Bikini Blunder

Bikini Blunder

While enjoying a relaxing day at the beach in Monaco, leave it to Ana to land in a bit of hot water! Actually, it takes two to tango, and Christian is not exactly innocent during the events that lead up to a rather tense moment between the two of them. In this scene from Fifty Shades Freed, I decided to illustrate the moment when Christian is more than a little upset that Ana has managed to soak up a bit too much of the Monte Carlo sun. ;)

Ana is often testing the waters, so to speak, of just how much Christian can and will tolerate. At times it may be on purpose, at other times her actions inadvertently cause some conflicts. While on their honeymoon in the Mediterranean, it was a bit of both. But at the same time, Christian’s actions and reactions concerning Ana create situations that lead to showdowns between them. In effect, he is also learning and testing just how much she can and will tolerate.

While in Monaco, Christian is being overprotective as usual, which is really no surprise. But the wheels of conflict are set into motion when he sees to it that his new wife is shielded properly from the burning rays of the sun. This seemingly innocent act manages to set off a chain of events that has them both questioning the behavior of the other, and escalating the conflict and tension between them. So much so, that at one point Christian must protect himself from a flying hairbrush!

His tendency to tell Ana what is allowed and what is forbidden is just another form of control and dominance for Christian. While he is truly concerned with Ana’s safety and well-being, the constant requests (and orders) on what she can and cannot do can be seen as a carry-over of the role he’s had in his past encounters with his subs, and with the persona he assumes while he and Ana engage in the playroom at Escala. It is something he is accustomed to, and had chosen as a lifestyle. But unlike his experiences in the past, he had never encountered someone that would question his authority.

Unlike her behavior in the playroom (where she agrees to be bound by protocol) Ana does not let that carry over into her everyday life. She may consider what Christian tells her and take it upon advisement, but compliance is never a given. Her choice to refuse to carry out  or disregard his wishes also gives Ana a certain amount of power over him. She may feel quite intimidated by Christian a lot of times, but may not realize how much impact her independent behavior has on him and the dynamic of their relationship.

So it is inevitable that these differences would only serve to push each of them to test all sorts of boundaries as they grow to learn more about the other. Nobody had so blatantly challenged Christian quite like Ana. At one point he had even admitted that is one of the reason he fell in love with her! While he may have felt that he did not need any changes in his life, he certainly wasn’t expecting any the day Ana stumbled and fell into his office. But perhaps unconsciously he yearned to change the path his life was taking with respect to relationships and life outside of the business world.

I also wanted to add that although the illo is depicting a rather tense situation, I just couldn’t resist including Taylor to contribute a bit of levity to the situation. I imagined that he felt more than a little uncomfortable as Christian confronted Ana on the beach. On one hand, he had a job to do. On the other hand, while it was his duty to watch over the two of them, I’m sure he had a little trouble at that particular moment knowing just where to actually look! Hmmm…check the time or check the skies for any threatening aircraft full of paparazzi? How about both…simultaneously! ;)

-Victoria

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category: Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration

Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #1

Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #1

Today we’ve come to the last day and last kiss of the Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown!

There have been an assortment of different couples that have made an appearance in the countdown, but for Kiss #1 I thought I would feature a couple that you will all probably recognize. ;)

What better couple could represent the last kiss in the countdown than Christian and Ana from the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy! What moment they shared fits Valentine’s Day better, than their wedding day! Since the decision seemed pretty clear cut, it was easy for me to make them the featured couple for Kiss #1! :)

Their wedding was presented in Fifty Shades Freed as a sort of dreamy flashback sequence as Ana lounged on the beach during her honeymoon. A quite appropriate method, seeing that Ana and Christian’s relationship progressed very quickly, and it probably felt very dreamlike to the both of them. They had experienced so much, and so many things in their lives had changed in the short time since Ana fell into Christian’s office that one rainy afternoon… ;)

I hope you enjoyed the countdown!

Happy Valentine’s Day! ♡

-Victoria

 

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category: kisses, sketch

Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #2

Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #2

Only two more kisses left in the Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown! Here we go with Kiss #2!

This gives a whole new meaning to taking someone over your knee! ;) Things start off innocently enough with a kiss, but as soon as things begin to heat up, it leads to a tangle of bodies and arms and legs!

-Victoria

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Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #3

Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #3

Time for Kiss #3 in the Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown!

Who said men can’t multi-task? Seems as though in this case, he has things *ahem* well in hand… ;)

-Victoria

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Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #4

Valentine's Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #4

Today we have Kiss #4 in the Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown!

There’s nothing worse than having to get up in the morning. But a wake up kiss makes it a lot less painful! Much better than an alarm, but you may run the risk of having trouble getting out of bed on time! ;)

-Victoria

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Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #5

Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #5

I thought I would start off the last half of the Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown with a real eye-opener! ;) So, I present to you Kiss #5!

Most everyone loves a nice surprise, and I’m sure he will thoroughly be enjoying his unexpected smooch! But something tells me that this kiss is only the beginning…and that she probably has many more surprises in store for him as well… ;)

-Victoria

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Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #6

Valentine's Day Kiss Countdown Kiss #6

In today’s installment of the Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown…we have Kiss #6!

Ah, the chin tilt before he goes in for the big kiss…and how he keeps his hand lightly in place throughout the duration of said kiss…

Like the forehead kiss at #7 in the countdown,  the chin tilt guided by a gentle hand may seem simple enough, but provides so much impact! To delicately hold her face at just the right angle for a smooch, you know he means business! ;)

-Victoria

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Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #7

Valentine's Day Kiss Countdown #7

Continuing with the Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown…next up is Kiss #7!

Sometimes a sweet, gentle kiss to the forehead can have just as much impact as a long, passionate kiss. It can also convey a countless number of meanings and intentions, depending on the circumstances involved. But in the case of today’s kiss, it’s quite an uncomplicated matter and simply a shared moment of affection. ;)
-Victoria

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Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #8

Valentine's Day Kiss Countdown Kiss #8

While today’s Kiss #8 in the Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown may not be of the typical lip lock variety…it’s still a very effective kiss nonetheless! I must admit that I count myself a big fan! ;) Whether employed to get the recipient’s undivided attention, or simply occurring during a series of exploratory kisses, it’s a good bet that some traditional lip to lip action will eventually result as well!

-Victoria

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Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown: Kiss #9

Valentine's Day Kiss Countdown #9

Today we have Kiss #9 in the Valentine’s Day Kiss Countdown!

Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and make the first move. Seems as though in today’s kiss, that’s exactly what she set out to do…and appears to have made her intentions quite clear! Meanwhile, he seems quite content to relinquish all control and just enjoy the ride… ;)
-Victoria

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