the gift that keeps on giving

the gift that keeps on giving

In Fifty Shades Darker, Ana learns that Christian Grey’s birthday falls on June 18. Quite a lot happens during this section of the second book of the trilogy, but in honor of the mercurial one’s special day, I chose to create an illo depicting the brief moment when Ana chose to give Christian one of his gifts a bit early–but on the stipulation that he is not to open it until his actual birthday! Although she gave him several gifts, the simple, small black box held a very important and poignant significance.

What do you get for the man who has everything (or that can get anything whenever the mood strikes?) Ana didn’t have a clue what to get Christian for his birthday. Even though her bank account said otherwise (thanks to one Mr. Grey) she still behaved as if she was on a shoestring budget. So she got creative with his gift, and ends up choosing an inexpensive tourist trinket that seems simple on first glance. But what it symbolized was representing the most valuable and precious gift Christian has ever been given.

By giving him his birthday gift early–before her initial meeting with Dr. Flynn, it also made more of a statement and had much more impact when Christian finally opened the box. It showed him that Ana had already agreed to be his wife and truly be his, even before potentially learning every facet of his past. (A past which Christian was hesitant to completely reveal to Ana, worrying it would lead her to run, and leave him forever.)

He was used to submissive partners that would quickly comply with his every order or whim. But Ana constantly challenged and questioned his authority. It was a new experience for him. Although surprising at first, he grew to enjoy it even though at times it caused him great frustration, occasionally angered him and even triggered an intense fear of abandonment. His growing attachment to Ana slowly caused changes and emotional growth in Christian. This also lead to changes in the dynamic of their relationship.

After meeting Ana and the journey they took together as they got to know each other (even though it occurred over a very short time) everything he thought he required in a relationship, was in reality the opposite of what he ended up yearning for with Ana.

So, it is interesting to note that back at the beginning when Christian and Ana were negotiating the terms of the contract, the majority of it pertained to things that Ana would agree to abide by and carry out for Christian. At one point, she asked what she would get out of the whole thing, and he simply answered, “Me.” It’s ironic that in the end, Christian didn’t care about any of the contract and its stipulations, and all he really wanted was Ana to be his and marry him. In effect, the terms had completely switched positions! Christian only wanted Ana, plain and simple.

But, even though the two of them never came to an agreement on the contract outlining the terms of their relationship, Christian and Ana did end up signing a contract after all…a marriage contract! 😉

-Victoria

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Fifty Shades of Grey, illustration

20 Responses to the gift that keeps on giving

  1. Hulya Yuksel

    My god, i loved it. Thanks a lot. And please , please keep doing this amazing illos as much as you can. God, can`t wait to see next one. 😉

    • admin

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the illo! Thank you Hulya! 🙂 It’s my pleasure to share them, and more will definitely be coming soon! 🙂
      -Victoria

  2. Nancy M.

    Love it! Love it! I will comment more when I have time. so much to thank you for…but not while I’m working. 😉

    • admin

      Hi Nancy! I’m glad you liked the illo! Thanks for taking a moment to stop by–but yes, probably not a good idea during work hours! 😉
      -Victoria

  3. Christine C

    What a wonderful Illo Victoria with Christian shaking his present.The background of the parking lot was excellent. The details with ana’s briefcase and Christian’s little box …love it!! Also I really enjoy your point-of view of Christian and ana’s story,it make me wanna read the the books again lol!

    • admin

      Hi Christine! So happy to hear you enjoyed the illo and the details as well! 🙂 That’s actually supposed to be a Hermes Birkin bag, because I figured Christian would think nothing about spending thousands of dollars on a purse for Ana 😉 Oh! I’m glad my ramblings gave you the urge to read the trilogy again! hahaha! ;D Thanks so much for all of your very kind words. I always appreciate you stopping in and saying hello!
      -Victoria

  4. jackie

    I think i like your illustrations way more than I will ever love the movie. Your art is much better than the casting. Another great one!

    • admin

      Hi Jackie! I’m glad you’re enjoying my illos! Hopefully the movie will surprise you, and you’ll really enjoy that too–even if you aren’t very happy with the casting right now. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and giving my new illo a peek!
      -Victoria

  5. Lisa

    Wow! Awesome work! Only thing is, didn’t Ana give Christian’s present (black box with “Yes” Seattle Keychain) before they went to see Dr. Flynn? She should be wearing a navy blue dress with flats.

    The scene depicted was one of Ana driving to work on her new Silver Saab with CG in tow which happens earlier that day.

    Love your work!

    • admin

      Hi Lisa! Really happy to hear you enjoyed the illo! 🙂 The moment I attempted to depict is actually the part in the book before they go to meet with Dr. Flynn. I’ve only read the books once, but always look back at the scenes to try to get all the details correct. I had to go back quite far, but it described Ana wearing the black skirt and grey blouse to work that day. It was actually a repeat wearing (as it was noted in the description) and she merely freshened up when she stopped at Escala before leaving with Christian (who had changed into the jeans and T-shirt.) Then he drives the short distance over to Flynn’s office in Ana’s Saab. Maybe I’m mistaken, but I try my best to be accurate. 🙂 But in any case, thanks for the lovely comments and I appreciate you stopping by and saying hello! 🙂
      -Victoria

  6. Chris Story

    Fabulous as usual & I love the reminder from the book to describe your illo. I need to read them again soon x

    • admin

      Thank you, Chris! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the new illo! Also great to hear that after reading my ramblings you’re getting the urge for a re-read! 😉
      -Victoria

  7. Nancy M.

    Always appreciate your work and detail! And your explanations are always spot on! Congratulations on all the recognition you are getting for your illos! You should be. you are an extremely artistic person and I hope this lifts you on a cloud of your own. Your attention to detail on the garage is amazing. I love the head on look of both Ana and CG. they both look adorable and he looks dashing as he is shaking the box! So much happened right after this and put both of them, especially Ana, in a nervous state!

    • admin

      Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for all of your very kind words! It is much appreciated! 🙂 Really happy to hear you enjoyed the new illo and noticed the details as well! …and you’re right–*a lot* happens soon after this scene! 😉
      -Victoria

  8. Christine H.

    Hi Victoria ~
    I love how you always write a description/story to go along with the illistrations. I enjoy reading them!! This a fantastic scene, leads into other things…heh, heh 🙂 I like how detail you got in a parking garage..now that’s real talent. And…congrats on all the recogniton your getting from popular magazines. Keep it up!!! 🙂

    Christine

    • admin

      Hi Christine! Thanks! I get a bit carried away when I ramble, but I’m glad you enjoy reading them! 😉 Oh yes…lots of things happen after this moment in the book… ;D Ah, I’m glad you liked the parking garage! Was a bit of a challenge, but that’s a good thing, right? 😉 Oh, you’re very sweet, thank you! The support I’ve gotten from the magazines has been a huge surprise, and I’m very thankful for their wonderful generosity!
      -Victoria

  9. Nayla

    Loved your illo… Love all of them actually! Your description of the illo makes me want to read the trilogy all over again 🙂

    • admin

      Thank you Nayla! I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying the illos! I appreciate you checking them out 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy reading my ramblings as well! 😉 If you do go ahead with a re-read…I hope you have a lot of fun visiting with Christian and Ana once again! ;D
      -Victoria

  10. Sara

    I absolutely LOVE your illos! To each their own but I’m certainly not a fan of the majority of this cast as they just do not fit the descriptions even close to what is written in the book (plus a certain few I find to not be that great acting wise to begin with), therefore have no interest in seeing the film and will stick with the books in order to not taint the written characters/story for me, BUT you bring these characters to life for me in that media way. You pay so much attention to detail with the locations/scenes/extras to their appearance and are so talented. I personally don’t need to see a film to feel complete or get a visual, as I already do with my imagination and the written text, but your illos of these characters and events are just another way they’re brought to life for me! Btw the way you draw Christian is so hot, just as I pictured when reading ha ha ;). I always look forward to seeing your new works, and get excited when I come on here and see a new one. I love what you write to go along with them too. Amazing job!!!

    • admin

      Hi Sara! Wow! Thank you for all of your very kinds words! 🙂 I’m so happy that you’re enjoying the illos, and it makes me smile hearing that you notice the details as well! I think it’s fun to add small things here and there that look nondescript, but those that have read the books would know they are there for a reason 😉 Heehee! Glad you like the way Christian is portrayed and that you even enjoy reading my ramblings as well! ;D Thanks for taking the time to check them all out!

      I’m sorry you aren’t very happy with what you have heard about the movie adaptation of the trilogy. Since it is an interpretation (just like my illos!) it may not be everyones’ cup of tea. Maybe one day, out of curiosity, you’ll take a peek! But even if you don’t, that’s okay too. 😉 I have friends that have refused to see movie adaptations of their favorite books, even if they don’t object to anything in particular.

      Thanks again! I really appreciate you stopping in and saying hello! 🙂
      -Victoria

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