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More The Rise of Skywalker Promo images – Kylo Ren love!

As you can well imagine, I am in Star Wars heaven, to be honest. All of these new images are just fueling my creativity into overdrive, and I just can’t keep up with it all! On top of that, it’s also TFF week with sales happening in my city as well! This is a big deal for a Star Wars fan living in my part of the world. We don’t tend to get much of the Star Wars merchandise here, so I’ll be happy to get whatever I can in the midnight sales.

Here’s an edit I just finished, and I think it’s one of the nicest ones I have done in a while (I don’t always like the edits I do). I added the red colouring to the bottom of Kylo’s cape to represent the dark side and I wanted to give the effect that it was “bleeding” out of Kylo. I don’t know if I achieved it, but I think it looks good! I only wish I had an artist to credit the image to, but so far, Google images are coming up blank.

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And another quick edit I did yesterday. I took the original image and tried to make it look like a cartoon to match the quote which is taken from the latest Kylo Ren comic Age of Resistance – Kylo Ren. I kinda like this one too!

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So much TRoS Star Wars goodness!

I might need to split this post into two because there has been a huge release of new images for The Rise of Skywalker including character posters for The Knights of Ren, Rey and Kylo Ren.

Here are a few of the animations and edits I’ve created today. This first one is cool looking but was originally blue and I changed it to red (because red is the First Order colour and also synonymous with the dark side of the force). Someone mentioned on Instagram that they originally made it blue because of the supposed “Bendemption” that many fans think will happen in the new film. I’ve read all the spoilers and leaks and let’s just say “anything is possible” at this stage but I’m sticking with red!

Kylo Ren The Rise of Skywalker Character Poster Edit

The next image was originally coloured and I changed the entire image so that the blue would have more of a contrast in the animation. I also symbolise Rey as “water” and Kylo Ren as “fire” in the elements:

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Kylo Ren companion piece to the Rey one above. I also wanted the red to appear as if it was bleeding in the animation, did I manage to pull it off? I am not sure…

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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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Kylo Ren Edits – The Rise of Skywalker

I have made quite a few edits this week but I haven’t had a chance to update my blog with the edits I’ve done.

I took a recent image of Kylo Ren from The Rise of Skywalker and made a couple of edits along with an animation which I actually really like.

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And the edits:

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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Cover October 2019

So I was a little premature when I blogged about the Star Wars Cover showing only the First Order and Kylo Ren. As it turns out there is actually two sides to the image, the other of course being Rey and The Resistance.

I was also wrong in saying that it was a Star Wars Insider cover – it’s not. Nobody really knows what this cover art is for, some are saying for an Advent Calendar of some sort because it had the words “Merry Christmas” across the top of it.

I took the original image I found on Reddit and cleaned it all up, removed the text and now it actually doesn’t look half bad. The original image looked strange with markings all over it and numbers in random places:

Here’s my edit:

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It still looks like it has been cropped from a larger image but I haven’t seen that anywhere online as yet but when I do, I’ll be sure to update my blog!

 

Kylo Ren on the latest Cover of Star Wars Insider Magazine!

This is the first update I read this morning coming from Carl Milner’s blog for The Rise of Skywalker cover art and it’s magnificent.

Of course I had to create a textless version because it was so easy and because I wanted to:

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What I love about this poster is that it showcases the dark side of the force, the new look Kylo Ren along with the Knights of Ren and the new TIE fighters which we really haven’t had a lot of coverage of. You can clearly see Kylo Ren’s helmet with the dark red cracks showing through and the new Daggar type TIE fighter which is pretty awesome! I love this poster, it’s actually one of my favourites now for The Rise of Skywalker.

Here’s the original just in case anyone wanted to see it:

New! Star Wars Insider: The Rise Of Skywalker Cover Art

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.