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LOTF: Fury--"Grandparents" by FalconFan LOTF: Fury--"Grandparents" by FalconFan
A BIG SPOILER WARNING for those who have not read as far as the Star Wars novel "Legacy of the Force: Fury"--this illustration is from that book. It's a scene I just had to draw because, for once, Han and Leia Solo had something wonderful happen in their lives, and it was so good to imagine their happy faces...

To set the scene, an exerpt from that book:

"In the Millennium Falcon's main hold, which had mostly served as a crew lounge for most of the years Han had owned the freighter, Leia and Han sat Allana down on the sofa and bent to face her more at eye level.
"We're going to take you back to Hapes now," Leia said. Seeing Allana up close for so long, it was hard for her to concentrate. The little girl was so familiar, staring up at her with eyes Leia knew so well.
The realization of where she knew Allana from was like rising from a pool after too long underwater. Suddenly Leia could breathe again, could think again. Allana had Tenel Ka's coloration--the fair skin, red hair, gray eyes--but her face, her expressions, her lively intelligence, were so like his when he was a child, before Yuuzhan Vong and voxyn and Vergere and who-knows-what twisted all the happiness out of his life. Leia found she could not speak.
But Allana wiggled, happy. "You're Leia Organa Solo."
Leia nodded, mute.
"You're Jacen's mommy."
Leia nodded again.
"He's my daddy."
Finally Leia found her voice again. "I know," she whispered.
She knelt and pulled Allana to her in an embrace. She stood with the little girl in her arms. "I'm your grandmother."

Excerpt from Aaron Allston's Legacy of the Force: Fury"

Done on 5" x 7" smooth drawing paper with mechanical and classic graphite pencils in HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, along with rolled paper tortillons and plain paper Kleenex.

The usual disclaimer: George Lucas owns everything Star Wars--the characters, ships and the galaxy far, far away.

FF
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CamiDiAngelo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student
That was beautiful, it was a big mistake of Jacen go to the dark side.
The grandparents Leia and Han are the best.
I love so much this drawing: 3
Sorry for my bad english, I'm Brazilian and I'm training Hug 
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind comment and for the favorite for this; sorry it took me so long to reply, I've been very busy with Real Life lately!

Your English is very good, btw--I understood your words perfectly! :XD:

FF
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maxevry Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
:D HEY! I included this piece in my article "The 25 Best Pieces of 'Star Wars Episode 7' Fanart" for MTV NextMovie. Here's the link: [link]
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Aww! I'm so flattered! Thanks for the nod--and for the link to the piece here at dA; it's always nice when someone remembers to do that (AND notifies the artist that it's been done--THAT is most welcome!)! I'm glad you liked the drawing, and I truly appreciate the :+fav: and the link, too! Many thanks!

FF
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maxevry Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
You're very welcome! Keep up the good work... and may the force be with you! ;)
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dracorotor Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
I can't believe I missed this one on my last pass through. I really love this image. Brightened my whole day.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Aw, thanks! Yeah--I had a hard time with all the dark goings-on in the Legacy of the Force novels--this moment stood out to me as a happy discovery for Han and Leia, after all they had lost, and I had to draw it! Thanks for commenting, and I'm glad it gave you a smile! Thanks, too, for adding it to your :+fav:s!

FF
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BenandAllanarocks Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Wow; Leia is aging worst than Han. She's what like 15 years younger than he is? Wouldn't Han have way more winkles by the time "Fury" came around? I love the picture - just think Han is looking way too young looking.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Thanks for the critique--it's always appreciated. And this is the hazard for fan artists using references--it's a tough job to find just the right poses, expressions and appropriate ages for the subjects (especially for characters as well known as these). I used the best I could locate, but it often falls short. I appreciate the visit and comment though--thanks!

FF
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Jax-Vahr Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow, how did I miss faving this one before? I must have been pulled away before I could, because this absolutely deserves a fave. Great illustration of really, one of the only "happy" moments in LOTF.
I like how Han is sorta reluctantly enjoying himself, haha :D
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
"Great illustration of really, one of the only "happy" moments in LOTF."

Thanks, and yes--I agree completely: there was a real lack of anything to smile about in LotF, but that might be why this moment really stood out; perhaps, too, because it was Han and Leia, who more than most really deserved to have some happiness to come their way...

"I like how Han is sorta reluctantly enjoying himself"

I was hoping he would look dumbfounded, with joy sort of trying to well up below that tough exterior; if you can see enjoyment on his face, though, that's close enough--so thanks for that!

Thanks so much for the kind comments and for the :+fav:--it means a lot! :XD:

FF
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Jax-Vahr Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist
What I meant was he looks like he can't believe that something good is happening amidst the chaos, and is slowly beginning to enjoy himself even though he's afraid to get too happy.
If you can read that deeply into a drawing of a facial expression, lol.
In other words, either this is an astoundingly well done drawing, too convey that much thought in Han's face alone... or I'm crazy, lol.

No prob about the fave, you couldn't deserve it more!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Ha! Exactly! His reluctance to ALLOW himself to experience joy at discovering he and Leia have a little granddaughter is precisely what I was trying for (and no, you're not crazy at all! :hug:). Kewl! Thanks again--and I hope you have a Happy New Year! :party:

FF
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Jax-Vahr Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist
You too!
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AG88 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully done. I really truly hope the profic writers don't do anything terrible to Allana. I am still mad about the death of Anakin Solo. What a waste.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
"I really truly hope the profic writers don't do anything terrible to Allana."

You and me both!! The poor child has already endured far too much in her young life--she so deserves to have a happy and fulfilling adulthood... Luke saw something like that, remember...? Let's hope amnesia (or, more correctly, total disregard for previous canon...) doesn't strike again in profic, as it does so regularly... Thank you so much for stopping by! :hug:

And have a marvelous New Year! :party:

FF
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Sashich Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't read it but I heared about it...So I like it(strabge I know:D). This is adorable work!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Thank you very much--there are many like yourself, who have not (or chosen NOT to) read the Legacy of the Force novels; lots of sad things happened in those books, and a lot of fans just chose to skip reading them altogether. I appreciate you looking, though, and I'm so glad you like it! Thanks for the :+fav:, too! :D

FF
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Sashich Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wont to read it but I'can't find it,and can't find some time for it, sure this is great thing! You are welcome:D
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AzureAngel2ihrs Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
What I always like about your work is the deep emotion that you express with it. The familiar faces of the SW universe face rather epic challenges or you catch them in a more quiet family moment. Breathtaking!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Aw, thanks! :hug: I'm glad that emotion comes through, as it was the inspiration for the piece in the first place: after so much heartache and loss, Han and Leia discover they have a beautiful little granddaughter--how wonderful was that? I was choked up when I read it, and hoped to convey some of that here--I'm glad it comes across! Thanks for the :+fav: again! :D

FF
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AzureAngel2ihrs Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
That was one of the few things I did like about those books. Alana.
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DanaeMariSkywalker Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Aww!! This is so lovely!

I haven't read anything past the Dark Nest trilogy. I tried to read that, but Star Wars books from that era don't appeal to me anymore. It's too sad what all happens to everyone. :(
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
"Star Wars books from that era don't appeal to me anymore. It's too sad what all happens to everyone."

You're not the only SW fan to boycott the later novels--and you're so right: BAD things happen to just about everyone...and it is wrenchingly sad... This little moment, though, was one little bright spot in a lot of darkness--a brilliant and touching scene I felt compelled to illustrate: the Solos, plagued by so much loss and heartbreak, learning that they had a beautiful little granddaughter... Ahh...it was a great relief--to both read it, and the draw it. Thank you for the kind words and visit! :D

FF
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angel-gidget Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
This is what happens when I don't pay attention to DA for a long time.... I miss awesome stuff like this. I will confess, that I couldn't bring myself to read Fury. I just couldn't make myself read Jacen's death or anything past it. I'm such a pansy that way, but you definitely captured the best of what I'd want to know from the tale. The joy in Leia's face, and the tentative hope on Han's... with sweet little Allana clinging tightly... :glomp:
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
HIIIYYEE! :glomp: What a lovely surprise to see a comment from you--thanks so much!

As to the LOTF books--you aren't alone, in being unable to read them: so much sad and bad stuff happens in them...and it's hard to see our beloved heroes and heroines beset so terribly... I read through them mostly to find out what happened to Ben and his father (mostly I wanted them to "be okay..." which sort of happened, in as much as was possible, considering...); this little moment, however, because of it's sweet joy and tenderness, really hit me hard. I think that was the reason I wanted to illustrate it. I'm glad you can feel the emotion--I so hoped it would come through!--and thanks again for taking time to visit, to comment so kindly, and for the :+fav:--it really means a lot! :hug:

FF
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angel-gidget Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
I have random moments when I'll write random fic based on hear-say in my head to accomplish the same thing. In my private little world, Ben and Zekk have become pals and are cavorting about the galaxy together with a pair of hot twins, Jaina is on a soul-search to regain her awesome, and Jacen is doing that time-walking thing he does, thereby circumnavigating his own death, and drops in to check on TK and Allana from time to time.

And by all means! I was just recalling my love for SW fandom, and remembered to check out your art. It's always lovely, and the discussion that accompanies it is always fantastic. :heart:
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The-Theory-Liz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Why haven't I commented on this piece yet?????

Okay this is such a nice scene and you portray it extremely well. I like your shading, and the look on Leia's face is quite lovely!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Hi there, and Happy New Year! I hope it's going great for you!

I'm glad you like this one--for me, it was important to draw if for no other reason than it was cause for Han and Leia to be joyful (and Allana, too, of course!), when there had been so much anguish in their lives... Thanks so much for the :+fav: for it, too! :D

FF
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The-Theory-Liz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Just to let you know I saw that you commented on one of my sunset pictures, I have three more up if you want to take a look (one other from Hawai'i and two from Florida).

Have you been reading Fate of the Jedi by chance?

And you're welcome!

Oh my new year is going well...I am going to the Sundance Film Festival in four days.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Sundance, wow! Are you participating or going to enjoy the films? How lucky--I hope you have a terrific time (and Utah is a GORGEOUS state--do some sightseeing if you can swing it!)!

FF
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The-Theory-Liz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's for a class about the American independent film scene and naturally Sundance is included. You see, my school has a winter term where for three and half weeks there are different kind of classes off and on campus. We are going to see a lot of films (I have tickets for 10, but I have to see at least 5 more, but I am encouraged to see more). Unfortunately, I will be there only for ten days and the films will take up a large part of my time, but I have been to Utah before. The only part I haven't seen is Park City :D.
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Bungle0 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sweet drawing!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Thank you kindly! I loved the moment from the book, and it stuck in my head until I could draw it. It was just a nice moment for Han and Leia (and for Allana as well), something wonderful instead of something devastating and heartbreaking. Many thanks for the visit, the comment and for the :+fav:! Glad you liked it!

FF
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iri-skywalker Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
I love your art!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Thanks so much--for those kind words, and for the :+fav:s! I'm glad you like this one--I really wanted to show the Solos having a GOOD surprise for a change: finding out they had a beautiful little granddaughter was just the moment!

Thanks again!

FF
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YyanaOni Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
This picture made me tear up. *sniff*
Well done, this is just too good.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
"This picture made me tear up. *sniff*"

Aw! Thanks--I myself actually got all teary when I first read this exerpt in the novel: so bittersweet, so touching... I think that was the reason I needed to draw that moment--because it was so moving for me!

I very much appreciate your taking time to visit, and for the kind words--thank you! :D

FF
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Mindscapes Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
I know this is a few years late, but this is a beautiful recreation of that scene. Very, very nice.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Thanks so much for taking time to drop in and comment! I loved that little scene--for me, it was a great big "Bandaid" on the Solo's wounded hearts, broken by their son Jacen's betrayal and fall: to learn they had a precious, beautiful grandchild. I'm glad it fits for you, and thanks again for the kind words!

FF
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Mindscapes Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
You're welcome.
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have no again read Fury, but I know that this moment is very emotional,
you show it very well, I like it.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
I loved this little moment, despite all the tension and anxiety that preceded it, with Allana's rescue by the Jedi; Han and Leia, with everything they had lost and were grieving, so deserved that bit of joy and healing: learning they had a beautiful, intelligent and delightful granddaughter... Thanks for taking time to look and comment--and don't worry about re-reading the novel--the exerpt is there in the comments! :D

FF
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Sakuragirl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This scene pushed me close to tears, and your depiction brought it all back.
Also, I love your signature.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
"This scene pushed me close to tears, and your depiction brought it all back."

Aww! I DID cry the first time I read this scene: so much loss, so much disappointment and grief in the Solos' lives...and then, to meet their beautiful granddaughter... A gift from the Force to them, in a way... If Jacen left them nothing else, he left them the joy of knowing Allana. I'm so glad you like this--thank you for the kind words!

FF

PS--I LOVE that line in ANH: Han, talking to the 'Falcon as though she's alive--coaxing, cajoling--begging! If you haven't read "Millenneum Falcon," you should--it's a perfect narrative of the ship's history, and a wonderful backstory about why Han loves her so much!
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Kassis Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Great! I like how they look here.
And yes, life wasn't easy for them.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Again--warm thanks! This piece was fun, despite the difficulty of getting the likenesses (Carrie Fisher gives me seizures, she's SO hard for me to get right!)--and seeing Han and Leia HAPPY for a change was the reason I wanted to draw it. You're right--so much sadness and loss for them, they deserved a moment of joy like this (and little Allana certainly deserved to know them as her family, and feel how much they love her!). I'm grateful for the added :+fav:--thanks so much!

FF
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Kassis Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Leia really looks like Leia ;]
I feel sorry for them, loosing both sons, that must be horrible.
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Anglu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I just spoiled myself... Just reading Tempest at the moment.. Anyway, I love this image!
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