A life update, Darth Vader #1 Edit and Motion Art

I seem to be in a bit of a rut lately with certain things. I’m still recovering from the aftershock of The Rise of Skywalker as my anticipation for this film was a lot higher than I expected. I’ve also been thinking a lot about what I want to achieve this year and I’ve come up with a shortlist. These goals are not NY resolutions. They are goals I want to achieve for several years to come so they’re bigger than that. They are life goals. And I have given myself a time period of six months to get started on one of them and the other one I hope to work and improve on with time.

I’ve neglected some of the things I love to do for other things that I thought were more important but as it turns out, they’re not. So I’m pushing back a little so that I have more control over my time.

And finally, the edits. I saw this new Darth Vader cover on Tumblr and thought it would like nice with a little animation. The cover art is by artist InHyuk Lee

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Motion Art:

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New Topps Cards with Kylo Ren

I saw these Topps cards and knew that I had to do something with them. This is the first one, I didn’t get enough time to edit the second one.

The original:

Kylo Ren Topps Card signed by Adam Driver

I made this one Ben Solo without the scar:

Edited by Darkside Creative

And animated this one:

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The Pull to the Light – Kylo Ren Animation

I’ve spent some time organising my motion art, GIFs and video clips on Pinterest because I have amassed quite a few over the year or so that I’ve been making them. I thought just one board looked too cluttered and now I can see exactly how many I’ve made and what I’ve made.

While GIF-making was not new to me, creating motion art was something new that I started to enjoy and thought “why not?” Just with anything that’s new, I can see that some of the images I made weren’t as polished as they could have been now that I’ve been making them for a couple years. So I am using some of those original images I created as Motion Art and I’m improving them, at least I think I am 😂

Here’s one I remember making and I liked it at that time, but I decided to improve it. I see Kylo Ren’s struggle in this image, the shadows behind him but still part of him, with the light still there, trying to penetrate the shadow. Turning it into motion art was a pleasure. I also edited the original image extensively as I didn’t like how “washed” out and over-exposed the original image looked. When I first made this motion art I didn’t even notice that the original image was over-exposed. I guess I have learned a few things along the way 😊

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Ben Solo, Jedi Padawan – The Rise of Kylo Ren Part 2 Animation

The second comic from the series The Rise of Kylo Ren is apparently all sold out according to the writer, Charles Soule on Twitter. I loved the sneak-peek we were given by Marvel on Twitter so much I had to make some sort of edit from the images.

Here is a quick motion art graphic I made from the cover. I’ll probably do more but we’ll see how I am for time.

Here’s the new cover with art by Will Sliney and colours by Guru-eFX

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Image edit one:

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And the animation. I particularly thought of Ben at this moment using the force and the light probably for the first time against opponents that were genuinely dark side force users. You can see the determination in Ben’s face, he isn’t going to give his enemies an inch! Also, the art is particularly good, it actually looks like a young Adam Driver.

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“Stupid force skype!” – Edit

So I spent a lot of time just playing around with different photoshop actions and addons and decided I wanted to make something using an animated glitch effect and came up with this one. I always loved the meme with Ben and Rey in TLJ and “force skype” so I decided to use that idea and made this:

Created by Star Wars Creative Darkside Creative

“The force will never betray you”… Kylo Ren and Ben Solo edit

I had this image in my head of an edit I wanted to do with both Kylo Ren and Ben Solo which started off as something like a “Who did you become?” post which I’ve done before with other characters. But then I looked at the image I had made a little longer and came up with the edit below. The concept stems from Kylo Ren being Ben Solo and Ben Solo is Kylo Ren. Even when Kylo Ren was at his worst, in his darkest hour (from The Force Awakens when he killed his father), to the moment he turned his back on Kylo Ren and became Ben Solo once more. The force was there, it was always there, flowing all around him, flowing between Kylo Ren and Ben Solo and within them. Even though they are one person, Adam Driver was so masterful at portraying them as two separate people and that’s how I came up with this edit. I wanted to show the force flowing between both of his persona’s, and just as he was two different people, darkness and light, I wanted to show this in the flow of the force, both red for darkness and blue for light.

And in the end, the force would never betray him as the force was always there both in his darkest moments and his most heroic.

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Ben Solo The Rise of Skywalker Animation

So it’s officially 2020 now and I wanted to kickstart the year with a beautiful animation with art by shuploc.tumblr.com. It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of Ben Solo that I’ve seen and I just had to animate it! I added the blue lighting to signify Ben’s turn to the light in the final act.

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And I mucked around with this edit I did some time ago and changed the lightsabers both to blue signifying Ben and Rey’s Dyad in the Force. I also changed Ben’s lightsaber as well (otherwise it would have looked weird with a blue crossguard lightsaber).

Ben and Rey Animation by Star Wars Creative Darkside Creative