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No, I haven't seen Rogue One yet, but it coming out did make me realize there's something about the Star Wars universe that bugs me. It's the whole light/dark side concept as applied to the Force.

In real life, people in most competing factions convince themselves that they're doing the right thing and that the other side is wrong. This is true even for notorious organizations like the Nazis, KKK, or ISIL. In many cases it can be difficult for individuals to discern which side is more sympathetic than the other, not least because both sides have propaganda rationalizing what they do and vilifying the other team.

In the Star Wars universe on the other hand, you have one side (the Sith) openly acknowledging its evilness by calling itself the "dark side", and you can pretty much tell any faction they're involved in is the bad guys' team. On the other hand, anyone whom the Jedi support has to be the good guys, because they're the selfless "light side". This setup makes it difficult to conceive why anyone would sympathize with the Sith, because they'd basically be supporting a faction whose party line explicitly says, "We're evil".

I understand that Star Wars is a fantasy universe and that it doesn't have to be realistic in every dimension. It wouldn't be escapist fun if it were too realistic. However, I feel it would be more interesting if the Sith, rather than simply proclaiming themselves evil, had some ideology rationalizing what they did, something that could be potentially attractive to large numbers of people. Perhaps they could believe that an authoritarian, might-makes-right institution like the Empire or First Order would bring peace to the galaxy, or maybe they see the Jedi and their principles as somehow threatening or oppressive to the public. All I mean to say is, the Sith need some rationalization for what they do besides a facile declaration that they're inherently evil or whatever.

Or alternately, maybe there isn't a light or dark side to the Force at all. Maybe instead you have the Force being used as a tool by all kinds of factions fighting each other instead of all the Force-users belonging to one of two teams. It'd make for a messier galaxy, but there's still a big market for that kind of thing.

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I'm an amateur artist and writer who has a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from the University of California in San Diego.

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I guess Han Solo will have someone to join him in the grave next Episode. RIP Carrie Fisher.
Happy holidays, dudes and dudettes!

Also, a belated thank you for the birthday wishes earlier this month!
Last night I finished a short historical-fiction story set in Britain during the Roman Imperial era. As much as I'd love to draw portraits of the characters themselves, today I have quite a bit of schoolwork to catch up on. So in case anyone out there is interested in doing a few quick portraits of my characters, here are some descriptions...

Cornelius Octavius: The protagonist, a young Roman legionary with tan skin and straight black hair. He was born in Rome, started his military service in one of the African provinces, and has recently relocated to Britain.

Marcus Cassius: A friend and colleague of Cornelius, also with tan skin and black hair (though his is of a curlier texture in my imagination). He has never forgiven the Britons for killing his father when he was a small boy.

Centurion Lucius: A middle-aged Roman centurion of African descent, with dark brown skin and a frizzy black beard peppered with gray (in my mind, he looks a bit like Djimon Hounsou). He is Cornelius and Marcus's superior as well as Cornelius's father-in-law.

Fabiana Octavius: A young Afro-Roman woman with dark brown skin, who is Lucius's daughter and Cornelius's wife. Cornelius pines for her company while on military duty.

Drustan the Dreadful: The main antagonist, a big and muscular British chieftain with a thick red beard, green eyes, and pale skin painted with blue war-paint. Wears a horned helmet, a bear-skin cape, and a necklace of enemy human skulls. He hates the Romans with a vengeful fury for taking away and enslaving his wife and daughter.

So my mom & pop got me "Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies" for my birthday. I'm thankful for it of course, and I'm sure it will have useful pointers that could be applied to fiction-writing in general. But I got to admit, most of the fiction I read isn't YA. And that was probably true even when I was a teenager. Do any of you guys know what the YA fiction scene is like now?

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godofwarlover Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Can you draw Metatron?
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DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, not taking requests right now.
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Okay then
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Thank you for the favorite! Happy you fancy her ;)
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Fave thanks!
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Thanks for the watch!:la:
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
❤ Give this heart to everyone you don't want to lose in "2017" including me if you care. Try to collect 12 it's not easy! Be honest and send this to anyone who made u smile this year💥🌟💫❤💥🌟💫❤💥🌟💫❤💥🌟💫❤💥🌟💫❤💥🌟💫❤💥🌟💫
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy New Year, dude! How're things?
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Thanks for the :+fav:! :)
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DinoArt65 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Student Artist
I might be interested in a commission
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RodgerHodger Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
Cheers Brandon on the dinosaur work. I see you have beaten me to the punch with your warrior women on dinosaurs theme on your t-shirt. I"ve been meaning to attempt something like that all year. Well, it's been in the back of my mind. I hope to put pencil to paper this year and hopefully get some of it done. I guess I 'll use your to inspire me t to get started.;) (Wink) 
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lexxii Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
*Submitted: "Queens Of The Nile" :star: For Your Approval :star: xoLexxiiCutieShots
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Bengtzone Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
Hello!
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DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there!
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Bengtzone Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
You like dark-skinned people?
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DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That is what I am attracted to, yes.
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lexxii Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery Brandon & Invite to join Global Super Group :star: :iconcutieshots: :star: & :new: Chat Room :star: Please join soon :star: xoLexxiiCutieShots
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday to you, Brandonbirthday cake ! I happen to be workin' on a birthday gift for ya, but I'm afraid it'll come later than I hoped. I just hope it'll be worth your time, man. Again, happy birthdayBirthday cake  iconSuper Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D  !
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Happy birthday! Hope you have a good one!Birthday cake  icon 
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Happy Birthday :)
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Just dropping by to wish you a happy birthday. :smooch: :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz: :airborne: :love:
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Rumsford Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF MY FAVORITE ARTISTS ON ALL OF DEVIANTART!
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Happy Birthday!!! :hug: :dance: :aww: a cow can dance better than u 
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Happy Birthday!!!
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Happy Birthday!
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