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 🙂


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 😁

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 😃

@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 😁😂

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 😁😂

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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I’ve neglected my blog a little but I’m filling that time with great things

I’ve finally broken my writing streak which is bad because I made a promise to myself to write every day. That was my promise to who I was, and now I am moving into a different phase of my creative life, and I feel it’s time to set new goals as well. That’s not an excuse. I’ve acknowledged the broken promise, but I feel less guilty about it because I’ve transitioned into something I think is even better. Continue reading → I’ve neglected my blog a little but I’m filling that time with great things

My First Poster – Graphic Design Part III

Previously I mentioned that I had started studying Graphic Design on Udemy. I’ve spent about four hours of study so far learning some new techniques in Photoshop. Some of these techniques I’ve used before and others are entirely new to me, so I am already filling in gaps in my knowledge of Photoshop which is excellent!

The examples here are my first attempts at making an actual poster so it’s a mock-up of how a potential client’s poster could look if that’s what they wanted me to design.

One of the things I’ve learned already is that as a Graphic Designer, you have to look at every possibility and provide the best of those to your clients, whoever they may be. What you like and what seems right to you means very little to the client if they want something specific. You have to put aside what you like and put yourself in your client’s shoes. They may choose a colour scheme that is totally wrong for the design, but if that’s what they want, you have to create it.

And I experienced a bit of that making these posters because straightaway I didn’t like some of the things the lecturer was doing with the text etc. but I followed along without question because I wanted to learn everything, even how to make obnoxious colours look good on a poster.

So here’s example mock-up poster number 1:


With the lettering, I decided it looked better with a stroke added to it to make it stand out more. I added that myself 😉

And example number 2:

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The best part about all of this is that I am going to apply these techniques to making Star Wars related content for my blog and Instagram and I just can’t wait!! 😁