hearts and flowers

hearts and flowers Although the exact date is never indicated in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, July 30 seems to be the approximate date of Christian and Ana’s wedding. So, to celebrate their special day, I decided to create an illo of the moment that made the wedding possibleโ€ฆwhen Christian proposes to Ana! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The choice of location Christian made for his wedding proposal revealed the changes and emotional growth he had achieved since meeting Ana. In just a short time he had made great strides due to her influence. He could have easily chosen a less personal albeit romantic or picturesque locale. Instead, he chose the boathouse on his parent’s property where he grew up after being adopted by the Greys. Though his life was still a struggle while growing up, the selection of that particular location must’ve held at least some good memories in order for it to be chosen. It also showed a newfound openness by being willing to choose it for such an important event in his life and Ana’s. It is doubtful that Christian invited guests over to his family’s property, let alone be serious enough in a relationship to pick it for the setting for a very important event such as this.

When he met Ana, and they discovered their differences over ‘hearts and flowers,’ the last thing on his mind was to enter into a traditional relationship with a woman. Christian had never been in such a relationship before (although neither had Ana) and he also had no desire to start one up. Or so he thought…

But the fact that he remembered what was once a sticking point between them, seems to show he had not just heard it and dismissed it as something he was not going to entertain. It stuck in his mind due to the fact that Ana had made an impression on him unlike any other woman had before. Even though things were very new and it was still uncertain whether either of them would agree to keep seeing each other, it seems as if Christian was already becoming quite attached to her and considered every facet of their blossoming relationship very carefully and thoroughly. Leave it to Christian to reveal his willingness to enter into the world of ‘hearts and flowers’ in a rather dramatic fashion! ๐Ÿ˜‰

After a tumultuous day filled with surprises and a fair share of drama, it’s most likely that all of it was a distant memory once Christian revealed his surprise for Ana. Earlier in the day, confrontations seemed to be the order of the day, with Kate revealing her discovery, and Elena making a desperate attempt to sustain a past that was already considered ancient history to Christian. Her bold confrontation actually resulted in events which now gave Ana peace of mind that she would no longer be cause for concern. So, in a sense, the events of the day and the boathouse proposal marked a beginning of sorts for Christian and Ana.

โ€ฆand there is one thing that everyone can agree onโ€ฆthis visit to the boathouse was quite a bit different from the last visit Ana experienced! That is for sure! ๐Ÿ˜‰



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Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration

26 Responses to hearts and flowers

  1. Victoria, as always this looks so pretty & on point.
    The funny thing is that earlier today I was thinking about this illo, I was planing to search it to post it on my twitter hahaa & the fact that you had not do it until now was crazy hahaha. Thank you for another great illo.

    Hugs & kisses<3

    • admin

      Thanks so much Demi! Glad you enjoyed the new illo ๐Ÿ™‚ What a coincidence that it was a scene you were looking for! Yes, I sort of jump around a bit when choosing scenes I’d try attempting to recreate, so I hadn’t tried it until now! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Always my pleasure to share them! *mwah* ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Christine C

    I always wondered what was the date of Ana and Christian’s Wedding Day was,I’m glad you added that lol.Boathouse was beautifully done Vic with the lights and flowers! My favorite is the way you draw Christian…Blows my mind! Keep it up Victoria;)

    • admin

      Hi Christine! I was sort of estimating, but I think it was actually confirmed one day on twitter by E L James as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you liked the way the boathouse came out. I have to admit that I really had no idea what one looked like until I did a bit of researching! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you enjoyed Christian too! heehee!

  3. Nancy M.

    Mighty fine job you did here, Victoria! I love the burning looks they are giving each other…a little bit of anxiety for CG. Love the effects of the flowers. LOVE her dress and the easy way you make her look surprised. LOVE your explanation. Very fitting for the occasion. Thank you for continuing to do this. I’ve never asked you what you do in the “real” world…hmmm?

    • admin

      Thanks Nancy! ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy to hear you enjoyed the piece and the little details here and there! Really glad you enjoyed my ramblings too! ๐Ÿ˜€ Always my pleasure to share the illos, and really appreciate that you continue to check them out! hahaha In the ‘real world’ I’m a graphic designer. So I really don’t get to do much drawing when I work ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Nikki

    Words cannot describe this picture! I firstly came across your FSOG work, while just one day scowling through google. I completely fell in love with your artwork depicting favorable scenes from the books. At the time I was reading the first book, and your pictures “somehow” were exactly the way I pictured them, while reading them. I just finished the last book about a week ago. I re-read the first book (which I rarely so often do). I just want to say that I love your art work, I’m an artist myself so I definitely admire ones art work. This so far, is by one of the best fan art I’ve see; especially with these particular books. I hope to see much more of them. I was waiting for another picture, and I love, love, love this one. It happens to be one of my favorites from FSD (which is my favorite book, next to the first one). Just wanted to address it, LOVE YOUR WORK!!!!

    • admin

      Hi Nikki! So glad you found me through your Google searching! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope my illos didn’t spoil anything while you were reading the books, but am really flattered that they seemed to match what you were imagining! Wow! Thanks so much for the very kind words! I’ll definitely be sharing more in the future ๐Ÿ™‚ I really enjoyed Darker as wellโ€“so many great scenes! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and say hello! I really appreciate it very much!

  5. Aline

    Victoria your sketches and illustrations are beautiful I am so excited to see what’s next for our favorite couple in FSoG and to see Julia and Gabriel in the inferno series! I would love to see the more dramatic scenes like Leila or Jack Hyde or even sub Christian in FSD. Overall breathtaking illustrations thank you so much for the visuals on how you bring Christian and Ana alive!!

    • admin

      Hi Aline! So happy to hear you’re enjoying both the Fifty and Gabriel’s Inferno illos I’ve been working on! There are plenty of scenes I’ve yet to tackle, so any of those that you mentioned may pop up at any time ;D Always my pleasure to share them, and thanks so much for continuing to check them out!

  6. Aline

    Hello Victoria I just want to say that your sketches and illustrations are beautiful! Thank you for bringing FSoG to life. I’ve read all the books and all the Gabriel’s Inferno series. I can’t wait what’s next for Christian and Ana you’ll bring to your site. I would love to see the more dramatic scenes like Ana in the hospital, Leila, Jack Hyde, Jose’s would be kiss or Sub Christian in FSD. Keep up the good work I am loving all the illustrations.

  7. Linda S

    As always your art is beautiful and brings back the feeling of that night in the book. What you have described is also beautiful and makes me feel love & dreams in my heart. If only we all could have a Christian Grey in our lives like the love he had for Ana.

    • admin

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Linda! ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy to hear you’re enjoying my illos as well as my ramblings ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ah yes, it would be nice if we could all have a Christian Grey of our own, wouldn’t it? Although, anything is possible! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Tina-Mae

    Truly awesome as always…you have a true talent that you can create these awesome illos and they look like what I had imagined in my head and other readers (your fans) while reading the books! I’ve read the books 4 times and now I want to read them again. I so enjoy your illos and your description and inspiration of the scene! Please keep them coming….

    • admin

      Hi Tina-Mae! I really appreciate your very kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so happy to hear that you’re continuing to enjoy the illos and enjoy reading my ramblings as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s also always wonderful to hear that the illos are similar to what you’ve imagined while reading the books. I hope you have a wonderful time on reading number five! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Definitely more illos to comeโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Nancy M.

    Looking at it again, you really do spectacular work with the details. You certainly are talented…no one can deny that.

    • admin

      Wow, you took another look at the illo? Thanks Nancy! ๐Ÿ˜€ I really appreciate the fact that you notice the details! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the very kind words!

  10. Love the hearts and flowers.

  11. Constance Ryan

    Love hearts and flowers.
    I love them all I just can pick a favorite.

    I just love heart and flowers..

  12. Christine H.

    Hi Victoria ~

    Awe…this is such a lovely scene!!! Throughout the first book (FSOG) Christian insisted he was not “Hearts and Flowers” kind of guy, so it amazes me that he really turned it out around do to his love for Ana. He knew she was really good for him.
    BTW…I was wondering if you went to Comic-Con, then I saw you posted pics. Did you have fun?!! A few friends of mine made it there this year and had a great time. I hope to go next year!!!
    Anyway…keep up the wonderful job ๐Ÿ™‚
    Christine H.

    • admin

      Hi Christine! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Christian is always full of surprises, so I suppose we shouldn’t have been too shocked. heehee ;D

      Oh yes, I had lots of fun at SDCC! It really never disappoints. I hope your friends had a lot of fun! You should definitely check it out next year, I’m sure you’ll really enjoy it! There’s something for everyone at that Con, and San Diego is a fantastic city too ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks so much for stopping in and saying hello! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Tiffany

    Hi Victoria, simply beautiful. You capture the essence of their journey together. And the proposal, aw ๐Ÿ™‚
    That’s all! Love it, and more please! Thank you.


    • admin

      Hi Tiffany! Thank you! I’m really glad you enjoyed the illo. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hahaha That scene really was an “aw” moment. ;D More will definitely be coming soonโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Vicky W

    Hi Victoria,
    Thanks again for a beautiful rendering. I really like the Monet like flowers – it let’s the characters take center stage while leaving the message in place you wanted. Bravo.

    I listen to the books on audio and unfortunately, this track was badly damaged when I got it. So it is the one part of the book that I have nor memorized (I listen to these books over and over). So everytime I need to re-read, I have to go to You tube and do a play back. So thank you for giving me a way to recall the event in visual form.
    Luv ya, Vicky

    • admin

      Hi Vicky! Thank you so much! I’m really pleased to hear that you felt there was a good balance between all the flowers and the figures in the illo! I love how you referred to them as “Monet like” flowers! ๐Ÿ˜€ It was a bit tricky. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Oh no! Isn’t there a way to get a replacement copy of the audio book? That just doesn’t seem right that you’d have to put up with an incomplete version! I hope you’re able to get that remedied. But I’m glad you’ve been able to hear the parts you missed. ๐Ÿ™‚

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