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"A Sweet Romance" Luke-Mara by FalconFan "A Sweet Romance" Luke-Mara by FalconFan
Here's a piece I just felt compelled to draw--and once it was done in graphite, it also felt right to try giving it a bit of color (thanks for the idea, Karen!)... It's Luke and Mara, from early in their relationship--place it just after the novel "Vision of the Future," for timeline context. I've been missing Mara, and never drew her with Luke in a...romantic way, before...it just felt right to do it now (...to make up for my previous omission, I suppose...).

Done in graphite pencils H, 2H, 2B, 4B, 6B on medium tooth drawing paper (A4/9x12in. size)--then copied onto printer paper and overlayed with Prismacolor colored pencils (AND tone-adjusted in the computer).

George Lucas owns all things/characters Star Wars (...he just lets us "borrow" them now and again...).

Thanks for looking!

FF
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Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
HICKEY HICKEY
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
"HICKEY HICKEY"

LOL!  Yeah, I guess it does look that way!  Thanks for taking a look, and Happy New Year! :D

FF
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AleksaSilverstar Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely piece! I love the emotion it inspires!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
It was always lovely to imagine this pair being affectionate with each other; and in the profiction, it seems there was so little of it written!  I was simply trying to remedy that "oversight!" :p

Thanks for the kind words! :D

FF
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AleksaSilverstar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree Luke and Mara got shortchanged in the romance department in Pro-fiction. Good thing we have fanfiction LOL...
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RSJguardian11 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Gah! Lovely! I haven't been here in ages. Makes me want to draw again.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Thanks for dropping by again and for the kind words! I hope you DO start drawing again-I know I've been idle for way too long (though most of the reason is TOO MUCH WORKING! AACK!), and I miss it terribly! Drawing is good for the soul, I think--have at it, dear! Thanks again--

FF
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Big-Ass-James Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
omg this is so hot xD i love this one!!!! its like a wet dream haha
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Hee! Do a dA search for "Luke and Mara" and you'll find LOTS of stuff WAY "hotter" than this! ;p I'm glad you like it, though, and greatly appreciate the comments and :+fav:! :XD:

FF
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RealmValahari Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
One of your best ones yet.. I think you bring so much beauty and demeanor to Mara!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Thanks so much! Mara's appearance always seems to be so categorized: either she's a busty vixen, or a butch warrior... Here, I just tried to make her a woman, enjoying time with her man. I'm glad you like this, and very much appreciate the kind words and especially the :+fav:! Thank you! :D

FF
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DesBrubomisor Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Hello, FalconFan. Sorry for not replying right away (to your post on my profile page). I definitely love this drawing of Mara and Luke. Romantically well done.
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hollygalah Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
You can feel the passion and the longing. So beautifully done.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
"You can feel the passion and the longing."

Beautifully put, and I'm so gratified it comes through, as it's precisely what I intended! These two had so much turmoil in their "book lives;" I guess I wanted to show a quiet, tender, altogether HUMAN moment for them, away from blasters and space battles and war and Sith and all of it... I'm glad you like it, and truly appreciate the :+fav:, too!

FF
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haleyskywalker2 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
L O V E !!! the title of the drawing, I Love. The whole drawing is just wonderful and romantic and sweet and just the look of this picture builds up a romantic story in my head about something that says 'i wish this would last forever'.. Love it. =)
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
"just the look of this picture builds up a romantic story in my head about something that says 'i wish this would last forever'.."

Aw, thanks! And if it inspires you to write, even better--it's one of the greatest compliments, to have one's work inspire another artist to create (whether it's artwork or literature or anything else!)! I really felt like I needed to show these two together, as they were in the brightest bloom of their love--tender, warm, passionate... Thanks so much for :+fav:ing another piece--you're too kind!

FF
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haleyskywalker2 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
The 2nd review from AG88 where he talks about..
"It is so bitter sweet knowing how it all ended. But at least they loved each other until the end." He is so right. What you replied to that was true they shouldve lived a long life full of love and happiness and the both of them watch their son grow up to be a fine handsome man one day and might even find the one girl of his dreams and marries her and bless his parents with grandchildren. With both of his parents there to watch him not just Luke. I know Mara, as a force ghost, is watching her son grow up to be a handsome man.
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your drawing, It's very romantic, I love it. And the colors are very beautiful:D.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Thanks so much--I meant it to be romantic; we got to see (via the books) so little of their "off-camera" time together, and I always imagined it! ;) I'm glad you like it, and greatly appreciate the :+fav:! :D

FF
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DarthJudicare Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.:D
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SnowBunny91 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Your so good with prismas. Very sweet.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
"Your so good with prismas."

I'm not really, though--but thanks anyway! :p Seriously, slapping some color onto a drawing that's already shaded isn't nearly as hard as blending them properly right from the start! I'm glad you like this, though--thanks for taking a look and for commenting! :D

FF
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SnowBunny91 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
No prob! I'm gonna be taking another color pencil class at my art school that's in Clakamas, OR which starts tomorrow. I'm so happy. I just hope I can get rid of this fever(100)by next morning.
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Kassis Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
That's very lovely :aww: And I love the colors.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Thank you again! I like depicting the SW characters in more "human" ways, rather than always the warrior/hero/bigger-than-life way... For Luke and Mara (and especially since so little of their "down time" was ever depicted, either in books or illustrations), I thought a warm moment like this might be nice to see. This was also done as a sort of homage to their love, due to things turning out so very sadly later in the EU story arcs... :no: I'm glad you like it, and again, I greatly appreciate the :+fav:!

FF
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AG88 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I commented on this before, but I just had to stop by again and look at it. You can really feel the love and desire projected from them. It is so bitter sweet knowing how it all ended. But at least they loved each other until the end.

May their love forever live on in hot romantic fanfics.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
You DID comment on it once before--and thanks!--I don't mind another! :XD:

"It is so bitter sweet knowing how it all ended. But at least they loved each other until the end."

It was, indeed, a relationship that should never have ended the way it did...they both deserved a long and happy life together... I suppose that was one of the reasons I needed to draw this: to see them as they were early in their love--passionate, loving, devoted to each other. And yes--it WILL go on forever in hot romantic fanfics! :w00t: :p

Thanks again, my good friend!

FF
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WatchMoreTV Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Oh, Wow. I always pictured the two of them to have a profoundly deep but private type of relationship which I think you've illustrated here very well, so this really appeals to the L/M fan in me. The mood you've set speaks volumes and in colour too! (You are much braver than I!)

Gorgeous works as always FF! :) :+fav: :heart:
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Aw, thanks! :hug:

"I always pictured the two of them to have a profoundly deep but private type of relationship"

Me, too--I think that's one of the things that inspired this piece: a brief glimpse of that deep and private love they shared... The mood in the reference I used for this was also intense, so I credit the photo for the atmosphere; I'm glad this appeals to you! As to the color, you can check out some of :iconkhinson:'s similarly-colored pieces for the inspiration: her reproduced-and-Prismacolored works are awesome!

BTW--anything new in the works on your drawing table...? I've ushered a few folks into your fabulous gallery to look and drool--we'd love to see some new work from you! :nod:

Thanks so much for the visit, the wonderful comments and especially for the added :+fav:--I'm honored! :hug:

FF
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WatchMoreTV Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Honored by little ol' me? Have I been made the Queen of something and they just forgot to tell me? =p

Of course I'd add it to my Faves - It's gorgeous! :love: You know you do splendid work FF, don't you? :thumbsup:

Lol, You've been pimping me out? Well, I appreciate it and that's certainly sweet of you. :aww: :hug:
Yeah, I usually have a couple projects going on - that way I can alternate between them and not run the risk of becoming bored by staring at the same picture for so long. And I don't know about you, but wow, do I HATE starting a drawing. I think getting the layout done is the least favourite part for me.

You should expect a portrait of Marilyn Monroe soon. Well soon-ish. It's nearly done, but you know me, I'm a sloooow worker. :yawn:
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
"You've been pimping me out?"

Hee! :giggle: Of COURSE! When folks want to see good art, I will certainly steer them to the artsits I adore! :nod:

Marilyn? Oooo! Can't wait--it's going to be awesome, I just know it! :w00t:

FF
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DarthVandola Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Student Digital Artist
they sould have never made Mara die, it's not fair for luke to have to continu to raise/train Ben on his own, plus the fact that Ben is alot like Mara. i mean, Ben is only 14!!! *hits who ever wrote "sacrifice"*
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
"they sould have never made Mara die"

I agree, with the exception that if Mara's death had had some meaning and purpose, I would still have been furious and sad, but would have understood it. As it was written, she died needlessly, and the only thing it provided was shock value (which was just dumb, IMHO). I'm still holding on to the hope that Luke and Ben, if simply to honor her memory, will be okay going forward... **crosses fingers**

Thanks for taking time to look at this, and I truly appreciate the :+fav:, too! :D

FF
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DarthVandola Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Student Digital Artist
i think everyone thinks that, almost everyone that i talked to says the exact same thing. :shrug:

they more than likely will be ok... i hope... lol
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TheVampireXanatos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
I miss Mara . . . but the loss of Jacen is way worse.
But hey, awesomely drawn
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
"I miss Mara . . . but the loss of Jacen is way worse."

I agree with missing them both--throughout the NJO, I really grew to admire and care about Jacen (he was easily one of my favorite characters, and I had high hopes for his eventually leading the Jedi Order). I really dislike what the publishers and authors did to his character--but that's me... Mara was also a favorite, for different reasons: she was Luke's soulmate, and the mother of his only child; her place in Luke's world was a precious thing (and she was also a real kick-@$$ Jedi!). It was a dreadful waste they killed her off the way they did, for what simply seemed "dramatic effect..." And losing Jacen not only to the Dark Side, but then having him murdered by his twin sister...? **shakes head in sadness** Not a good plotline, from my perspective...

Forgive the long rattle here--I've been thinking about Jacen quite a bit, as I read through "Millennium Falcon." James Luceno does a good job of interjecting how the Solos are dealing with that loss...

I very much appreciate the visit, and I'm glad you like this piece! :D

FF
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DaftRabbit Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008   Photographer
Love it! Nice to see you are putting up more images again, welcome back!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Thanks so much! :D As to "putting up more images," they come in fits and starts, with some long dry spells in between! RL can make it like that, sadly--not much time for those creative pusuits! So glad you like this, tho! Thanks for taking time to look! :D

FF
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Dark-Knight-Sparda Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Amazing as usual , makes me sad she's dead really. Incredibly beautiful picture :)

Now to read that last book! (Been in italy a month and couldn;t quiet read star wars in italian lol)
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Hi again, and thanks so much for taking a look at this one! I'm glad you like it (and I'm so with you on still grieving her loss... :( )

I hope Italy was fabulous--it looks like such a lovely country, with so much history and diverse scenery! I'd love to visit someday myself! Thank you again--for the kind words, and for the added :+fav:! :D

FF
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sailorelo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
I saw a drawing of you, and i decided to go to your gallery. I open it and.. WAOUH! <= My first reaction *o* A lot of perfect and beautiful drawings, i'm fooled! :w00t!:
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
Thank you so much! This piece was definitely a "labor of love," and one I really felt a need to draw... There were so few moments like this for them in all the books--I guess I just wanted to SEE one! I'm glad you like it, and many thanks for the added :+fav:! :D

FF
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jadedHearts Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Ah, very nice! I love the shading.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Thank you--I'm so glad you like it! I really felt the need to show them together...especially after all the events in the EU recently... :cries: So I just let the "time machine" of inspiration take us all back to the start of their relationship! Isn't art wonderful that way...? :nod: Much appreciate the kind comments, and the :+fav: for this one, too! :D

FF
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Glit-Biter Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Hey, you know I love this! It's such a tender moment. It's great that you've coloured this as well, I was thinking 'green' for mara's dress too! It looks beautiful. Stunning work!
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FalconFan Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
It's Glitbiter from TF.N!! **Wookiee-hugs** Thank you so much for taking time to look and comment here, too! Yeah--this was an experiment of epic proportions for me--I have SUCH trouble with color, but this piece really seemed to demand it from me...so I had a go! And I think we ALL figured green would be best for Ms. Mara--how could it not, with that flaming red hair...? ;) :p Thanks so much for the visit, for all the faves and for the watch--you're a great friend! :hug:

FF
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carnivorousslushee23 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008   Traditional Artist
Ahhhh...great picture. And I still think they should just rescind Mara's death :sniff:. That still pisses me off so much. Arrrgghhhh...I just started reading the NJO, this time seriously. And...Chewbacca! :cries: :rage:

And...very nice picture! :)
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Thanks so much for the kind words!

"I still think they should just rescind Mara's death"

That would be just wonderful, wouldn't it...? **wistful sigh** But I don't see it happening...much as Mara fans would LOVE that... And I actually liked most of the NJO; there were some character deaths, yes--but they weren't meaningless deaths (Chewbacca died saving Anakin, and Anakin died saving the rest of the Jedi strike team, as well as destroying the voxyn nursery--both honorable and understandable losses, however tragic). Thank you again for dropping in to look! :D

FF
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carnivorousslushee23 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008   Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
Keep up the great work too...unfortunately, I'm on hiatus...or whatever...
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twinkletinker Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008   General Artist
Visually compelling... the atmosphere of love and emotions...
I do feel like if I was just waiting for a film to start playing...
I'ts just wonderful....
I'm an actress so I look very closely at emotions and the general ambience and you always manage to transmit it... When I draw people or settings I want to make sure there's a back story for it to give it an anchor point. You always have one. :blowkiss:
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