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Sammy by Wicked-Illusion Sammy by Wicked-Illusion
Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester from the TV show Supernatural

Teary-eyed "baby" Sam from the very first episode of Supernatural. :aww: My 1st entry for 'Drawn to Pain' contest held by #LiveActionTVMovieArt. Was it because of a dead girlfriend, mum, or something else, it was too long ago to remember exactly, especially after you marathon a few seasons in a row to catch up. :D

Continuing with practice on black paper. Try no. 2. A bit more complex this time. Too many hours in, but screwed up every part that's actually important. Also, ruined parts that were good while trying to fix those that weren't. Fantastic. Some other parts are not all that bad. Very comforting. :lol: Maybe I'll like it a bit more after some time and will try not to repeat some mistakes, especially leaving something for too long unfinished while eager to draw something else and rushing because of it. The "Winchester curse" (= every try of drawing either of the brothers results in so-so, crappy, not nearly good enough drawing) has been following me with the latest graphite SPN fanart too, but it's too early to tell exactly how much I won't like the end result. Well, I'm not stopping until I have decent, really good looking drawings. :evillaugh:

Little note to self: start sharpening the damn colored pencils!!! This ain't graphite!


Tools used:

:liquisoft: A4 Canson Mi-Teintes black paper
:liquisoft: Prismacolor and Faber Castell black and white colored pencils
:liquisoft: Cretacolor and Conte white and gray aquarelle pencils
:liquisoft: toilet paper for blending the background
:liquisoft: white gel pen
:liquisoft: stick eraser
:liquisoft: ref picture
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Suanin Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So... good. Wow. :faint:
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pixieboots Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
This is gorgeous! I love the white-on-black technique you've used so well :dalove:
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Suanin Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations! :w00t: This portrait has been included in #CelebrityPortraits's 'Best Of' feature for March and April! :clap: You can see the feature here!
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acjub Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Spot on :love:
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HayleyLV Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Oh my F*cking God, this is perfection! :wow: :heart:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:glomp:
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Jellyneau Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work will be featured on :iconaty-s-behsam:'s page due to your win in our contest at :iconliveactiontvmovieart:

Congratulations, yet again! :w00t:
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hedgehog3000 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:wow:
I really love the contrast in this picture!
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Jellyneau Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations! This incredible work of art has been chosen as a second place winner for the 'Drawn to Pain' contest at :iconliveactiontvmovieart:! 500 points will be deposited to your account soon and the announcement featuring your artwork has been posted on our homepage. You will be featured on my homepage as well and the 'Another Contest Group' will also be featuring your work.

Once again, thanks for entering this brilliant work of art! :clap:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! :faint: I entered with this only for the sake of participating in this great contest because I knew I wouldn't make it(again) with desired artwork which is unfortunately still far from finished, I can't believe this actually won! Thank you SO much! :glomp:
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Jellyneau Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! It's a lovely piece of art, and very full of 'pain'!!! Congrats! ::glomp:
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Jellyneau Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oops - I should've said 300 points. My apologies!
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GreaLauren Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I seriously thought this was a photo at first. Amazing work!
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing! Just like a photo :clap:
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susanjo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Oops tone
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susanjo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I love the tome of this one!! I can't see where you think you messed up!! Looks sensational to me!!
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N0rks Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Winchester Curse, lol. :lol:

I think I can see where you say you messed up, but it doesn't bother me at all. It's still amazingly detailed and his hair is just... awesome. I LOVE ALL OF THIS. :heart:
And I know about sharpening pencils. I have a bad habit of hardly ever sharpening my graphite pencils (mechanical pencils yay I'm lazy), but you just have to sharpen your white pencils every three strokes or something. :ohnoes: And not to mention scanning these things. :|
But it's still my favourite medium to work in, and to see others work in! :hug:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :glomp: All my H and B pencils up to 6B must never be sharpened. Once a year or so sharpening is necessary of course if I used them a lot, but I'm using mechanical pencils more and more, even on big drawings now. So far I've tried sharpening colored pencils from three different (good) brands with good sharpener and none sharpened nicely and/or from the first try, nothing like they originally came. One's point broke more than once till I manged to sharpen it, the other one's little piece of tip got chipped, the other one's all bumpy...wtf?! In short, no luck with sharpening either of the pencils and getting nice smooth sharp point and wood holding it undamaged. I thought the scanning would be even worse than it is. The more surface of the paper is filled the less job with the scan to make it look like something. :D
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N0rks Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
Ah no, I hate that about coloured pencils! I had that problem too, until I accidentally found one of my sharpeners who sharpens them perfectly. :B Maybe you can find a sharpener especially for coloured pencils? I know those exist, so. :B
True, although my scanner seems to disagree with my black paper in general, it is easier to scan (/edit to look right) when I've drawn more on it. :lol:
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SecondGoddess Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, baby Sammy! It's ridiculous how young the boys looked in the first season compared to now, isn't it? :aww:

To the drawing - wow. It's absolutely stunning! I know you may see a lot of flaws in it, but to me it looks perfect! I'm also amazed by the progress you made compared to your first drawing on black paper, the level of detail you put into this is unbelievable. No matter how many hours you worked on it, it was worth it. :clap:

Apart from that - congratulations to the username change! :party:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it is, especially Sam. :) Thank you very much! I just started another SPN fanart and really hope it will be much better than this one. (haha I still can't make myself work on the big graphite one) I think I'll draw at least one more Sam too, only more recent version of him :D
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Dandeliesque Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
super-extra-excellent-impressive-wowwww-work :D :wow:
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Amjad-Miandad Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
superb
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PreetikaSharma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bloody brilliant! :D
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work; keep it up! Try make-up sponges cut into whatever wedge-shapes seem useful for blending background. They're cheap at a dollar store and work well...:sun:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Toilet paper worked like a charm too :D I generally don't blend, but this drawing required it. Thanks!
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eiarain Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Oh my god. It's beautiful. He's beautiful.
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AmaranthMB Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the powerful contrast in this :)
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well dear I think this looks awesome I love the detail you're able to capture in this dark piece... I've recently purchased a set of 12 Lyra Rembrandt polycolor grey tones and i can't wait to try them out... I need to figure out what I'm going to do with them though and your work is very inspiring :D
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :aww: Trying out new anything is always exciting! Have fun and I hope they suit your needs :)
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! :D
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Dodos24 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!!excellent work!!:clap:
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning work! :clap:
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KanaGo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
WOW! Very unusual!
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magentafreak Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE the high contrast! Definitely seems dramatic and foreboding, especially for those of us who have seen the later seasons!
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Thinking about re-watching the whole show sometime. :)
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floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist
...gorgous drawing:iconedgeybowplz::iconflyingheartsplz:Fulfilled with emotion,great expression,:iconbravoplz::iconsparklyplz:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Anna-Mariaa Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Love it, great work!
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lilyjamesship Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing!! :love: I hope you win!!
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alice-castiel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing drawing!
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think he looks great and I know your a perfectionist, but don't be hard on yourself, this is fantastic :hug:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! (It's always comforting to know that when I post something I think it's not, for example, my best work/ is horrible/bad/I hate it there will be always some people who will like it/love it/even call it a masterpiece. It really helps milder up the negative feelings towards it and maybe even make me like it a bit or a lot with time which maybe would have never happened if it wasn't for all this positive comments, so that's why I put up all drawings, not only my best work, because if that was the case, you'd barely ever seen anything :rofl:)
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I do the same, I just post whatever comes out and quite often it is a lot of rubbish, but you know, it helps the growth :giggle:

AND you did it!! You changed the name :dance:

Wicked-Illusion Wicked-Illusion Wicked-Illusion Wicked-Illusion
Wicked-Illusion Wicked-Illusion Wicked-Illusion Wicked-Illusion

I will remember :la:
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes!

And yes, like a minute ago! I was, like, now or never, and just changed it! I thought it will be so weird, but it's not at all, I'm practically already used to it and it's been, what, 5 minutes? :lol: Many people know me by "wickedillusion" on other sites so and I hope deviants who don't will soon remember it. :)
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: You've been thinking about it for so long .. it's just so weird seeing you but your different :D
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Girl, I remember your note with a question about white-on-black drawings. I knew you're going to be absolutely amazing at executing this type of artworks! :clap: Your first and second attempt are far more better that all my white-on-black portraits together! What I mean is that I try and try and try and I'll never achieve the outcome I wish, but you... you have a natural gift, no matter what you touch, it's gold:lol: Even tho you see a lot of shortcomings!
Fantastic hair, fantastic clothes, fantastic face. I like that you chose a picture of "old" Sammy :)
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It's a huge compliment. :glomp: And please, you're really good too and can only get better and better with time! I'm very glad you like what you see so far. I'm still in very early stages, have a lot more tests and experiments to do with pencils, technique, etc.(mixing normal, waxy and aquarelle pencils can be quite risky, work done with waxy one-Prismacolor-is more or less permanent, no room for many screw-ups) and make a lot of mistakes, but I think I can already envision the direction I want to go with this, in sense of style, detail and texture work on black paper. On this drawing the hair is the only thing I can say I like even though it was rushed and could be better too. :D Yeah, why not, I usually try to pick some more recent refs, but I quite liked this one although maybe I should have waited a bit more for it. Thanks again!
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
Sorry for a late reply, it became my bad habit D:

Thank you, it means a lot, but still, my w-o-b drawings lack something, they are very simple and a bit artificial looking :( Yours and *naturalshocks have more natural feel if I can call it like that. They look more realistic. I can draw lifelife pencil portraits, but it seems it's hard for me to achieve it with other media.

See? Sometimes drawing in rush is an advantage :lol: Or maybe it works out only with hair :giggle:
Anyway, you're very welcome :heart: Hope you find your perfect tools and do more such stunning white-on-black drawings! :hug:
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