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The Light – A Star Wars Poem from Leia to Ben

I haven’t written much poetry over the last few years mostly because, for me, poetry was a way to express feelings I haven’t felt in a long time. Sometimes I would just write poetry because I was inspired, but most of the time, it was a way of dealing with aspects of my life that were too painful to deal with any other way.

Today, I felt suddenly inspired by a GIF set I saw on Tumblr – these two GIFs to be precise:

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On Tumblr, people were talking about how you can see the shadow of the dark side of the force go over Kylo’s face and then, gradually, it leaves. You can see this in the second GIF. This makes a lot of sense because, in that scene, Kylo is very close to blasting his mother and everyone else on the ship to smithereens. But he doesn’t. The pull to the light was still too strong for him to kill his mother. This would lead me to believe that Kylo had a much stronger bond with Leia then he did with Han as a child, well, it’s possible.

So here’s the poem:

You are not the cruelty of the shadows
You are the light that once shone upon my cheek
But fall you did, and for a time, you lost your way
And although you stumbled and you let the darkness in
The light was still a part of you
Gently resting in the recesses of your soul
Waiting for a kindred spirit
To pull open the doorway to your heart
And let the light reside there once more

 

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Spooner Graphics Photoshop Tutorial Review – How To Create a Letterpress Style Poster with Overprint Effects

Coming back to my one and only Photoshop – I haven’t really had time to sit down and work through a decent photoshop tutorial for some time, so one of my goals is to get back to doing an edit a day. Photoshop Tutorials can be time consuming though, depending on what you’re making or learning.

This particular tutorial is by Chris Spooner, and his website is a particular favourite of mine for learning Graphic Design techniques and for great design assets. He also regularly updates his blog with unique discounted assets for designers from websites he frequently uses so you know you’re getting quality content for a fraction of the price.

My focus has slowly turned more and more to designing posters and working with typography. I really liked the look of this poster, so I learned how to make it via Chris’ YouTube channel:

And here’s the finished product. I was quite happy with the result:

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Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ILUQXEKADI

Time: 1 hour

Level: Intermediate

Comment: Chris is an excellent tutor, although he does seem to work pretty quickly, so you might have to do a bit of pausing to keep up with him. His tutorials are well made and easily understood, and a huge bonus is that he provides most of the assets you need to make what you’re creating in the tutorial. Like most designers, Chris also uses a lot of stock images which are not always free, unfortunately. You can probably find replacement assets for free online if you know where to look (various websites like Pixabay and Pixelbuddha usually have what you’ll need

Rating: 10/10

The Rise of Skywalker First Order Villains

I made some edits from the preview images of Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker First Order Villains. The art is done by Diogo Saito and Luigi Aime

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And another animation I did from the art by Jody Muir:

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Star Wars Movies: What are the top fan-favourite duels?

 

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This was my very first article for Dork Side of the Force. I wanted to write something that was appealing to every fan rather than a specific post that focused on one particular aspect of the fandom. I am pretty sure almost every star wars blogger has blogged about their favourite star wars duels, so I figured it was my time to follow in their footsteps πŸ˜€

Here is a snippet from the article:

“Light versus Dark, Jedi against Jedi, father against son. If you had to choose one, which duels from the star wars movie franchise would be your favourite?

In no particular order, here are the top five duels from the Star Wars movies that we think most fans vote as the best and why”.

Please go here to read the rest of this article and support your favourite Star Wars blog!πŸ˜€

Let me know what you think your favourite duels are from the Star Wars franchise and why?

 

I’m going to start showcasing my work over at Dork Side!

I’ve decided that I’m going to start showcasing my writing for Dork Side of the Force here because it’s Star Wars and it’s relevant. That way, my readers can keep up to date on anything I write there (as I am not allowed to duplicate or copy any articles I write for them as part of my agreement). I will only be blogging snippets of the article so you will need to visit the site to read the rest if you’re interested. But I’ve decided I need to take a more hands-on approach to promote my own writing and to do that, I need to be proactive and start using the tools I already have.

In the meantime, have another Kylo Ren edit for The Rise of Skywalker. 😁

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The Rise of Skywalker promo images!

You can tell that the promotion for The Rise of Skywalker is now in full swing as there are new images popping up all over the internet. There were also images released from the New York Comic Con for all the new books that will be coming out and one of these image is actualy amazing! I took one part of it and animated it, the second part is coming but the image is taken from the upcoming comic The Rise of Kylo Ren:

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Other images included HD versions of images previously released like these which I’ve edited in Photoshop just to make them pop a little:

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TRIPLE Force Friday has arrived!

So my relationship with buying Star Wars collectibles is a little patchy at best. Last year I was so unprepared for the Force Friday midnight sales that I missed out on buying the items I wanted. I was actually quite cut up about it and mulled around for days in a low mood. That is why this year I wanted to make sure that I was prepared for the sales. It’s a fierce world out there, people. If you want to collect, you need to bring your ‘A’ game to play with the big boys!

As I write this, I am recovering from a very bad night of almost no sleep and I was feeling a little unwell so I didn’t go to work today. But as soon as I start thinking about Star Wars, I suddenly feel entirely rejuvenated. I think it’s safe to say that Star Wars is in my veins and there is no way it’s ever going to leave.

So last night I managed to get almost everything I wanted including all of the First Edition Black Series release figures!! I am so over the moon about this. I honestly didn’t think of the First Edition stuff but it makes sense because some of those toys will be considered first edition because they’re brand new to the Star Wars franchise. Toys for The Mandalorian, Cal Kestis and the Second Sister from the Star Wars game Jedi Fallen Order – all first edition.

You do not want to know how much money I’ve spent today… it’s probably the most I’ve spent on figures for a long time. I have been patiently waiting for this day for months now and I am so glad it finally paid off.

The only thing is my partner doesn’t know how much I bought or spent yet 🀣 and I am lucky he likes Star Wars and supports my fangirling. I think I’ll be somehow putting this to the test when he sees how many figurines I bought 🀣