Christian Grey, CEO Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.

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

Christian Grey - WIP

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!