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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


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



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.


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

Characters ęCW/Kripke
Artwork ękittrose


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ScreamingRomeo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing! Sammys hair is perfect :la:
great job <3
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.
kittrose Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
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.
ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice!
Erufu-san Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My all time favorite song!You captured it perfectly
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!
kittrose Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so m-m-much!!

smalld1171 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! Amazing piece of work!
kittrose Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
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