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30 September 2014 @ 08:00 am
White Collar Big Bang Art Post: Let Your Honesty Shine  
My second BB post is a true bang - art for elrhiarhodan's Let Your Honesty Shine. It's a White Collar/The Normal Heart crossover executed in the most brilliant way. While reading it I just wanted to keep hugging Neal all the time, and once I have finished reading, I think the journey Neal had to take has, in the end, finally brought him home. And it was worth it :D

For some reason I decided to go with photos and it later on turned out that photos were quite essential to the story \o/ Brain twins \o/

Title: Let Your Honesty Shine
Author: elrhiarhodan
Artist: kanarek13
Fandom: White Collar / The Normal Heart
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: Neal Caffrey, Peter Burke, Elizabeth Burke, Diana Berrigan, Satchmo, Ned Weeks; Peter/Neal, Peter/Elizabeth, Peter/Elizabeth/Neal, Ned/Felix (past)
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for the end of WC S5,
Warnings/Enticements/Triggers: Canon death of canon character (Felix Turner), death of a non-canon White Collar character. Mild public expression of homophobia, self-deprecating use of homophobic slurs.
Word Count: ~40,000
Beta Credit: sinfulslasher
Summary: On a hot June day, one summer in the near future, Ned Weeks finds himself in a West Village coffee shop. When he overhears a fascinating conversation about blackmail, kidnapping and getting shot at, he has to take a look. One of the speakers is definitely a Fed – Ned can tell just by the haircut and the ugly suit. The other man is his lover, Felix. Except that Felix has been dead for thirty years.

Then he remembers…

Story master post

sinfulslasher: neal approvessinfulslasher on September 30th, 2014 07:41 am (UTC)
I had the pleasure and privilege to get a sneak peek at the art during my beta work, and I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved every single one of the pieces! They are absolutely brilliant and perfectly complement the story.

I am, as always, in total awe.

I think the one that killed me the most is the one of Felix holding baby Neal. But they are all amazing.

Thank you again for sharing your boundless talent with us! ♥
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much :D

I think the one that I adore most is Felix holding baby Neal, too :D And that was totally Elr's idea which she shared with me en route to DC. After that I just had to do it :D ♥
maryrose_itmaryrose_it on September 30th, 2014 08:44 am (UTC)
I love the one with Felix holding baby Neal tooooo!! so sweet
But I love all your arts and the collage is amazing it tells a story itself!! I can't wait for the story ...

Edited at 2014-09-30 08:53 am (UTC)
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend :D
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on September 30th, 2014 11:07 am (UTC)
I really don't have the words to express my gratitude for your contribution to both the Big Bang and to my own story. Your talent and vision and creativity leave me speechless.

It was as if you looked inside my head and saw what the story needed and then created it. That you somehow knew how important photographs were to this tale and without a signal word from me, incorporated them into your art, is awe-inspiring.

Thank you.
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)

It was a beautiful process, the idea and your writing were just putting all these images in my head, and I was following the lead ♥ I'm particularly grateful for the Felix holding baby Neal idea, that one happened thanks to you and it's become my favorite manip in this set :D

But it was pure delight creating all of them ♥ :D
(no subject) - elrhiarhodan on October 1st, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
palombaggiapalombaggia on September 30th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
OMG. I'm speechless. It's interesting how the mind works. When I saw TNH and I understood Felix had a son..well this was screaming fanfic to me. And of course, Neal could be Felix's son because the timeline fits just right.
And I remember thinking to myself "wouldn'it be great if one of my fav writer could write this and one of my fav artistic friend could illustrate?"
And here it is!
Brava girls.
The art is STUNNING.
I can't wait to read the story.
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. When I came across this idea, I knew I had to do art for this ♥ I'm so glad it came out the way it did :D
leesa_perrieleesa_perrie on September 30th, 2014 12:38 pm (UTC)
Lovely work, as always! :)
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you :D
paganlowroaderpaganlowroader on September 30th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
The sheer volume of the art is amazing. And then the beauty and poignancy of the individual pieces and the story they support. Just wow. And pudgy baby Neal (Matty) is so adorable.
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend :D
aragarnaaragarna on September 30th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
wow these are amazing. You totally outdid yourself once again! Amazing.
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you *hugs* :D
scarym1scarym1 on September 30th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
WOW!! What an amazing selection of photos. They really take you on an emotional journey. :)
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much :D
sandy79sandy79 on September 30th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
Holy Mother of Mary, they are absolutely beautiful! And I mean every single one of them. Even without having read the story itself, this stunning bunch of artwork tells a story of its own. Special favorites (how was I even able to choose them??? ;) ) are Felix holding baby Neal and lovely kid!Matty (this pic is downright adorable on its own, but in combo with all the others it's a tenfold in adorableness. As the others already said, you stun us every time you post a new art with your sheer endless creativitiy and talent. Keep going, seeing your artworks is always providing a multitude of emotions for me.

Peace out, Sandy
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:14 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much for a beautiful comment. Totally made my day :D

The story is so perfect and so very inspiring, all I had to do was just follow the muse, hee :D
ladyrose42ladyrose42 on October 1st, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
Just finished reading all 5 parts.
Perfect, absolutely perfect.
Your art is the perfect compliment to her story.
Personally it just blows me away. Amazing.
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much :D
angelita26angelita26 on October 1st, 2014 01:09 am (UTC)
Gorgeous! So, so gorgeous!

I love how you mixed WC pics and TNH pics and some baby Matt pics. Everything is amazing!!
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much :D
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Matt Bomer - hotembroiderama on October 1st, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
This is all so beautiful. You did an amazing job with this.

ETA: I'm looking at this again, and it's amazing how much emotion you captured in your art here. That big collage of photos at the end, with Felix's last moments at the heart of it, makes me cry.

Edited at 2014-10-01 03:02 am (UTC)
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much. The story is so emotional, it seemed like the natural thing that these emotions leaked into the art. After all, I was creating these as I was reading the story :D
pooh_collector on October 1st, 2014 04:30 am (UTC)
I have no words for how beautiful and evocative and imaginative and emotive your artwork is.

Well, maybe I have four. But, I should have hundreds because these pieces deserve ALL the love.


Edited at 2014-10-01 04:30 am (UTC)
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 1st, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! {{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}

BTW, I have the groundwork ready for throwing Neal down you know what :P Hopefully I'll have something solid to show you tomorrow :D
Kayla Shay: White Collar - Neal Paintingkaylashay on October 18th, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
So, so beautiful. I think my favorite by far is the one of Felix holding baby Neal. That was just... perfect.
kanarek13kanarek13 on October 18th, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you ♥ Felix holding baby Neal is my favorite, too :D
(Anonymous) on March 30th, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
The artwork you provided for this story is wonderful. Not only is it intrinsically beautiful, it informs and enhances the writing. I'm a word, not picture, person, so when the artwork blows me away, that *really* means something! (Yeah, the shot of Felix and Neal. Heartbreaking!)

Jantique, AO3 writer/reader
kanarek13kanarek13 on March 31st, 2016 09:15 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you so very much for such a wonderful comment ♥ It was such a beautiful story to illustrate, and I admit the pic of Felix and Neal is one of my favs :D Thank you again :D