While never one to dwell on her appearance or give much thought to dressing up, Ana is quite surprised, yet pleased, reviewing her reflection after getting ready for a masquerade ball, in Fifty Shades Darker. As if experiencing an out of body experience, she almost doesn’t recognize her own reflection.
This was all thanks to some stunning wardrobe choices by Personal Shopper extraordinaire, Caroline Acton, her recently styled hair and a tiny bit of makeup. However, Christian’s earlier, and unexpected added accessory to her outfit made her use of blush quite unnecessary. 😉
Now all ready to go, she sets off in search of her date for the evening. I decided to create an illo showing what it might have looked like to Ana as she happens upon a group that is stunned into silence upon seeing her.
Christian is deep in conversation with Taylor and three other men with his back to Ana as she enters. But once her presence quickly registers on the mens’ faces in different forms of surprise and deep appreciation of her beauty (and a bit of pride and happiness from Taylor), he can’t help but take notice. He quickly turns and is equally stunned and pleased seeing her standing before him. Even though he had just seen her while she was getting ready, and knew what she would be wearing, it didn’t compare to seeing her there in her entire ensemble. He was captivated–even though she felt quite embarrassed by their attention and stood awkwardly before them.
But at the same time, Ana was also quite stunned and pleased upon seeing Christian in his full tuxedo. So the feelings were quite mutual. 🙂
Christian greets Ana and expresses to her what his gaze had already communicated. At this point it’s clear that the meeting is over and Taylor and the men give the couple some privacy. After a quick glass of champagne, and receiving another (yet quite important) accessory for the masquerade ball, the two soon head off on their way to quite an interesting and event-filled evening…
Recently I completed a new commission, but am now able to share the finished piece! Indhira Jacobo was kind enough to commission me to create an illustration for the cover of her new book, “Te amé antes de conocerte” (or “I loved you even before I met you.”)
What makes the story extra special is that it is based on a true story! I was even lucky enough to be supplied with photos of actual locations and clothing for reference while working on the piece!
While the book is not written in English, I hope that all of you that are able to read Spanish pick up a copy and enjoy!
One recent evening, I started randomly sketching to help me wind down at the end of the day. As I kept drawing, a couple emerged. I was happy with how it was developing and decided to keep going with it. Then I had an idea to add another element to perhaps make it a bit more intriguing…but decided to share the sketch on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts before adding that little detail. 😉
So, this is the final painted result!
Hmmm…seems like they have some interesting plans ahead… 😉
I also decided to record myself while I painted the final sketch! Here is a speedpainting video I put together.
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While you’re there, you can take a peek at a few other speedpainting videos I have posted. Happy viewing, and thanks! 😀
Here is a brand new illo that the very funny and very sweet Nina Bocci commissioned me to create, based on a scene from the upcoming book, Roman Crazy by Nina and Alice Clayton.
Seems that Avery and Marcello have differing opinions on taking a Vespa ride after a delicious pizza dinner. 😉 Read more about these two, and their adventures in Italy, when Roman Crazyis released on September 13!
While there was a scene in Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard involving a piece of chocolate cake, Julia was not much of a willing participant. She tried with all her might to resist the delicious dessert, despite Gabriel’s repeated attempts to get her to have a taste.
But since September 1 is Julia’s birthday, I thought I would create an illo that also involves chocolate cake…but luckily for Gabriel, she seems more than happy to have him assist her in sampling a slice this time! 😉
The two of them do a great job on their podcast, and are broadcasting a special birthday episode to celebrate Julia’s birthday! They were even kind enough to invite me to appear on the show along with Argyle Empire and NoNe this coming Sunday, September 4 at 6p EST!