bits & pieces 4

good morning

Oh gosh, I didn’t realize that I had completed so many pieces that I hadn’t posted here yet! They are all sketches or little practice illos that were all posted previously on my TwitterFacebookInstagram and Tumblr pages.

The illo above started out as a mindless sketch for practice that I started earlier this month, but then I decided to paint it as well! I stumbled upon a photo of a man peeking out from under sheets and initially used that idea as reference, but changed the male face and pose a bit.

retro woman

pensive or plotting

These two sketches were done last year on the spur of the moment when I had a bit of free time. It was a nice change to simply focus on lines and not worry about color.

pink cotton candy

I’m always seeing photos online of cotton candy or pastel-colored hair and love the look. I’m sure upkeep must be a lot of work, so I thought it’d be a lot easier to do a quick illo of it instead. 😉

misha collection gold dress

A lot of the New York Fashion Week runway shows are streamed online, and I really enjoy watching them. One very shimmery and shiny dress caught my eye during the Misha Collection Spring/Summer 2017 show. So, I decided to attempt to paint it!

That’s the first batch. 😉 I still have a few more to share, but don’t want to bombard you with them all in one post! Remember that you can always see anything new I’m working on by following any of my social media accounts. All the links are at the top right of my site–just click on an icon and it will take you there! But in any case, I will always share my work here as well (and will try not let so much time go by before posting!)

More soon! 😀

-Victoria

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t-shirt giveaway winner

Thank you to everyone that stopped in to enter the #OfficialFifty #FiftyShadesDarker giveaway!

The winner of a limited edition Fifty Shades Darker T-shirt , courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, is…

Tiffany M.

Congratulations!

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t-shirt giveaway

To help celebrate the May 9th release of Fifty Shades Darker on Blu-ray and DVD, #OfficialFifty members (including myself) have an exciting giveaway to offer everyone!

fifty shades darker t-shirt

One (1) winner will receive a limited edition Fifty Shades Darker t-shirt, courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment!

**This giveaway is open worldwide!**

HOW TO ENTER:

Simply comment on this post by Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:59pm PT! Your full name and email address are required to qualify to enter.
(Don’t worry–the comment form won’t show your email address publicly 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.

note: comments must be approved by the site administrator (in order to prevent spam.) So, comments may not appear right after you post. Please do not post repeatedly if your comment does not appear immediately.

One entry per email address, please! The winner will be chosen at random from all qualified entries received, and will be contacted by 2pm PT on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Again, please make sure to supply a valid email address. If there is no response within 24 hours of being emailed, a new winner will be selected.

Be sure to follow #OfficialFifty on all social media to find other #OfficialFifty members also offering this wonderful giveaway! You are free to enter as many of the contests as you wish!

Good luck to everyone 🙂

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strange bedfellows

strange bedfellows

There are several interesting and varied characters in The Raven by Sylvain Reynard, but none seem to have as complicated and ever-changing relationship as William and Aoibhe. No matter the situation, there always seems to be an undercurrent of constant instability. Are they allies on the same side, or is William just keeping his enemies close? Do they have a true connection or are they just convenient liasons? Just when you think you have more of a clue, circumstances change.

The complexity of their relationship was clearly on display when a weary William returns to Palazzo Riccardi aiming for a quiet moment to contemplate and meditate on recent events. But Aoibhe had other ideas in mind. (I must admit that even though I know that ‘Aoibhe’ is pronounced ‘Eva,’ I can’t quite stop hearing it in my head exactly as it’s spelled!)

Ever since I read this portion in the book, I had a clear image of how I pictured the two of them in this particular scene. So I thought I would finally attempt to depict it in an illo!

What made this interaction between them most interesting, is that the body language and facial expressions described during the scene seemed to suggest that Aoibhe believed she was controlling the situation and feeling quite confident. But as the scene progressed, that was clearly not the case…

-Victoria

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category: illustration, The Florentine Series

50 days…

fifty shades darker unrated dvd

Just got word from #OfficialFifty that in 50 days you can bring home the #FiftyShadesDarker Unrated with Deleted and Extended Scenes and an All-New Sneak Peek of Fifty Shades Freed. You can get it on Digital HD April 25 and Blu-ray & DVD May 9! (International release dates to be announced soon!)

Here’s a little more info about it:

In addition to the original theatrical version, also included is a new unrated version with over 13 minutes not seen in theaters. The Fifty Shades Darker Unrated Edition on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD also includes over 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus content, including cast interviews, behind-the-scenes features, and a peek at what lies ahead in the upcoming Fifty Shades Freed!

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY:

  • • A Darker Direction – Director James Foley explains how his vision had to meet with fans’ expectations.
  • • New Threats – An introduction to some new, dark and threatening characters, including Jack Hyde, Leila and, of course, Elena Lincoln – aka Mrs. Robinson!
  • • The Masquerade – This featurette about one of the film’s most iconic scenes — the masquerade benefit event at Grey Mansion — explores the production design and costumes and goes behind-the-scenes with the filmmakers and main cast members.
  • • Intimate With Darker – An intense look and discussion about the intimate, sensual and provocative world of Fifty Shades Darker, including a visit to the Red Room and, of course, the new “toys!”

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY AND DVD:

  • • Deleted Scenes
  • • A Tease to Fifty Shades FreedA tease to the next Fifty Shades film.
  • • Writing Darker – Author E.L. James and screenwriter Niall Leonard trace back the history of the book and introduce viewers to the much darker story and its adaptation to the big screen.
  • • Dark Reunion – The filmmakers and cast members discuss being reunited for this second film, and where we find Ana, Christian and their friends.

To pre-order your copy, just click HERE!

…and in the meantime, here’s the trailer for Fifty Shades Darker Unrated:

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steamy picture

steamy picture

Since it’s not only Valentine’s Day, but also the opening week of Fifty Shades Darker in theaters, I thought I would create an illo inspired by both!

In the books, as well as the movies, the shower proves to be a rather popular destination for Christian and Ana. 😉 There were moments of tenderness, sadness, revelations and confessions as well as passion. But I thought I would attempt to illustrate a more simple and sweet moment between the two of them.

Perhaps before celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic evening out, they both decide on a shower before getting ready. Initially, there is nothing really out of the ordinary, surprisingly. Just your average shower (meaning there are no shenanigans…yet.)

But as the steam begins to build, Christian gets an idea to get their Valentine’s festivities off to a sweet start. Reaching past an unknowing Ana, he slowly and carefully begins to draw on the steamy shower glass with his fingertip, while tenderly giving her a kiss on the head. Now wondering what he is up to, she turns just in time to see Christian finishing one simple and perfect heart.

Always deeply touched when Christian surprises her with such affectionate gestures, I can only imagine that what happens next will cause them to become a bit late getting ready and making their restaurant reservations on time. 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Victoria

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fifty shades darker giveaway winner

fifty shades darker giveaway winner

Thanks so much to everyone that took the time to stop in and enter the #OfficialFifty #FiftyShadesDarker giveaway!

The winner of a prize package of a Fifty Shades Darker Shirt, Vanity Bag and Lip Balm (all provided courtesy of Universal Pictures) is:

Rocío Guerrero Galindo

Congratulations and I hope you enjoy your prize package!

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new clip and a look inside…

Watch a new #FiftyShadesDarker ‘Date Night’ clip plus a special inside look at the movie, all courtesy of #OfficialFifty! Enjoy 🙂

Date Night:

A Look Inside:

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fifty shades darker giveaway

To add to the excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Fifty Shades Darker in theaters February 10, all #OfficialFifty members (including myself) have a great giveaway to offer all of you!

fifty shades darker prizes

One (1) winner will receive: a Fifty Shades Darker Shirt, Vanity Bag and Lip Balm. All courtesy of Universal Pictures!

**This giveaway is open worldwide!**

HOW TO ENTER:
Simply comment on this post by Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:59pm PT! Your full name and email address are required to qualify to enter.
(Don’t worry–the comment form won’t show 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.

note: comments must be approved by the site administrator before it posts on the site (in order to prevent spam.) So comments may not appear immediately after you post.

One entry per email address, please! The winner will be chosen at random from all qualified entries received, and will be contacted by 2p PT on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Again, please make sure to supply a valid email address. If there is no response within 24 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be selected.

Be sure to follow #OfficialFifty on all social media to find other #OfficialFifty members also offering this wonderful #FiftyShadesDarker giveaway! You are free to enter as many of the contests as you wish!

Good luck to everyone! 😀

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3…2…1… speedpaint video

Just as I was about to begin painting my recent illo to help celebrate the new year, I decided to record myself adding color to the sketch.

Here is an (extremely) sped up look (I wish I could paint this quickly in real time!):

If you’ve never visited my YouTube channel, I hope you’ll take a moment and check out a few other videos I’ve done in the past. Please subscribe if you enjoy what you see there!

Thanks 🙂

-Victoria

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