by Tatjana

Study: Wet, wet, wet!

May 14, 2013 in Christian Grey, Copic, Sketch, Sketchbook by Tatjana

Welcome to the wonderful world of Christian Grey’s anatomy! :D

Another sketch done with Copic Markers. I think it was after a shower scene in book two (I don’t remember it well), I thought about Christian’s body and wanted to draw a study of him, to get a feeling for the shapes.
I’ve got a big sketchbook titled “The Book Of Shades”, in which I want to draw all those studies and sketches and this is the very first sketch I drew in it.

As always, I started with some rough outlines and light colors:

Wet Christian Grey - WIP 1

Wet Christian Grey – WIP 1










The paper in that sketchbook is quite thick and drawing on it with Copics is fun. Although it might be a  bit expensive, because of the color drain. But anyway, I went on with drawing some shadows to define the muscles. Christan Grey’s body is described as quite muscular, I hope I’ve done him justice.

I added the base hair color, darkened the shadows and added a little bit of facial hair in the next step:

Wet Christian Grey - WIP 2

Wet Christian Grey – WIP 2










After that I added more layers of skin tones, blended the shadows to make them look smoother and drew the hair:

Wet Christian Grey

Wet Christian Grey










To give that pose (slightly a bit of) a sense I added some water falling onto Christian.
To be honest I didn’t think about where his right arm is or what it looks like. What is he doing there??! Is he touching himself?! :o

Wet Christian Grey

Wet Christian Grey










ASGDLFGLRDLAS..!! I didn’t notice that until someone asked me about it (thanks for that, mate..!).. LOL
Well, I didn’t mean to make it look like this, it just happened! Ha ha! :D

But maybe it shows him right after all the trouble in book 3, taking finally a shower, washing all worries away..?
He looks ok, I think. What’s your opinion..?

by Tatjana

Getting Dressed: Sketch of Christian

May 14, 2013 in Christian Grey, Copic, Getting Dressed, Portrait, Sketch by Tatjana

First of all: I didn’t use Copic Markers FOR AGES..! o.Ô But I so much felt like it, so I decided to use them for some 50 Strokes sketches.

One day I came up with the thought of drawing a PinUp series related to Fifty. So that’s the concept behind this sketch. I’m still collecting ideas for this series, which will probably be a collection of digital paintings.
Thinking of getting dressed I had Christian with Ana’s (and the world’s) favorite tie on my mind, so I quickly scribbled some rough outlines and got him binding his tie.


Getting started with coloring always looks weird. See:

WIP Getting Dressed

WIP Getting Dressed










You can see the color of his eyes in this WIP, they’re grey and match with the color of his tie! :D
I chose a cold silver-ish grey, which sometimes look a bit blue-ish, too,  it depends on the light.

Here’s the outcome:

Grey Doodle

Grey Doodle







And here it is, step by step:

Grey Doodle - Step by Step

Grey Doodle – Step by Step










Do you see the STAEDTLER pen? I really love this color!! <3
It’s an important part of the color of Christian’s hair, I also drew the facial hair with it and some details.

The tie!
Unfortunately my light grey Copic Marker died, so that I had to use another grey, which works perfectly for the tie, I think.

All in all I’m pleased with the outcome. The drawing still looks rough, like a sketch is supposed to look like, Christian looks young and sexy, with a mysterious impression on his face.  I’d love to know what’s on his mind. Ha ha..! :D
Maybe I’d change his hair a bit in the final artwork, but I really love his face, I’d never change it.

For me that’s Christian Grey. What do you think?

by Tatjana

Anastasia Steele

May 14, 2013 in Anastasia Steele, Pencils, Portrait by Tatjana

What to say about Ana..? o.O
Well, first of all I’ve got to tell you that she is definitely not one of my favorite characters. Not because I’ve got a crush on Christian or any bullshit like that, it’s just because I mostly find her/her behavior simply annoying. Just when I began to like her a bit, she did something extremely stupid or hurting and again I didn’t like her (mostly less than before..).

As well as Christian Ana is very well described in the books, so it hadn’t been very hard to draw her. When it comes to describing (first book) Ana, one word pops up in my mind: untouched. Just like Christian Grey is the pure sex, Anastasia Steele is Daddy’s little girl. She’s got absolutely no idea of the life of a grown-up: No experiences with men (other than friendships and kissing), no alcohol experiences, no business experiences, no sex at all.

Anastasia WIP 0

Anastasia WIP 0

Ana Steele - WIP 2

Ana Steele – WIP 2










I wanted to show Ana in my first portrait of her doing her very special thing: biting her lip.
Her big eyes wide open and her hair falling over her shoulders. I wonder what – or maybe who? – she is looking at? Maybe it is Christian unzipping his pants? Or he’s preparing something to play with? Wait, is she naked?

Well, we’ll probably never know, ha ha!

Anastasia Steele - WIP

Anastasia Steele – WIP

Anastasia Steele

Anastasia Steele









Anastasia Steele - Sketch & Outcome

Anastasia Steele – Sketch & Outcome








Comparing to the finished drawing the sketch looks kind of weird, doesn’t it?

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Don’t Bite Your Lip, Ana.

May 14, 2013 in Christian Grey, Mixed Media by Tatjana

I’m very pleased with the outcome of this piece. Although it was supposed to be a test for the digital coloration of the hair and the skin first, not an artwork. But I liked it, added a background and my favorite quote.

Teasing, isn’t it? Looking at it makes me wanna draw him more and more, ha ha!

I already got a lot of positive feedback for this piece and I’m glad you like it..! These are the perfect colors for Christian Grey, I think, especially the color of his hair. What do you say?

50 strokes of Grey - Don't Bite Your Lip, Ana

50 strokes of Grey – Don’t Bite Your Lip, Ana

by Tatjana

Christian Grey, CEO Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.

May 12, 2013 in Christian Grey, Pencils, Portrait by Tatjana

The very first sketch I made of Christian Grey (which is not to find on this blog, because its only use was to give me a bit of orientation) had been a test of many levels. The pictures of Christian and Ana on my mind are very clear to me, but bringing these imaginations, formed by feelings and tons of picture fragments, onto paper is not quite easy. Another thing I have to follow when it comes to drawing Christian (and Ana) is to block any influence by the looks of popular people. At the moment a lot of suggestions for the roles in the Shades movie are spreading, but to be honest, I can’t imagine any of them playing Christian Grey now.

But back to the drawing: First of all I had the pose. I wanted to show Christian with two of his special characteristics: the scars and the hair on his chest. So I decided to draw him with a white shirt which doesn’t cover his chest. I quickly scribbled some outlines, playing around with forms and strokes for the jaw, the hair, the eyebrows and the facial hair. After that I tried some colors by using some colored pencils for the hair and the skin. I really love Christian’s hair and the fact that he’s a redhead! It needs to be shown! So, when I draw Christian, the drawings have to be colored somehow (Pencil drawings have to be colored with Photoshop then).

I used no special reference for this drawing, I only had 1 example for facial shading and 1 for the shirt.

Only one thing makes my drawings different from other Fifty-related illustrations: For me Grey is not 27 years old. He’s 33, maybe 34.

WIP of Christian Grey

WIP of Christian Grey

He’s very well described in the books, so I always had his looks on my mind (mostly him wearing a suit) while listening to the audiobooks and the urge to draw him got stronger and stronger.

What I also like about Christian Grey is his directness and his seriousness, when it comes to something he wants or or loves/likes. One of my favorite quotes is “Don’t bite your lip, Ana, you know what it does to me.” Reading or hearing this quote, I always have his face on my mind, with this special expression showing both: seriousness and desire.

Detail of Christian Grey

Not to forget his very special “You Are Mine”-smile. I like the unshaved Christian Grey much more by the way. But that’s because I love beards in general, I guess, ha ha!

Christian Grey Detail 2

Christian Grey Detail 2

I also love the fact that he’s got hair on his chest. You can definitively say about Christian Grey that he is pure. He’s a pure businessman, pure gentleman, pure lover, pure man, pure son, pure brother, pure husband, pure emotion, pure passion and pure sex.

I still want to draw him wearing a suit! Can’t wait to see this combination..

But well, this is my first portrait of Christian Grey, Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. . With more practice his look will change a bit, until he really looks like I imagine him.

Don't Bite Your Lip - Christian Grey

Don’t Bite Your Lip – Christian Grey

He might look a bit older in this drawing, that’s because of the hair and some shadings. But at least this drawing is the draft of a more pleasing artwork:

Christian Grey

Christian Grey










But more about that in my next blogpost!