Out of the entire Fifty Shades Trilogy, I have to admit that Fifty Shades Darker contains many great parts that I have been itching to illustrate. So, again I have chosen a scene from that particular book. If you haven’t gotten that far in the trilogy yet, please stop here and finish the book first! As usual, I’d hate to spoil anything. It’s much more fun to be surprised by all the great moments as you read them!
When I came upon the ice cream scene in Darker, I knew immediately that I had to attempt an illustration depicting that part of the book. But even though I was dying to recreate the scene, I just couldn’t picture the layout in my head. It’s literally been months that I have been thinking about it and nothing seemed to click for me. Finally I decided to simply try sketching ideas and see if it lead to something promising. I hope the result does the fantastic moment some justice!
This particular scene appealed to me because it was very lighthearted and fun in comparison to the more intense and emotionally charged love scenes in the other parts of the trilogy. Something a little different and a bit unexpected! It was a surprise to see Christian being so playful, yet he still showed traces of his ever-present emotional uncertainty and employed his usual techniques to protect and distance himself.
As far as the ice cream…it wasn’t mentioned what kind of vanilla ice cream it was. Now, I pride myself on being accurate and using as much detail as possible, so I decided to be faithful to the region and use Tillamook ice cream. But, from what I could tell, they only sell their ice cream in the larger tubs! I thought it would look odd to have Christian holding a giant tub of ice cream in Ana’s bed. 😉 So, I made an executive decision and made it Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla! NOTE: a couple of you let me know that Ben & Jerry’s was in fact mentioned by name. My mistake! It’s been a while since I’ve read the book and I didn’t look far enough back in the scene to find the reference! I wondered why I kept thinking it was B&J but couldn’t verify…I’m just glad I made that executive decision! 😉
Prior to the fun those two had with the ice cream, we learned that Christian Grey was not very experienced or skilled in the kitchen. This became evident when he attempted to chop some vegetables and had a bit of trouble with it. What a surprise it was to find out that there was something that he had yet to master and perfect! But, as we later learned, he was quite an expert when it came to serving dessert! 😉