Some blog upkeeping for Darksider Confessions

Today I decided that I will be moving the topic of writing and all that entails to a new blog. It’s still with wordpress but I will be separating my writing posts from everything else I do here. Darkside Creative will still be home to all my other creative endeavours such as graphic design, Adobe, and of course, everything relating to Star Wars.

I just feel that this blog really has grown into something more than I expected and in doing so, it has moved slowly away from my first passion which is writing. I haven’t been able to do much with my writing here because I wanted this space to house my Star Wars experiences and everything I do with art. I just don’t think writing has a place here any more.

So if you wish to follow my writing blog, you can do so here – www.thebrokenquill.com.

That’s all I really have to say about that. I’ll understand if you unfollow me.

I have a whole heap of Star Wars edits and graphics to post which I’ll do bit by bit starting tomorrow.

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Darth Maul Edit and Animation

I’ve done a lot of animation using Darth Maul because he’s just so underrated to me as a Star Wars villain. And there is a lot of really good star wars literature out there in the way of comics and books that extend his story far beyond the films. Even animated tv series such as Star Wars The Clone Wars do him a lot more justice than I felt he received in The Phantom Menace. Did you know that the voice used in the Phantom Menace isn’t Ray Park’s, the actor that played him? They had to use a voice over artist because Ray Parks’ voice was too highly pitched to use for Darth Maul Nice little factoid for you!

So I am on a little bit of a Darth Maul trip right now hence all the edits. But this one, I am especially proud of because I played around with Photoshop filters and blending to come up with this and I really like the finished edit:

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And a GIF where I was just fooling around with different animations:

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Age of Republic – Darth Maul 1 Animation

I made another edit because as you know, I love to create animated edits of art I like in the Star Wars universe and it’s kinda been my thing. But I am not happy with this edit at all. I dunno what it is, I regret posting it now. My problem is I look at something, it can be a painting, a digital image, a poem or just about anything like that and I’ll envision how it would sound or look. Then I try to replicate what I see and sometimes, it doesn’t always come out the way I’d like.

The artist is the amazing Paolo Rivera whom I don’t have enough praise for:

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To compensate for this, I went on this really crazy Darth Maul bender and ended up with another two animations, and an image edit which I think came out exactly as I wanted it to. I’ll post it tomorrow along with the other animations I made.

Also, I think I might start writing a little bit more about work again since they blocked my website. 😂It seems there is something unsavoury about the URL darksiderconfessions which I find hilarious!

Textless Jedi Fallen Order poster

I finally completed this poster edit of the cover art for the Art of book Jedi Fallen Order. It was a real study in patience for me, my hand was actually cramping up. But I am pretty happy with the editing I did, I’m slowly getting better at retouching images, even difficult ones like this. One of the reasons why this was so challenging is because the text is actually across the Sith runes on the outer edge of the chamber door so I had to recreate the runes. Clone stamp is your friend!

I think its time I consider investing in a tablet though because using a mouse for this type of job is not really working well for me.

Here’s the smaller version of the file I did for Tumblr. Do you think it would look good animated? I’m thinking I might have my new animation project 😊

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Star Wars is Poetry, the controversial Rise of Skywalker “leaks” and the Art of Jedi Fallen Order poster releases!

Well! What a week it has been for Star Wars fans! I can’t even begin to describe the exciting week I’ve had, but I’m willing to bet a lot of Star Wars fans are feeling perhaps a little lost right now. Indeed, the Reylo fans will be feeling more than a bit annoyed after the latest The Rise of Skywalker leaks were released on Reddit. The internet is honestly blowing up as a result of these leaks. If you have yet to read them or you’re avoiding spoilers, don’t worry, I won’t be talking about them here. But if you’re interested in my point of view, I did write an article over at The Dork Side of the Force about the whole thing so feel free to read my work there.

I’ve made a few edits during my time off, another update for Star Wars is Poetry on Instagram:

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And via Milner’s blog – the latest poster for the Art of the Jedi Fallen Order has hit the internet:

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I’m currently trying to work my way through a textless edit of this poster but it’s proving to be much more challenging than anticipated. I’m continuing to chip away at it and I’ll post it here when it’s completed.

Star Wars is Poetry Edit and Dark Side Rey Animation

I’ve been feeling especially creative lately and I am riding this wave for as long as it lasts because it’s good for me. I feel at my best when I am creating something or writing something. It helps that there has been a ton of new Star Wars content including almost every artist on planet earth creating Dark Side Rey art!

I decided to edit this beautiful art by Jake Bartok because it’s kick ass! I also created another edit for Star Wars Is Poetry as well:

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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – Dark Side Rey

Okay, so I don’t think I got very much work done today because I was distracted so much by the new TRoS sizzle reel. I have a friend at work who fangirls almost as much as I do over Star Wars and Marvel so we spent more time than we should have to debate all manner of topics regarding TRoS.

One thing I’ve seen a lot of people talk about is obviously Dark Side Rey. Search this topic on any social media platform, and you’ll see hundreds if not thousands of posts about this. Everyone wants to know what is going on in that scene, of course, we do because it’s Rey and she is the protagonist. Some fans think it’s just part of a vision and therefore not that important to the plot of the film. Some fans think it’s much more than that and have gone so far into depth trying to pick it apart. Reading through some of these “theories” I came across a post on Tumblr that mentions the ring Rey is wearing, which is of particular significance. Some say it’s an exact replica of Snoke’s ring that he wore on the Supremacy except black, not gold. I didn’t even notice the ring, but it’s definitely there:

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I really don’t know what to think about this scene. It’s possible that it is a force vision but the only reason why I don’t agree is because Kylo Ren told Rey that he saw her turn in his vision of her just like she said she saw him turn in hers in The Last Jedi. What if Kylo Ren ends up being the one who turns to the light to save Rey who has turned to the dark side? What if it’s reverse Anidala just like all the fans have been saying all along and the words we hear Luke saying in the voice over aren’t to Rey but to Ben? I love this theory, I will not lie. It’s my favourite plot theory so far and I’ve read and heard dozens of them. I have to give credit to J J Abrams though for even daring to go there with Dark Side Rey. It’s such a gutsy move showing the heroine of the story is just as susceptible to the dark side as anyone else. Even if it is only a force vision, I am down for this in every way possible.

Here’s a GIF I made of that entire scene because I loved it so much!

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