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Title: Wireless Connection
Rating: G (PG-13 for Fic)
Fandom: Supernatural RPF
Pairing: Jensen/Jared
Characters: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki

Summary: Art for Wireless Connection, written by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] lotrspnfangirl, and my second entry for the 2016 [livejournal.com profile] j2_reversebang!

Jared finds stress relief in Twitter as a second-year nursing student. Over summer break, he becomes friends with Jackles @profjackles, aka Jensen. He doesn't even know what Jensen looks like, but he can’t help from falling for the man he met online anyway. Their relationship changes unexpectedly when Jensen accepts a new job at Jared's university. Nursing school is not nearly as hard as discovering that the guy you've fallen for is actually your professor.


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THE ORIGINAL PROMPT


"Jared, college student, and Jensen, young college prof, only know each other - fairly anonymously (they don’t share photos of themselves or precise personal information) - via Twitter. Their online-only friendship changes unexpectedly when Jensen accepts a new job - at Jared’s school."

So, this was the first j2rb prompt I started work on, and I spent much more time creating it (and that story could fill a whole other post...) than I did for my other prompt ("The Perfect Pairing" by the also amazing [livejournal.com profile] jillmariej). As you can probably guess by the written summary I provided with the original art, I had a pretty specific idea of what kind of story I was hoping to get to accompany my art.

Holy Hannah, did Danielle fucking deliver. I could not have asked for a more fulfilling fic. Couldn't have dreamed up the perfection that she wrote. She's already whispering promises of timestamps, too. And all this AFTER she lost and had to rewrite a nearly completed first draft. Amazing. It's been such a joy to have my dreams for this prompt so completely realized by her.

ANYhoo, you're here for art, right? (All of which can also be found in its natural environment - in the story itself - HERE. Seriously - GO! READ!) So yes. Let's have some art:

TWITTER ICONS!

Danielle had a handful of delightful characters picked out for this story, and, as a larger part of the fic is written as tweets, each of those people, of course, had to have their own unique twitter icon. Danielle came up with their "@" and usernames, but we worked together to decide what picture they might use.

Jared P. @mooseRN · now

As a nursing student herself, Danielle had *just* the image in mind for protagonist Jared. We all need a #CoffeeIV somedays, am I right?



Jackles @profjackles · now

For Jensen's pic, I just took a small section from my original art - his cat! Because he's totally a #CrazyCatMan. #ButNotReally ;)



Chadmeister @ChaddasaurusRex · now

omfg. Chad is SUCH a joy. I'm so thrilled by his inclusion in this fic. I googled 'badass t-rex' for his pic. Idk the source, but #SoFitting



Megan♥♥ @mPad · now

Jared's sister was another delightful addition to this fic. Danielle found this pic of #TVD star @iansomerhalder, and I added the hearts ♥♥♥



As you can see, I also took a screenshot of the twitter 'response buttons' to make the tweets feel more realistic (I took so many graphics directly from twitter. I take no credit for those designs at all, and I hope that using them (as well as the non-original images for the twitter icons) is a forgivable sin, should any of the original creators notice their use). The decision to add the twitter buttons sure made coding "fun", but I liked the added touch enough to keep them despite cross-platform discrepancies.

DIVIDERS


I love the exploding animation of the twitter hearts, and, with a quick google search, I was fortunate enough to come across a... cross-section? showing each moment of it. I took a screenshot of the point at which the explosion peaks and layered it over a screenshot of the twitter response buttons. Voila! Divider!

As I got deeper and deeper into the coding and visuals of the fic, it seemed to me that something was necessary to indicate when a conversation was happening in DMs. There was some formatting already with the text alignment, but - especially since some of those conversations started with a right-aligned text and that first part might get skipped - I figured a little visual help wouldn't hurt. Again, these are just simple screenshots from twitter itself please don't sue me.


Beginning of DM conversation


End of DM conversation

HEADERS

As Danielle wrote the fic and we started to think of how we might break it up for ease of posting, using the seasons as dividers seemed pretty natural. This story takes place from the beginning of summer break after Jared's first year of nursing school to the beginning of winter break of his second year.



Jared is home at his parents' house for the summer, so twitter's 'home' icon seemed a fitting choice. The specific blue is also straight from twitter.



I changed the font color, because fall XP, and switched to twitter's 'notifications' icon for the latter part of the semester/story. The bell seemed appropriate since I associated it with school bells and deadlines and other school-like things.


The epilogue header brought us full circle along with the story. This time, the 'home' icon is meant more to represent how Jared and Jensen have finally found home with each other, along with the literal reality that they're on their way back to Jared's parents' house at the end of the story. (Um, spoilers? GO READ THE STORY IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY!)

The final piece of art I did for this fic was the title header, which you've already seen at the beginning of this post (and you can view a larger image here).

So yeah! I think that's everything! This fic was a very immersive project for me, and I can't thank [livejournal.com profile] lotrspnfangirl enough for an awesome story and an awesome J2RB experience. I'd be remiss if I didn't also give a shout-out of thanks to [livejournal.com profile] gluedwithgold and [livejournal.com profile] non_tiembo_mala for their constant feedback and support with my art. And many thanks also to the [livejournal.com profile] j2_reversebang mod(s) for such a fun challenge! I hope y'all enjoy the amazing art and fic as much as I have and continue to do!

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