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ADIEU MY FRIEND - Mass Effect FanFic (Commission) by Eddy-Shinjuku ADIEU MY FRIEND - Mass Effect FanFic (Commission) by Eddy-Shinjuku
Photoshop CS6: Painting, Airbrushing and Photoshop post-processing; 16 hours +/-


COMMISSION DONE FOR xenowriter
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ME3: From Chapter 28
Scene: Horizon Sanctuary med lab
..........The cannibal howled in frustration as it tried to stand up. He knew that he got to Sh'sk before…he could do it again…if only for a few more seconds. He had to try…he had to find out where Andromeda went. Jumping over him, Garrus pinned him down. "Where is she?!" The cannibal snarled and wiggled trying to get free.

Catching up to him, Ashley became stunned at what she was seeing. "Garrus…what the hell-"

"Where is Andromeda?!" Garrus' voice rose. He shook the cannibal roughly as the monster squealed. "Sh'sk, listen!"

Calming, the creature whimpered gently as it looked up at him. Pain struck his face hard. Garrus' grip on him loosened up. "Sh'sk…is she a husk too?" He could barely get the words out of his mouth himself. After several seconds, the cannibal shook its head slowly. Sh'sk leaned his head up further, his wide gaped mouth trying to speak but no audible words could be heard. Garrus could tell that Sh'sk was really trying. His heart started to race as he watched........



ART TALK:

:bulletblue: Though this scene takes place in the labs, the background depicts a limbo or purgatorial-like 'plane of existent', like a 'station' to the afterlife sort of to speak; similar concept in Assassin's Creed where Altair/Ezio/Connor farewell his assassinated 'key' enemies in this 'realm' of non-enxistence.

:bulletblue:: The darkened eye line I did to Garrus is a technique adapted from manga and anime, where it depicts obscurity. Here we can tell Garrus is tormented and torn between what he felt inside and how to react.

:bulletblue: The fact that Garrus called the Cannibal by name makes me believe Garrus still sense the individuality in 'it' - hence the illusion of seeing the Batarian( Sh'sk) facial feature when obviously the Cannibal is beyond salvation.

:bulletblue: The blue light flare cut across the Garrus and the Canibal Sh'sk symbolized disconnection in to contrast to their once good friendship when Sh'sk was still a Batarian.


CREDITS:

- ImagineFX magazine Issue 88 and 89 for awesome resources and neat brushes.
- Bioware and Mass Effect 3
- In-game screenshots for references.
- Will add more soon...
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nolovesouls Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Powerful.
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're pretty epic at aliens, huh. Probably due to your use of different brushes and textures and stuff, although i can't tell if this is textured or if you just used epic brushes...
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's ashamed I can't transposed these alien drawing skill onto other artworks, so my Mass Effect arts will certainly stand apart from my other works.
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And yet, it was for your people that i watched you.
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DesoPL Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Damn i look this fan art again, and some memories back to me, and obviously... I sad with that, really...
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Turian-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heartbreaking scene!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, it truly is, especially when you know how close these two were in the fanfic :nod:
It sucks to see you friend 'Reaperized' then dies on you ;p
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Natsumi494 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Awesome work... The fic really touch me... Very moving !!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great to share your input! XD
Glad to hear that this artwork does some degree of justice for a well written fanfic :nod:
So, many thanks for the support! :w00t:
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Akernis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think there is much individuality left when the husk conversion process is finished but that ignored this is a really heartfelt scene :)

It really gives off that tragic feel of the horrors of the war, particularly the brothers, sisters, family and friends against each other, even despite their will.

The colouring is splendid as always, while I prefer Garrus's appearance I will have to give credit to how well you made the cannibal look. The light flares scattered about really serves to give this an almost photo-like quality that really enhanced the effect, great work :)
The lighting is also superb and contrasts very nicely with the darkness at the bottom of the picture.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, it's pretty telling in the short writing above that 'it' is a full cannibal. But the feature of the Batarian face, Sh'sk face, (with eyes to conveyed emotion) is what Garrus 'sees'. The fact that he called the Cannibal by name supports that idea - he still sense a tint of individuality in the Cannibal though it is beyond salvation; this is the poetry I'm trying to show here.

It's easy to like Garrus because there's isn't much obstacle to portray him in this sense, but a zero~emotioned Cannibal is THE challenge. My human liara art was at good timing because it thought me to personify the inanimate - humanising the Cannibal is a way to achieve connection. So it may not be perfect. There is no such thing as perfection in subjectivity. I couldn't push more on the Cannibal looking more Batarian-like because of the literature, so I snuck in this quite subtly.

I try to push in the direction of sublime with exaggerated everything where it should make viewers to be overwhelmed with this thing called 'artistic arrest', hope my attempt is sucessful lol ;p

I hope you found that fanfic (non-canonical) takes a more deeper turn on all things M.E. - this reason alone I truly respect those to committed their time at this craft.
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Akernis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that makes it more clear, can easily see it now, great portrayal :)

I understand everything is subjective and it can never be perfect but you managed to reach a fine balance :)

Well you certainly succeeded there ;)
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MadnessInMayhem Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Blimey that's amazing. At first I was like O.o why is he.... OHHHHHH lol sounds like and interesting story as well though I am all possessive about Garrus being Shep's myself :P
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I supposed in the thumbnail view it's like Garrus is showing his calibration prowess onto a poor dying soul, even worse a romance scene haha ;p
Garrus is too cool and the best way I think for him to react here is this obscurity look - this leaves room for viewers to imagine.
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joanfarley Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS CRAZY GOOD.

I really, really love how you took what you've depicted in the description as an existential moment between these two and created a moment based on that. The work itself is just stunning, I can't get enough of it.

I now have another story to add to my reading list as well, thank you! :D
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
'Crazy good'?! I very much like that! :icongrin--plz:

Yes, I attempt for the sublime but serene depiction; I guess it paid off a tad as it's a very subjective matter to deal with and many will not get what I'm trying to portray not for the extra description I needed to explain.
The paragraph from the writing tells a quite intense moment, so I figured something poetic to uplift this moment in the direction that isolate itself from the rest of the universe - that place that crossed between life and death.
This also amplify the conflicts within Garrus between him and this beyond salvation of a Cannibal, where Garrus still calls 'it' by name :nod:
Sorry I could go on and on with this 'commentary' lol;p
I'll leave your imagination to it.

Anyways plentiful of thanks for dropping by, your support is very much appreciated! XD
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ReVercetti Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm gonna to Feature it! now! :D
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome for this support! I appreciated it immensely! :w00t:
Thank you x 9999! XD XD
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ReVercetti Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love you! And your works!!! :tighthug:
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I love you too! Hope you have time to check my new artwork: [link] :D
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ReVercetti Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
doneeeeee :33333
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macadamstreet Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
look beautyful ! just make an zoom on it and ... :jawdrop: the details and all

i like the effect of characters dissapear in the galaxy (at down of the art) , its look like an memory illusion
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Details are important, different artist has different style :nod:

Yes, this is when a person in dying, they are in this peaceful place before heaven, so it look very much like a dream ;p
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Spyke1985 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous art here. Just brilliant! :heart:
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks for checking this art out! XD
Much appreciated your time here! :w00t:
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Spyke1985 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No problem! And thanks for the llama! :D
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Angel-Tsuki Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breath-taking! OMG! I bow down before you the Lord of all Digital Awesomeness!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL :icongrin--plz:
I'm just a guy. Having said, this is art is a prelude to my bigger project, which you'll be seeing it tomorrow or the day after :w00t:

Though hope your bro improved much with his craft, I help him out a bit every now and then :nod:
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Angel-Tsuki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh no! You are experienced, amazing, kind {insert all +ve adjectives here please} person! I adpre everything you do! And yes, Aadi has done something you'll be proud of :icongrin--plz:! He's drawn something i wouldn't believe he drew something like that :iconcblushplz: Hinata fan service(to the guys xP )! xP
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ArtFurry Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
this is great
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great that you are following with my arts! XD
Good timing because I have much installed for the start of 2013 :nod:

In fact I'll be releasing a big project art tomorrow, hope to see you drop by there too soon, cheers! :w00t:
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JaezX Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Seriously!!? you're improving a lot!!! the most interesting is I can see only one face and still very expressive :wow: and the shading and light... just wow. I always learn something new seeing your art :meditate:
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
These days I'm into portraying symbolism and metaphors, it leaves a lot of room for viewers to imagine :nod:
And I just got started with this new approach, here's my new art that I use more riddles and symbolism in a fanart lol: [link]
Do visit it when you can, many thaks for the support here! XD
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Zutaki Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
can you give me the link to the brushes you used please?
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Most of these brushes I got from the magazine ImagineFX CD content, they are customized brushes used by established artists and I'm not sure it's available for download or even where to link it lol
Though there are heaps of awesome brushes here in dA, you can start here: [link]
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MonkeyFiction Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Digital Artist
aww, sadness. :C
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup it is, poor Garrus lol XD
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PoganiaczKroow Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
What a great job! Congrats!
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:iconeddy-shinjuku:
Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks for viewing this artwork! XD
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love it, seems so simple when you look closer. Good 'illusion of detail' and..well everything : )
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, the more I painted things, I figured sometimes being too clinical with the details is counter-productive. So here I utilized sharp textures and lines where it matters :nod:
Additionally this dwells much in the realm of 'concept' where readers of xenowriter's literature have different imagery of it, so I painted the 'idea' of it; while you on the other have painted more concrete images which I'm far from being at that level ;p

Anyways, awesome that you dig this! :w00t:
Especially coming from a waaaaay more establish artist like yourself! It's humbling to hear, cheers! XD
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yea exactly, though sometimes I still can't get enough details to make a picture look good but not spend ton of time on it. :P And no need to be so humble ; )
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I figured I paint the basic shapes of things then top it up with very sharp textures and strong defined lines; it takes similar amount of time as conventionally painting things but they have different end product.
I'm inspired by these awesome artists in the way they use these sharp details: [link] and [link]
I don't know how to put it, but it makes the details pop out :w00t:
It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, this style, but I adore it tremendously :meow:
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
oh yea both artists are really good : ) eh, i tried myself with speedpaintings but i just cant do it : P
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xenowriter Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I am just in awe of this...such details!!! I'm so honored that you were willing to draw for me! The style is so lifelike!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is mostly thanks to your writing! XD
It creates such intense and strong imagery ,hence resulted such details in the artwork. Though don't mind my "artistic license" of seeing this scene in my POV a tad.
Just so you know, what I've been through is somewhat in similar situation where a movie adaptation of a game typically comes to be, it's more 'direct'. This is the only challenge of the project, hope it didn't deter much of your original vision.

Thanks again for believe in me, cheers! :w00t:
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DesoPL Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Go out there and give them hell, you are born to do this...
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, Mass Effect arts are always coming from my gallery lately. XD
This art is a sad or emo one, Garrus's friend is a Batarian, here he turned into a Cannibal....and now he's dying :nod:
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silverhammer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is... intense O_O
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, fan fictions are great at describing the intensity in details, so it made my job very easy in depicting it ;p
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