The concept of the Art Series came from "Primary Colors" which was originally intended to be a one-shot. I chose the following concepts of art - not just for the challenge they would make to write a fic that fit those descriptions - but also because the words come from French, German, Italian, English and Japanese - a nod to the international nature of the fandom. Aside from the boys, I think it's the coolest thing.
I would like to thank everyone who translates anything NewS or Eito related because if you've posted it, chances are I've read it, and it's probable that some of those snippets of their lives are reflected here. A very big chance, actually. I'd also like to thank pinkpapyrus, coiled_iris, spurnd and shexay_yasuda for being loving betas for me at various times throughout this process. None of these stories has their final stamp of approval, however, so if it's terrible or wrong, it's my fault. I treasure you four not just for telling me what you liked, but more importantly, for telling me what you didn't.
The only other thing I can say is .... comments are love.
The Art Series
Chiaroscuro: The rendering of light and shade in painting; the subtle gradations and marked variations of light and shade for dramatic effect. The style of painting light within deep shadows.
Rating: NC17 Fandom: NewS Genre: Romance, Smut, Angst aka "the one you can't pronounce"
Primary colors: Red, yellow, and blue, the mixture of which will yield all other colors in the spectrum but which themselves cannot be produced through a mixture of other colors.
Rating: G Fandom: Kanjani8 Genre: Friendship, Angst aka "the one about the operation"
Trompe l'oeil: A term meaning "Fool the eye" in French. It involves rendering a subject with such detail and attention to lighting and perspective that the finished piece appears real and three-dimensional.
Rating: G Fandom: NewS, Kanjani8 Genre: Friendship, slight Romance and Angst aka "the one where they number the poses"
Value and Tone: Values - the relative lightness and darkness of greys or colors. Tone - the light and dark values of a color.
Rating: NC17 Fandom: NewS Genre: Smut and Angst aka "the one with the fight"
Grisaille: The technique of painting a highly-modeled, black and white monochromatic base painting and then glazing it with transparent colors.
Rating: G Fandom: NewS, Kanjani8 Genre: Romance, Friendship aka "the one where he says it"
Gestalt: Gestalt theory states that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Creating effective designs depends on creating and balancing gestalt.
Rating: NC17 Fandom: Kanjani8, NewS Genre: Smut, Romance and Friendship aka "the eito orgy"
Impasto: Thickly applied oil or acrylic paint that leaves dimensional texture through brushstrokes or palette knife marks.
Rating NC17 Fandom: NewS Genre: Smut and Romance aka "finally!"
Notan: A Japanese art/compositional term meaning "Dark-Light". It's the interplay of dark and light, positive and negative, and the implications of all opposites balancing harmoniously as one, in creating art.
Rating: NC17 Fandom: NewS, Kanjani8 Genre: Romance, Smut, Friendship aka "the last one"