Since it’s not only Valentine’s Day, but also the opening week of Fifty Shades Darker in theaters, I thought I would create an illo inspired by both!
In the books, as well as the movies, the shower proves to be a rather popular destination for Christian and Ana. 😉 There were moments of tenderness, sadness, revelations and confessions as well as passion. But I thought I would attempt to illustrate a more simple and sweet moment between the two of them.
Perhaps before celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic evening out, they both decide on a shower before getting ready. Initially, there is nothing really out of the ordinary, surprisingly. Just your average shower (meaning there are no shenanigans…yet.)
But as the steam begins to build, Christian gets an idea to get their Valentine’s festivities off to a sweet start. Reaching past an unknowing Ana, he slowly and carefully begins to draw on the steamy shower glass with his fingertip, while tenderly giving her a kiss on the head. Now wondering what he is up to, she turns just in time to see Christian finishing one simple and perfect heart.
Always deeply touched when Christian surprises her with such affectionate gestures, I can only imagine that what happens next will cause them to become a bit late getting ready and making their restaurant reservations on time. 😉
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While never one to dwell on her appearance or give much thought to dressing up, Ana is quite surprised, yet pleased, reviewing her reflection after getting ready for a masquerade ball, in Fifty Shades Darker. As if experiencing an out of body experience, she almost doesn’t recognize her own reflection.
This was all thanks to some stunning wardrobe choices by Personal Shopper extraordinaire, Caroline Acton, her recently styled hair and a tiny bit of makeup. However, Christian’s earlier, and unexpected added accessory to her outfit made her use of blush quite unnecessary. 😉
Now all ready to go, she sets off in search of her date for the evening. I decided to create an illo showing what it might have looked like to Ana as she happens upon a group that is stunned into silence upon seeing her.
Christian is deep in conversation with Taylor and three other men with his back to Ana as she enters. But once her presence quickly registers on the mens’ faces in different forms of surprise and deep appreciation of her beauty (and a bit of pride and happiness from Taylor), he can’t help but take notice. He quickly turns and is equally stunned and pleased seeing her standing before him. Even though he had just seen her while she was getting ready, and knew what she would be wearing, it didn’t compare to seeing her there in her entire ensemble. He was captivated–even though she felt quite embarrassed by their attention and stood awkwardly before them.
But at the same time, Ana was also quite stunned and pleased upon seeing Christian in his full tuxedo. So the feelings were quite mutual. 🙂
Christian greets Ana and expresses to her what his gaze had already communicated. At this point it’s clear that the meeting is over and Taylor and the men give the couple some privacy. After a quick glass of champagne, and receiving another (yet quite important) accessory for the masquerade ball, the two soon head off on their way to quite an interesting and event-filled evening…
Recently I completed a new commission, but am now able to share the finished piece! Indhira Jacobo was kind enough to commission me to create an illustration for the cover of her new book, “Te amé antes de conocerte” (or “I loved you even before I met you.”)
What makes the story extra special is that it is based on a true story! I was even lucky enough to be supplied with photos of actual locations and clothing for reference while working on the piece!
While the book is not written in English, I hope that all of you that are able to read Spanish pick up a copy and enjoy!