
Pose is relatively straightforward - as mentioned before, facing inward matters, but also that memory is, to me, a more pensive and introspective thing. Huginn will be in flight, as our thoughts are usually more fantastical and “active” by comparison.
They’re also a tribute to Odin himself - Muninn’s eye is darkened, while Huginn’s will be fleshtone, as Odin gave up one of his own eyes at Mimir’s Well to gain immense wisdom. Plus, in keeping with the memory=pensive/thought=fantastical thing, thought tends to look forward (bright, unknown) while memory tends to look inward.
Style is also slightly important, simply because I did/do not want either of them to look absurdly realistic - the idea here is that in making them look more like drawings that they better represent themselves as concepts as well as reinforcing the “personal” aspect of the overall effect they are designed to give as artwork.