These Illustrations Reveal What It’s Like to Be Fully In Love

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Being fully in love with someone doesn’t happen overnight; it takes months and even years of effort and commitment to get to that point. While the term “love at first sight” might make you think otherwise, that initial feeling tends to even out over time. People often confuse lust and love, but lust happens fast and ends just as quickly, whereas true love lasts after the honeymoon phase is over.

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Modern illustrator and Periscope star, Amanda Oleander, found her one true love in 2015. Since then, she’s been illustrating her relationship with creative drawings and sharing it with the world on her website and Instagram. She shows what goes on in relationships behind closed doors, so the illustrations have an element of familiarity for those of us in committed relationships.

Here are some of her drawings that reveal what being fully in love is really like:

1. Being couch potatoes together is one of the best parts of being fully in love with someone.

2. “I’ll be there for you.”

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Drawing 86/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. This is part 2 of the previous drawing I created titled: I’ll Be There For You . . . . This is my thought process behind it: I was recently asked what’s one piece of advice I would give for someone in their relationship. I answered it in my most recent blog post but that question kind of stayed in my head for the last week or so. Before bed the other day I was thinking about a piece of advice my grandma gave me a long time ago on cultivating a beautiful and loving relationship. Her metaphor is with a rope. She said a good relationship is like the game ‘tug of war’ when one person pulls and needs more rope the other person gives up some rope and vice versa but once someone lets go it ruins the relationship just like the game. Sometimes your partner will need more “rope” more help or love or time etc. and you give more of yourself to help them with their needs. There will be other times when you need it from them. About a week ago I was feeling off and @joeyrudman did the laundry and dishes and ordered food for us. The week before he was sick and I took care of him and his needs. Most of the time we are both side by side enjoying life together and each doing our part in the relationship but sometimes we need to pick up the slack and do it with love and understanding. So in addition to my other piece of advice this would also be part of my answer. This image came into my mind when I thought about my grandmas advice the other day so I had to illustrate it. ?? —————————————————— ——————————————————————— Title: I’ll be there for you ——————————————————————— Título: Estaré aquí para ti ——————————————————————— Title: Eu estarei aqui para você ——————————————————————— Titre: Je serai là pour vous ——————————————————————— Titolo: Sarò qui per te ——————————————————————— Titel: Ich werde für dich da sein ——————————————————————— ????????: ? ???? ????? ??? ???? ——————————————————————— Title: Senin için burada olaca??m ——————————————————————— ???????: ????? ??? ?? ???? ——————————————————————— ?????: ?? ???? ??? ????? ???? ——————————————————————— ———————————————————————

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3. “As the years pass by I feel my roots growing intertwined with yours. Sharing our lives and love has been one of the most beautiful things I have experienced so far.”

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Drawing 54/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. Comment your interpretation before you keep reading my inspiration behind this piece. ?? . . . . . . . . . . . . . As the years pass by I feel my roots growing intertwined with yours. Sharing our lives and love has been one of the most beautiful things I have experienced so far. @joeyrudman ————————————————— Title: Intertwined Roots ————————————————— Título: raíces entrelazadas ————————————————— Título: raízes entrelaçadas ————————————————— Titre: racines entrelacées ————————————————— Titolo: radici intrecciate ————————————————— Titel: verwobene Wurzeln ————————————————— ????????: ????????????? ????? ————————————————— ?????: ?????? ??????? ————————————————— Ba?l?k: iç içe kökler ————————————————— ????????????? ————————————————— ???????: ???? ??????? ————————————————— ?????: ???? ??? ?? ?? ??????————————————————— ?????????? —————————————————

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4. “Never enough goodbye kisses.”

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Drawing 68/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. @joeyrudman left today for work after about 183,039 goodbye kisses. —————————————————— Title: Never Enough Goodbye Kisses —————————————————— Nunca suficientes besos de despedida —————————————————— beijos de despedida nunca suficiente —————————————————— ????? ????? ?? ???? —————————————————— ???? ??? ???????? ?????? ???? ????. —————————————————— Niciodat? suficiente s?ruturi de desp?r?ire. —————————————————— Niemals genügend Abschiedsküsse —————————————————— I baci di addio non sono mai abbastanza. —————————————————— Sa?olla?ma öpü?l?ri heç vaxt kifay?t deyil. ——————————————————

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Those of you who have ever been fully in love with someone can relate to this. You just want to spend forever in their arms, but obligations and responsibilities keep you apart.

5. “This is how I feel when I’m cuddling with my love. It’s like a magic force field surrounds us when we are close together. It feels as if nothing bad can happen because our love force field is in full effect.”

6. Being apart feels like a lifetime, but feeling your embrace makes everything better.

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Drawing 84/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. ——————————————————————————— Title: I can’t wait to breathe you again. ——————————————————————————— Título: No puedo esperar a respirarte de nuevo. ——————————————————————————— Título: Mal posso esperar para te respirar de novo ——————————————————————————— Non vedo l’ora di respirarti di nuovo ——————————————————————————— ?? ?????? ?????? ?????? ??? ??? ——————————————————————————— ?? ?????? ???????? ??????? ?? ???? ——————————————————————————— ? ?? ???? ?????????, ????? ???????? ???? ?????——————————————————————————— ?: ????????????????????? ——————————————————————————— Ba?l?k: Seni tekrar içime çekmek için sab?rs?zlan?yorum. ——————————————————————————— Ich kann es nicht abwarten, dich wieder einzuatmen. ——————————————————————————— J'ai hâte de te sentir de nouveau

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(Notice the dog’s grossed out expression. He just doesn’t get it.)

7. Finding your soulmate might take a while, but when you do, your whole world changes.

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Drawing 49/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. Title: We did it, we found each other. . . . . . This is inspired by a Japanese legend. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. // Do you believe in soulmates? Multiple soulmates? One soulmate? —————————————————— Título: Lo hicimos, nos encontramos —————————————————— Titolo: L'abbiamo fatta, ci siamo trovati —————————————————— Título: Nós fizemos isso, encontramos um ao outro —————————————————— ?????: ?? ??????? ??, ?? ??????? ???? ?????? —————————————————— Ba?l?k: Yapt?k, birbirimizi bulduk —————————————————— ???????????????????? ——————————————————————————— ???????: ????? ??? ? ????? ????? ?????

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8. Being fully in love with someone means lots of pizza nights in bed watching movies together.

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Drawing 62/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. This past Friday @joeyrudman and I ordered pizza at midnight and watched ratatouille from bed. —————————————————— Title: Midnight Pizza —————————————————— pizza de medianoche —————————————————— pizza da meia-noite —————————————————— pizza di mezzanotte —————————————————— pizza de minuit —————————————————— ????????? ????? —————————————————— Mitternacht Pizza —————————————————— ???? ???? —————————————————— gece yar?s? pizza —————————————————— pizza meán oíche —————————————————— ?????????? ????? —————————————————— ????? ????? ????? —————————————————— ????? ???? ?? —————————————————— —————————————————— ——————————————————

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9. Of course, true love can’t exist without plenty of cuddles under fuzzy blankets wrapped around each other!

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Drawing 7/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. Comfy blanket + dessert + being intertwined in an embrace with my love = ultimate comfort. ——————————————————— Title: Ultimate Comfort ——————————————————— Absolute Gemütlichkeit ——————————————————— ????? ????? ——————————————————— conforto merecido ——————————————————— confort total ——————————————————— ???? ????? ——————————————————— ?????????? ??????? ——————————————————— Ba?l?q: Tam rahatl?q ——————————————————— ——————————————————— The time-lapse of the process of this drawing is in my Instagram story! ?

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10. Being fully in love also means giving and receiving piggyback rides as often as possible.

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Drawing 15/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. ——————————————————— Title: I Love Life With You ——————————————————— Título: Amo la vida contigo ——————————————————— Título: Eu amo a vida com você ——————————————————— Titre: J'aime la vie avec toi ——————————————————— Titel: Ich liebe das Leben mit dir ——————————————————— ????????: ? ????? ????? ? ????? ——————————————————— Ba?l?k: Seninle Hayat? Seviyorum ——————————————————— ?????: ? ????? ????? ? ????? ——————————————————— ???????: ??? ??? ?????? ??? ——————————————————— ????? : ?????? ?? ?? ?? ???? ????. ——————————————————— ——————————————————— P.S 24 Hour print sale currently happening on the site

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11. Kissing your soulmate makes you feel like you’re melting (and in a good way).

12. Being in love means taking off your mask and feeling comfortable being yourself with your beau.

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Drawing 39/100 of the drawing a day for 100 days challenge. Before you keep reading comment your interpretation. You always blow my mind with your interpretations and creativity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . This is inspired by the situation that I think happens to all of us at one point in time. When you realize someone who seemed to be on the same “wavelength” as you reveals their true self by an action or conversation that at first seems to be out of character but then you find out they have been wearing a “mask” the whole time. I’ve learned being vulnerable and open is the key to a happy and successful life because by showing your true self to the world you keep yourself in tune with what aligns with you. I believe this goes for all aspects in life. The ‘Be true to yourself’ concept sounds cliche now because it’s been said over and over again but it’s been said so much for a reason. If you put up a facade you will attract the wrong things in your work life and personal life. My favorite illustration and poem related to this is one by Shel Silverstein. I’ll share it in my IG story but the poem goes like this: She had blue skin, And so did he. He kept it hid And so did she. They searched for blue Their whole life through, Then passed right by- And never knew. —————————————————————————— Title: Take Off Your Mask —————————————————————————— Título: Quítate la máscara —————————————————————————— Título: Tire sua máscara —————————————————————————— Titre: Enlève ton masque —————————————————————————— Titolo: Togliti la maschera —————————————————————————— Titel: Entferne deine Maske —————————————————————————— ????????: ??????? ????? —————————————————————————— Ba?l?k: Maskeni Ç?kar —————————————————————————— ???????: ??? ????? —————————————————————————— ?????: ???? ??? ?? ??????? —————————————————————————— ????? ??? ????? ???

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Being fully in love with someone takes a lot of work, but the feeling you get from your significant other makes it all worth it. Love doesn’t come without sacrifice and a little elbow grease, but anything worth having needs to be tended to over time, like a garden. If you shower your relationship with love, attention, and support, you can watch it bloom right before your eyes.

Did you enjoy these illustrations? Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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