FT’s Review of 2020 and look forward to 2021….What a year.

Hello everybody welcome to my last post……of the year that was 2020! Don’t worry I’m not quitting blogging just yet – even though this past year has made me think about it. What a year it has been, viruses and operating system crashes….laptop failures….premature and sad deaths….and a terrible pandemic sweeping the planet called Covid 19.

January started with mixed reviews of the final film of the Star Wars Skywalker saga with The Rise of Skywalker. By the end of the month it also had the UK worried about a new illness discovered in two Chinese nationals staying in a hotel in the city of York. Covid had already been detected in China during December but this was the first time I had heard anything about this killer illness. But in more positive news I did model and create a couple of hilts from the movie Rise of Skywalker. I got to see the film on the 20th December and by the 22nd I had built these…not bad for a beginner!

February was a good month (sort of) as I finally resolved an issue with my bank and received some compensation for mis-sold insurance. This meant I had a little bit of earth cash and I needed a new laptop as my existing one from 2007 was nearly at capacity and was struggling to perform what I wanted. So I knew I couldn’t afford a complete new setup so I decided to purchase a higher spec refurbished model. I thought the machine would last a year or two while I saved the full amount needed for a new desktop. I was wrong but more on that in a little while. In February I posted a few designs ranging from hilts inspired by LucasFilm’s new Mandalorian tv show on Disney+ along with a hilt from Mulan too. I also had the honour of building a model based on my friend PsychoSith’s beautiful artwork and a well known custom saber company in Portland Oregon was selling off cheap lightsaber parts in a “scratch and dent” sale. These parts were either Quality Control rejects or parts that were damaged in the building process and the company’s owner was selling them to amateur builders to use. Well one of these bargain basement deal pieces caught my attention so I made my own 3D version and turned it into a full hilt – I like to recycle! Oh and I built a saber for Zorro….yes a lightsaber Rapier!

March was another mixed bag as the first deaths were announced (UK) and worries about the Coronavirus grew and a Partial National Lockdown was implemented to contain and control the spread of the disease. It was also during March I started having tech issues with my new I5 laptop. I put the issues down to the problems Windows 10 had on certain computers and tried to work round any glitches. BUT I ended up having to re-install the operating system. I lost some of my files…but miraculously I salvaged some later. Some of the files and designs included these interesting items…another Rapier for Inigo Montoya, a saber for a Doctor Who fan I know and a new item, a Holocron for Darth Logos.

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14 thoughts on “FT’s Review of 2020 and look forward to 2021….What a year.”

  1. It’s been a very odd year, but we have made it through. You made a lot of sabres, I made a lot of muffins. Long may it continue. Happy new year FT + Mrs FT

    1. Hello Neil, yes a lot of muffins.. always making me hungry! Thanks for the New Year wishes and may I extend mine and Mrs FT’s back to you. Have a good one and I’ll talk to you next year!

    1. Hear Hear! Yes let’s hope 2021 is a bit less of a hassle. And I passed your thanks to Mrs FT – Mrs Tyeth saved the blog, now I just have to save and buy a decent and brand new computer. (I tried to be eco conscious and buy a refurbished one but it was a false economy in the end – but it tried)

  2. Happy New Year, FT mate! Hope it’s full of creativity, peace, love and light for us all.
    You made an astonishing amount of designs last year (including with a few tech difficulties encountered).
    My faves… not SW for once, (although I still love the X-Wing design) but the Brian May and Eddie Van Halen guitar tributes!

    1. Hi TVTA and the same new year’s wishes to you and your too. Thanks so much, I’m glad I managed to impress you. I am really proud of the Red 5 Special I built for Brian May as it was the first time I had attempted something so iconically identifiable. That guitar is a character in itself and I had to get a lot of details right. Not easy as The Lady as the guitar is known has changed over the years.
      The Eddie Van Halen “Eruption” saber came about from an experiment I did using Obi-Wan Kenobi’s saber from Episode One. It involved creating a “Shattered Look” texture using just mathematically generated imagery (this means I didn’t just paste a photo onto the model).
      Both models pushed my limits (and the tech!) so I’m happy they worked out.
      Thanks again and bravely onwards into 2021.

    1. Hello Nancy and Happy New Year. Thank you for the kind comment, the scary thing is I could have posted more designs as I have a few backlogged up! That and I struggled with my computer setup always crashing. I am currently using the laptop I “borrowed” but it is less powerful and slower. I’ll just have to save up my Credits and buy a new machine. Thanks for all the support this past year (and before that) it really helps.

  3. Happy New Year, FT! Lots of memorable posts this year. My favs include The Eddie Van Halen tribute (I know he was a personal hero of yours) and Sonic The Hedgehog, and of course, constructing your own real-life saber. Can’t wait to see wha artworks 2021 has in store. Cheers 🙂

    1. Hello EF and thank you very much, comments like this mean a lot. I was unsure whether I had a “good” year or not as it was so crazy, but when I looked back I surprised myself. 2020 certainly had a lot of emotional ups and downs but I think I’m going to be stronger for it. And I have to say a big thanks for your support and the incredible film editing you produce -watching it helped me when I needed a distraction and the standard of product inspired me to keep working hard.

      1. I feel like we had a similar year! Both dealt with ups and downs, computer issues, personal struggles, and both managed to still produce good art. And that’s awesome!👨‍💻💡🎹🎸

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