I’ve finally given in and I’ve decided that I need to learn Adobe After Effects so I can animate just about anything, including text. It’s actually not as difficult as I thought it would be. Once you know how to use Adobe Photoshop, After Effects is actually pretty straightforward – obviously, it’s very different to how I’ve been animating my edits, clips and motion art in the past, but it’s a great tool and people swear by it so I felt it was time.

Once I’ve finished my first animation, I’ll post it here so you can see just how much of a newbie I am 🙂

Here is the graphic I put together for the animation edit I want to do:

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and yes, it’s Kylo Ren surprise surprise 😉

And here are the words I put together for the edit but I’m not sure how I’m going to use them as yet, you’ll have to wait and see 🙂

Who are you …
if not the mask?
Are you anger?
…hate?
…fear?

No…

Who are you…
without the mask?
A fatherless child
…broken warrior
…frightened boy

Looking for the way home…
Looking for the way out
Looking for the balance

you will never find

… without love

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I mentioned this comic cover earlier and my partner told me that these comics are the ones that will be replacing the comics that were going to be written by Chuck Wendig who was fired by Marvel and went public with the announcement on Twitter. Whatever the situation, I am extremely intrigued by the title – Star Wars: Vader — Dark Visions. Nobody better to flagship this limited comic book series than the Darkest Prince – DARTH VADER!

In celebration of this wonderful Star Wars goody coming our way, I made an edit of the cover because badass!

Here’s the final edit I uploaded to social media – turned out OK I think!

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Carrying on from my writing journey posts, here is another snippet from one of my short stories called “The Devil’s Own”. The only thing I can remember from writing this story is that I was going through a ‘Charlie Hunnam’ phase on Tumblr (I know, ridiculous, my phases and fandoms seem to change often) and this was written with him in mind as the main character David. I dunno if that makes it harder or easier for the reader but it certainly helped me to visualise what I was trying to convey in my writing.

To set the scene, this short story was written in a fictional town in the USA and set in and around the same time as my other short “Angel in the Bathtub” so around the early 1800s.

Enjoy 🙂

I don’t write or create animation or gifs or edits for praise. I do it because I enjoy doing it, I love sharing my animation and edits with the fandoms and public because it makes me happy to do so. So when someone compliments me out of the blue for no reason at all other than to be kind and friendly, it means the world to me. All it takes is two minutes to say how much you enjoy someone’s art, or how much you loved their writing. I try to practice this whenever I see something I like or read something I like, I take the time to appreciate the effort, time and talent that went into it.

The next time you see something you like, or read something that inspires you or moves you, send some love towards the artist or writer because honestly, it really does mean the world to feel appreciated.