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Star Wars: Rebirth by TereseNielsen Star Wars: Rebirth by TereseNielsen
I had many requests for more Star Wars stuff so here's another. We have Luke looking a bit older accompanied by a very pregnant Jedi... Mara Jade. Many people couldn't tell on the book cover version that she was pregnant because the type went right over her tummy.

Painted traditionally with acrylic, oil and colored pencil and a few squirts with the airbrush.

I'm currently working on 3 other Star Wars pieces. Just finished a Boba Fett piece, now working on Darth Talon and will finish up with a piece featuring Luke in his battle armour.

Is anyone going to the big Europe Star Wars celebration??

*** I have archival PRINTS in stock of many of my works. Please feel free to send a note if there is a particular one that interests you.
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sorryjzargo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great picture! Is this a cover of a book? If it is, I'm pretty sure I own it and it's lying around somewhere.
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Larimir Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Wonderful :)
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faketohma Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Yeah..this is awesome. I wasn't sure Mara was pregnant in this cover...but I figured she was.. even the type didn't fool me....it was interesting to see her pregnant
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SniperMSG90 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
is it just me or does Mara have some sort of sound suppressor on her blaster pistol?
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brunomazzini Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
awesome!! I loved the expanded universe.... untill they killed Chewie and Mara Jade...
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TheTragicOffense Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Spoilers man, spoilers.
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SniperMSG90 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Not sure if it was intentional or not but Luke has this "I could chop your head off and not care at all." look on his face methinks.
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TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Well, he's fighting Yuzhaan Vong. Of course he wouldn't care.
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Kagura-Roseh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
AAH. No way; you did this cover art? I only just got this book out to reread! I love how you depict Mara. She looks perfect! I am in awe.
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
:) Thank you! Glad you like it.
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:iconkagura-roseh:
Kagura-Roseh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
You're welcome!
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ronin06 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
wow you were the cover artist for that one?
i know not to judge a book by its cover but tight budget and needed a book for a trip away and it came down to a couple star wars novels and chose this one because that looked so awesome!
thanks for sharing your work here!
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ronin06 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
hey, thank you - was a great read ;D
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
What an awesome compliment! :)

Thank you.
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SuchuCandeo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
You really do an amazing job at capturing Mark Hamill and Shanon McRandle's faces. I really enjoy the art you do with Luke and Mara, it's simply the best!
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
Many thanks!
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megawalrus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it!!
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Thanks
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Saturnine-Soul Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Student General Artist
Hey...I've read all of these books. I think that you are an amazing artist! Your work is marvelous.
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Cool!! Thank you.
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Wedge009 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
I didn't notice Mara's pregnancy at first either... but I think I noticed it eventually. Bah, type-setters can really ruin a good piece sometimes! :/

I like the portrayal of the X-Wings and the Vong worldship in the background too.

This and your Conquest illustration are among my favourite novel covers, partly because they just look so much nicer than some of the other covers, but also partly because the stories within them are just that much more positive than the ones which came before. Winning battles, but losing the war gets tiresome to read after a while. :(
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Ya, that was the first pregnant illustration I'd done before.

I agree. Book after book of fighting and losing does get old.

Thanks for looking at my work!
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Wedge009 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
You're welcome, they're certainly lovely to look at! (:

And thank you for answering too.
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DarthVandola Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
sssooo.... did you make this for the book cover or is this the book cover and you made it and sw approved as a book cover?
either way it's awsome!
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
They gave me a script to read and told me which characters they wanted shown.

Thank you
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DarthVandola Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Student Digital Artist
lol you're very welcome!
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
awsome work
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AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I actually did notice she was pregnant on the book cover :) No worries!
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Oh good! Glad you liked it!

Sorry it took so long to respond.
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AlexandraRena Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahah, that's okay, I've been away from DeviantArt all summer! :)
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cordially-yours Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
WoW looks totally realistic. Who's the model you used for Mara Jade.
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
I had photo reference of Mara's face, and then took a photo of me in the pose with a pillow under my shirt. Glad you like it!
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saith100 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Shannon Beska/Mc Randdle (not sure about the spelling). She's the official model for Mara.
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Flufferz Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
This is one of my favorite covers for a NJO book. I didn't know you did them
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B-rad-asQ Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
nicely done
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Rockie-Roade Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
I just wanted to say that you've done, in my opinion, the best representation of "older Luke" that I have seen in the States. Being a huge fan of Mara, Luke and X-wings, this is one of my all time favorite Star Wars covers. Thanks for doing such a great job! :D
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Chewie429 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
that's really good.
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Chewie29 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
i love the detail.
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AlphaRaptor2k6 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
A jedi in battle armor? Well in the Clone Wars toon, Kanobi did have on a variant of the Clone Trooper armor. Still you would thing that would get in the way.
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
You know waaaaaaaaayyy more about SW's than I do, that's for sure!
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AlphaRaptor2k6 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
Well not that much, I haven't read a lot of the New Jedi order books, so I'm kinda out of the loop when it comes to the whole Luke-Mara thing.
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flozachan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
I went to the star wars celebration today and i saw ur artwork there! it was soo cool!
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
Did you stop by and say hi?
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flozachan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
Ack sorry I didnt! I was being pulled along my brother, he wanted to get in the que for the jedi training on dagobah *sigh*
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
does he feel the force now?
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jedimasterjessica Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
This is one of my favorite Star Wars covers. Awesome job! The colors look great. I never noticed till now how long Mara's hair is.
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saith100 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
I love it. It's beautiful. And I like the way you depcted luke and mara. It's pretty much the way they're usually pictured, but they look more realistic, more humain, less "plastic". In most arts of Mara she looks too much modelish and she don't seem to have bearing like yours wich seems to me the closest to the description from the books.
Great job. Can't wait to see the rest of them :D
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
: ) Thanks. I'm glad they don't look plastic-y. I reallllllllllllly try and avoid flesh looking like that.
I'll upload some more later this week.
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Sauroman Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
nice work!
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
Thank you!
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