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Mara Jade "Sacrifice" 20K by JosephB222 Mara Jade "Sacrifice" 20K by JosephB222
Now you didn't think I'd come back without something new, did ya? ;)

I know I'm jinxing the hell out of myself by labelling this my 20K pic so early, but I missed my 10 and 15 Ks, I wanted to make sure I had something for 20.

While I was out of town visiting my brother and his family, "Survivor's Quest" was the book I took to read on the trip, so it put me in a missing Mara mood. Luckily I took my pencils and pens and some paper and was able to start the sketch. Couldn't really think of what to have her do, so I just decided to recreate the cover of "Sacrifice". I was a planning on doing the same background (which I'm assuming is Corusant) but then it didn't even happen there. Besides the lightsabers shine better against black, :D

Other than putting her shoto in her other hand I really didn't change anything from the cover (except make her age closer to that in the book).

**** tiny edit ***

Since I always forget that Mara is supposed to have blondish red hair I figured I give it shot. All I did was re-color her hair. I posted the original image to scraps for those who haven't seen it and if you like that one more I can always switch it back :)

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:iconchrismillergu:
ChrisMillerGU Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
You excel at the female form. Gorgeous! ^_^
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She seems to be an intersting character! ^^
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leviathan1309 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
may i use this piece of art as a background for my myspace profile? please?
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
As long as you credit me for the pic, that's fine ;) .
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leviathan1309 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
of course! ;D ilove your work!
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janeyc Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
I like how her face looks more mature than it usually does here.

I'm wondering about the reason she wears clothing like that--assuming there's a reason other than the illustrator just liked her dressed like that. (I'm thinking of book covers where she's pretty much dressed like that, too.) At least she has knee pads.
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godstaboy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Student General Artist
looks pretty good
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Shidaku Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
red heads are hotter. :-p

nice work, you make me want to render my black Jade again.
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Thanks. And please do.
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ZedderZulu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great stuff. Love the style and the smoothness of it. Instafave :)
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Thanks.
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ViridianIV Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
I miss Mara to. Has there been any plans on bringing her back?
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Not that I've read. But then I don't really actively hunt for spoilers, not that I go out of my way to avoid them either. But I've said many times there are a lot of stories that can still be told about Mara within the Star Wars timeline. Especially in between the years that were skipped between the last three series; NJO, Dark Nest, and LOTF. Hopefully those stories will be written by Timothy Zahn, but I don't think he's written anything that's taken place during or after NJO era.
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ViridianIV Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Hehe, Great signiture, I want that game SOOOOO bad.

True enough about the inbetween stuff (Who knows, we might even see her in the upcoming SW TV series)

Definately crossing my fingers
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
You will not be disappointed in Mass Effect ;)
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OccamsNinja Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
She looks pissed.
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Heheheh, I like to think of that as her determined look. But then she could be determinedly pissed ;) .
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OccamsNinja Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Considering what Jacen is doing at the time even Yoda would've been mad, if only slightly.
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PulsarZero Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
OH GODS HOW DID I MISS THIS

As a side note, are you intending to color in your Skywalker trio pic? Because that one I greatly admire as well.
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
For certain. Everything in my "Works in Progress" gallery will be completed. Back in November I had just finished filling the base colors for Mara and was starting on Luke when I had to "go away" for awhile. Unfortunately, coloring is the slowest thing I do, but I will finish it. Hopefully soon.
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Morgalahan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I'm REALLY confused, only on the, uh, 6th, 7th or 8th book of NJO.

I like the new hair tho, it rocks!
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
If memory serves (will memory isn't serving since I'm looking at the timeline in my copy of "Fury" :D ) "Star by Star" is the 9th or 10th book in the NJO series which is about 19 books long, so you should be close to the end. The next books for me are the "Force Heretic" trilogy since finishing "Destiny's Way" (I skipped "Traitor" since that was a Jacen-only book :lmao: and read the Cliff's notes on Wookieepedia). Of course I still need to read the 8 books that came before "Star by Star" ;p The "Legacy of the Force" series (which this Mara is from) takes place about 10 or 12 years after NJO ends.
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Morgalahan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Halfway through more like it :D

I dont really mind Jacen, but thats probably cos I've only read the 1st 8.5 books in the series. He's ok so far, been a little melodramatic, but not a bad character. My star wars rpg character had some of the same issues he did, but sorted them out very quickly when the GM ressurected Naga Sadow. She became an uber healer.

I'll get around to everything in order, hopefully. Would be nice to read a time when Ben is older :)
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Awsome work here, why oh why did they have to kill her off?
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Who knows. While this series has been enjoyable for the most part I just can't help but think of it as an ulternate timeline in the Star Wars 'verse. Because there are moments where it just doesnt' feel like Star Wars.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Very true. I mean common they killed Chewy
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what-his-face Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
nice
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Thanks.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
**sniffling emotionally**

I LOVE this... **wipes tears** I miss her too--more all the time--and this is a fabulous way to remember her: all fire and skill and controlled ferocity. Beautiful pose, and I like the simplicity of the background here: it more appropriately recalls that scene, and where it took place (and the weapons DO stand out much better. :nod:). I like, too, that we see only her here...somehow, I've just lost interest in what used to be Jacen Solo... **shaking head sadly** Into :+fav:s she goes--thanks, my friend! :clap:

FF
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Thank you. Again, I wish I could take credit for the pose, it comes directly from the cover of the book, I just added Mara's shoto and drew her legs. Luckily for me I never had any investment in adult Jacen since the very first book I read in this current generation of novels was "Betrayal", he's always been a schmuck to me. So as I slowly read the NJO series with him being set up as the hero in that storyline I'm still not fond of him ;p .
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Yeah..."schmuck" is a good descriptor for Darth Emo (as a lot of folks call him now...)... **sigh** And I think your version of Mara's pose here is even more dynamic: we see her from full-on side, and can fully appreciate the power in her body and the energy in her movement. :nod: Beautiful work, in any case! :clap:

FF
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Thank you.

Hehehe, "Darth Emo". It does seem the authors get a little long-winded at times telling us what's in Jacen's head. There were a few times in "Inferno" and "Fury" where I was like, "Okay, I get it! He bad and evil, but not really since he's doing what has to be done, and no one understands that, let's try to keep the story moving here." ;P

And you never can have too much Mara :love: And I do love the figure I gave her in this pic (not just for the obvious reason ;) ) which is slightly leaner than my first two Mara pics. But it has been pointed out to me a couple of times that Mara's supposed to have a "dancer's" body. My response is that Beyonce is a great dancer, heheheheh :D
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jurneejakes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
=Spoiler Alert=

While the irony of Mara dying due to poison wasn't lost on me, it did kinda seem to cheapen the moment. Good rendition of her though. =)
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Thanks. The duel itself wasn't bad. Only the fact that it was Mara's final battle made it terrible. After all this history she has in the Star Wars universe and she wasn't even allowed to go out fighting like the Jedi Master she's supposed to be.
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NewGirlComic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
amazing pose!
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Thanks. Though I wish I could take credit for the pose. But I took it directly from the cover of "Sacrifice".
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robokop Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Yay - finally something new from you! Happy New Year! :D :+fav: :D
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Thanks. Sorry to keep you waiting ;)
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robokop Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Haha - no problemo! I am glad to see you back! :D
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Another great piece of work. She's got a great design and a nice pose. I'd like to see you do some fight scenes between all these Jedi and Sith you do.
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Thanks. Yeah, I really want to do some saber duels myself. At the moment there are two that are at the top of my list. My version of Mara and Jacen's duel from Sacrifice, and a short story I've been writing (in my head anyway) of Bastila as a young Padawan in her first battle.
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PulsarZero Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Oh! Do the Hesperidium one! (vs. Lumiya)

That's actually my favourite duel of the book, for some reason. Probably because:

1. She's still alive at the end of it
2. The image of a very frustrated (to put it lightly) 57-year-old Mara is something that makes me laugh muchly.
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
I'm afraid I never read the whole book (didn't want to pay $20 for a book when I hadn't even read any of the books before it), I only read her duel with Jacen a few times when I visited the book store. And now that the paperback is coming out in April I can wait till then to get it.
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Revan-Ghost Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah!! Mara Jade!! :XD: :+fav:
As always great outfit, lightsabers and shading but face looks little strange.
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
How so?
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Revan-Ghost Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know how to name it. Maybe it's the shading or I'm just tired :XD:

PS New hairs looks awesome!! :D Now they looks almost like I always imagined Mara's hair ^^
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
Yeah, I did try to give her some age lines with the shading. Since she's supposed to be nearly 60 at the time I figured I should at least make her look like she's in her 40s.

I'm glad you like it. Especially the hair.
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Revan-Ghost Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
After some sleep I can say, that her face is fine and I don't know why yesterday I thought it was strange :XD:
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
That's cool. Thanks ;) .
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Cali2007 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing!! I love what you did with the hair... what did you do with the hair? :D
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