Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Poster – Animated Edition

I really feel like I’m back to being myself again, and I can barely contain my energy to create things. So far in one and a half days I’ve managed to write another article for Dork Side of the Force which is ready for publishing, created one image edit and two animated edits. I also felt randomly inspired and wrote a poem while I was out at the mall earlier today, and I’ve got two short stories on the go at once, one is very much a fan-fic and the other I think I could flesh out into an actual story.

As time’s gone by, I’ve learned to cherish the days when I feel energetic and creative. If there’s one thing being a writer and creative person has taught me, it’s to count the days you have to create as precious. You won’t feel that way every day, so it’s good to try and remember that, it’s good for me and my process anyway.

So here’s my first animation from a newly released star wars fan-made poster with art by phase_runner. This animation took me longer than expected, but I was pleased with the result, and the art is just stunning.

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Something with my writing

It seems I’m always trying to discipline myself into better habits. This is even more so with my writing. The problem is that most of the time my inspiration can come from just about anywhere, and it’s not always appropriate to whip out my phone and note something down or write something down on paper (I still do this sometimes!). This bugs me to no end. And when I manage to catch that “wave” of new inspiration, I’m either drowning in it and completely overwhelmed or barely getting my feet wet. Sometimes I feel like I just want to write, it might not make sense, it’s just my thoughts that come together and might amount to something great or nothing at all. But the words deserve to live beyond the life I give them. And if I don’t take these chances and write, I start to feel like I’m letting myself down.

Does anyone else feel like this with their writing? An example is when I am at work, for instance, there could be 10 different things I want to say all at once because something has triggered me or inspired me or enlightened me. But I can’t because I’m at work and I already feel like everyone is watching what I do. And herein lies the problem. I feel like my creative self is trying to tell me something. I am actually experiencing one of the most creative periods of my life right now – I’m writing almost every day, I’m creating things in photoshop, I’m learning new skills. This is an excellent time for me to spread my creative “wings”. Yet, I still feel like an under-achiever, like the kid who always strived to get an A but had to settle for B+. I don’t want to be that person.

WORDS1.pngI’m also not the kind of writer that has the end goal of publishing a book. I’ve never really wanted to write a book. I like to write short stories, but I’ve never aspired to be an author of a book. I completely understand why a lot of writers do strive to achieve this goal, and it’s a very worthy goal. There is everything right with wanting to write like the authors you’ve grown up with. Yet somehow, I feel like maybe I should feel this way about writing, and I should consider writing a book or even self-publishing. But it’s not really in my heart.

I feel really strange right now. I don’t know what I really want to say, I’m just letting my fingers tap along on the keyboard. There is one thing that I am going to do this weekend though, and that is to connect an old hard drive I stored away that has all of my early poetry on it. I don’t know why I didn’t copy it over to my new disk, I think I just forgot to. But I think I’m inspired enough to write poetry again. Don’t know if I am gutsy enough to reveal any of it here, but I just want to sit with it for a while and see where it takes me.

Design Tuts Plus Tutorial – How to create a Retro 90s Grunge Photo Effect in Photoshop

My edit for the day is this one, yet another tutsplus tutorial (can’t seem to get away from these tutorials because there are so many good ones). The reason I chose this one is that if you remember back when I was doing the Udemy course, I created my very first poster learning Graphic Design basics. And the same stock photo is used in this tutorial, so I figured, hey why not try this one?

So the end result should look something like this:

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I actually thought this was one of the better tutorials because the instruction was excellent and detailed and so easy to follow along to.

How to create a Retro 90s Grunge Photo Effect in Photoshop

As mentioned above, I liked this tutorial for its ease of use and its detail. The screenshots were also very well placed and helpful.

Website: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-90s-grunge-photo-effect-in-adobe-photoshop–cms-26971

Time: 20 minutes

Level: Beginner

Comment: I really enjoyed using this tutorial and creating my own brush for the first time too! But the one BIG bonus about this tutorial is that the assets were all available and easy to obtain. No mucking around with creating your own images to use because Pixabay is free!

Rating: 9/10

And here is my edit, you’ll notice I used different text to make this poster, but I think it works well.

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Do you have a personal mantra that you try to follow?

I blogged about having a personal “mantra” last month as part of a discussion I was actually having with myself on what I want to do and where I want to go in my life.

No joke, those questions are probably some of the hardest questions I’ve ever had to answer, and I don’t think I’ve been able to answer them yet – I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to really. I have a rough idea of what I want to do, but it hasn’t been an easy road, and it’ll only get more challenging before I’m in a place where I will feel good about myself.

As I was reading, I came across the above phrase, which was actually pretty close to what I think I was trying to express. Although, if you had asked me that same question six years ago, I would have had a very different answer.

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Is’nt it funny how time can change your entire perspective on life and even your own opinion of yourself and your values. I know mine have taken a drastic turn. I am usually the type of person that had never doubted where I was going or what I was going to do when I got there. Today, I am not as confident of either of those things.

What about you? Have you ever had an experience in your life so profound that it changed your outlook or your views on life entirely? I suppose that sounds kind of dramatic, but it really isn’t. I don’t believe you can really go through life without hitting significant obstacles in the road. Have you ever had one of these and if so, what did you do to get over that obstacle? Do you live by a specific “code” or mantra or something similar that you aspire to?

I’ve been thinking about this website and the reason I started it in the first place. And I see this website as a canvas of sorts, an artwork that is ever-changing and evolving as I do. That said, there is a part of me that is holding onto the writer within, the teenager that wrote and wrote until her hand went numb, the freelance journalist that never thought she could get a byline and that person is waiting for a chance to shine again.

So along with my other creative endeavours, I want to write more. I need to feed that monster clawing under my skin.

Frustrations! I changed my mind about the next tutorial because…

I was really frustrated because I didn’t feel like working in Illustrator today when I got home, and then I mucked around for an hour on Pinterest and suddenly decided I wanted to make something!

When I finally found a tutorial I wanted to do, the stupid “assets” used to create the image I wanted weren’t free stock photos and sorry but I’m not paying for random stock photos I’ll probably never use again.

So what did I learn from this experience? 1. Don’t waste time if you’re supposed to be creating something, create. 2. Don’t rely on assets in tutorials (which I should have learned from my nightmarish experience on this tutorial and 3. Half your time is spent looking for assets (which shouldn’t take all that long but I’m fussy and particular).

I ended up not doing anything at all because the tutorial was specific to the image and I couldn’t find another image that was close enough to use…

I feel like I need to rage lol… and I won’t be making anything today. So I am going to go and watch a movie that’ll hopefully help to forget that I just broke my “edit a day” promise to myself 😞

But here is one of the earliest animations I did when I first started showcasing them on my blog – and it’s still one of my favourite Star Wars animations. This makes me feel a little better…

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Design Tuts Plus Tutorial – Fantasy Sci Fi Photo Manip Tutorial Review

So as mentioned in an earlier post, I wanted to show you how far I had come on my first Photo Manipulation image. I have not used half the tools I had to use in Photoshop to create the picture, which is why it took me a lot longer than it would someone who already had prior knowledge of these tools. You could say this was a good learning curve for me, and it was steep, but I think I got over it, OK.

The artist who created this image is a digital artist who writes tutorials for a lot of the more prominent Photoshop tutorial websites. Here is her DeviantArt webpage if you’re interested. Her work is just sublime as you can see here:

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I decided to take on this project, not knowing just how involved it can be to create a photo manipulation of this type. There are a lot, and I do mean a LOT of steps to get to the end of it, but it’s so worth it if you’re learning as you go, which I definitely am.

So for anyone that hasn’t seen it, here is my photomanip:

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And here is my write-up about the tutorial:

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Darth Maul Edit Art by thetechromancer on DeviantArt

A quick edit before I finish off my other Rey and Luke composite edit, here’s a beautiful piece by thetechromancer on DeviantArt with a little animation by me.

What do you reckon?

Original art:

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My edit:

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And the very subtle animation:

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