New Isotonic Art – Keanu Reeves as Darth Revan

Going through my social media this morning, I came upon this beauty by digital artist @isotonic_lab on Twitter and decided this needed to be animated:

My Animation:

ISOTONICKEANUREVAN (789px, 15fps).gif

And the original image:

ISOTONICKEANUREVAN.png

Advertisements

Star Wars is Poetry – A New Hope The Life of Luke Skywalker

 

ANHLukeHC (1200px, 15fps).gif
Cover Art by Hugh Fleming, Animation by me

 

The Life of Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: A New Hope) Hardcover – September 1, 2009

Luke sensed there was something missing in his life, as if part of him were somehow incomplete. The Empire had destroyed nearly all the records of the Jedi Order, including any information about Anakin Skywalker, leaving Luke with many questions about his place in the universe.
Can I avoid my father’s mistakes? Are all the other Jedi Knights truly gone?
How can I be a good Jedi when I know so little about them?
Despite Leia’s apparent lack of interest, Luke believed it was important for him
to find out more about the life of Anakin Skywalker. How can I know myself if I never really knew my father?
He had no idea whether gaining such knowledge would make him feel wiser or
more fulfilled. All he knew was that he still felt alone and out of place, just as
he’d felt when he was a little boy, growing up on a desolate moisture farm in the
desert wastes of Tatooine…
This book is actually amazing. Did you know that there was a Dreadnought freighter called “A New Hope?” – Nope, neither did I and this is where Luke and Leia find themselves after the events of Return of the Jedi. If you’re like me, you love discovering these little gems of information and beautiful story-telling. I am quickly becoming a fan of Ryder Windham’s writing. He seems to capture Luke Skywalker so well in these books. I imagine what Luke would be like without having seen the films and I can see an apparent picture of who Luke was and who he wanted to become, and everyone can relate to this, I know I can. This is one of my favourite Star Wars books to read this week.
As Leia gazed into space, she said, “It seems everywhere we go, we find more of
Vader’s victims, more evidence of his horrific service to the Empire.”
She shook her head. “Why would I even want to think about that monster?”
“Because our father wasn’t just Darth Vader,” Luke said.
“He was also Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi. I’ve tried to tell you what happened on the Death Star at Endor, how he saved me from the Emperor and—”
“Saved you?” Leia said. “Luke, as I recall, Vader delivered you to the Emperor.”
She sighed. “I know you believe that Anakin Skywalker returned in the end, and
if that’s how you prefer to remember him, as the Jedi hero who destroyed the
Emperor, that’s your decision. But you can’t expect me to do the same, because
my father, Bail Organa, the man who raised me, he died on Alderaan.”
Luke and Leia may have been twins but it was very apparent that they did not share the same feelings towards their (dead) father, Anakin Skywalker. To Leia, he was Darth Vader, the man behind the destruction of her home planet and the death of her family. But to Luke, he was the father that knew him for who he truly was, he was the bridge across the divide that separated him from the farm boy he was on Tatooine and the man he was becoming – a galactic hero and a masterful Jedi.

Writing update – I’ve started writing out the main (revised) plot ideas

I’m currently trying to find out if what I’m writing can actually be considered fanfic. It’s not based on any movie franchise or book franchise or anything other than myth and legend so I’m not sure what to call it.

It’s actually an older short story idea that I had some time ago and I’ve come up with what I think are new and exciting characters to breathe life back into it. So I’m actually doing something that I said I couldn’t do which I’m kind of surprised and happy about.

I still don’t know where I’m going to write it. I want to write it here but I’m still unsure. I’ve been using Evernote to scribble ideas down throughout my day as they come to me. So far it has been a very worthwhile method for me.

I’m both excited and terrified for this process, but I’m doing it all the same.

Star Wars is Poetry: Star Wars A New Hope by Ryder Windham

I found this book along with the doodle book that came with it in a random store near their book section. I don’t know if this has even been on sale anywhere else – and I managed to find it on Amazon which I was really happy about but it’s sold as a separate book by the same author.

Star Wars: A New Hope Junior Novel Paperback – May 4, 2017

If you’re a fan of Star Wars literature (as I am), whatever you do, don’t dismiss or overlook any of the Junior novelizations. My first thought about junior novelizations was probably the same as most adult readers and that is to avoid them. I (was happy to find) that I was very wrong about that. Some of the novelizations are so well-written and are so worth the time.
My reason for this post was for this excerpt from the book that I’d like to share with you which I’ve copied from the novel:

Before Vader had been knocked out of the trench, he’d recognised the Corellian freighter as the same ship that had delivered Ben Kenobi to the Death Star, reportedly from Tatooine. Vader wondered why Kenobi had been on Tatooine, and how long he’d been there.

Then Vader thought of the last X-wing pilot in the trench. He was strong with the Force.

Vader wouldnt rest until he learned the truth (of who that pilot was).

You may or may not know how Darth Vader found that truth and it was via infamous Bounty Hunter Boba Fett:

darth-vader-learns-luke-is-his-son-1.jpg

This is one of the most significant events to happen from the Original Trilogy. If you’ve seen the prequel movies, you’ll know that when Anakin became Vader, he knew nothing of what happened to Padme after his ill-fated duel with Obi-Wan on Mustafar. And while Vader was very strong in the Force, it’s clearly evident that he did not know of Luke’s existence until this point. How amazing it would have been to have known Vader’s emotions at that moment. The culmination of all of his hard work killing and hunting down all of the Jedi after the execution of order 66 by Darth Sidious had basically all been for nothing. He had a son, and his son was to become the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy. How proud and terrified he would have been all at once.

I also felt quite inspired after reading and then writing about this so I animated the cover art as well 🙂

Here’s the cover art:

81ugPzto5qL.jpg

And because I felt like it, here’s my animation of the same cover:

81ugPzto5qL (1200px, 25fps).gif

I’m going home after work and I’m so excited because I’m starting a new fanfic

I’ve been mucking around with ideas for a week or so now but I’ve got my list down to two that I really want to write and they’re not Star Wars related!!! I know, right? WTF is going on 🤣

Actually, I think it’s good to get a fandom break every now and then even if it’s writing fanfic about other things.

Do I want to write it here or on Wattpad? I don’t know yet… what do you suggest? Anyone writing fanfic out there hit me up in the comments please! 😁

Star Wars Art by Mishie Chua – is AMAZING!

This art is beautiful on its own, but for continuity, I made a minimal edit to separate these images from the mural here:

tumblr_ptbmqisUSn1r6cn54o2_1280

The Dark Side

12345.png

The Light Side

123.png

 

Kylo Ren’s Mask gets a Glowing Effect

Further to this post where I learned how to create the “glowing” effect in Photoshop, you can add this effect to just about anything to make it stand out. Here’s a small example of an image that looks OK as is but stands out a lot more with added glowing lines:

Image without glow effect:

tumblr_p29h3triyN1wcck74o1_640

Image with glow effect added:

Untitled1.gif

It’s not meant to look perfect, that’s the idea, it’s just meant to be a rough outline of the mask itself with blue and red glowing lines to represent the dark and light side of the force (as Kylo Ren is a conflicted character who is still fighting his demons, I think this is a nice representation of that inner conflict).

What do you think?