william watching

 

 

william watching

Often I look at random images online for inspiration to practice sketching. I actually keep several folders full of photos I find interesting. Ages ago I happened upon a photo that immediately made me think of Willam from The Florentine Series written by Sylvain Reynard. Nothing about it had anything to do with the books, but part of the pose and the mood it presented, gave me all sorts of ideas for an illo.

The photo that caught my eye showed a man sort of perched on a fire escape or scaffolding on a building. To better suit William, I changed the background and pose a bit. Instead, I thought I’d put William effortlessly seated on a small ledge on one of the domes towering above the city. This would be a very precarious position for mere humans, but not for William. After bounding from rooftop to rooftop, perhaps he would choose a spot such as this to pause and reflect. This would allow him to silently survey the people and events going on below, or give him a moment to ruminate on his relationship with Raven, and what it could mean to his future as the Prince and the future of the city of Florence.

…so sometimes my imagination gets a little out of hand. 😉 But I had a lot of fun painting this piece!

-Victoria

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category: illustration, The Florentine Series

gift pack giveaway

***UPDATE***

The winner of the Fifty Shades Freed exclusive prize pack (courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) is:

Lisa Mullenax

Congratulations! 😀

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to enter!

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To help celebrate the May 8th release of Fifty Shades Freed on Blu-ray and DVD, #OfficialFifty members (including myself) have an exciting giveaway to offer everyone!

Fifty Shades Freed DVD, popcorn tin and mugs One (1) winner will receive an exclusive #FiftyShadesFreed Gift Pack!

PRIZES:

• Fifty Shades Freed Unrated on Blu-ray
• Popcorn tin
• Mr. & Mrs. Grey Mugs

all courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment!

 

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HOW TO ENTER:

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The winner will be chosen at random from all qualified entries received, and will be contacted by noon (12pm) PT on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

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Good luck to everyone! 🙂

 

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Chaos Commission

chaos commission
So excited to share a new illo that the very sweet and wonderful Jennifer Locklear commissioned me to create, based on a scene from her new book, Chaos! This new release is actually the second book from her Constellation series! She was very kind, and had also commissioned me to interpret a scene from the first book when it debuted in 2016!

I’ve had so much fun being able to paint Kathleen and Jack! For this scene from Chaos, the two of them are just about to share a quite intimate moment…unbeknownst to the photographer standing just a couple of feet away! 😉

Find out what happens, and learn more about these two, when Chaos is released on May 17! You can also pre-order now by clicking HERE!

I really hope you all check out Jennifer’s new book and her entire series!

-Victoria

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chesterfield & chocolate

chesterfield and chocolate

Over time during the Fifty Shades Trilogy, the ways in which the Playroom–or the ‘Red Room of Pain’ as Ana preferred to call it– evolved in the way it was viewed and utilized. Initially Christian hesitantly introduced it to a rather shocked Ana. Subsequent visits had their ups and downs (to put it lightly.) But interestingly, the use of the room wasn’t always for the obvious reasons, as in one instance when Ana cleverly used it as a hideout (and quite successfully, to Christian’s chagrin!) 😉

So, I thought it would be fun to imagine the Playroom being part of the Grey’s Valentine’s Day celebration! I’ll let you all imagine what came about before this scene (heehee) but eventually the two of them find themselves on the Oxblood Chesterfield couch, enjoying some chocolates! (Probably very safe to assume they would need to take a break and replenish some energy with some delicious candy!) The room encompasses everything about indulgence, so decadent treats would be more than appropriate!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Victoria

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category: Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration

dipping into the new year

dipping into the new year

Oops! Forgot to post this New Year’s Day illo! I had posted it on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages, but forgot to post it here! 😧

It’s a few days late, but hope everyone has a very healthy and happy 2018! 😀

-Victoria

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bits & pieces 5

man in city

Time got away from me again and I have lots of pieces that I haven’t posted here, but have shared on my TwitterFacebookInstagram and Tumblr pages.

This first illo is a quickie that was unintentionally inspired by the ‘Men in Cities’ series, by artist, Robert Longo. I wanted to do a quick practice piece and was aimlessly looking for reference photos to inspire me. For some reason I felt like sketching men in suits, but in dynamic motion or flying through the air. As I started to draw I remembered Longo’s artwork. I’ve always loved that series!

 

cheesecake

Even though Thanksgiving (and all the eating that goes with it) had just passed, I found myself craving cheesecake very badly. So instead of indulging…I decided to paint a piece of cheesecake instead! 😂 I know…not nearly as satisfying, but it also contained far fewer calories! 😉

 

naptime over

During the holiday season, I’m able to share lots of great specials in my shop. But to break up the string of sale posts, I did a quickie illo of this sleepy fellow. 😉 I imagined him awakening after I had put him to sleep with all the previous posts. heehee

 

lean

I felt like attempting to illustrate a figure in a static pose, which still gave a sense of movement due to the angles of the body. I stumbled upon photo ref for a portion of the upper body pose, but made up the rest for this piece!

 

quick girl sketch

One evening I intended to try out a new Photoshop technique…but got sidetracked and ended up with this quick sketch instead!

 

golden girl

I’m constantly trying to paint faster and use more loose brush strokes, to prevent an over rendered look. To practice, I found a photo to use as reference and created this piece. Changed a few details here and there, and wanted to test out painting gold jewelry. Most of it was completed fairly quickly, but then I got sidetracked and came back to it a few days later and finished the hair. 😊

There are quite a few more, but I’ll stop here for now! I hope to post rough sketches, quickie illos and other random art pieces more frequently on my social media accounts. To keep up-to-date and see everything as I post them online, it’s as easy as following any of my social pages. All the links to my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and even my YouTube page are at the top of the right sidebar of this site. Just click any icon any you’ll be taken straight to my page! But as always, I will make sure to post them here eventually as well!

Will post more bits & pieces soon! 😉

-Victoria

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the final chapter

The #FiftyShadesFreed trailer debuted today!

If you haven’t yet seen it, or would enjoy seeing it all again, you’re in luck! You can watch it right here, courtesy of #OfficialFifty!

Fifty Shades Freed opens in theaters in the US on February 9, 2018, but advance tickets are on sale now! Order yours by clicking HERE!

Plus, here’s one more treat, brought to you by #OfficialFifty…a new movie poster!

Enjoy!

fifty shades freed poster

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comfort before confession

comfort before confession
In The Shadow  by Sylvain Raynard, William has a very difficult decision to make. Unfortunately, there is no right answer, and every choice means he and Raven–and even all of Florence–will suffer.

While contemplating his decision, he finds the time to show his support for Raven on a job well done with a restoration of the Birth of Venus at the Uffizi. (albeit stealthily in the Sala Tribuna, located three doors down from the main reception) 😉

The heavy weight of recent events and the decision he would have to make, had effected his usual behavior. Especially toward Raven.

William intended to simply be there for Raven at the Uffizi, and act as if nothing was wrong. But he was doing a horrible job of it, which was not lost on Raven. She had enough of his hot and cold behavior, and decided to get to the bottom of it, then and there.

But when she confronted him about her frustrations with the way he’d been acting, his reaction was not defensive or combative, as one might expect. Quite surprisingly, the powerful Prince of Florence…simply held her close and put his head on her shoulder. A rare show of vulnerability by William, but also the moment he resigned himself to reveal his dilemma to Raven.

I decided to try to capture that quiet moment between the two of them. I found the scene even more interesting once I had researched that particular room in the Uffizi, in order to recreate it for the illo background. In the scene, William leads Raven to a large table in the center of the room. While laying out the illo, I chose an angle of the room so it seemed as though the statues were also part of the scene. The three statues seem to be eavesdropping on the couple. Especially the one couching behind them!

Hmmm…I wonder if Sylvain Reynard was quite aware of the layout of the Sala Tribuna, and specifically chose to place Raven and William in that room on purpose…? 😉

-Victoria

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category: illustration, The Florentine Series

swept away

swept away

Married life seems to agree with Christian Grey! In Fifty Shades Freed, the newlywed and his new bride enjoy their honeymoon on the beaches of Monte Carlo. A rather playful Christian emerges, and decides to have some fun teasing Ana. I thought I would attempt to create an illo when things seemed to be heating up the ocean waters… 😉

Ana is more than willing to experience a bit of romance at sea, even with a few sunbathers as spectators watching from shore.😲 Normally, she is definitely not one to cause a spectacle…but being with Christian seems to have that effect on her. 😉

However, he had no intention of engaging in any sort of hanky panky at that moment, much to Ana’s disappointment. Instead, he leaves her high and dry (well, figuratively speaking, that is) as he follows up the steamy kiss with an acrobatic plunge into the water…then mischievously swims away!

While Ana found this change in mood as silly and amusing as Christian, she still vowed to get him back for tricking her.

Swimming back to shore, she ponders a good revenge. Upon arriving back at the sun loungers in the sand, she makes sure to lie face down and then removes her bikini top. (remembering that just moments earlier, Christian had made it quite clear that he did not approve of Ana going topless on the beach–even though so many other women were doing it.)

But unfortunately, Ana’s attempt at lighthearted revenge backfires when she dozes off in the warm sun. Things don’t go quite as she planned, and is soon confronted by Christian…who is no longer so playful and happy…

A couple of years ago, I actually attempted an illo of what came next… 😉 You can check out ‘bikini blunder’ HERE.

…and that isn’t even the end of it…the battle of wills does continue…

-Victoria

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desk accessory

 

desk accessory

From the very start, Gideon Cross makes it clear what he wants, and doesn’t hesitate to act. This is especially the case when he meets Eva Trammel in ‘Bared to You’  from the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day.

In her first visit to his quite lavish office, he leaves no doubt about how he feels about her. She also realizes the attraction is all very mutual. 😉 But she was still quite taken aback by the sudden and unexpected results!

While Eva is not exactly timid, at times can be quite bold herself! One such time occurred at the conclusion of lunch in another visit to Gideon’s office. Much to his (very pleasant) surprise, Eva took a bit of a detour before heading back downstairs to her desk. I thought I would try creating an illo showing how Eva can also have some surprises up her sleeve… 😀

Although her decision made her late getting back to work, it seemed to be well worth it… 😉

-Victoria

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category: Crossfire Series, illustration