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Neimoidian Mother and Infant by Kweh-chan Neimoidian Mother and Infant by Kweh-chan
Oh my LORD, I worked for-bloody-ever on this one!

I know this is extremely socially incorrect. Not only do Neimoidians give birth to multiple young, but they don't even raise them until they're seven, and out of the grub hatcheries...but I've been wanting to do something like for a couple of weeks. I was inspired by a picture I found on Google of a Sullustan mother and baby, and I knew I would have to do a Neimoidian version. Besides, mother and child is such a beautiful, precious, even holy image...although I don't know how safe a bet it is to wear a hat with dangly bits like that around a baby.

I'm enjoying this new colouring style; I'll still probably cell-shade every now and then; however, I like that I can sort of add "texture" with this. I've also started playing with overlays...and certainly paying more attention to backgrounds.

Things may be done differently in Neimoidian culture...but don't ever say that a Neimoidian mother doesn't love her children. I WANT A NEIMOIDIAN BABY!!! (you listening Senator Dod???)
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Krande Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Cool concept!
(And yes, Neimoidi mothers don't hang around with their children often.... so her wearing a fancy crest is justified with her lack of inexperience.
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Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Awww
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ninllot Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
WOOOOOW me llego al alma, nunca lo vi en ese sentido
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Dotterall Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   General Artist
Aw this is so sweet!
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much <3
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Samathou Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't really know what a Neimoidian is... (looks like an alien, haha) but I appreciate the idea though; the representation of a mother with her progeny. :D Gives another point of view than the human one, another point of view of the motherhood... I am still pretty curious to know what's behind her in grey? A window or something like that? 
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neimoidians are a non-human species from Star Wars. If you've seen Episode I, they are the ones in control of the Trade Federation, who blockade and invade Naboo. The window behind her is just a view outside of one of their planets. They own several colony worlds, outside of their home planet, including Cato Neimoidia, the oldest and wealthiest of them. On Cato, they live on bridge cities, which is kind of what you can see outside.

And thank you very much :)
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Samathou Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm, I haven't really followed Star Wars' series... :hmm: But your message cleared it up. You're a fan of Star Wars by the way? 

Very nice piece of art anyway. When I see your art, I notice you have made quite a lot of representations of this species. :D
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I daresay I'm one of the biggest Star Wars fans :)

Thank you very much! Neimoidians (and their genetic cousins, the Duros, another SW species), are beyond special for me, and represent, in my eyes, the image of beauty. Many fans hate them, however, so, since 2010, I've been working, in one way or another to try and put them in a better light for people, and part of that is through my art. I actually recently got a Neimoidian named after me (No joke! Look up "Zill Kartay"!) :D
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Samathou Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*isn't sure where to research so look for this on Google Image*

Hahaha, oh, looks like there are results for this, even on wiki... But it's not written that it was named after the deviant "Kweh-chan" though.

Very interesting goal that you have to give a better view on these creatures... Sounds like you're a very huge fan of them! How lucky some film-makers are to have fans who help and praise their work... :thanks:
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

She could be a Duros, maybe? They actually take care of their young and a\re generally a nicer species. 


Lovely picture anyway.  

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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope! She's a Neimoidian. I drew her as such...there's no way with her physical features she's a Duros...

Thank you!
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Maelora69 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I thought they were pretty much the same species with only cultural differences...
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Nice, Good Job :)
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much :)
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yourwellcome :)
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MandieEllie Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Featured: [link]
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh! Thank you very much, I greatly appreciate it!
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MandieEllie Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome~! :la:
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
The Neimoidians have a very beautiful design nice to see someone working with them so much!
Very moving imagery, motherhood is very beautiful I so love seeing this image! Gorgeous details and rich color, very sweet! The texture look to your coloring gives extra depth to this :D

I'd like seeing a more gentler take on the Neimoidians, I think they have a happier life if they got a childhood free from struggle and violence.
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for such a nice comment! I absolutely adore the Neimoidians; they've been not only an art subject for me, but a fascination in terms of biology, psychology, culture, and design, for years now.

I think the issue with the grub hatcheries (assuming that's what you're referring to) is that they seem so outrageous in terms of other species. When you get down to it, I actually think they've got a good system going: there'll never be overpopulation, there's a steady stream of workers for menial labour, and those who are leading are truly the most clever and resourceful (for the most part *coughDaultayDofinecoughcough*)
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah that, I'm sure it's worked effectually but it also makes them brutal in personality and culture, putting them at odds with other species-- such as what happened on Naboo. It comes naturally to them as they are about survival of the fittest and take all and what you can. It's not all good what it comes to species interactions lol

They still are very neat though, no way other beings would evolve like to humans.
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What happened on Naboo was motivated by a lot more than just culture. One thing we cannot forget is that Neimoidians are businessmen, not warriors. Even Gunray was unsure about the invasion, and his subordinates, Haako, Dofine, and Monchar (who even ended up abandoning the Trade Federation), were downright terrified. Had it not been for Sidious' influence, I'm 100% sure that the invasion would never have happened. They had no interests on Naboo - it was small, out of the way, and offered them little in return. It was Sidious who wanted the invasion to start a chain reaction in the senate, and Gunray was his pawn.
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
Indeed, Sidious was behind everything that happen :( so many people and cultures suffered by his greed and hunger for power.
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drewthefan123 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Now this is a powerful image.
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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drewthefan123 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
*slight bow* Oh but of course, after all, Neimoidian's are an essential part of the Confederacy. :)
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, thank you! I'm glad you think so too :D
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drewthefan123 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Like wise with you :D

I have a silly little idea for you if you would consider drawing it :)
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh? What did you have in mind?
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drewthefan123 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Two B-1 Battle Droids trying to figure out how to change a diaper. ;)
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! I might actually do that!
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Tryphosa20 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to say how much I loved this scene that you did with a mother and baby. I can tell it took a fair chunk of your life to complete; P. The red color palette matches so well with their skin colors but it also really gives a sense of warmth inside a wealthy home. Nothing in the picture looks out of place for a Star Wars environment.

Also, something about the way she looks at the baby gives me feels she’s been a barren mother, desperately wanting to have a child and the portrait was painted in celebration of finally having one of her own after so long :heart:.
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!

You know, I was actually thinking about using this female for a Neimoidian Jedi OC, with a similar story to that. But I REALLY love your idea! I'd love to use it in some form, if I may.
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Tryphosa20 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww It was just a spur of the moment idea but if you want it, go ahead. I'd be honored :iconblush--plz:
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TurquoisePastel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i really like the expressions on their faces! this is pretty good, specially the shading!
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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TurquoisePastel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
np!
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UraHameshi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Nice, I like your painting style a lot!
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
added to fan art in Sci-fi Archives
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PolaristheCepheid Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
:D cute :D
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! 8D
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Darkinyron Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww this is BEAUTIFUL! SOOO ADORABLE! I WANT ONE TOO! I like the colouring style!

Just cuz they go into hives on Neimoidia doesn't mean Neimoidian moms abandon their kids for 7 years on other planets. In fact, they likely raise them according to that planet's social norms or just out of necessity since it's unlikely that other planets would offer such competitive nurseries.

And it's not completely impossible for a Neimoidian to only have 1 baby. It's possible, just not probable. I had a dog who got pregnant when I was a kid and she only had 1 puppy. She was healthy and everything; the vet said nothing was wrong and that he'd seen it on occasion.

I think the one you drew definitely loves her baby! If anything, having only one would make her love it even more! :)
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much.

I agree. I always believed that Neimoidians offworld would have possibly hand-raised their children. They may also have left their children in the hatcheries on one of the Neimoidian worlds, while the parents, themselves, lived offworld. But that's beside the point.

Not impossible, but unlikely. I've deduced that Neimoidians give birth to multiple young as a result of the harsh conditions of Neimoidia, to ensure that at least one offspring survived. Nowadays, a large brood isn't financially ideal, but continues, influenced by the grub hatchery system. This ensures that the Neimoidian race is primarily comprised of the best individuals. The weaker ones, meanwhile, provide a steady source of labour. There'll never be unemployment nor overpopulation. It's perfect!
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww!
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heehee <3
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:meow:
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forcecrush Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
You're getting more and more awesome :D Also, it's a lovely moment ^^
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Kweh-chan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thank you so much! I try hard :)
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