coming soon…

coming soon...

Shhh…I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but a very special collaboration between Sylvain Reynard  and EL James  is coming soon!

But one thing I can safely reveal is that you will also be able to see a new illo that I was asked to create especially for the event!

Once this special project is officially announced, I’ll be sure to let you all know about it here as well. You can also follow me on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram to get the latest information!

Needless to say, I’m very excited and can’t wait to share it with everyone!



category: illustration, miscellaneous

advance ticket info & new trailer

fifty shades advance tickets

To wrap up your weekend right, #OfficialFifty has provided a couple of nice treats for you today!

There are just a few weeks left before Fifty Shades of Grey premieres in theaters, but you can purchase your tickets now!

Just visit the Fandango site HERE

…and to get you even more excited about the upcoming film, here’s a brand new TV spot you can watch right now!

Enjoy! :)



category: Fifty Shades of Grey

a very expensive dance

a very expensive dance

Since it’s New Year’s Day, I thought I’d mark the occasion with an illustration inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. While in the past I attempted illos when Christian and Ana were sharing champagne in teacups , this time I thought I’d choose another festive occasion from Fifty Shades Darker, when the two of them attended a masquerade ball.

While it was a charity event organized by Christian’s parents, it could also be considered a celebration of sorts for he and Ana. After a rather tumultuous start together and a brief “interruption” (an understatement to be sure), the two were setting off on a new beginning and journey together in their relationship.

Of course several issues and questions were addressed before the ball. Although a majority of things that needed to be addressed were far too deep-seeded to be solved with a simple discussion or two, it definitely opened lines of communication to prevent misunderstandings that had occurred between the two of them earlier. Most likely it also set both of their minds at ease a bit, knowing that as long as they tried to be as open as possible with one another, serious misunderstandings are possible to avoid. Easier said than done, but realizing just how crucial it is to building a relationship, even Christian was doing his best to answer all of Ana’s inquiries into his complicated past.

So attending the ball was a welcome outing for the newly reunited couple. Never missing was plenty of excitement and passion–provided in large part by a certain accessory that Christian bestowed upon Ana earlier in the evening (and I don’t mean the ‘second-chance’ earrings!) ;) Not to mention a few humorous moments and brow-raising auction exhibitions by the two of them.

But unfortunately, the pleasure, fun and excitement was also met with a few not so enjoyable surprises–as Ana soon encounters later in the evening. But all in all, there was never a dull moment and fun was had by all at the masquerade ball. A nice interlude for them both…as another big challenge that will test the strength of their relationship soon crosses their paths…



category: Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration

#OfficialFifty giveaway winners

teaser poster

I want to thank everyone that stopped in to enter the #OfficialFifty giveaway!

Here are the five winners of the Fifty Shades of Grey teaser movie poster:


You will all be contacted shortly via email.
Congratulations! :D

If you were not lucky enough to be picked as a winner, don’t despair! There will be more #OfficialFifty surprises leading up to the movie premiere! So stay tuned! ;)



category: Fifty Shades of Grey

official fifty giveaway

Official Fifty Posters

While there’s still a bit of time before the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, all #OfficialFifty members (including myself) have a little something to make the wait a little easier…

Fifty Shades of Grey teaser poster

I have FIVE Fifty Shades of Grey teaser posters to give away! Each even comes with it’s own restraint …(hee hee) …an exclusive Fifty Shades of Grey satin ribbon!

Don’t delay! To enter, just leave a comment with your name and email address by this Friday, December 12, 2014.

**This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only. Winners will receive their poster via USPS**

The five winners will be chosen at random from all qualified entries received.

But don’t worry! Even if you don’t live in the US, everyone has a chance to win!

all 3 Fifty Shades posters

Just be sure to follow all the other #OfficialFifty sites everywhere, to find the other giveaways this week and a chance to win all 3 posters designs!

Good luck everyone! :D




category: Fifty Shades of Grey

new fifty shades of grey trailer premiere

The new #FiftyShadesTrailer debuted earlier tonight! But now you can enjoy it at your leisure here…courtesy of #OfficialFifty!

Enjoy!  :)


category: Fifty Shades of Grey

without a trace


without a trace

Throughout the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Christian Grey demonstrates that he is a man of few words. This becomes quite evident in Fifty Shades Darker when he lets his actions speak for themselves. So I chose to attempt to illustrate a particular moment when Christian exposes a lot of himself to Ana…and not just because they happen to be in the shower together… ;)

Communication between the two of them is not always the best and often difficult. Both of them highly aware that being in a relationship is new territory, and that they have no prior knowledge to help them navigate through it. Frustration and sometimes conflict is the result, but is soon followed by some physical shenanigans.

However, in this instance, both of them are going through a rapid-fire succession of very stressful events–both together and individually. Their internal frustrations and stress bubble up into a small argument during their unexpected stay at the Fairmont Olympic. But what happens next takes a bit of a different turn than the usual order of things, when they happen to have a disagreement or some sort of conflict with each other.

After entering into somewhat of a stubborn and speechless stalemate, Christian makes an attempt to cut the tension by suggesting they shower together. This may seem like the usual tactic he would take after anger and frustration occur between them, but this time it’s a bit different. Once in the shower, Ana immediately feels the previous tension fade away under the soothing cascade of water. But relaxation is not in Christian’s immediate future. Whether it happened to be a conscious decision at that moment or not, he ends up shocking Ana by utilizing a non-verbal interaction to show her that he’s trying his best to share more emotional intimacy with her.

This also unveiled the true scope of just how seriously his past had damaged him. How it caused him to build up walls to protect himself from further pain. But now those same walls were preventing him from letting anyone in–even those he desperately wanted to let in…namely Ana.

By allowing her to wash the lipstick traces from his skin, he subjected himself to his most vulnerable state. But it also gave Ana a very vivid glimpse of just how much of a devastating effect his past had on him, and how much emotional and psychological pain that had to be overcome in order to be more emotionally available to her. It also provided Ana with more of a perspective as to how his experiences as a child had influenced his life as an adult and the man she was constantly trying to understand.

None of the significance was lost on Ana, as she was quickly overcome with emotion due to the extreme empathy she felt toward Christian and his emotional struggles that manifest in actual physical distress. It gave her a clearer picture of why he reacts to situations the way he does. Volumes were spoken in that intimate moment in the shower even though very few actual words were uttered by either of them.

However, when one Mr. Grey does choose to express himself verbally, it promises to hold very significant meaning. This becomes very evident to Ana shortly after she becomes quite emotional while removing the ‘road map,’ and the two have quite an important exchange of words… ;)



category: Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration

Portland PDA

Portland PDA Since September 10 is Ana’s birthday, I thought I would celebrate by creating a new illo based on a scene from Fifty Shades Freed! Unfortunately for Ana, the events surrounding her birthday were not exactly the best…but fortunately for her, Christian provided several special surprises to attempt to make her birthday very special.

It also happened to be Ana’s first birthday with Christian as his new bride. So, of course he would be sure to make it all the more eventful. The fact that the newlyweds did not happen to be at home in Seattle posed no problems for one Mr. Grey. He would simply bring the celebration to where they were in Portland (in more ways than one, as she learns later that evening…) ;)

After Ana receives her first very thoughtful gift of the charm bracelet from Christian, she receives another big surprise as they leave the Heathman that morning. Luckily, his second birthday gift to Ana was very mobile and very transportable to their location, so delivery to the hotel was quite easy…thanks in large part to Taylor! Needless to say, Ana was not expecting to receive an Audi R8, even though she had once joked to Christian that he could buy a white one for her birthday. However it really should be no shock to anyone, since he would not give a second thought to giving such an extravagant item as a gift. Especially when it came to Ana.

But what occurs after he presents the new car to her would probably shock anyone, and certainly shocked Ana! While she is overcome with excitement upon receiving the Audi, Ana receives an extra surprise by Christian’s sudden PDA (public display of affection) when he dipped her back and kissed her as they stood outside the hotel! Certainly not something you would normally expect from him, to be sure. Even Ana made a mental note as it occurred. But I’m sure it also made the gift even more special.

The array of special surprises and effort he put forth were also Christian’s attempt to help Ana deal with all the stress she was experiencing concerning her injured father. Normally when in times of stress or adversity, he and Ana would always end up getting *ahem* physical. But even Ana was a bit surprised that he hadn’t initiated anything while in Portland. Obviously showing respect for his wife, he knew that although he deeply desired her, it was not the appropriate time. Even Ana had to admit to herself that all the stress and concern she was experiencing was too all-encompassing to deal with anything else.

This showed that he was learning compassion for others. Something that Ana had pondered more than once in the past, and that Christian most definitely did not think he possessed nor had the ability to possess. But as with many other transformations he underwent since meeting Ana, becoming much more aware of the feelings of others was one of them.

Along with his showing of compassion, during this bittersweet time with Ana, he also seemed to show signs of his increasing awareness of the importance of family. While he appreciated and cared for his family and haltingly accepted that they felt the same, Christian was slowly accepting their love..and allowing himself to reach out to family, and even those he now considered friends. This became even more evident later that evening for Ana’s birthday dinner… ;)



category: Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration

Lippi Lip Liaison

Lippi Lip Liaison
When Gabriel learns Julia’s birthday is quickly approaching, he is quite intent on making it a very special occasion. So, in Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, the title character surprises the birthday girl with a special visit to the Royal Ontario Museum.

While admiring Fra Filippo Lippi’s painting, “Madonna with the child and Two Angels,” Julia and Gabriel learn that they share a passion for that particular painting. Suddenly, they find themselves sharing another type of passion together in the deserted museum gallery. ;) I thought I would attempt to illustrate the moment when emotions overwhelm the both of them.

After finally allowing themselves to share each others company for a few short days, fear of discovery of their ‘fraternization’ leads them to decide that discretion is a necessity. So, it was back to the usual dynamic of Professor and student–at least in appearances–while in classes or in public. After their breakthrough of discovery the weekend before, this temporary parting of ways was agonizing to both of them. But when Gabriel learns of Julia’s upcoming birthday, it seemed a fitting occasion to reconnect, even if it involved a bit of careful planning. Not that Gabriel minded, since it helped to show Julia just how important she now was to him.

Since it was a new journey both of them were taking, neither were sure of themselves at times. For Gabriel, he often alternates between making grand gestures and being quite cautious and gentle with Julia. His birthday surprise was a perfect combination of both.

It was the ideal setting for their first official date. They were able to simply enjoy each other’s company with no other distractions or worries of being discovered. A bonus was being surrounded by beautiful works of art that they both love, having the extravagance of being in the museum alone with each other (well, except for the security cameras…) ;)

As a side note…I took a bit of artist’s prerogative by having Gabriel wear a pocket square in Julia’s favorite color. Since he was doing everything possible to gain her favor, I thought it would make a nice little finishing touch to his outfit. Plus, it color-coordinates the two of them, which fits in with the whole prom idea and the white orchid corsage Gabriel surprised Julia with when she arrived at the museum! ;)



category: Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy, illustration

hearts and flowers

hearts and flowers Although the exact date is never indicated in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, July 30 seems to be the approximate date of Christian and Ana’s wedding. So, to celebrate their special day, I decided to create an illo of the moment that made the wedding possible…when Christian proposes to Ana! ;)

The choice of location Christian made for his wedding proposal revealed the changes and emotional growth he had achieved since meeting Ana. In just a short time he had made great strides due to her influence. He could have easily chosen a less personal albeit romantic or picturesque locale. Instead, he chose the boathouse on his parent’s property where he grew up after being adopted by the Greys. Though his life was still a struggle while growing up, the selection of that particular location must’ve held at least some good memories in order for it to be chosen. It also showed a newfound openness by being willing to choose it for such an important event in his life and Ana’s. It is doubtful that Christian invited guests over to his family’s property, let alone be serious enough in a relationship to pick it for the setting for a very important event such as this.

When he met Ana, and they discovered their differences over ‘hearts and flowers,’ the last thing on his mind was to enter into a traditional relationship with a woman. Christian had never been in such a relationship before (although neither had Ana) and he also had no desire to start one up. Or so he thought…

But the fact that he remembered what was once a sticking point between them, seems to show he had not just heard it and dismissed it as something he was not going to entertain. It stuck in his mind due to the fact that Ana had made an impression on him unlike any other woman had before. Even though things were very new and it was still uncertain whether either of them would agree to keep seeing each other, it seems as if Christian was already becoming quite attached to her and considered every facet of their blossoming relationship very carefully and thoroughly. Leave it to Christian to reveal his willingness to enter into the world of ‘hearts and flowers’ in a rather dramatic fashion! ;)

After a tumultuous day filled with surprises and a fair share of drama, it’s most likely that all of it was a distant memory once Christian revealed his surprise for Ana. Earlier in the day, confrontations seemed to be the order of the day, with Kate revealing her discovery, and Elena making a desperate attempt to sustain a past that was already considered ancient history to Christian. Her bold confrontation actually resulted in events which now gave Ana peace of mind that she would no longer be cause for concern. So, in a sense, the events of the day and the boathouse proposal marked a beginning of sorts for Christian and Ana.

…and there is one thing that everyone can agree on…this visit to the boathouse was quite a bit different from the last visit Ana experienced! That is for sure! ;)




category: Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration