Elements of Journalism or: How to Win Friends and Alienate Your Superiors - Art Masterpost
Well this is my first foray into the world of Big Bang and I was truly lucky to choose what turned out to be a fantastic story by the wonderfully talented story_monger
When I read it, (I was lucky enough to play beta as well) I was blown away. Not only is it incredibly well written, it has a great mix of mystery, drama, office politics and family tensions...alongside a truly charming burgeoning relationship between Sam and Castiel. Even though the story is an AU, the author has managed to weave in elements from the show with subtle nuance and the whole thing is so incredibly clever. I seriously would recommend reading it, and not just because I made the art, it's a fantastic story.
Fic Masterpost: HereSynopsis: Sam Winchester needs a job. He's a news reporter who recently stepped down from his comfortable position with the Los Angeles Times after his mix-up in a questionable case of journalism ethics. Luckily for him, his brother and Bobby think they can snag him a job at the New Eldritch Herald, a small-town newspaper in the middle of Kansas. And they do. And Sam meets Castiel Novak: the photography editor who everyone agrees resembles the Grumpy Cat meme. Several things happen after that: Sam and Cas develop a friendship, Cas keeps photographing everything, Dean and Sam try to figure out how to be brothers again, Sam starts to realize Editor-in-Chief Michael Alef sort of hates him, and everyone partakes in a hefty dose of vigilante journalism.
First off is the banner. I chose sepia tones and made the fonts an important part of it to give it a writing/journalistic feel. The animation wasn't part of the original plan but I was making some animated gifs and wondered if I could somehow incorporate animation into the banner. I liked how it worked out.
Here are the chapter dividers which include images that represent both the writing (Sam) and photography (Cas) aspects plus the small town newspaper they work for. The remainder of the dividers are notepaper, pen and handwriting.
And lastly, I wanted to make something where I could include a few images of some of the other important characters to finish things off. I tried it first with the same sepia tones but the images just looked wrong so although it differs in feel, I still think it fits and I have to say, this was the image that was the most fun to pull together. I loved making the individual photos to try and fit the story and flex my manip muscles.
I'm really proud to have worked on this fic. Story_monger is a joy to work with, she let me have complete control of where I wanted to take the art and I hope she likes how it all worked out. Playing beta for her was great too because I loved the story so much and she is such a talented writer. Now, if you haven't already read the story - go read it now! You won't be disappointed.