the steaks are at stake

the steaks are at stake

Who knew that the simple act of opening a door could result in so many varied outcomes and have such a profound effect on two people. But in Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, The Professor and Julia find themselves in just such a situation, and quickly realize that so many things can change in an instant. I thought I’d try depicting one quick moment where Julia’s apartment door features quite prominently, and becomes an unexpected location that leads to a lot of changes in the both of them.

When Julia invited Gabriel inside her tiny apartment, it almost seemed as if her door became some sort of portal or threshold capable of powerful influence. Once the door was opened again, dynamics drastically changed.

Initially–once the two of them entered the very small living quarters– Gabriel continued his usual abrasive treatment of Julia and was judgmental and downright (but unconsciously) rude and insulting to her. But this time it was relentless and quite hurtful, even though she had been nice enough to invite him in for tea. It results in Gabriel making a hasty exit, leaving Julia in tears.

But once he’s out the door, he curiously returns almost immediately. When Gabriel realized what a terrible guest he had been, he exhibited a bit of rare generosity and kindness toward Julia when he extended a dinner invitation to her (although he still managed to insult her when he insinuated that the dress code at the restaurant would be a possible obstacle for her.) Still, his return even surprised Julia. But she also exhibited a surprising change in behavior. Before his quick return she had already broken down into tears. But once he was at her door again, she displayed some boldness.

It seemed as if the moment Julia opened her door to a returning Gabriel, the power dynamic between the two changed dramatically. Julia had become quite assertive and demanded to know why she should accept his invitation. She had no qualms about ending the evening at that instant. While Gabriel was unexpectedly on the defensive, and even resorted to having to sacrifice his expensive Italian shoes to keep her from declining his offer (not to mention having to admit that Paul’s note was accurate!) 😉

Her door is closed again while Julia changes clothes and Gabriel waits in the hall to give her privacy. And yet again–once through the door–Gabriel has another change of heart! So he decides he’ll make his excuses and make yet another hasty retreat. This would ensure that there would no longer be any worries over improprieties with his new student.

However, before he can knock on her door and carry out his exit strategy, Juiia opens the door and ends any doubts about lacking the appropriate attire for dinner! Once she opened her door and Gabriel set his eyes on Julia (and her designer black stilettos) all traces of his plan to keep his career safe by keeping his distance from her virtually evaporated and was quickly forgotten. This time it seemed as if the apartment door was a portal that had opened up into a world of completely different circumstances…and now there was no turning back.

I look forward to finding out what results from the rapid change of events, and if there are any consequences…

-Victoria

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Gabriel's Inferno Trilogy, illustration

20 Responses to the steaks are at stake

  1. NancyM.

    It’s rather strange to read your observations from a book(s) I’ve never read. You seem to think it’s worth a read. What are the series of books?

    • admin

      Hi Nancy! The book I’m reading is the first of a trilogy by Sylvain Reynard. The books are (in order): Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Redemption. I’m really enjoying the book. You should give them a try! 🙂
      -Victoria

  2. Elizabeth

    AWESOME!!!!! I have been secretly hoping you would depict The Professor and his Julianne. I must admit, Christian was my first book boyfriend, but Sylvain Reynard speaks to my writers soul. He has no idea how much his craft is admired and emulated by his fans. No contemporary author (or classic one) can write scenic and emotional imagery like SR.

    And who wouldn’t love The Professor? He is quite the imaginative lover. Ahhhh…….thanks for adding Gabriel to your canvas!!!!!

    • admin

      Hi Elizabeth! I’m so happy to hear that you’re a fan of Sylvain Reynard and so glad that you enjoyed the illo! He is a fantastic writer and it’s ridiculous how many notes I’ve made so far in the first book that would be great illo ideas! hahaha 😉
      -Victoria

  3. Dianna

    When I first saw this I thought ‘WoW!” I have not been able to stop looking at this beautiful piece of art since I opened up the page, you did a fantastic job of depicting Julia and Gabriel. I hope you keep it up with the rest of this beautiful trilogy provided the genius that is Slyvain Reynard. Can’t wait for the next one.

    • admin

      Gosh! Thank you so much, Dianna! I’m really happy to hear that you liked the illo and my interpretations of Julia and Gabriel! I’m thoroughly enjoying the book so I’m sure there will be more illos coming soon! I really appreciate you stopping by and checking out this latest piece! 🙂
      -Victoria

  4. Neha

    Ah!! I’m so glad you’re doing gabriels inferno series!! 🙂 loved them, read them right after 50 shades! Xx

    • admin

      Hi Neha! I’m happy to hear you’re a fan of the Gabriel’s Inferno trilogy! I hope you’re enjoying the illos as well! 🙂 Thanks for checking them out!
      -Victoria

  5. Hazel

    I love the books and I’m glad you’ve decided to do some artwork taken from them. I loved the work you did with Fifty Shades, they were fantastic. Looking forward to any more you do.

    • admin

      Thanks very much, Hazel! I’m so glad you are enjoying the Fifty related illos and I hope you enjoy my attempts at some Gabriel’s Inferno inspired illos as well! More coming soon! 🙂
      -Victoria

  6. Florencia

    I loved that trilogy. Read it a long time ago, don’t even know how many times <3

    • admin

      Hi Florencia! I’m so glad to hear you are a fan of the trilogy! I am really enjoying it so far myself! 🙂
      -Victoria

  7. Christine H.

    Hi Victoria ~

    Wow..wow!!! You certainly have a “keen” eye for illistrations! What struck me in this scene was, Gabrial was so mean and rude to Julia and yet he couldn’t leave her alone. Interesting!! I think he even knew then there was something about her. The books are soo good. Did you finish reading all 3 books? I cannot wait to the next display… YAY!
    Christine 🙂

    • admin

      Hi Christine! Hahaha! ;D Thanks very much! Oh I agree–he did seem to realize there was something about her, but kept trying to push it out of his thoughts…but he wasn’t very successful was he? 😉 Unfortunately I still have not been able to finish the trilogy just yet, but am really looking forward to it! Currently trying to avoid any spoliers I come across as well, which isn’t easy! But I’m really glad you’re enjoying what you’ve seen so far! More to come soon 🙂
      -Victoria

  8. Jenny

    Oh Victoria I love this illustration, I just finished this trilogy and I’m in LOOOOVEEE with it 😀 Hope You post more about Gabrielle and Julianne <3

    • admin

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the illo, Jenny! 😀 It’s great to hear that you enjoyed the trilogy as well! I have yet to finish it myself, but really liking the story so far 🙂 More illos definitely coming in the future!
      -Victoria

  9. Christine C

    This Illo make me wanna start reading Gabrie Inferno now!
    Tho I just got the trilogy couple a days ago. Just haven’t had a chance to really sit down and read.

    • admin

      I’m very flattered by your comment, Christine! Thank you! 😀 But I understand the lack of time–I still haven’t finished the trilogy yet, though I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens next!
      -Victoria

  10. Constance Ryan

    I just started this book and so far I like it.

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