Teacup Toast

Teacup Toast Things are always quite busy and hectic during the holidays, but an illustration idea came to mind that I just couldn’t let get away, especially at this time of the year!

Even though they were toasting her graduation at the time, I thought this particular moment in Fifty Shades of Grey would make a good Skillo™ (my silly term for a piece that’s more than a simple sketch but less than a full illustration) perfectly appropriate for the coming New Year celebrations!

I would imagine that Ana and Christian would actually prefer a low-key celebration such as this to ring in the new year. They would be able to fully enjoy each other’s company and spend an intimate evening together, rather than spend the night surrounded by hundreds of rowdy party-goers in a fancy ballroom somewhere in Seattle.

As I was working on the sketch, I was thinking about the elements of the scene and a couple of things popped into my head that I thought were interesting. First, I realized that what Christian and Ana brought to the toast could also be a basic representation of each of them. Christian brought the bottle of Bollinger, which showed his preference for quality in all things. As we realized throughout the trilogy, Christian had the means to accept only the best for himself and those he cared about, no matter the situation. He would expect no less. While Ana had no qualms about using teacups (which may have even been mismatched) since she had to make do with the only things that were unpacked at the time. This related to her meager means as a cash-strapped student and her relative innocence at life’s experiences. She was used to adapting to her environment with only the resources she had available and seemed to have no problem with it.

The second thing I found interesting was that unlike the Bollinger and teacups offering a simplified characterization of Christian and Ana, their clothing exhibited an interesting contrast to what was the norm for each of them. Usually we find Christian dressed in a sharp business suit, or if more casual–in jeans, white shirt and jacket. But instead he arrives at Ana’s in jeans, t-shirt and…leather jacket! While Ana, who is normally found in t-shirts, jeans and Converse, was decked out in a grey chiffon halter dress and heels! Not quite certain if this really means anything, but I thought it was a nice little detail that made the scene a bit more charming. 🙂

Hmmm…my overactive imagination working overtime again I suppose. Such a seemingly simple and brief moment but of course I read so much into it! 😉

In any case, as this year wraps up, I hope it finds you all well, and that 2013 will bring only wonderful things!

Happy new year! 🙂

-Victoria

 

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19 Responses to Teacup Toast

  1. Nancy M.

    Brilliant! Happy New Year. Always excited to see your newest post. You have an amazing eye/mind for detail. All the best to you

    • admin

      Hi Nancy! Thanks for checking out the latest piece! I’m glad you are still enjoying them 🙂 Happy New Year to you too, and I hope 2013 is a fantastic year for you! 🙂
      -Victoria

  2. Wooooww!!! I loved it! Congrats and thanks Victoria 🙂

    Happy New Year and wonderful things for u!

    Liana.
    http://www.facebook.com/CinquentaTonsDeCinzaTrilogia

    • admin

      Hello Liana! It’s my pleasure! I’m glad you enjoyed the new piece! Thank you for your support as well! Happy New Year and hope 2013 is nothing but terrific for you! 🙂
      -Victoria

  3. nancy

    they were about to discuss the soft limits after this scene took place…

    • admin

      hahaha! Sure, Christian brought over the champagne to congratulate Ana on her graduation…but we all know he probably hoped it would loosen her up for the discussion they would have later…right, Nancy? 😉
      -Victoria

  4. I love this! Christian and Ana both look beautiful and the details in the bottle of Bolly are amazing. You’re a true talent!

    • admin

      Hi Sabby! Thank you for all the kind words! I’m really happy to hear you liked this piece! (I had to make sure it was definitely a bottle of Bolly, right!?) ;D
      -Victoria

  5. Juanita

    Oh Victoria! Happy New Year 2013, may all your wishes come true. Bollinger out of teacups – so unique and classy!Aims-to celebrate Ana’s graduation and Christian’s hopes that Ana will relax and let her guard down. So sexily sneaky. Subterfuge in the sexy way of CG. Bad boy leather jacketed CEO ‘from the wrong side of the tracks’ with sweet unassuming Ana, sipping Bolly from teacups while discussing the ‘limits’ of the contract. Absolutely delicious scene from FSOG captured so exquisitely within your Skillo,Victoria. Bravo!

    • admin

      Hi Juanita! So many small details in one seemingly small scene, right?! I’m so glad you liked my interpretation of one tiny portion of that section of the book.:) Thank you for taking a look at it! Hope you also have a very Happy New Year and that 2013 brings only the best to you! 🙂
      -Victoria

  6. I love your analysis of the scene, all those times I read it I never picked up on it. but it is so true, and interesting with the activities that would happen not too long after…

    Happy New Year

    • admin

      Hi Crissy! Hope you are having a great start to the new year! I’m glad you enjoyed my post about the scene! As I mentioned, while working on the illustration I’m thinking about that portion of the book quite a bit, so those little details popped into my head. 🙂 …out of curiosity, many times have you read the books? Seems like almost everyone has read them more than once! 🙂
      -Victoria

  7. Lewis

    Hello willm you be drawing more!! I can’t wait

    • admin

      Hi there! Yes I will definitely be posting more illustrations soon! I’m very happy to hear that you’re ready for more! 🙂
      -Victoria

  8. Tiffany

    Hi Victoria, Happy New Year! you are truly talented, and I love your interpretations of the scene. Now, I am thinking about re-reading the books again 🙂 I can’t wait more illustrations…that’s if you will be doing more. I am like a little girl, always hungry for more. thank you!!!!!!!!

    • admin

      Hi Tiffany! Happy New Year! Hope 2013 is starting off well for you! Thank you so much for your kind words, I truly appreciate it. 🙂 Wow, I’m flattered that they have made you consider re-reading the books too! LOL! Nothing wrong with a little impatience! I will definitely be sharing more soon! It’s my pleasure, and thank you for checking out my illustrations!!! 🙂
      -Victoria

  9. Nancy M.

    at some point every day I click on your site, just to make me feel better…and then I say “ahhhhhh” and go on with life. I’m also checking to see when you have posted something new. have a great day!

    • admin

      Hi Nancy! Aw, thanks so much for visiting my site often! That’s really sweet of you 🙂 I’m glad it can be a bright point in your day, that is amazing to hear!!! Sorry I don’t always have a new illustration every time you check in, but I hope to try to post more often this year (time permitting!) Hope you have a fantastic day too! 🙂
      -Victoria

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