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Paint it Black by kittrose Paint it Black by kittrose
I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a new born baby it just happens ev'ry day
I look inside myself and see my heart is black

It's not easy facin' up when your whole world is black




The Rolling Stones, Paint it Black


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Sam & Lucifer, Supernatural.




This painting was born while I was driving. I spent a lot of time drawing sketches of Sam, but none of them was good enough, they were just some random... portraits. Boring. I was looking for something a bit more conceptual, and I also wanted to depict him with his doppel/"guardian angel" just like I did with Dean.

So, I was driving on the highway and my stereo started to play Paint it Black.
It screamed "Sam" to my ears. And this image popped in my mind, following almost literally the lyrics.
The black paint, you can interpret it as you like.
To me, it's Sam trying cope, to hide from himself, from his own face. Trying to kill the image the mirror gives back to him, because everytime he looks at it, he sees Lucifer.
Or, it's just Sam going dark.

The color scheme:
Initially I had no idea of what colors to use, and when I have no idea I usually start from a dull shade of purple. Maybe because it creates a good contrast with the skin tones, and makes them pop out.
Then again, purple? For Sam? It didn't seem to suit him.

Except that it does. According to color symbology, purple/violet, being the result of the union of a warm tone - red - and a cold tone - blue -, is the weirdest and most unsettling of the colors; it's the color of ambiguity and duplicity, of good and evil in the same place... or person.

Red, as you probably know very well, is the color of blood and fury, of passion and violence, of the most animalistic instincts of the human being. It's historically connected to Dyonisus, the Horned God. Whose iconography and imagery were later taken by Christianity and applied to Satan.


Wow. I've been even more tedious than usual. Let's stop this here.


In other news, hands are a pain in the neck to draw. AS USUAL


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TECH STUFF:

Photoshop CS + Wacom Bamboo + references to look at (Sam's face/hands, the cup, Lucifer) + some custom brushes

Oh and Sam's right hand is referenced to my brother's.


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:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred: Wallpaper, steps and close ups on my blog: [link] :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:




Characters ęCW/Kripke
Artwork ękittrose

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:iconvmigu31:
vmigu31 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow amazing work!!
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VickyStrife Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing fanart and song choice^^
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Clash-in-the-Night Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Striking picture, really amazing!
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DontSpeakSilent Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Student General Artist
This is fantastic!! =D
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ScreamingRomeo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing! Sammys hair is perfect :la:
great job <3
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manictater Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Oh, Luci in the back, in red.... awesome. And I too think this song is very fitting to SPN.
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kittrose Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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TDManiacXC626 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
now that I know the song, it will always come to mind when I play the mission in Far Cry 3 which bears the same name.
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ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013   General Artist
Very nice!
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Erufu-san Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My all time favorite song!You captured it perfectly
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Kitisama Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is absolutely stunning; everything about it down to the smallest details in Sam's face and hand are phenomenal and the overall feel speaks such depth of Sam's character. I'm so impressed, you are an amazing artist and I am thoroughly blown away!
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kittrose Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so m-m-much!!

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smalld1171 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! Amazing piece of work!
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:iconkittrose:
kittrose Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thankies!
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smalld1171 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
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PlumPetalPixie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that song! Also, amazing image... just, amazing!
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:iconkittrose:
kittrose Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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PlumPetalPixie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome.
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2195Razielim Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:faint:
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spiderlady Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Love it, love the forboding Lucifer in the background as well!
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:iconkittrose:
kittrose Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconcupcakeloveplz:
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crazycheckers Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FUCK YES I THOUGHT OF THIS SONG RIGHT AWAY ROLLING STONES ROCK!!!
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:iconkittrose:
kittrose Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
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AriesWildChild Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great artwork!
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kittrose Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:blowkiss:
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wanderamaranth Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I adore this, not just because of the colors and how Lucifer is more of an idea in the background than seemingly solid...but because it reflects to me the idea that Sam is almost always at war with himself.
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kittrose Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
And I totally agree with you about Sam. He has always been since s1, and Dean has suffered with him for this rift Sam has in himself.
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OctoberMoonfire Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was that one time Sammy wore a purple dog shirt. :P So purple works for me lol
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kittrose Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I remember the purple T-shirt with the dog, it was in season 1! :giggle: But actually I just made it purple because... you know... color balance and stuff.
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OctoberMoonfire Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I gotcha ;) I was just being silly :p
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kittrose Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
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Nadin7Angel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
WOW! So amazing, powerful work! Love it! Absolutely! :heart:
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kittrose Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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rorabi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
bellissimo!adoro come hai utilizzato i colori!!
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SilentCupcake Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
I zoomed in on Luci's face and jumped, the guy freaked me out!!! In a good way, you definantly portrayed his character well. And Sam is awesome too!!! (I just love Luci more) :)
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kittrose Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I really love Lucifer too.
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SoObsessed Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Favorite song, makes me bust out laughing every time!
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dragonofthesand Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning! The colors suit it very well, especially with their meanings (I never knew purple was the color of ambiguity and duplicity, thanks for letting me know xD) which really fit Sam.
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kittrose Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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dragonofthesand Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~! :icondragonhug:
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LlemonFlame Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love the color combination. How do you use the references, do you use different layers and then paint on top of them? I'm currently working on an image myself, with references, just curious how others create images like this (don't have a tablet I'm afraid). Well done! :-)
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kittrose Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
No, I have them on a separate Photoshop window, and I just look at them while painting. I usually have one layer for the sketchlines, other separate layers for the colors. Tablets are essential, imo!

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LlemonFlame Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the quick reply :-) Well, I use my laptop, so it's sort of a very minimalistic version of a tablet, but not quite... A tablet is definitely on my list of things to buy! Thanks again!
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kittrose Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
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A Wacom Bamboo tablet like the one I use is completely affordable, even if it's the smallest and cheapest among Wacom tablets... It works perfectly!
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LlemonFlame Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I was just looking at Wacom Bamboo tablets, they do look affordable indeed! It would certainly save me a lot of time. Thanks for the heads up!
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koala145179 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW, it's amazing. the concept and everything. :heart:
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kittrose Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
:blowkiss: :iconthanksplz:
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chriscastielredy Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMC completaly awesome...
without words to describe!!!!
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kittrose Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :huggle:
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monicawoe Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
This is just gorgeous! I absolutely adore Lucifer in the background- the red is haunting.
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