without a trace

 

without a trace

Throughout the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, Christian Grey demonstrates that he is a man of few words. This becomes quite evident in Fifty Shades Darker when he lets his actions speak for themselves. So I chose to attempt to illustrate a particular moment when Christian exposes a lot of himself to Anaโ€ฆand not just because they happen to be in the shower togetherโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Communication between the two of them is not always the best and often difficult. Both of them highly aware that being in a relationship is new territory, and that they have no prior knowledge to help them navigate through it. Frustration and sometimes conflict is the result, but is soon followed by some physical shenanigans.

However, in this instance, both of them are going through a rapid-fire succession of very stressful eventsโ€“both together and individually. Their internal frustrations and stress bubble up into a small argument during their unexpected stay at the Fairmont Olympic. But what happens next takes a bit of a different turn than the usual order of things, when they happen to have a disagreement or some sort of conflict with each other.

After entering into somewhat of a stubborn and speechless stalemate, Christian makes an attempt to cut the tension by suggesting they shower together. This may seem like the usual tactic he would take after anger and frustration occur between them, but this time it’s a bit different. Once in the shower, Ana immediately feels the previous tension fade away under the soothing cascade of water. But relaxation is not in Christian’s immediate future. Whether it happened to be a conscious decision at that moment or not, he ends up shocking Ana by utilizing a non-verbal interaction to show her that he’s trying his best to share more emotional intimacy with her.

This also unveiled the true scope of just how seriously his past had damaged him. How it caused him to build up walls to protect himself from further pain. But now those same walls were preventing him from letting anyone inโ€“even those he desperately wanted to let inโ€ฆnamely Ana.

By allowing her to wash the lipstick traces from his skin, he subjected himself to his most vulnerable state. But it also gave Ana a very vivid glimpse of just how much of a devastating effect his past had on him, and how much emotional and psychological pain that had to be overcome in order to be more emotionally available to her. It also provided Ana with more of a perspective as to how his experiences as a child had influenced his life as an adult and the man she was constantly trying to understand.

None of the significance was lost on Ana, as she was quickly overcome with emotion due to the extreme empathy she felt toward Christian and his emotional struggles that manifest in actual physical distress. It gave her a clearer picture of why he reacts to situations the way he does. Volumes were spoken in that intimate moment in the shower even though very few actual words were uttered by either of them.

However, when one Mr. Grey does choose to express himself verbally, it promises to hold very significant meaning. This becomes very evident to Ana shortly after she becomes quite emotional while removing the ‘road map,’ and the two have quite an important exchange of wordsโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰

-Victoria

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Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration

26 Responses to without a trace

  1. Another brilliant piece! I love the thought that goes behind the inspiration each time, it makes the illustration mean so much more – and we all love more right?!

    • admin

      Hahahaha! That we do, V! ;D Thanks so much for reading my ramblings as well as checking out the illo! I really appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚
      -Victoria

  2. Another great picture. You make the book come to life with your paints.

  3. Alin

    Very powerful drawing Victoria you can actually feel Christian’s pain. Keep up the good work and keep painting these emotional scenes from our favorite couple!

    • admin

      Hi Alin! Wow, thank you for the kind words! I’m glad the illo conveyed what Christian was feeling to you! So happy you’re enjoying the illos and I appreciate you continuing to visit and check them out! ๐Ÿ™‚ More definitely coming soon…
      -Victoria

  4. Oh my, this is my most favorite scene of all! Thank you so much for giving life to it! You truly are an angel. ๐Ÿ˜€ :* ^____^

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Pamella! You’re very sweet (but really, I’m no angel…heehee!) I’m glad I happened to choose your favorite scene from the book, and I’m relieved to hear you liked it too! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      -Victoria

  5. Greyt! This is my most favorite scenes in the trilogy! Thank you so much for drawing it. You really are an angel! I love your “ramblings” btw. Keep it up and more power to you! :)) :* ^_____^

    • admin

      Hello again, Pamella! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ah, I’m glad you enjoyed my ramblings also! hahaha Thanks for reading, and thanks for stopping in to say hello! ๐Ÿ™‚
      -Victoria

  6. Christine C

    I been waiting for the next illo! I always felt sad for Christian’s past and never really like to talk about it especially with ana. The red lipstick on he’s lower stomach and the muscles that you drew were amazing!

    Ps
    Hope you do a another Illo of Gabriel. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • admin

      Hi Christine! Sorry that it’s been a bit of a wait between illos. I always try to share things as quickly as I possibly can. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, he had a horrible past but luckily meeting Ana forced him to confront issues he’s always had and helped him overcome them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks! So glad you noticed and enjoyed some details in the illo too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’ll definitely be sharing more Gabriel’s Inferno inspired illos in the future. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      -Victoria

  7. Melanie M

    This was such a breakthrough for Christian and Ana and as usual Love Your Illo and the description of it!! Beautiful as Alwaysโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

    • admin

      Thank you so much, Melanie! I’m really happy to hear that you enjoyed the illo depicting such a pivotal scene from the book! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed my ramblings too, and really appreciate your kind words!
      -Victoria

  8. Nancy M

    you never cease to amaze me with your illos and explanations! Love the background in the picture–the shower is SO real—they look SO real; and love the way you refer to things so that in case someone hasn’t read the books yet (HA!); I hope I get to meet you someday; I was in London earlier this year and wanted to meet to FF authors, but they weren’t available; ๐Ÿ™ Love you!

    • admin

      Thank you, Nancy! So glad that you enjoyed the illo and my ramblings! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh, I’m very pleased to hear that you noticed and liked the shower background and the figures! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hate spoilers, so I try not to give too much away, but it’s very difficult sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you had a lovely time in London anyway!
      -Victoria

  9. Bekky Rojas

    Beautiful Vicky, as always… Thank you for this illo… This was one of the scenes that I loved the most. I cried and you pictured perfectly โ™ฅ

    • admin

      Hi Bekky! Thanks for stopping by here and saying hello! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s always my pleasure! I’m glad I happened to choose a favorite scene of yours, and that you enjoyed the depiction ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€
      -Victoria

  10. Christine H.

    Hello Victoria ~
    This scene is really “deep” and ’emotional”. You can see the pain on Christian’s face. You did a great job (as always) detailing their features. This scene made me sad too :-(.
    On the bright side, this scene is kinda of “Hot” as well. Those two could always turn any sad situation into a sexy moment!!! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Christine H.

    • admin

      Thanks so much, Christine! I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the way they both turned out ๐Ÿ™‚ It is interesting how this scene was able to convey such a wide variety of emotions, wasn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰
      -Victoria

  11. Christine C

    Take your time,the Queen of Illo never rush.
    And I do mean that sincerely, your illustrations are incredible!
    But, anyway…YAY!!For more gab ๐Ÿ™‚

    • admin

      Oh gosh Christine! That is extremely sweet of you to say, and it really means a lot. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      hahaha I’m looking forward to creating another Gabriel inspired illo too! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      -Victoria

  12. Tiffany

    Once again, you nailed it Victoria. I can actually feel and see his pain. Well done ๐Ÿ™‚
    –Tiffany

    • admin

      Thank you so much, Tiffany! I’m so glad his emotions came through to you in the illo! That can be quite a challenge most of the time! ๐Ÿ™‚
      -Victoria

  13. cristy

    I need to spend more time on your page. Not only is it beautiful art work but it’s a very insightful perspective

    • admin

      I really appreciate your very kind words, Cristy! I’m glad you’re enjoying the illos as well as my ramblings! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you so much!
      -Victoria

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