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Mass Effect - A Distance Erased by ghostfire Mass Effect - A Distance Erased by ghostfire
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"Then, we're going to retire somewhere warm and tropical and live off the royalties from the vids..."

If Shepard won't be granted a proper hero's death, then I'll give her a long, happy life.

The title is from Vienna Teng's "Eric's Song". It's one I listened to quite a bit while painting this piece, and, since I'm working on both a Shepard/Tali (85% complete) (edit 4/20/2012 - now finished and linked below) and a Shepard/Liara painting (10% complete), I can't help but connect the lyrics to all three relationships.

As far as Garrus's appearance - yes, I've seen the ubiquitous nude turian concept art piece. I've got the art books, though, and quarians had half a dozen facial concept sketches - none of which turned out to be what they went for. No nude (or even shirtless) turian ever appeared in the games, so I mostly worked from my own concept piece done two years ago (to the day):



Previous Mass Effect Art:


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Many of the pieces from this gallery are available as prints through ghostfire.net or specifically at the ghostfire market.
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:iconskianous:
Skianous Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way you depict nude turians; most of the "official" concepts (that, as you pointed out, are rarely consistent anyway) for Turians and Krogans don't look that good anyway.
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Caine001 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fucking Awesome and Gorgeous!!!!:D (Big Grin) =P (Razz) Love Heart Giggle :happybounce: Hug Huggle! deviantART Rabbit hole 
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Roccodog1 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Always wondered what turians looked like underneath
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:iconashnichole17:
ashnichole17 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!!
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:iconazulenearoma:
AzuleneAroma Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love this. The colors are so rich. Garrus and Jane forever.
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:iconelcapitan18:
ElCapitan18 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely lovely!!
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:iconcptwrogers:
CptWRogers Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
O.O
:iconmindblownplz:
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:iconmegaazornumbers09:
MegaAzornumbers09 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Garrus you dog OuO
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:iconlime-wieldingninja:
Lime-WieldingNinja Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Oh no, help me, I have acquired feels!
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:iconshadow-wing-darkstar:
Shadow-Wing-Darkstar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
garrus is a mothafuckin badass
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:iconneycuurose1:
NeycuuRose1 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah i did make love with garus buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut i think he's better in his suit but good drawing
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:icon4evergarrus:
4evergarrus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
feel the love
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I just finished this game series last night for the first time (yeah yeah am I late to a party or what?). I ended up taking the destruction route so when I saw Shep draw a breath at the tail end I immediately thought, "ZOMG! Maybe they will get to retire near that beach!" I would have actually yelled it had I not been choking and sobbing.

So yeah, this art? :heart: Perfect
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:iconkenriu:
kenriu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Wow, nice color and textures.
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:iconnbbren:
Nbbren Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Garrus: Eat your heart out Howard.
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:iconrenatoaruffo:
RenatoAruffo Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Artist
Everybody loves Garrus.

Awesome work, I love Mass Effect as well, ended up every single many times to see the many ends with female and male.

I always thought about alternative ways in the world of Mass Effect.

Really good work!
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:iconaniadawson:
AniaDawson Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Artist
T-T Why bioware don't made something like this? T-T
But I love it!!! >W<)/ :squee::blush:
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Forevergreen07 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
There's a "perfect ending" in which Shepard and the crew lives (you have to get 5,000+ ems) I thought it was perfect considering at the end they land on a planet that looks very tropical =) This is how I imagined it would end for them too =) love this picture!
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:iconpainhidanfan:
PainHidanFan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I prefer more ThaneXShep romance but this picture is so awsome that it seriously makes me think again .
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:iconeltzero:
Eltzero Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That was the first time a video game made me cry. No kidding >.<
Also, I'll just leave this here - [link] XD
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:iconowl-tamer:
Owl-Tamer Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I actually started crying when I saw this photo. I just recently replayed the ending of ME3 and when I realized that my Shepard would never have this, it just broke me. Truly beautiful work. Thank you for making this.
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:iconagent-ladue:
Agent-LaDue Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my God, it's perfect. this is my fantasy, beautiful work
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:iconultrachicken:
ultrachicken Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic work! they looks sweet :iconclapplz:
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:iconactuallyfenharel:
ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Mind if I gush for a moment? No? Awesome.
You are an amazing artist. My stuff looks like childish scribbles compared to your Mona Lisa's. Seriously.
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the rest of us plebs, and I hope to see more ME artwork... pretty please? :D
:heart:
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:iconmadnessinmayhem:
MadnessInMayhem Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Very beautiful! I hope they live happily ever after :)
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:iconsabertoothchikn:
SabertoothChikn Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh so pretty! Its all awesome, nice attention to detail ^^.
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:iconyaksha95:
yaksha95 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cannot unsee!
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:iconayashi77:
ayashi77 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Going to share your picture of Tumblr for N7 day. Here the link to the post [link]
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:iconghostfire:
ghostfire Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful, thank you! ^_^
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:iconyoyaku:
Yoyaku Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I love it !
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:iconbhoddisatva:
Bhoddisatva Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Never really got into Femshep or a Garrus romance but thats actually kind of cute.
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:iconecfor:
Ecfor Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally a drawn Garrus that actually looks like Garrus :D awesome art
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Cardassian201232 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
beautiful art , i like it well done pal.
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:iconpsychelock:
PsycheLock Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
After seeing Garrus in armour all the time, this is quite a surprise!
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:iconminicritic:
minicritic Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
very peaceful a well earned reward from ME3
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:iconactuallyfenharel:
ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
As beautiful as this is, I couldn't help trying to peek up Garrus' swim shorts. Yes, I'm a bad, bad girl.
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:icontobi-2012:
tobi-2012 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I may have not played the game, but damn. This is adorable. >w<
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:iconsomekindaspy:
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Ah-ha! I find you again!!!
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:icontobi-2012:
tobi-2012 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
STOP STALKING MEEE LKJHDGH KLJH JKGHGSDJKFGHDFIKJG H jk
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:iconsomekindaspy:
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Noh.
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:iconreban:
reban Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Your Shepard has such a wonderful smile!
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:iconsomekindaspy:
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
D'awwwwww!~
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MinnaNoAkuma Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
so far, this is my favorite idea of what Garrus looks like underneath his suit.

At first , when I saw Garrus I was like, "Damn that boy is hot." and immediately after thought, "What is wrong with you? he looks like a bug!........a sexy bug...uh-oh...I think I might be messed up..."
But at least I know I'm not the only one who love that sexy bug man.

God hes hot...
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:iconsomekindaspy:
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Also, *species...

WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY GRAMMAR TODAY?!

*cries in corner*
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:iconsomekindaspy:
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
He's really more of a bird-like Dinosaur, where the high levels of ultra-violet light caused his specie's feathers to evolve into hard, shell-like scales...

...

GOD, I'm a nerd.
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:iconminnanoakuma:
MinnaNoAkuma Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Yea, since posting that I've done a hella research on the aliens in ME. And gotten COMPLETELY addicted to learning about all of them. And hes still super hot.
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:iconsomekindaspy:
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Haha~!

You made my day.
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:iconminnanoakuma:
MinnaNoAkuma Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Did i!? HAHA!
Cause i keep calling him hot?
I'm just stating the obvious. -3-
*nods*
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:iconsomekindaspy:
SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Nah, just that entire... Whole thing you did.

...

So yes, you keep calling him hot, is what made my day.

^_^
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:iconrawrbone:
Rawrbone Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is definitely my favorite mass effect fanart! Just made me all warm and fuzzy in my heart places.
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