Taking the stairs

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taking the stairs
When I had completed my previous sketch capturing the moment when Christian carried Ana across the threshold at Escala, it occurred to me that there had been several moments where he had literally swept Ana off her feet! In particular, Christian seemed to favor the technique of hoisting Ana over his shoulder with the intention of engaging in yet more of his shenanigansโ€ฆbut also at times used in moments of frustration while engaged in conflict.

Fortunately, in this particular moment I chose to illustrate from Fifty Shades Darker, Christian decided to employ the shoulder carry so that he could deliver Ana as swiftly as possible from the stairs outside the playroom to his bedroom on the first floor of his penthouse.

But haste wasn’t the only reason Christian stopped things from progressing too far on the stairs and decided to move things to his room. From the moment Christian discovered Ana exploring the unlocked playroom on her own, until they eventually reached his bedroom, their usual roles had reversed.

Ana was uncharacteristically aggressive and confident, even while still in the playroom, but most definitely when she launched herself at Christian on the stairs. Perhaps her confidence stemmed from the deepening of their relationship and the night of revelations during Christian’s shocking breakdown that had occurred the night before. The more of himself he revealed to her, the more confident she became. She learned more about herself as well, which also helped build up her confidence and assertivenessโ€“especially when it came to a certain Mr. Grey.

On the other hand, Christian was uncharacteristically hesitant about being aggressive. He was eager to move things downstairs due to his memories of the last time they had both been in the playroom. When Ana was bold enough to be willing to try out the spreader bar in the playroom, Christian finally explained that the last time they were both in the playroom, it resulted in Ana leaving him. The trauma he experienced from that event brought about a multitude of changes within him, which he was still processing. So, he felt the need to tread very softly. Normally, it was Ana who felt she must tread softly around Christian, trying to gauge his mood and frame of mind at any particular moment.

Unlike Ana, the more he discovered about himself, the less confident and more hesitant he becameโ€“especially when it came to a certain Miss Steele. Everything he used as a protection mechanism all his life no longer provided an emotional shield for Christian. He felt confusion at the effects Ana was having on him and that he no longer had control over things since she entered his life. He felt she held all the power. It was not a dynamic he was used to experiencing. But unbeknownst to Christian, he was actually becoming a much stronger person by slowly abandoning his long used self-preservation techniques.

Soon however, once they both reached his bedroom, the usual roles were back in place. Christian now comfortable and in control and Ana completely happy to follow his lead.

It was actually a good thing that Christian was surprisingly conservative that evening, and ended up being the one to end any hopes of some fun on the stairs (โ€ฆmuch to Ana’s surprise and disappointment, I’m sure.) Soon after Christian made his way down the stairs carrying Ana and the spreader bar, they encountered Mrs. Jones as they crossed the hall! Had she ventured up the stairs for some reason, she would have been met with quite an eyeful to say the least! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration, restraints

29 Responses to Taking the stairs

  1. I love it! I love the scene after too…. And your attention to detail in her pants is amazing. Surprising the things you notice in a picture.

    • admin

      Hi Crissy! Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked the illo. ๐Ÿ™‚ In that section of Darker *so* many different and pivotal things happened! But some fun stuff happened too, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Oh I’m so glad you noticed the details in their clothing! I enjoy the challenge of drawing/painting clothing a lot. Thanks for taking some time to examine it a bit closer!

  2. Love This i remember the scene well you have captured it perfectly

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      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this illo, Marion! Since you remember the scene very well, it’s extremely flattering to know that you felt I was able to capture the moment in my piece. It was a lot of fun to create too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  3. Christine C

    And i’m reading Darker now for the 5th time lol. Chapter 12 haha,anywhoo as always the picture is breath-taking and I love the way u capture Christian’s smirk smile and of course the hair!

    • admin

      Hi Christine! Ah, good ol’ Chapter 12…when Christian and Ana perform a duet on the piano? ๐Ÿ˜‰ hahaha! Oh, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the way I captured Christian in the illo! Thanks for paying a visit and checking the new piece out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Miss Nancy

    After everything that has been circulating with social media today, this was PERFECT timing for me, Victoria. Your attention to detail is amazing. LOVE CG’s smirk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I can NEVER get enough of you and your work. I check it daily. You are my ILLUSTRATION HERO! And you always nail it with your descriptions. You must put in an ENORMOUS amount of time on your pieces.

    One small thing I need to mention, it is “Ms. Jones” not Mr. that they encounter as Ms. Jones smiles. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • admin

      Well hello there, Miss Nancy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The social media world has been a bit crazy the past couple of days, to say the least! But, I’m glad you enjoyed this new piece and am very happy to hear that you noticed the little details too!

      Wow, you’re very sweet! I really appreciate that you visit often, I really do. Sorry for the long wait for the new piece, but I had some major computer problems and was unable to work on anything during that time. Oh, thanks for reading as well! Yes, it takes a bit of time, but I enjoy a good challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚

      OH GOSH! Thank you soooo much for catching the typo! I’ve already gone in and fixed it! Phew! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Nancy M.

    My original reply didn’t work….darn it! I LOVE your work, the time you spend on it and ALL your attention detail. It’s positively AMAZING and my life wouldn’t be complete without it. I check your website just about daily…..yes, that’s what I said. And I got to hear your “voice” on the radio in July, lucky me!

    One correction….It is Ms. Jones that finds them in the hallway, not Mr. Jones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • admin

      Hi Nancy! Your original comment did post fine. It acts up sometimes and for some reason it delays posting. Again, thanks for visiting often! I really appreciate that a lot! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad you were able to tune into the radio show too! That was a guest packed show, wasn’t it? (and thanks again for pointing out the typo!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Cindy Susana Batista

    Hey Victoria:

    Your scketches never disappoint me, they are sooooo awesome!
    You are an incredible artist with an amazing imagination and talent
    Thanks for to come alive the imagination of all of us: the FSOG’s fans and “greysessed”!!!

    Saludos desde Cartagena, Colombia! ๐Ÿ˜€ :*

    PD: What do you think about official casting for Fifty Shades of Grey?
    Really, I wanted to Ian Somerhalder (or Matt Bomer, maybe) for Christian and Alexis Bledel for Anastasia… In my mind, they will be forever my main characters. I am very disappointed, but anyway I will watch the movie (maybe, it could be good, I do not know). Your scketches are more looked like Christian and Ana than Charlie and Dakota, hahaha ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Katie

      I agree!!! I am trying to hard to picture someone other than Matt and Alexia

    • admin

      Hi Cindy! *waves hello to you in Colombia* ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you so much for all the very kind words! Wow, so extremely sweet of you to say. I’m really happy that you are enjoying my work! It is always my pleasure to share them! ๐Ÿ™‚

      As far as the casting of the movie, I’m not very familiar with either actor, so it should be exciting to see how they bring the characters to life on screen! I’m sorry your favorites didn’t get chosen, but I am very happy to hear that you still plan to go see the movie! I bet they will do a terrific job! At the very least, it will be interesting to see which parts of the books are included and which aren’t. Hahaha! Well, with a bit of makeup, hair and wardrobe, maybe they will look exactly the way they are described in the books! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks again for stopping by and saying hello!

  7. Katie

    My finacรฉ looked over and saw your picture while I was reading my daily blogs. He was actually quite enthused that someone was doing drawings compared to the book and compared them to “comic book” style. It would be totally awesome if you’d compile your picture in a comic book way! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE your work and always waiting for the next one.

    • admin

      Hi Katie! Oh wow! I love that your fiancรฉ took a look at my illo, and seemed enthused about it! I am actually a big comic book fanโ€“well, more of a manga fanโ€“since I was a kid, so maybe that influence shows. ๐Ÿ˜‰ A few weeks back I tried doing a single comic book page with panels since the scene I chose really couldn’t be captured in one illustration. I’ll most likely try it again for at least one more scene I have in mind… ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it would be extremely fun to do a graphic novel of all the books!

      Please tell your fiancรฉ thank you for taking a peek and that I appreciate his comment a lot! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you so much for visiting and for continuing to check out my illos! I’m really happy that you are enjoying them!:)

  8. Christine H.

    Hi Victoria ~

    Once again…another “home run” with this illustration. I love the scenes where Christian throws Ana over his shoulder!!!!
    I was wondering, now that they have cast Chrstian & Ana for the movie (Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson, which I am trying to have an open mind about those two pickings, hopefully the studio will groom them to look more like the leads) Anyway….will you still continue your wonderful drawings? I still like your version on Christian and Ana the Best!!!!
    Loyal fan!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Christine H.

    • admin

      Hi Christine! Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed the illo! He sure does love to carry Ana around a lot, doesn’t he? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m glad to hear you are keeping an open mind about the casting. ๐Ÿ™‚ It will be a lot of fun to see the final product once the movie is released!

      As far as my illos, I plan on continuing to create them! Honestly, I wasn’t sure anyone would be interested in my illos after actors’ faces were associated with the characters in the book. But for me, it’s a nice challenge to make them, and they are simply my own interpretation of what I have read. That’s why I began creating them in the first place: for the fun, for the challenge, and to hopefully improve my skills. The fact that others received enjoyment from viewing them was a HUGE bonus! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Oh gosh, you are just too sweet! Well, that puts a big smile on my face to know that you are still interested in them, and like the way I portray Christian and Ana! That’s extremely flattering to hear, so thank you so much! I appreciate your support tremendously! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Nellie

    Hi Victoria,
    It’s been a while since we’ve seen one or your amazing creations but it’s always so worth the wait. I’m just greedy and want to see them all the time. Yet again, I love this new one. I know I’ve probably said this many times before but your talent for drawing and writing are brilliant. How do you do it? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love this piece and I don’t know why but their arms and legs are my favourite (probably sounds weird, I know) and Christian’s shoes are so shiny (of course, Mr Perfection :)). Yes, when reading this scene I always think about Mrs Jones bumping into them on the stairs if they didn’t go to Christian’s bedroom (that would have been an awkward moment!).

    Anyway, thanks again for sharing your latest illo.

    Until laters,
    Nellie @NellaDan

    • admin

      Hi Nellie! I felt really bad about the stretch of time between illos, but my computer decided to die on me, and it took a while to get it back up and running again. But I do love that you’re greedy and always want more! ;D

      Gosh, thank you so much for the kind words! Wow, you’re making me blush! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But in all seriousness, so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed the latest illo! hahahaha No, it doesn’t sound weird at all that you liked their arms and legs. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it that you’re looking at details so closely! (I do enjoy it when Christian is wearing shiny dress shoes) heehee

      When I thought about it, I’m sure Mrs. Jones never accidentally witnessed Christian and any of his partners in a compromising position. The stairs probably would’ve been the only time it could have happened since he employed the strict rules with all his subs. So yes, awkward is probably putting it mildly… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thank you again for your wonderful comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Nellie

        Hi Victoria!

        Thanks for your reply. Sorry your computer was out of action, but very pleased that it’s back again!

        Yes, I love the detail in your drawings. I swear I don’t have a foot fetish but I love how you’ve captured Ana’s feet, her fingers and Christian’s long legs. I also love the creases in their clothing, wear Christian is grabbing Ana’s legs and (ahem) his crotch area. Sorry, but that attention to detail is why I love your drawings.

        Anyway, I’ll stop harassing you now, until next time ๐Ÿ™‚



        • admin

          Hi Nellie! I’m also extremely pleased that my Mac is back and working again! I didn’t really realize how much I rely on it until it was gone! My old laptop gave it its best, but just can’t match what my new Mac can do ๐Ÿ˜‰

          hahahaha! I appreciate you being so candid about which details in the illo were your favorites! I have to admit that of all things, I was quite pleased with the way the shading came out on Ana’s left foot! (if I do say so myself) So you are not alone. ;D I also have to admit that I giggled quite hard when I read the last detail that you listed. heehee ๐Ÿ˜‰ Again, I really appreciate that you notice the details!

          Don’t be silly! You aren’t harassing me one bit! I always enjoy your comments, and this one was especially fun to read! Thanks again!

  10. Vicky

    Hi Victoria,
    It is always a pleasure to see your work and read your thoughts. You always manage to shine a light for me in a direction that causes me pause to consider other views. Love that about your drawings and conversation.
    My first thought is – did you research the spreader bar or is this your rendition? I must confess one of the books attractions for me is how it allows me to explore a world that would never have crossed my path within the context of my experience.
    Second thought is – the trust issues come into play at this point of the book so well. Ana knows he will protect her (he proved that when he fired Jack) and Christian knows he can trust Ana (he throws her over his shoulder even though just 4 days earlier she was made at him for doing just that). I just love how the author builds these wonderful themes into the book and look forward to how she nutures them in the movie to come.

    And to echo a previous thought, please don’t let the visual of the casted actors alter your vision of the characters. I love seeing your representations in your form. Stay true to your dreams.
    Vicky W.

    • admin

      Hi Vicky! I can’t tell you how much I appreciated your comments. It’s so lovely to hear that you not only enjoy my illos, but also my ramblings as well! It’s absolutely wonderful to hear that sometimes what I draw and write can be a thought provoking experience! ๐Ÿ˜‰ That made my day! So thank you for that ๐Ÿ™‚

      The spreader bar is a combination of research and my own rendition. hahaha By that I mean, I sort of designed it using actual features that are used on spreader bars, but not necessarily on one product. I thought Christian would be a smart shopper and prefer a bar that offered the most versatility. So, the bar I drew doesn’t have static cuffs as some do. The ankle cuffs can rotate around the bar 360ยบ and the wrist cuffs can be slid to different widths on the bar. Maybe I over thought it just a bit… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just like cars, you can opt for the most basic and inexpensive toy, or you can spend a bit more and the toy will come with a lot of deluxe features. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Oh I agree, trust is a major theme that weaves its way throughout the books. Well, trust intertwined with confusion and self-doubt. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I look forward to seeing how they choose to present these internal struggles in the film as well! It will be tricky but I’m sure they’ll do a terrific job!

      I plan on continuing to illustrate the characters as I always have. ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, everyone has their own idea of what the characters look like. My illos are simply an interpretation of what is described in the books, just as the movie is another form of interpretation. But I’m very touched that you took the time to mention that. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks again for your lovely comments and I’m very grateful for your support and for continuing to visit and comment!

  11. Windy

    Victoria!! I just love all your illos. Believe ME, thanks to that is one of the reason that a keep reading Fifty Shade. Of course I LOVE the the trilogy, but when you see the illos, in my case that help me to imagine the scene. As I tell you before you are a great artist. I hope you keep doing the illos because there’s more scene that we want to see ๐Ÿ™‚ .

    • admin

      Wow, Windy! Everything you said is just so amazingly kind of you! I can’t thank you enough!:D I’m glad that my illos help with the enjoyment of the books for you!

      I definitely intend on continuing to create more Fifty related illos. There are plenty of scenes and moments that I’d love to try to capture! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for continuing to stop by and visit! I appreciate it all very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Tiffany

    Hi Victoria–wow! another fab illo! I have no words ๐Ÿ™‚ simply beautiful. Your illos make the scenes come to life, I love it. thank you. keep it coming…


    • admin

      You’re very sweet Tiffany, thanks so much! I’m really happy that you enjoyed the new piece! It’s always my pleasure to share them. ๐Ÿ™‚

      …I think I already have an idea for the next illo…that’s half the battle right there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks again, and I really appreciate that you continue to visit and say hello! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. samia

    I just love it โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™กโ™ฅ

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