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09 April 2016 @ 04:56 pm
DVD Commentary Meme - Art edition :P  
I've never done this meme before but after some encouragement from pooh_collector and angelita26 I decided to give it a try. Obviously this is the art edition as I have not committed a single fic in my fandom years :P

Here's how it works:

Pick any of my artwork pieces (you can use my AO3 work list which is the closest thing I have to a master list ATM) and comment to this post with that selection (including a link to the artwork). I will then give you a DVD commentary on that piece: what I was thinking when I created it, why I created it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain objects/techniques, struggles and challenging aspects and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.
pipiljpipilj on April 9th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)

tell me something about Worth dying for

kanarek13kanarek13 on April 12th, 2016 12:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, great choice, that is one of the more unusual things I've made. I admit I wouldn't have come up with it if it weren't for that square on my bingo card. Somehow tyranny & rebellion just screamed some sort of warriors facing an army impossible to beat. And the photo of the two boys in each others arms had been sitting in my WIP folder for a long time. I always thought I would end up using it for something romantic but it worked just as well for something dramatic.

And so our poor boys ended up surrounded by Roman soldiers, with Neal injured and Peter refusing to leave him, knowing all too well they have lost. It is my headcanon for this piece that they have never stopped trying to break free, eventually escaping, with Peter pretty much carrying Neal all the way due to Neal's fragile health.

Thanks :D
sapphire2309: Neal&Sara 4sapphire2309 on April 9th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
How about The Blackmail Game? That was a fabulous piece!
kanarek13kanarek13 on April 12th, 2016 12:30 pm (UTC)
Heee, great choice. Definitely something I've never done before AND something I wasn't planning on doing :D :D :D I had my mind set on something that involves Neal and Sara, with Sara kidnapped and held captive and Neal forced to do some evil deed to save her. I wanted to do a manip with Sara tied to a chair in some room and while the manip itself wasn't a problem, I was having trouble finding a way to include all the information I wanted to include. Like I said, I had a specific scenario in my head and was struggling with putting it all in one pic. It just wasn't working.

So I had to find something different and the only thing I could come up with that would allow me to tell more of the story was something like a series of pics... and pics with some text = comic book pages :D I won't say I haven't struggled with this one, too, but these were only minor bumps along the way. All in all, it was a lot of fun :D

And I still have poor Sara tied to a chair, LOL... I'm sure it's gonna get recycled sooner or later, heee :D

Thank you :D
sapphire2309: Sarasapphire2309 on April 14th, 2016 03:40 pm (UTC)
So it was the story surrounding the scenario that caused you to go for the comic book format :D Well, I'm all for it, because the result was AWESOME.

Anytime :D

angelita26: NealSara Kissangelita26 on April 10th, 2016 12:07 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you decided to do this {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

I'd like to know all the things about The Message. :D :D :D
kanarek13kanarek13 on April 12th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
Wheeeeee, The Message :D This one happened around the time when I was doing a lot of sketch effects, trying to find something new and better :D Your bday was approaching, so I figured I was gonna do a sketch by Neal. My other option was to whump the poor boy but "luckily" for him, this time my brain wanted the romantic option :D

And of course White Collar was officially over and a lot of us were coming up with various post-series scenarios. And since I knew how much you liked Neal/Sara, I decided to go that route - Neal in Paris reaching out to Sara, hoping for a second chance :D

And of course the Neal way of communicating would be a tiny masterpiece instead of a letter. Vague enough, relatively safe and yet filled with meaning that Sara would be able to decipher in a heartbeat ♥ Add a hand-sketched envelope and voila - a message from Neal :D

I even got to use one of my fav pics of the two of them ♥

{{{hugs}}} Thanks :D
ashley5627: pic#125953725ashley5627 on April 10th, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)
Since this work is for one of my current stories, Dead Man Walking, then I'd love to hear what you thought about when you made the beautiful art by the same name.

Edited at 2016-04-10 03:47 am (UTC)
kanarek13kanarek13 on April 12th, 2016 11:19 am (UTC)
Oooh, this one was a new challenge for me. I usually work with general prompts because the more room there is for interpretation the better :D I wasn't sure how I was gonna do with a very specific, detailed prompt but I definitely wanted to give it a shot.

The key was choosing the pics to work with and I was actually surprised that I found the perfect ones relatively fast. The sort of main pic was the hand with the tattoo and I built the cover around it. I also wanted a relatively large pic of Neal on the cover to show that he is not doing so well, I was trying out various options but in the end I decided to keep the pic of Neal smaller and fill the rest of the cover with something else - and since the fic takes place in prison - a pic of prison it was :D

I have to say that I almost immediately felt good about this project, everything was coming together just the way I wanted it, the muse was clearly inspired and cooperating :D I can only wish for more projects like this one, hee :D

Thank you :D
ashley5627: pic#125817047ashley5627 on April 13th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the insight, and the artwork again! You really nailed everything I wanted! You're definitely my favorite White Collar artwork creator! :-)
kanarek13kanarek13 on April 14th, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much ♥ *hugs* Teamwork FTW ♥
pooh_collector on April 10th, 2016 04:11 am (UTC)
So, I'm picking this one, but this question sort of applies to several pieces you've done in a similar vein.


How do you come up with these cool fantastic pieces, like this one and the one I wrote fic for last Halloween?

Edited at 2016-04-10 04:12 am (UTC)
kanarek13kanarek13 on April 12th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
{{{HUGS}}} Oh, that one is one of my favs, I admit :D

Hehe, I have to say that a lot of it is happening at random, hee. Sometimes I see a photo or a screencap and I immediately have the perfect idea for it (like the Halloween one - I had that screencap of Neal and Halloween was coming, so I immediately thought of putting poor Neal in a haunted house :D) Sometimes I see a prompt and I have a vague idea what I could do with it but it usually gets more specific while I look for pics to use. Sometimes I find more or less what I'm looking for and I continue with the initial idea, but sometimes I find something completely different and take a 180 turn with the idea. I just go with the flow :D

Oh, and quite often I use ideas I've seen on the shows I watch, I never recreate scenes from them, just use them for inspiration :)

The Thief was supposed to be just pre-series Neal stealing something from a safe. But I couldn't find a good pic of a room with a safe for me to use. I found this pic of a room in an abandoned building and while the general setup was perfect, I still had to figure out a way to make it look like Neal was stealing something, not just walking into some abandoned building and taking something.

And this is usually the point where the standard brainstorming happens, lol... abandoned building wouldn't have a safe, it could have an old hiding place... who could be guarding it? a security guard? but in an old ruin? maybe a ghost? (yes, me likes)! and the wall is perfect for making a hole in it... if Neal made a hole in it, then there need to be some wooden boards and tools on the floor... he'd probably have a backpack with him... and the thingy he is stealing should be supernatural too, so let's make it glow...

And manip happens :P

I think at some point I'll have to try and record a vid of me doing a manip :D

Thank you ♥ {{{{hugs}}}