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star wars - the mother we share by shorelle star wars - the mother we share by shorelle

"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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joufancyhuh Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning artwork!
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Its-Mousepelt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I can probably say this is one of my very favorite pieces of Star Wars fanart. It's so wonderfully powerful, just like the scene in ROTJ (Which kills me every time I see it!)
I wholeheartedly agree with there being much more of her in the series, I wish there was more art of these two with their Mother :(!
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serenawarren14 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
looks great!
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KatyTorres Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
Amazing artwork!! I'm agree with you. It's a pity we won't see Padme been able to see her children through the Force…
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candygirlblanc23 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
aww so sweet and i love how she is holding Luke
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! <3
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candygirlblanc23 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
welcome she looked like she was a good mother
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Aziada Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Yes, I agree with you. It hurts me too. It is unfair in relation to her and her little children. (T ^ T)
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, I'm glad you agree! :huggle:
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Monimonst Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
ouch my heart:( But really great work
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thank you so much!
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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 Feb 6, 2016  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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rababco Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, there's definitely signs that Leia has force abilities like her brother. In some ways, I think she's more powerful and has more potential than him. Even though she's never been properly trained, it seems that she can sense things much better than her brother, like being able to feel her brother's pain, which is pretty impressive. I think it's such a shame that she doesn't seem to have been properly trained (at least in the current universe) because she could become very powerful in the force. I like to think that even though she doesn't become a Jedi, she still has force abilities that she uses for her own use but I would totally watch a show called something like Jedi Twins with Luke and Leia's adventures as Jedi. It makes sense that both twins are so powerful because their father Anakin was so powerful.
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Erix19 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I find it hard to gauge either's strength just based on the films. Same goes for presuming Leia is stronger or has more potential. She demonstrated her abilities twice in the OT. The first time was rather ambiguous as to whether it's possible for a Force-sensitive to reach out to a non-Force-sensitive. You could easily write that first demonstration off as a gut feeling. It only retroactively became a demonstration of Force-sensitivity with the revelation the two were related.

In the end, it all boils down to the choices the two made. Luke was always meant to be a Jedi and he was always mean to help his father fulfill his destiny. The Empire gave him a push in the right direction when they killed his only ties to his Tatooine home, Owen and Beru. Leia has shown that the well-being of the galaxy means more to her than getting in touch with her Skywalker roots and learning the ways of the Force.
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rababco Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have some good points about the force-sensitivity but I still find it really impressive that she hadn't been trained but was able to sense things like that. She also remembered her mother even though her brother didn't. The fact that Luke and Leia were twins probably helped her sense her brother's pain too; twins often have an unexplainable almost psychic bond between them. There's also never been another instance where a force-sensitive reached out to a non-force sensitive, at least in the movies. Besides, you can't tell me that Luke is force-sensitive and Leia isn't; it doesn't make sense to me that Anakin/Vader would have one child who was force-sensitive and another that wasn't, and are twins none-the less. I guess I just like the idea that one twin is stronger in some areas of the force and the other twin is stronger in other areas of the force. It forms a balance and they have to rely each other.

Their choices and experiences definitely had something to do with it. That's why I think it's such a shame that Leia never really had the chance to be trained like her brother. Obi-Wan watched over Luke and trained him when he needed it while no one watched over Leia and trained her when the time came (I like the AU idea where Ahoska trains Leia like Obi-Wan trains Luke.) I think the Jedi even knew that Leia was force-sensitive like her brother but didn't bother to train her (they could've at least told Luke to train his sister), which isn't very smart on the Jedi's part, especially since she could be trained by the Empire as a Sith, like Vader said about having Leia join him if Luke didn't.
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Erix19 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I personally think Leia herself didn't want to train, mainly because I think she felt she'd be more useful in maintaining the galaxy's well-being doing what she's always done. We just got bare glimpses into the intervening 30 years between the Battle of Endor and TFA and none of which tell us what Leia was up to aside from helping the New Republic get on its feet. Then there's the fact her own son perpetrated the Second Jedi Purge with his Knights of Ren, which caused her to really throw herself into fighting the First Order in order to cope with Ben's fall to the Dark Side.
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rababco Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, but wouldn't she be able to do even more if she was able to fight with the force? Maybe training would take up too much of her time. I think it's interesting that she's a general in the newest movie and Anakin was a general during the Clone Wars. She's becoming more and more like her father everyday.
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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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rababco Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think Leia remembers her mother because of her force sensitivity; it does seem strange though that Luke doesn't seem to remember her though (he does say that his father has good in him like his mother did.) It does seem strange that Padme is such an important character in the prequels and the Clone Wars series but is barely mentioned in the original trilogy. I guess that's one of the many problems with writing the series out of order; everything gets so confusing.
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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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rababco Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Padme was an angel, just like Anakin said.
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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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