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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 โ€” 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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I’ve been making things inbetween thinking about my fanfic, so far the thinking part is fine but it’s the writing down and fleshing out the ideas part that isn’t. So I’ve decided to keep things focused on Star Wars imagery to help me visualise what I need to write. The good news is I have a two week holiday coming up like most people do for the holidays, so I’ve decided that will be the best time for me to create the rest of the plot for my fanfic. I need to decide if the story is worth picking up from what I’ve already written OR if it will just be easier for me to write a brand new fic with maybe a few ideas taken from the original. Being a sporadic writer, it’s a bigger challenge for me to actually write. I struggle when I don’t feel inspired and even though many famous writers say that this is the most crucial time to write, I fail at doing this. If I don’t feel it, I can’t fake my way through creating a character or a scene. It’s not that I am not dedicated enough, it’s that I just can’t force creativity when there’s nothing to create with or from in the first place.

There’s a whole heap of new Marvel star wars comics releasing soon which follow the three areas of the films – The Prequel Trilogy, the Original Trilogy and the Sequel Trilogy called Age of Republic, Age of Rebellion and Age of Resistance. As well as those we have the rest of Darth Vader’s story and I really couldn’t move past this beautiful variant cover by Gabrielle Dellโ€™Otto. I decided to make some edits – here’s the original: