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Invincible Together by SvenjaLiv Invincible Together by SvenjaLiv
Jacen comes and sits on the edge of her bed. He doesn't need to ask what's wrong, because he knows—because he is her twin, and he feels it, too.

So Jacen just strokes her hair until she starts to hurt a little less and finally falls asleep. He stays with her through the night because he knows that if he leaves, she'll wake and won't be able to sleep again.

And Jaina hears him whispering to her in her dreams, telling her that no one you love really ever has to die—not if you don't want them to. All you have to do is hold a place for them in your heart.

***

They can only keep wandering, alone together, trying not to be overwhelmed by their shock and despair. And Jaina senses through their twin bond that Jacen has other, more painful emotions. He is filled with shame and self-loathing because it was his lightsaber that removed Tenel Ka's arm—because he was so intent on proving himself to her that he failed to notice when her blade blurred with static, and half a second later her arm was lying on the ground.

So Jacen has lost something, too. And all Jaina can do is walk with him, to let him know through their twin bond how she sees him: a kind, thoughtful young Jedi who would never hurt a friend deliberately—a brave, resourceful brother whom she would rather have at her side than anyone.

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This is the gift of their twin bond: that neither Jaina nor Jacen is ever truly alone. They share a connection through the Force that will always sustain them. When one grows weak, the other strengthens. When one hurts, the other soothes. It is a bond that cannot be broken by any power in the galaxy, as much a part of them as the Force itself.

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Media: Pencil on Bristol paper.
Time: 16 hour.
References: Various shots of Han and Leia and the cover of Return Ord Mantell, but mostly imagination. Nothing was directly copied from any reference.
Details: [link]

Quotes taken from Legacy of the Force: Invincible by Troy Denning.

Note: Don't take this and claim it's yours. If you want to use it anywhere, ask permission, and credit me in some form.
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:iconinumiinuzuka:
InumiInuzuka Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Did you use a regular number 2 or a mechanical? Or did you use drawing pencils?
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
I used a few different pencils, I think everything from B to 8B!
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InumiInuzuka Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Cool.
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NineteenSeventySeven Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just finished reading LOTF- this captures it perfectly!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I still get emotional about this particular part of the saga... Jacen. :( But thank you!
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mozek11 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
It´s realy beautiful. I love it!!!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, I appreciate it! :hug:
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mozek11 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
you´re welcome :D
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Vickanmore Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this beautiful work in there, I love this. This makes me want (twin-)brother. : DD Well, this is like my and my friend. So this reminds me him. So, thanks about it, too!

I love Jacen and Jaina. This is sad work.. But so.. Well I am speechless so good someone can be. Well, I am not gonna be anymore freak.. So maybe it's better I stop now. This goes wrong way.. Okay. ''CUTEAWWILOVETHISOMGSDFFS.''

So, this is cool. This goes to my favourites so bad.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, thanks so much! I really want a twin brother too, that'd be cool. I have a younger one, but it's not the same... :P I love the Solo twins, and I hate what canon did to them.

Thank you for your lovely comment, it made me smile! I'm glad you like this. :aww: Thank you! :hug:
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Bounthyhunter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
With a little luck that canon wont happen now when they are doing three new films. I don't count what happens after the Yuzhaan vong War and barely that war to.
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Kingsdaughter613 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is truly sad... and beautiful. Great job.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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RubyRabb1t Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
;_; ... this makes me so sad. But in a good sort of way. I miss this Jacen. You have such a talent for capturing emotion in your art.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I was sad when I drew it! I miss Jacen as well. And wow, I'm really flattered - thanks so much, seriously! :glomp:
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katarnlunney Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
The death of Jacen Solo at the hands of his own sister: TOO #@$%@#$ DEPRESSING! It's bad enough they kill Anakin off, but Jacen's death was too depressing!

But your artwork is stunning, whimsical and heartbreaking. Good Work!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah, I hated that too. I stopped reading when it became clear where that series was going. I hate what they've done to the Solos. :(

Glad you like the art, though. Thank you! :hug:
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SvalaW Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a moving work! Really lovely!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Jerec18 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Writer
Beautiful! I love the Solo Twins, you a wonderful job in detail and shadow!
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:iconsvenjaliv:
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! I really like them as well. :aww:
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batgirl916 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is one of my favorite jacen and jaina pictures! it has so much emotion, it helps you, kinda, in a way get a feel for what jaina had to got through in invincible. it's really shows the connection jaina and jacen had.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, really? That's pretty cool, thanks so much! It's really really cool that you can see/sense the emotion in it, that's really awesome. Thank you very much!
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AdministerPlacebo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
D: This brought tears in my eyes
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awww. :hug:
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Billiejoeischrist Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
man this picture makes me depressed love the drawing though
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Their story is so sad now, isn't it? I was depressed when I read it, hence the drawing... glad you like it though, thanks!
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Kagura-Roseh Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
This made me tear up. You captured the beauty of their relationship so well, and after Invincible...it's really striking.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww, that's really great to hear, thank you!! <3
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Kagura-Roseh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
You're welcome!
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Derrot Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Awesome realism on the faces, I can see the Han in them (not so much the Leia, though), but they still look like kids, too. :thumbsup:

The bottom image is beautiful. :aww:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, Leia's likeness is harder to incorporate. Han's features are more distinctive. But I'm glad you like this, thank you!
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Derrot Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
You're welcome~ ^^
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CDS-03 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I cried SO hard at the end of Invincible! You certainly did it justice! Beautiful.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks very much, that means a lot! :aww:
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CDS-03 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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manycomics Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Terrific. You really get the bond that these two share. I like the "snapshots" and you composed it all very well. And the expressions are all so great - especially in the snapshot in the top right corner - that one made me laugh :lol:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I loved drawing the snapshots, they were a lot of fun. And I'm glad their bond came across. :D
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jedimasterjessica Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Very beautiful.... I hadn't cried at all in Invincible until that part. I don't cry to often at books and you totally captured just how that passage pulls at you.
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh, yeah, I'm the same. That passage just brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you so much for your kind words, I'm really happy to hear that. :hug: Thanks for the :+fav:, too! :)
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JainaSolo42 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009   Writer
Awww. I love this one! This is so cute!
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much, I'm happy to hear that! :D
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JainaSolo42 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009   Writer
No Prob!
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BeckyRose Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist
[link].

Total :+fav:.

I loved the flashback scenes of the twins, and I really wanted to see their relationship explored more fully in the books, considering what was happening and all.

This is perfection. :)

They both look totally adorable in every picture, by the way. I love the one of them making faces, and the one just below it- they're my favorites, I think. :D
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: I would've loved to see more about them as well. Their twin bond only seemed to come up when it was needed, I would've liked to SEE more of that in action...

But anyway. I'm glad you like this! :D I had a lot of fun drawing the "photos". Thanks!
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WingedJedi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Wow! I can only second what FalconFan said - I think the greatest thing is that you remind us of what they were before all the wars, the betrayals and their fight against each other.
....On top of that, it is insanely beautiful. I love the carefree sort-of "shots" you drew here. My fav is the one from the middle - so typical for siblings. And Jacen looks so much like Han in that one!
Can I display it at my website, please? Would that be possible without the watermark?

Again, wonderful drawing! It made my day! :hug:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I really wanted to get that across--what they were before everything went wrong for them. Argh. I'm really glad that you like the different shots, and it's awesome that you can see Jacen's resemblance to Han. :D

Sure, you can display it at your website! :D I don't really want it out on the 'net without the mark, because people are pretty bad for taking stuff without crediting... I have no problem sharing a watermark-less image with individual people, just not generally on the 'net. I'm really sorry, I wish I could just say yes, but yeah. :(
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WingedJedi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
You're welcome again. And I think it's so wonderful to think of them as the twins again who love each other.

Thank you!
And I can understand the watermark thing. There has always been a lot of art theft out there and amazing images like yours are at risk, then. Your drawing of the Solo children (with little Jaina sitting on top of the Falcon, Han repairing) is all over the net already.
So no problem! And thank you so much! :hug:
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SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes... I miss the twins as they were. I think I need to write another fic where they're still normal.

And yeah, it's really annoying. I didn't actually think anyone took enough notice of my stuff to steal it, but I was wrong, at least with regard to the Solo kids one. I've seen it in a good few places as well, especially on YouTube. Though I don't mind so much if they're not making money off it, which they can't anyway because it's fan art. Still. Grrr.

You're welcome, though. :hug:
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WingedJedi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Fanfics are my refuge as well, when I don't like what the authors have done (again).

Youtube....as, in lots of slideshows. At elast most list the usernames of the artists at the end of the vid.
I've also seen it at the yahoo Star Wars site. Did you put it there? I think I left a comment there saying that it was yours....people never write in the descriptions if it's theirs. I hate it when it's not and those people who just show it around get the credit for it.

I guess that's the nice thing about making wallpapers: I don't have to be as afraid of art theft as others - no one is going to make money off of my work.

:hug:
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