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The Guardian by kittrose The Guardian by kittrose
Dean and Castiel - Supernatural

The way I see it, Castiel is in love with Dean, as far as an angel can feel love towards a human.

I'm not exactly a Destiel shipper, since I don't ship them sexually or anything, but I would lie if I said that the relationship between them doesn't fascinate me. It's so complicated and conflicted and yet so strong, that I think it's second only to Dean/Sam.

What I really like about SPN is that this show can build extremely deep and compelling relationships without getting in the sex zone. It's both relieving and incredibly interesting to watch, at least for me. At the moment I'm quite tired of sexual pairings in fiction, and the kind of brotherly, tormented love SPN is about got me hooked.

Don't get me wrong though, I am perfectly aware of the sexual subtexts. There's a reason why Cas is wielding a sword. You know, the whole phallic object thing.

You'll probably notice that Dean is sort of younger, hence the Samulet and the earlier season hairstyle. Even though it's certainly not canon, I like to think that Castiel has been watching Dean way before he pulled him out of Hell. All the while he had been preparing for a battle, Castiel was there... Only, Dean couldn't see him.



Now a few words about the piece itself. I won't lie, I spent too many hours on this.

While Cas was relatively easy to draw (though still imperfect anyway), Dean gave me a lot of trouble. Partially because Dean/Jensen is really hard to portray, partially because I had this idea in my mind, but couldn't find the right reference pic to support it.

I initially drew Dean's body in a different pose, but it sucked, so I had to redo him completely and I'm still not entirely satisfied with the result. I looked at multiple different screencaps/stills to build him up, and I did some parts of him with no reference at all (chest/stomach, neck, right arm).

I know there's something wrong in the pose and composition, but nevermind: perfection is boring.


Photoshop CS3 + Wacom Bamboo + lots of hours + a ridiculous number of references.

The original file is 5310 x 6027 px wide, which is really HUGE for my standards and that didn't help because Photoshop kept on stopping and being a bitch every 3 minutes. My poor laptop! *dead*

Characters the CW & E. Kripke
Artwork kittrose

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EDIT (1): I changed the file, I didn't like the sharp edges. Also added some texture.

EDIT (2): fixed some disproportions in Dean's body. Still not 100% ok but it's an improvement.


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CC1773 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
I totally agree with your analysis of the Dean/Castiel relationship.
RubyRedFeather Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Damn I just love that comic style! Even if you think that Castiel is imperfect, he's not. He turned out totally perfect, and Dean ... wow. Just wow! It's so rough, but at the same time so detailed ... it could be the cover of a graphic novel.

I'm in love with Cas' wings, with how they melt into the background and how you played with the light. You can really feel the emotional tension, that (totally not sexual) love between them. Touching! Really, really touching. Thank you for that stunning drawing!

Tell me - how long did it take you to create these comic versions of them? Do you still rely on references today or did you draw them that often that all the references you need are in your head?
kittrose Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist

No, for this kind of "quasi-realistic" drawing I generally needs TONS of references to look at. It's really important to look at references to get the facial features straight. In my experience, there's a huge, huge gap between what you remember of a face and what the face actually looks like.
To draw a person as who they really look like straight from your head, I think, it takes an inordinate amount of time drawing them from references, over and over again, until you reach such a confidence and familiarity with the subject that you could draw them even blindfolded. And I'm nowhere near that stage! :D

This one took me a while mostly because Dean's pose and body structure seemed constantly off. So I had to work on this a lot more than I expected. It's all nice and fun when you have an idea in your mind, and so frustrating when you try to turn it in something concrete and you fail because the anatomy is all over the place and you can't seem to find the right references to help you.

Thank you very much for your kind comment! and sorry for the long answer!
RubyRedFeather Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa, thanks for that answer! It's actually relieving to hear that not even those who seem perfect got every detail of their drawing subject stuck in their head - like you. I suspected it because I once met the artist who illustrates the Buffy & Angel-series. And she was able to draw David Boreanaz out of her head, as a comic character, without any issues. But well, she drew him like over a thousand times so far, I guess it's no shame on you then ;)

And I know that dilemma with references. It's mostly the fault of how Americains make their movies, I guess. You never get to see a whole character, they're only shown from head to hip, everything beneath is only shown two in a hundred times - and when it is, the poses are less than useful. Damn it!
kittrose Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
yes, and full figure shots are often fuzzy and low res and you can't see a bloody thing.
Anyway I have a huge admiration for comic artists because they can draw things and even characters straight out of their head. This is actually my goal. To be, once, free of the slavery that references are, although still being able to draw realistically. Not because I think using references is bad per se (quite the opposite: every great painter in the history of art used references and models) but because finding the right references is such a bore. LOL, possibly the most frustrating part of making art.
RubyRedFeather Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yes I know what you mean. I always feel like a six-hour-portrait actually was one hour of drawing and five hours of research on google, fanpop and so on. But I don't think that all that practice until you can draw them without references pays off if you don't want to become a comic artist and need that ability to earn money.
nathyfaith Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
stuff-I-do Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
i love this. and i was always aware of castiel deep love towards dean. cause cmon it was almost palpable.
i think he doesnt even know what it is. can't wrap his mind to comprehend it fully.
but i never saw dean at same level in it. and i tried. i tried to see what destiel fans saw, but tbh i never saw it. i never believe dean is 'in love' with castiel. i do see he has a lot of affection towards him, and i love it. he has became family to him and sam. 

kittrose Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
My main problem with embracing Destiel fully is that I see Castiel as a pure angelic creature and therefore a 100% asexual being. And to be honest, I don't want this to change at all. I love his outworldlyness - if that's even a word - and I think that with him the writers had an exceptional chance to explore the depths of a pure incorporeal bond. Which is not something you see much on tv. 
And that's why I'm not really happy with the boring heteronormatizing thing that is going on in season 9 with Castiel; but I wouldn't want him to be framed in a context of homosexuality either. I just think that sexual orientation is something that Cas doesn't need to have. I don't think he "has" to experience sex and/or sexual attraction to be complete as a character. As for Dean, I sort of agree with you, even though I think Dean recognizes, to some extent, that his bond with Cas is completely different from every human bond he might experience - including the love he has for Sam. Not stronger, just different.
stuff-I-do Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
i know. i saw cas that way too, but i think at some point the deepest of his concern and affection towards dean (particularly, even if he does cares for sam too) just reached a point where he no longer could qualify it. it is family? it is friendship? it is more?. i think he no longer knows, and he is ok with that cause its something he doesnt want to explore either. it would only be problematic.
Dean wake him up of his angel-soldier mode and that was it. he made a new being of him, one in charge of himself for the first time.

and yes, i do love his outwordlyness as well :p he is the cutest cute ever. 
i would never want destiel to be canon. i think what they are now -friends, family, whatever- its perfect. i do want more teamfreewill scenes though :) i miss it.

i know, i didnt like it either tbh, but cas is experiencing a human existence for the first time, and he is just starting to know his body. i think it has to do with it more than the character itself.
and of course he knows his bond with cas is different, cause it is. its the first time that he has a real friend outside of his own brother. one that have become family. 


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