Hello Everybody, today I am starting a new venture! I have been struggling lately to come up with new designs. Not because I am short of inspiration but because some new parts that were announced by Saberforge still haven’t been added to the Adaptive Saber Parts (ASP) virtual builder. Mind you Saberforge have finally added a link to saberparts.com on their web store page so potential customers can find the builder to design their own sabers (I have had a link to saberparts.com in my sidebar ever since I started this blog!)
So as I was wondering what to design next I started looking online at the wonderful blogs on WordPress and those of my friends, Kiri at starwarsanon.com and Mei-Mei of jedibyknight.com and more recently Capili Jiron’s artistbybeauty.blog site. Here these three talented ladies produce some nice artwork in the form of Star Wars Mandala images from Kiri and Mei-Mei, and Capili produces hand drawn cartoon images presented in timelapse videos. That got me thinking, I needed a new forum signature image (used as a personal nameplate on forum message boards) so I attempted to use my skills with photo editing to create one and here it is…
I kept with my trademark green colour scheme, added a few lightsaber blades, some transparent smoke and crystal shapes in the background then pasted an old Jedi in the middle because he looks a bit like me! I also created an animated version where the Jedi’s saber flashes brighter like the title image above does. I was recently inspired by some very cool animated Star Wars “pantograph images” on Darkside Creative’s site, darksiderconfessions.blog. I needed an avatar image too, to add to my profile page and here is what I came up with….
This was a cut down version of my signature image and I added my name in green once more. I accented my name with an orange shadow, but didn’t realise how much it would make the image look like an old 70’s/80’s sci-fi novel book cover 😀 ! I felt these images were OK for a beginner, but I am a saber designer and wanted to do something with my saber designs. This is where Kiri and Mei-Mei’s inspiration came in. They both colour in Star Wars themed mandala images which are usually symmetrical pictures made up of various SW logos/outlines. Well, I thought, “What if I cut and pasted a few of my lightsaber hilts onto a background? How would that look?” I spent an hour or two cutting, pasting and painting and here are my results…
Well they are different I guess! I do have to confess my grandfather was a “Master Artist and Craftsman” which meant he went to college/art school and achieved the highest art qualification available. He could paint, draw, sculpt and do woodworking and use Gold Leaf techniques – he worked at many fairgrounds, circuses and theme parks painting and repairing rides, posters and vehicles. So I think I may have a small bit of his talent in my Midichlorians after all.
So thank you to Capili, Kiri, Mei-Mei and Darkside Creative for the inspiration to try something different! Don’t worry I won’t be taking art up full time I’ll just do something now and then, but I do have two more images based on my Marvel Comics themed hilts I will showcase in my next post. I hope you will return to see those. But it is now time to close the “For Tyeth Art Gallery” but before I go, as always, I’d like to thank you, all my viewers and followers, new and regulars for your support! Now where are my pencils?……Till next time.
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