raven in a gilded cage

raven in a gilded cage At first glance you would assume this to be a romantic kiss between a couple by candlelight. But looks can be quite deceiving. It is just one instance of many, where things are not always as they appear to be, in The Raven by Sylvain Reynard. I thought I would attempt my first illo of Raven and William in their first meeting together, where one does not have a visual advantage over the other. 😉

Prior to this moment, several things Raven believed to be true were now in question. Her seemingly quiet and simple life had changed drastically due to her own kindhearted choices and her new mysterious acquaintance. This most recent conversation with William had revealed new information that had completely thrown her neatly rationalized thoughts into disarray.

Not that the circumstance surrounding this latest conversation were on mutually agreed upon terms. While previous visits Raven received were surprises, this time she found herself an unwilling guest in William’s villa. But while his unexpected and passion-filled kiss may have helped quell any thoughts that there were chances that he had intentions of bringing her harm, it held small comfort.

For as quickly as the kiss began, and Raven gave in to her growing attraction to the mysterious stranger…it abruptly ended. It was then made very clear, and in no uncertain terms that the evening and their conversation was over, and she should retire for the night. This left Raven more puzzled and bewildered by William than ever before.

But she would soon learn the answers to many of her questions, and embark on a future she would have never imagined possible.


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illustration, The Florentine Series

11 Responses to raven in a gilded cage

  1. Aline

    Hi Victoria,
    I love this illo. I just finished reading The Raven and the way you portrayed Raven and William in this kiss is magical!! Keep up the beautiful illos can’t wait to see more.

    • admin

      Hi Aline! Happy to hear you’ve read and enjoyed The Raven! I’m so glad you liked the illo as well 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words! More soon 😉

  2. Pam

    Absolutely breathtaking taking Victoria!

  3. Maru

    Hi Victoria,
    I would say thank you and congrats in this first beautiful illo inspired in The Florentine Series.
    As fan of Sylvain Reynard and yours I couldn´t be more happy!
    Im looking forward to discover much more about William and Raven.

    • admin

      Thank you so much, Maru! I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying The Florentine Series, as well as my illos! Really glad you enjoyed my first attempt at Raven and William 😉 I’m looking forward to see what’s in store for the two of them as well!

  4. Lily Torres

    Hi Victoria!
    Congratulations! This is beautiful! I’m looking forward for many more from this Series! Thank you for sharing!

    • admin

      Hi Lily! So glad you enjoyed the illo, and happy to hear you’re looking forward to more 😉 This series has such unique characters, I’m really looking forward to attempting more! 🙂

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