Big Things in Small Packages


Big Things In Small Packages
Up until now, I’d represented a particular scene or moment from the Fifty Shades Trilogy with a single illustration. But for this scene–taken from Fifty Shades Darker–I decided that a single illustration would just not do it justice. So I tried a little something different. While there was some dialogue in this scene, I decided to recreate the moment without words. Well, there is actually one very important word in the piece… πŸ˜‰

Moments leading up to this portion of Fifty Shades Darker were very tense, but also a bit humorous at the same time. Christian finally arrived back home to find everyone waiting anxiously, hoping desperately for his return. He was completely unaware that everyone was so worried and concerned. It was a bit amusing that he was so truly confused by the way everyone was acting. He was completely caught off-guard! But the idea soon began to sink in just how much his family loved him after learning of the fear they had been experiencing while he was missing, and seeing the elation and relief they showed when he stood at the entrance to the great room at Escala. But this was not the only realization he would experience that night.

Little did Christian know that he would be caught completely off-guard again once he and Ana had the opportunity to be alone and enjoy their reunion. It also just happened to be the first few minutes of Christian’s birthday…

I thought it would be fun to capture what happens next. πŸ˜‰

When everyone had gone, and the two of them had a bit of time to themselves, they also had time to process all that had gone on that day. Christian came to a lot of realizations that evening. Although seemingly confident on the outside, inside he is extremely the opposite and quite self-loathing and lacking self-esteem. When it comes to relationships with others, he never felt worthy or feared that he would eventually be abandoned. But witnessing just how concerned everyone was about him–and Grace’s uncharacteristic display of emotion upon his return–made him finally realize that maybe he was wrong. That maybe he really is loved. Upon opening his birthday gift from Ana, that realization was confirmed even further for Christian. When Ana finally said ‘yes’ and accepted his marriage proposal via her creative birthday gift, it was the definitive realization that she truly loved him (even though Ana had already declared her love for him on several occasions.) But for Christian, this was the only way that it truly became real to him.

While this was understandably cause for much excitement, it also gave him deep feelings of relief at the same time. By agreeing to become his wife, it was the ultimate confirmation for Christian, providing the most reassurance to him. By accepting the proposal, he felt that it showed that Ana truly did love him as much as he loved her, that she would never leave him, and be with him always.

Ana also experienced feelings of deep relief and shared some similarities with what Christian was feeling. Of course she felt relief knowing that Christian was safe and back in her arms. But earlier that evening she touched on thoughts of confronting what it would be like if she had lost him forever. Contemplating the harsh reality that she may never see him again had a strong impact on her. The potential to make a choice about their relationship was no longer an option. It helped her realize just how strongly she felt for him and that all questions she had in the past about their relationship, and how strong it could be, were no longer a concern. In a sense, the threat of losing him that night helped Ana come to her own definitive realization that she truly belonged with Christian, and that even all the questions and feeling a lack of confidence in the future strength of their relationship, were no longer an issue to her. True, she had already made a choice when she gave Christian his birthday gift early, the night they met with Dr. Flynn together. But she now had no doubt in her mind that she made the right decision. She was certain that there was no denying they should be together, no matter what their differences.

So, that evening both Christian and Ana became somewhat enlightened by what could have potentially kept them apart forever. But on a much happier note, both experienced yet another first with each other by becoming engaged! Creating yet another dynamic to the journey they take in their relationship together!

-Victoria

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48 Responses to Big Things in Small Packages

  1. Tina-Mae

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Can I say it one more time…Awesome! Love this. You know just how it looks in my mind when I was reading the books (I’ve read them 4 times already and now I want to read them again! Thanks! JUST AWESOME!

    • admin

      Hahahaha! Thank you so much, Tina-Mae! I think you are pretty awesome too, for leaving such a sweet comment! πŸ™‚ I hope round number 5 with Fifty ends up just as enjoyable as the first time! πŸ˜‰
      -Victoria

  2. Nancy M.

    you are brilliant…Victoria! I have to go somewhere but I’ll be back to give you more kudos!

  3. Na-T

    I love all your illustrations, Victoria! They are perfect! Hopefully many more illustrious. They are just as I imagined in my head when reading the books, excellent!

    • admin

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you are enjoying them! I will definitely be creating more and will be sure to share them! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  4. Ang!e

    It was really worth to wait <3 Great work !

    • admin

      Phew! I’m happy to hear that, Ang!e! Thanks for being patient. Really glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  5. Christine

    As per usual you have captured this moment perfectly. I really love your work

    • admin

      Thank you so much, Christine! I really appreciate it. I’m so glad you are enjoying them! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  6. Christine C.

    Once again wonderful work Victoria!
    And one of my favorite parts on the book πŸ™‚

    • admin

      Hi Christine! I’m glad I happened to choose one of your favorite scenes! Hope I did it justice for you! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for checking it out!
      -Victoria

  7. Laura O.

    You’ve outdone yourself! I love this scene and you have captured it perfectly. Thank you!!

    • admin

      Thank you very much for your kind words, Laura! Really happy to hear that you enjoyed my latest! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  8. Melissa

    You always go beyond my expectations !! The best illustrations ever , so happy to see this happy moment of Christian & Ana I just want to read them again and I will soon πŸ™‚ thank you dear for making your fans so happy !!

    • admin

      Oh, thank you so much Melissa! That is all very sweet of you to say. πŸ™‚ If you read the books again, I hope it’s just as enjoyable as it was the first time you experienced them! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  9. Nancy M.

    I’m just so impressed by your work…I’m speechless. This is your masterpiece. The facial expressions are “spot on”. Also Ana’s hair in the last picture is so perfect. I’ve read the books more than anyone on the planet and then moved on to CG’s POV, so I know every intimate detail of the book. Thank you so much for your time and detail of talent! When was the last time you got a raise?

    • admin

      You’re much too kind, Nancy! πŸ™‚ But I’m really happy to hear you liked this piece. Seems like most have read the trilogy more than once at least, so I try to be as accurate as possible. It’s not always easy! πŸ˜‰ However, it’s my pleasure to share them with everyone. Um…well, there’s no income involved with these illustrations, so anything would be a raise at this point. LOL! ;D
      -Victoria

      • Nancy M.

        glad you have a sense of humor about the money thing. you heard what happened on Griffin’s Spanish version of Christian’s POV?

        • admin

          I’m not quite sure I follow you…what is Griffin’s Spanish version?
          -Victoria

          • Nancy M.

            On the “Fifty Shades Continued” blog that is nearly finished, the Spanish version was taken and was being sold. It took many of us that are faithful to her blog to get the “bad” website off FB. Obviously, nothing on fanfiction or a blog can be sold.

          • admin

            Wow, someone took the content on the blog, translated it into Spanish, then tried to sell it to be published?! That is just getting so meta it makes my head spin! πŸ˜‰
            -Victoria

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  11. Beth

    Hello,

    Ever since I found this web page I anticipate the next illustration! I agree with everyone here who says you’re great at what you do. I love that you take scenes in the story that people really want to see. I try not to to put a face on the characters, like an actor just because who knows who will play Ana and Christian ( Although I know who I would LOVE to play them) With your illustrations, I can imagine what they would look like. I really like reading what you have to say about the illustrations as well, sometimes I pick up on stuff I may have missed in my reading of the trilogy, I also love reading what other people might be thinking of a particular part of the story. I can’t wait for the next one! take care and happy drawing!

    • admin

      Hi Beth! Gosh, thank you for all of your very kind words. It really put a smile on my face as I read your comments. I’m so glad you are enjoying my pieces and even my ramblings, and really appreciate that you keep visiting and checking them out. πŸ™‚

      I feel the same way as you do about putting a face to the characters. I try to be as vague as possible when I do the illustrations, yet follow the actual descriptions in the books the best that I can. I also attempt to make them as attractive as I possibly can. (in Christian’s case, that’s a very daunting task!) πŸ˜‰

      I’m already contemplating a couple of ideas for the next piece, so hopefully I’ll have something new to share very soon. Thanks so much again for visiting and your lovely comments! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  12. T-Park

    Oh it’s so cute! I love your draws, this especially! <3

    • admin

      I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this piece! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  13. Johana

    Brilliant!!! Congratulations it’s a really good job πŸ˜‰ I love the books, I love the story I can’t get enough of it and this just adds that special sparkle πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait for a new piece πŸ™‚

    • admin

      Hi Johana! Wow, thank you for the kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Ooo…adds a special sparkle? I like the sound of that! Thanks! I’m in the midst of trying to think of my next piece…so hopefully something new soon!
      -Victoria

  14. Araceli

    Hi! I’m from Argentina and I casually found this page. I LOOOOOVE Fifty shades of Grey and when I saw those pictures I said WOW!! And I read all too. You’re really wonderful! REALLY REALLY WONDERFUL! I’m exited to see another drawing. Kisses and hugs for you. (Sorry for my english hahaha)

    • admin

      You are very, very sweet Araceli! I am so happy that you discovered my site and am very glad you have enjoyed my illustrations, and even my write ups too. πŸ™‚ I hope to have something new to share soon!

      Oh, and don’t apologize, your English is perfect! Thank you again! *waving to you in Argentina* πŸ˜€
      -Victoria

  15. Tanya

    OMG! I love this! My favorite part of the books! Thank u sooo much for captur ing this moment perfectly! You are awesome..looking fwd to the next one!

    • admin

      Hi Tanya! I’m so happy to hear that I happened to choose one of your favorite parts of the trilogy! I’m very glad that you enjoyed the piece too. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I hope to have something new to share soon!
      -Victoria

  16. vicky

    Victoria
    Another triumph. I like the way you think outside of the box by using multiple illustrations to tell the story.
    I like this part of the books also because it is time when CG continues to realize that control may not always be the best way to relate to Anna. He states “all that worry for nothing” when he realizes he had the answer next to his heart all the time he was try to get Anna to agree to marry him. Sometimes we are so focused on getting what we want “how” we want it, we don’t open ourselves up to the reality of what we already have.Trust is a huge topic that E.L. James restates throughout the three books and is such a basis for CG’s issues. Makes me warm and fuzzy each time I listen to the books and hear these “trust events”. And Yes, I relisten and relisten and relisten – probably working on 20-something by now.

    • admin

      Thanks so much Vicky! I’m really glad you enjoyed the piece πŸ™‚ I felt that one image just wasn’t enough to tell the story of the scene so I opted to do a sort of one-off graphic novel type page.

      I agree! The emotional and psychological journey Christian takes throughout the books is what I loved most I think. Actually, both he and Ana take a big journey and learn and grow together. So every time there is a turning point event, it’s always a great scene.

      Wow, 20-something times? That’s fantastic! I suppose it can be just like listening to a favorite song, right? πŸ˜‰
      -Victoria

  17. Adelle

    Amazing!!! When I first read this scene I was overjoyed, like I am Ana myself. And now, I am overjoyed again!!! You are a great artist. A visual illustration really made my day. Felt like Christian and Anastasia are real-life people. Waiting for your next great illustration……

    Laters x

    • admin

      Thank you so much, Adelle! You are extremely sweet πŸ™‚ I can’t tell you how happy I am that you have enjoyed the piece so much! About to start work on something new and hope to share it soon! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  18. Mariale

    Wow Wow Wow!!!!…. You are simply amazing!!… Great!!!…. Definitely you are an artist; your draws can easily transport me to that wonderful scene.. Fifty Shades’ story really change my life and point of view about love, romance and sex. Since I start reading the trilogy I couldn’t stop searching to see something new about it, and your work is a balm to me.. Thank you!.. I wish you lots of success… PD. I’m so sorry about my English.. I’m from Venezuela.

    • admin

      Hello to you in Venezuela, Mariale! You are much too kind, but I’m so glad that you liked this piece! πŸ˜€ It’s so nice to hear that it gave you a little something to enjoy after you finished the books! Thank you for stopping by and visiting!

      …and don’t worry, your English is great! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  19. Suzie

    Hi, I’m a huge fan of Fifty Shades trilogy and also of your amazing drawings. I love the way you re-create every scene and it’s exactly the way I picture all of them in my mind. I’m in love of this story and everything they went through really got deep in my heart, how Christian and Anastasia suffered and fought and struggle to face and release his demons and finally found their happiness…anyway, this drawing it’s my favorite this far, and I just hope you keep doing it. I would love to see a drawing of their wedding too…but something tells me you are getting there eventually. Again, your drawings are amazing and lovely and I look forward to see a lot more of them. Just like Anastasia said, you are raising the ordinary to extraordinary!!

    • admin

      Thank you so much Suzie, for your incredibly lovely comments! I appreciate it so much! So happy to hear that you are enjoying my work and I’m glad you really enjoyed this latest piece! Although they are all just sort of an interpretation of the books that I’ve attempted, it’s so nice to hear that it agrees with the way you picture them in your mind while reading the books. You can’t get a higher compliment than that! πŸ˜€

      I definitely intend to keep coming up with new pieces, so anything is possible at this point! πŸ˜‰

      Wow, your last comment is beyond flattering! Thank you again!!!
      -Victoria

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  21. Mariena

    Amazing Vic!
    Every time you just blow my mind, you are so talented! Congrats on this.

    • admin

      You are much too kind, Mariena, but I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed this piece! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚
      -Victoria

  22. gia

    perfect illustrations..i couldnt have imagined these scenes any better myself…if only theyd find someone as fitting for the movies:-D:-)

    • admin

      Hi Gia! So kind of you to say and I really appreciate it, thank you! I’m sure once the cast for the movie is set, everyone will wonder how anyone else could have fit the roles. πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to see who is chosen, can you?!
      -Victoria

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