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"Happy Family" by caesar120 "Happy Family" by caesar120
Illustration for West End Games: Star Wars RPG. A depiction of Han, Leia, the Twins, and Uncle Chewie. Created a minor controversy with this one. After initial approval by LucasFilms I was asked at the last moment to alter the breastfeeding element of this illustration. So I added the piece of shirt (See bottom right of image) to Leia's chest. I was informed that "...We don't know how infants are fed in the Star Wars universe". Hmm...apparently all those breasts are simply decorative!
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zeedurrani Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty cool story man , love it when we get to hear the inside story.
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caesar120 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Yeah...heh. I've got a few to tell. Some are funny. Some...kinda creepy. *smile*
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Sirilu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
...they said what?
Seriously, the most and ONLY slightly disturbing thing is that this picture makes me think, if I had kids, I would hire Chewbacca as a babysitter anytime without a single thought. ^__^
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I kid you not, Nicola! *smile* And I second your thoughts regarding Chewie. He'd make a fabulous Sitter...but NOT such a good wet-nurse!
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Piltrad Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Writer
Lovely picture and scene, but that shit about LucasFilms not knowing how infants are fed in SW universe?! Why is that even an issue? Leia breastfeeds the twins in The Last Command and Mara breastfeeds Ben too in one of the novels. It's too bad, because one of the things I most like about this image is the quiet family-moment of it which really includes the breastfeeding.
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I'm glad you like it, Klara. It certainly was my intent to create an atmosphere of a serene and touching family moment. I stayed true to the Zahn text. Didn't really understand the breastfeeding hang-up...but it sure makes for a funny story!
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
They also apparently don't wear underwear in space, according to Carrie Fisher, so this doesn't surprise me. ;) Excellent work, regardless. :D
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow so Lucasfilms say that they don't know how babies are fed in the Star Wars Universe! What a bunch of BS! Anyway your pic is one awesome piece and it should have been included the way it was done. I think that they (Lucas Films and whomever) to grow up themselves out of their 50's censorship style. Again awesome work Bro!
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thanks, Tony. As you can see I did my best to make the breastfeeding element as inocuous as possible. In fact, it slipped right through the pencil approval process. It wasn't until I pointed it out to my West End Games editor (Steve Crane) that it hit a snag. The scene was fine with him...but he thought it best to bring it to the attention of the Lucasfilm rep before a final OK.
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome Caesar! I tell you what, at first glance you can't really tell until you actually concentrate on Leia. Once you do that and see the whole scene, then you realise what is happening. Also you hid other aspects of the pic, like how the baby is placed which you could think he is just sleeping there and Leia could be looking at him. You did not made her areola which would be a give away, as most women who breast feed have theirs a bit larger. Anyway if you did not say it, it probably would have never been noticed right away. I guess with our country sensitivities, I think that the suits at Lucasfilms did not wanted to deal with any "controversial issue". Anyway I still feel that it is so funny that Lucasfilms do not know "how babies are fed" in their own universe. I think they should have contacted George Lucas and asked him directly and see if he knew? Unless he himself would not know because when he thought about this story he was jacked up on weed! I mean we are talking about the late 60's to early 70's when he was writing about this. Well Bro take care!
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