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"She was very beautiful. Kind... but sad."

A couple of missing moments between Padme, Luke and Leia. One of the things I noticed about the original Star Wars storyline was how little mention was made of Luke and Leia’s mother, in comparison to the mystery of their father – which I understand, given Anakin/Vader’s huge role in the story, but. it still makes me sad that the twins would never know their mother, and Padme would never be able to see her children through the Force… :cries:

So, forever-unfinished wish fulfilment drawings! (they deserve a lot better, I’m sorry T_T I was trying to do a potential print but need to retry the colours completely...)

Inspired by "The Mother We Share" by CHVRCHES and "Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World, both beautiful and sad songs.

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Star Wars © George Lucas
Wacom Intuos4, Photoshop CS5

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:iconcallmesophomore:
CallMeSophomore Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
Okay but Padme would be the best mom ever, HANDS DOWN
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shorelle Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I really really wish she had survived and to see her being a badass mom ;___; /lies down on the floor forever
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Mitiltenten89 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
Como seria se Leia e Luke tivessem convivido com seus pais biológicos? 
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melyousefi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this artwork! I always wished the twins could form some kind of a bond with their mother bc she isn't mentioned that much in the original trilogy. However I did read that according to George Lucas, Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays. Leia's ''memories'' are genuinely of Padme. She's probably somewhat force sensitive and thus being able to "see" her mother. Idk, I wish he explored that more. I love Padme and Luke and LeiaHeart :happybounce: 
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Erix19 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It's been established since Return of the Jedi that Leia is Force-sensitive. Her abilities just remained dormant until she learned of her birth family from Luke. Even after that, she said that deep down, she had always known that he was her twin. 
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! And yeah, I really wish this had been explored more too ;_; I'm glad you feel the same way! :huggle:
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rvrwalker Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ow..........
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Raqalien Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hit me right in the feels Really Sad 
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, I am sorry! *sends hugs* ;_;
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Icon-UK Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Even stranger that Leia had any memory of her mother at all, given that she was about three minutes old when her mother actually DIED.

And, as you say, nobody talks about Luke even HAVING a mother for three whole movies.

Plus Leia never even mentions being adopted until halfway through Return of the Jedi when Luke talks about it as if the audience already knew... If I didn't know better (ahem) I'd say that it had the air of a plot point they made up at the last minute

Sorry, SW on my mind at the moment.... i do love the pictures!
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shorelle Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries at all! And yeah, there are definitely questions as to how much was planned and how much was made up as the story went along :P It worked out in the end, but does leave these questions.... (and thank you!)
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spiderxand Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Yes. That is true. However, I'm certain that Anakin could reach out to his beloved and tell Padme about their children.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh yes, I like to think that this is what happens :)
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skywalkerchick Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OUCH MY HEART :cry:
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FLASHFAN123 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"I have no memory of my mother... I never knew her..."
-Luke Skywalker Return of the Jedi
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rababco Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe Anakin can find some way to make Padme visible to the twins through The Force so they can see and interact with their mother. I think that it's interesting you drew Leia's hair down; I think it's prettier that way actually. The twins look like a mix between Anakin and Padme and look like they could be their children.
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Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree. I don't care if Padme isn't a Jedi or the like--I maintain the belief that she'll be visible to her twins through the Force, and be able to manifest as a ghost alongside her husband.
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rababco Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That would be nice. I don't know if it works that way but it's nice to think about. It would've been nice to see Padme next to Anakin at the end of series so Luke knew his parents were together again and happy.
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comixpages Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Wow...never thought a picture on here would move me so much, but here we are. 
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, thank you so much! :)
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scheemy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
The scene that reallly brokes my heart in the EP III is Padme when she talks with Anakin and wants to be in Naboo to prepare the childs' room :( she was really excited about the babies
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, knowing what's to come makes this scene really heartbreaking :(
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scheemy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
THE FEELS :'(
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skyguypat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
I never said thank you for that, now I'll never have a chance...
May angels lead you in... :tears:

Beautiful work, luv. MTFBWY...always :heart:
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, the lyrics from this song still make me tear up.

Thanks so much! :)
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skyguypat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Ah, totally...saaame hear. Some friends and I saw them on the "Invented" tour when they came through our area and of course they played this song...and of course I had tears running down my face, lol. Smh Such a powerful band to see live, though...sound-wise and the emotion of the performance...considering they play smaller venues (around here, anyways). Awesomeness! :thumbsup:
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Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My feels have just stabbed me in the heart for the thousandth time
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shorelle Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
**sends hugs** :huggle:
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Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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GoldenFreddy1 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Padme is love, Padme is life.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed! :love:
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GoldenFreddy1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student General Artist
She was pretty yet sad.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Ohhh... I found this in another user's favorites and just had to stop in and gush!  Lovely concept, and a beautiful style--I love it when we get to see moments like this that should have happened at some point or other.  The emotion you've captured here is wonderful: a mother's forever love, the upheaval of emotion in the twins...  It really gets me "teary!"  I agree that Luke and Leia needed to know more about their mother, to develop more of a connection to her, or at least to the memory of her...  Just beautiful! :+fav:

FF
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shorelle Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, thank you so so much for your kind comment, and I'm glad that you feel that way too about what could've been, if Luke and Leia had known more about their mother. ;-; I suppose, we'll always have fanworks to make up for it! :)
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Evviela Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
*gross sobbing*
This is beautiful wish fulfillment.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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atwojay Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Writer
Gorgeous. I'm just... ouch. 
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stclair Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is - these are - absolutely beautiful.  Thank you.

I'm no good at this sort of thing, my art is words... but for a while, I've had the idea of a collage of her from Episodes I-III, with the dialogue of that scene overlaid.

"Just images, mostly.  Feelings."
"Tell me?"
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shorelle Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback! :huggle:

(that's a beautiful idea for a collage, too!)
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9-angel-eyes Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
so sweet! and sad...
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shorelle Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :huggle:
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I scour the net for twins learning of their mother pics/fanfics. This one's great!
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shorelle Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :huggle:
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Kiya-re Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
In my headcanon Padme can watch her children >.<

It bothers me, that even in the EU Padme is little mentioned.
(One thing I never get. Why don't understand so many people that Leia can remeber her mother? I mean a green little Alien hover a ship with the force. Luke hit a tiny hole with ropedo with the force. So Leia remebers trough the force. Why is it such a big deal?)

Nevertheless I still in love with you'r art and all the feels ;-;
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shorelle Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this headcanon! :D

And yeah, I wish she had more screentime at all because she's an interesting character with so much potential! (and that's a really good point about how bizarre so much of the Force already is... so it really shouldn't be much of a stretch for Leia to remember Padme either, really.)

Thank you so much! :huggle:
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WrittinInStone Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
This is freaking incredible!

And you're right, I've often thought about the fact that Padme was basically ignored in the original films. I remember asking my Dad who she was. It wasn't until later that she was even given a name, but this ... this is awesome. 
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shorelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! And yeah, I always did find that bizarre, although it was overlooked by most people... I'm glad that we learned more about her in prequels and that she had a significant role in story after all :) (and in my headcanon, the Skywalker twins find out about this after the end too...)
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I always felt more than a little sad that Padme was never as big a part of the storyline in the original trilogy, too, and that she was never able to get to know her kids. These types of pics are always so bittersweet, but I love it when people do them. :iconawwwplz:
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shorelle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
((hugs)) Oh no, I feel the same way about these sorts of Star Wars pictures! This story is just full of bittersweet moments when you think about it :cries: Thank you so much!
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :hug:
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