the same…but different

the same...but different A trip to an apple orchard is featured a couple of times in the first book of the Gabriel’s Inferno trilogy by Sylvain Reynard. But while it is the same grassy clearing that Julia and Gabriel had visited years before, it seemed different somehow, even though nothing had really changed…to their surroundings at least. I decided to attempt to capture a moment from their second visit in an illo!

On the occasion of their second clandestine visit to the orchard one cool November evening, Julia immediately noted to herself that it seemed much smaller and less impressive than the first time she had been there. Perhaps it was due to the fact that Julia was somewhat swept up in a fantasy of sorts. Somehow she had found herself alone with a very gentle and attentive Gabriel.

Actually, their first visit to the orchard together was somewhat removed from reality for both of them, albeit in their own separate ways. Julia was filled with excitement yet was somewhat anxious. It was almost as if she were in a dream. While Gabriel was extremely inebriated, so obviously his perceptions were quite clouded as he drifted in and out of lucidity. But both enjoyed their time together (even though only one of them would clearly remember the encounter after that night.)

However, on their second visit, it was almost as if the trip was made in order to duplicate the moment so that both of them would have the same pleasant memory of it together. While their surroundings didn’t seem as dazzling, the actual intimate moments shared by Julia and Gabriel was rooted in reality this time. So it still provided a magical feeling, even if the orchard did not.

The two of them were fortunate enough to relive a special moment from their past in a special way that evening. Unfortunately, another part of Julia’s past also emerges during her Thanksgiving visit back home. But while it may be quite unpleasant (to say the least!) it actually brings Julia and Gabriel even closer.




category: Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy, illustration

viewing valentines

viewing valentines

I thought I might try something a bit different for Valentine’s Day this year. Since it also coincides with the release with the much anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie, I thought I would create an illo imaging what Christian and Ana might be doing during the film’s opening weekend… ;)

Knowing Christian Grey, he would never bother going to a normal movie theater like everyone else. Instead, with his power and connections, he’d arrange to have a copy sent to Escala! Although we know he had an entertainment room (no, I don’t mean the Red Room) where he kept a television, I’m sure he would probably also have a state-of-the-art home theater as well!

Hmmm…I wonder which scene from the film they happen to be viewing? ;)

Happy Valentine’s Day!



category: Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration

#OfficialFifty giveaway winner!

Official Fifty Ticket Giveaway Winner

A big thanks to everyone that took the time to enter the #OfficialFifty giveaway!

Here is the winner of one pair of tickets to the Fifty Shades First on TODAY event on February 6, 2015, in New York City:


Brandi Dagwan


Congratulations! :D


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category: Fifty Shades of Grey

creative collaboration

The Raven Prologue

A couple of weeks ago I teased you all about a special collaboration that Sylvain Reynard and EL James would be sharing with all of you. Well, I am happy to say that you can visit EL James’ site and enjoy it all now! :D

Once you’re there, safely eavesdrop on their conversation…and maybe learn more about the mysterious figure in the illustration… ;)

A Conversation in Florence…

It was very exciting to be asked to contribute to this special project, and I had a lot of fun creating the painting. I hope you all enjoy the chat and the illo!



category: illustration

Fifty Shades First on TODAY Giveaway!

Fifty Shades First on TODAY

You may have heard about the big Fifty Shades event happening on the TODAY Show on Friday, February 6. The cast and filmmakers will be there…and now you have a chance to be there with them!

As a member of #OfficialFifty, I have been given ONE PAIR of tickets to the Fifty Shades First on TODAY event to offer to one lucky winner!

It will take place at approximately 7:30a on February 6, 2015 at the Ziegfeld Theatre, 141 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.

But the date is coming up very quickly, so this will also be a very quick giveaway!
Please review the following details carefully:


Simply comment on this post by Saturday January 31, 2015 at 12 midnight PST! Your full name and email address are required to qualify to enter. (Don’t worry–the comment form won’t publish your email address when you post your comment. But I do need a way to contact you!) Be sure to provide a working email address or an alternate winner will be chosen.

Winner and their guest must be 18 years or older.

Prizing consists of two (2) seats to the FIFTY SHADES FIRST on TODAY event in New York City the morning of Friday, Feb 6, 2015.

By entering, winner understands that they are responsible for all transportation and accommodations.


One entry per person. The winner will be chosen at random from all qualified entries received, and will be contacted by 2p PST on Sunday, February 1, 2015. 


Remember that you can enter all the different giveaways from other #OfficialFifty members, for more chances to win! Just search for #OfficialFifty on all social media–such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram!

Good luck to everyone! :D





category: Fifty Shades of Grey

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