Blog Cleanup – looking forward to 2020!

So I’ve been thinking about blogging, in general, a fair bit and I’ve decided that I will be reverting back to blogging about life on this blog *like I used to way back when*. I actually stopped doing that because of work-related issues arising from my personal blog posts, but I’ve since decided that none of that is essential now. I think it’s more important for me to continue writing about life regularly rather than keep it all in. I also don’t really have time to dedicate to another blog. Now that my writing and reviewing is all separate and located on my other website, I can use this one to talk about Star Wars and other stuff maybe not necessarily relating to Star Wars.

Next week is a big week – we all know what next week is right? So, I’ll definitely be blogging about my experience once I’ve seen The Rise of Skywalker. I anticipate I’ll have a lot to say.

To any of my new followers, if you are following me solely for book reviewing, writing and related topics, please follow my other blog The Broken Quill instead. Feel free to unfollow me here, it’s all good πŸ™‚


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 –

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.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Star Wars!

So last night I went to see Star Wars A New Hope with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra playing all of John Williams’ compositions and honestly, the experience has ruined Star Wars A New Hope for me forever because it was SO amazing. It was the Special Edition version but that’s OK, I am not too fussed about the extra footage (as some fans are I think) and the NZSO made up for it anyway.

Here is a pic I took from the stadium:

I’m going to see The Empire Strikes Back tonight for more of the same awesomeness. If you ever get a chance to experience this, PLEASE do because you will never see Star Wars like this – it really is something special with the music being played right in front of you.

It’s probably the best Star Wars Day May the 4th experience I’ve ever had. Are you doing or did you do anything special for Star Wars day? Let me know in the comments if you’re keen πŸ™‚

So excited for 10 days OF BLISS

As you can probably guess I’m on holiday from 5 PM today and I can’t wait. I’m going to spend a huge chunk of my free time studying and progressing through more online graphic design courses. I have a goal to get Adobe Certified 😁

A couple of blogging updates for 2019 so far and a welcome to my new followers πŸ˜

Hi everyone 😁 I hope your week is going well! So I did a little “tidying” up of my work related blog posts on the weekend. I’ve since decided that these posts will be protected and not viewable by the public. My reason for doing this is simple – I’d like to keep that part of my life separate and for the most part, private.

Secondly, you may have noticed a small update to my website header image – I’ve updated it with a new GIF taken from the new teaser 😁 and I love it!

And lastly, I’m slowly beginning to see new followers on my blog and this warms my heart. This blog really is my home online and while I do have a social media presence in other places, this one really is home for me and is the most important. So WELCOME to my new friends and a huge thank you to my current and loyal Darksiders. Let’s enjoy our journey together πŸ˜ƒ

@social media – Do you ever wonder why mutuals unfollow you?

On a superficial level, I do wonder about this every now and then, but I don’t obsess over it. People have reasons and sometimes that’s not worth worrying about.

But if it’s a mutual and I’ve been mutuals for a while, and they just unfollow me, it hurts temporarily. And then I remember how awesome I am and my melancholy session comes to an end πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

Poster Final Proof – Graphic Design Part IV

If you’re still following my little journey down the Graphic Design rabbit hole, you’ll know that I’ve recently started studying Graphic Design for beginners through a UDEMY course online. As I’ve had time to work through the first part of this course and complete example work or “proofs” as they’re called in the biz,😁 I’ve also spent a little time looking around for other classes or learning paths. I actually forgot all about PHLEARN which is yet another way to learn Photoshop techniques that can be applied to just about anything including Graphic Design. I’ve also found a heap of great resource websites and one particularly cool Graphic Designer that I discovered reading articles on Medium.

This guy is the real deal, and he is currently earning NZD 15,000.00 a month for the work that he does. What’s most inspiring to me is not that he is making wads of cash but that he is a real-world example of someone I can look up to as he lives and works in my home town.😁 What this means for me at least, is that it’s possible to make an excellent living from doing Graphic Design as a freelancer, even in my country. And that is my ultimate end game plan; to be working from home and earning money as a freelance journalist/editor/designer. My ideas may be big but I think dreams are meant to be followed and it’s something I am very passionate about.

So, to finish off, I just wanted to show you all the final proofs I did of the previous poster (the first proofs were examples of what not to do apparently), but I didn’t know that until I finished this section of the course lol πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

Annnyway here they are. In the first image, obviously the layer colour has changed to a much nicer, prettier blue from the purple and the gross green wedge at the bottom has also gone:


And finally, my last proof using a slightly brighter blue colour layer but I’ve added texture to the background with a texture brush so that the background doesn’t look so bland or flat:

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