Star Wars A New Hope Animated Poster

The new Star Wars posters have finally arrived in semi-HD quality, and after looking at the image for Star Wars A New Hope (also in my favourite colour, purple!), I really wanted to add a few animations to it to see what it would look like.

I am pretty happy with the end result, I think it looks quite pretty – what do you think?

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The difference between Motion Art and GIFs

I’m guessing that not everyone knows what “Motion Art” is and how it differs from a GIF or .mp4 file. Well, actually, Motion Art is very different from any other type of animated file because only certain parts of the image will be animated. With a GIF, usually, the whole image will be moving. So that’s the main difference. And I have become quite lazy over the last year or so calling the motion art that I create “GIFs” when they’re really not GIFs. While it doesn’t really matter that much to someone looking at the image, technically, the process to create motion art is very different to that of a GIF, or at least it used to be until all manner of apps and software for the phone and PC started popping up all over the place.

I don’t think it really takes much know-how to create motion art, but it certainly does take creativity because you have to be able to “see” what the image will look like when it’s animated which may not sound complicated but it can be. I’ve scrapped dozens of motion art files in the time that I’ve been making them because they didn’t fit my “vision” of what I wanted the image to look like. Another critical factor is whether or not the image needs animation added to it to improve it. Out of the thousands of images, I’ve seen in the last year or so, only a tiny portion of them have been animated, and that’s because some images just look better the way they are while others would definitely look better with animation added.

Here’s one I did yesterday of Luke Skywalker from a scene in The Empire Strikes Back, one of my favourites:

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I’ve had people ask me to animate images for them, and I’ve always advised that I need to see the image first before I will create any motion art with it. Some images are just better left untouched. I don’t know if everyone understands this concept, but it’s one I apply every time before committing myself and my time to creating motion art.

Kylo Ren Wallpaper transformed into Motion Art

I found this awesome wallpaper of Kylo Ren while browsing the internet for Star Wars content and I just fell in love with it so I decided to animate it for my “Edit A Day” project. I actually really like how it came out, too.

What do you think?

Here’s the original high definition image:

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And the animated version:

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Obi-Wan and Anakin Variant Cover Edits

I felt like doing something I haven’t done in a while and that is edit comic covers. I’ve edited quite a few comic covers in the past because I like removing the text and looking at the image behind it (if you know what I mean). Sometimes the text can really overshadow a beautiful piece of art. I’ve found that most covers get the variant edition treatment (not all but some do) and the artwork is produced without text already which is awesome. But sometimes, this doesn’t happen and I like to practice my editing by removing the text.

I am probably going about it the wrong way but it seems to work OK for the stuff I’ve done in the past. I’ve made some really nice motion art out of some covers as well like this one of Darth Vader which is one of my favourites. I always credit the original artist when I make motion art out of their artwork and everytime I’ve done this, I’ve been given really good feedback, sometimes from the artist’s themselves. This is what keeps me going, really, when people enjoy what I do.

So here are a couple I did today because I love Obi-Wan and Anakin together. Checking Star Wars Fandom dot com, I don’t see textless variant versions of these covers at all so that’s a bonus! Now they are both Textless. I think I might make some motion art out of Cover H because it’s beautiful.

Obi-Wan and Anakin Part I Cover F Textless:

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Obi-Wan and Anakin Cover H Textless – Art by Gabriele Dell’Otto

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Star Wars post: A few more edits before I go back to work :/

I managed to get a lot of edits and GIFS / motion art done over the period I was on holiday and it was really good. I hardly get any time to just create stuff like that normally during the working week.

So here’s a few more I did yesterday and the day before:

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More of my Star Wars edits and GIFs

Just posting my latest GIFs and image edits because I have time to do them 🙂

Another edit from The Dark Side: An Illustrated Story

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Daisy Ridley as Rey on the cover of Star Wars Insider Magazine SE

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Motion art from artist Kamome Shiraha:

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And this beautiful art from Alice Zhang:

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Star Wars Post – New Darth Vader comic coming 2019!

I mentioned this comic cover earlier and my partner told me that these comics are the ones that will be replacing the comics that were going to be written by Chuck Wendig who was fired by Marvel and went public with the announcement on Twitter. Whatever the situation, I am extremely intrigued by the title – Star Wars: Vader — Dark Visions. Nobody better to flagship this limited comic book series than the Darkest Prince – DARTH VADER!

In celebration of this wonderful Star Wars goody coming our way, I made an edit of the cover because badass!

Here’s the final edit I uploaded to social media – turned out OK I think!

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