I’ve been feeling especially creative lately and I am riding this wave for as long as it lasts because it’s good for me. I feel at my best when I am creating something or writing something. It helps that there has been a ton of new Star Wars content including almost every artist on planet earth creating Dark Side Rey art!
I decided to edit this beautiful art by Jake Bartok because it’s kick ass! I also created another edit for Star Wars Is Poetry as well:
It’s really lovely to be able to use all of the edits I so painstakingly created for my new blog. It actually feels like all those hours I put into editing in Photoshop is somehow paying off (except just not in a monetary way), and I’m very okay with that.
I was a little disappointed to go on Reddit the other day to see one of my edits posted there straight from this website without a single credit, not even to the original artist! That really annoyed me. Firstly because well, it was my edit, and secondly because the art actually belongs to someone! This is just really awful to do. I actually had to stop venturing out to specific social media sites because I couldn’t handle seeing all of my edits on other people’s blogs with their names taking credit for making them.
So there is a dark side to sharing your art or edits or anything you create online. I know this which is why I prefer to just stick to my own blog and upload my creations or whatever and be thankful that people appreciate them enough to steal 😂I guess that’s really the only way to look at it positively.
So here is my edit for the day – I remember making this one, and it took ages to clean the image up and make it look half decent. I also just realised I didn’t crop it correctly on the left-hand side, but I’m too tired to change it now so I’ll fix it up tomorrow 🤣 Fixed!
Star Wars is Poetry is now in full swing with an amazing 17 followers! I am actually quite serious when I say it’s amazing. I’ve only had this account for a few days, and people have already followed it which I honestly thought would take a lot longer. I am not really advertising it anywhere other than Pinterest and here so I’m really happy with this progress.
I have made two posts in the last couple of days, both from the prequel trilogy films. I am actually really enjoying creating these posts, even more than I thought I would. I like being able to blend imagery with words where the words are the main focus rather than the art or image. I also like adding my own point of view on the topic of the post which I don’t do on my Star Wars art account. This way I get to flesh out the concepts or theory behind the post or the scene or the plot or characters.
Yoda’s discussion with Anakin about attachment and letting go:
And Padme Amidala finally admitting her love for Anakin (as doomed as it was) sniff ☹️
As you know, I created a new IG account for Star Wars is poetry and I’ve been busy making graphics for that, one a day is my goal so far. But I’ve also been doing a few animations in my spare time as well.
On the writing front, I’m still working on my two stories/fanfics and they’re slowly coming along. All in all, I’ve been quite happy with my progress. I’ve even found a few tutorials I want to do so I should be getting onto that next which I’ll upload here, of course.
Here’s my latest animation, someone on Pinterest sent this to me, so I thought “Hey, why not animate it?” and so I did. The artist is Maksym Rudek, and it’s a lovely image of Kylo Ren circa The Force Awakens:
And here’s one of the edits I made for Star Wars is Poetry:
I’ve wanted to create an IG account for Star War is Poetry for the longest time but I wasn’t too sure how I’d go about it. What I want to do is celebrate the words and literature of the Star Wars universe using words and images (but mostly words as it is an account dedicated to the written word).
So I made this clip for my blog:
And it’s so much easier to manage through the IG app on my phone now that you can use one primary IG account to access all of your IG accounts.
I spent some time creating this template which I want to use for all my posts:
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.
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 NovelPaperback– 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:
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:
And because I felt like it, here’s my animation of the same cover: