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:Mass Effect: Four a.m. by Anjian :Mass Effect: Four a.m. by Anjian
"What you write after two a.m.," he said after a long pause, "is complete nonsense."

He was trying to make sense of it anyway, staring fixedly at the screen, the blanket he had brought for Nihlus completely forgotten.

Nihlus sighed. You win some, you lose some.

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Coloured with a fricking mouse.

Guess how late i stayed up for this?

Just guess.

Cookies for pointing out what's on each screen.

Mass Effect and :iconempress-cethlisss: will be the death of me.

Mass Effect and its elements (c) Bioware
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:icona-zeldafan95:
A-zeldafan95 Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
Can you please explain their genders to me cause i can't tell.
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BishiBower Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job and super cute!
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! ^.^
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:iconthedevilreborn:
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
This is amazen!
What did you use coloer this?
:iconiloveitplz:
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Photoshop CS3
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:iconthedevilreborn:
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Cool!
You've got to give it to photoshop.
It has come a relylong way! :wow:
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:iconhoiist:
hoiist Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011   Filmographer
wicked job with a mouse :thumbsup:
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

...though my wrists would prefer to disagree.
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:iconcaffeineghost:
Caffeineghost Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Very nice work! I'm in love with Nihlus' facial angle.
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

(Nihlus is cute ain't he. :3)
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:iconphsycopathic:
phsycopathic Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
i get told that on constant occasions.. mind you being able to do a good line in mindless drivel is always good for the soul ;)
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed like you have no idea.
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:iconlady-olivia:
Lady-Olivia Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Lovely, lovely! One of the most memorable things I've seen here. :)

Love your Saren, love his clothing, love the touch. Love how Nihlus is looking up to him. Do you suppose there could have been real tenderness between them, whether friendly, or more-than-friendly, given their... ending? Heart breaks every time I think of it.

You did a great job with the screens, they look totally science-like, all with the bell curve and the code listing and the integrals, hehe, it's just great. :)
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*Blushes very hard.* Thank you. Underserved praise, right there.

Oh yes. I think they definitely loved each other. In the inscrutable way that people write volumes about and never quite manage to figure out. Maybe not *quite* the tender sort, but the sort you know you can rely on when absolutely everything else fails. Just listening to Saren saying Nihlus' name on Eden Prime...

(Sorry about the rant. Their characters and more importantly their dynamic interest me a *lot*. Wish there was more development beyond fanfic.)

(P.S. Venturi tube, but close enough =D)
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:iconlady-olivia:
Lady-Olivia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Heh. :)

Here's the thing: I really can't comment on your technique, because I know next to nothing about painting (well, I hope I know how to appreciate it!) - but there's so much heart in this one, it's just staring at me, you know? It's full of meaning and feeling. Maybe not everyone could relate, it's specific to the characters, and many people don't exactly harbor mushy feelings for Saren. I so do. And I so know what you mean by a *lot.* What can I say? Me too.

Tell me one thing... was the "Cookies for pointing out what's on each screen" thing there last night or did you add it in the meantime? Because I totally missed it, I swear. If I saw it, I'd pay more attention! Venturi tube, huh. I though you took the lower gaussian and mirrored it, hehe. :)
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Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The cookies thing was always there. But i forgot, so here. *Hands you a freshly-baked platter*. And yeah, now it totally looks like a gaussian distribution to me.

As for mushy feelings, well... i daresay i have a little bit of that. Okay, maybe much more. I think it's the strength of his will (both in service of and against, if Paragon'd, Sovereign) that's really attractive. What about you?

Oh, and thanks for the watch. Appreciated!
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:iconlady-olivia:
Lady-Olivia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Nice cookies, nom nom. :)

Me, I like Saren because he's the kind of cerebral, impossibly confident person who can make you eat your own tongue, who you can't beat in a debate, who wins the war first, and then goes to battle. His logic is infallible; but when he realizes he's been building it on top of all the wrong axioms, he falls apart. Suicide-Saren is my only canon-Saren.

The two moments when he grew on me were: 1) when he related his ambition to the wellbeing of his people (ending of Revelation; whether total supremacy counts as wellbeing is another story, heh) and 2) when he was portrayed as the less extreme, less intense, less villainy character next to Desolas. Nowadays I'm just sad for him, almost as sad as I'm for Nihlus. Sigh.
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Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what "to eat one's own tongue" refers to, but it sounds like a good description of the turian. And yes, i've only watched the alternate death scene on Youtube. *High-five.*

The two moments that grew on me were, well, the two shots. If you look closely, he actually used different pistols each time...i wonder what that means. (Besides the fact that i'm nitpicking too much.)

Poor Nihlus. And somehow, somehow, i think that if they met again, he would've forgiven his mentor. =/
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Lady-Olivia Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Haha, I don't know what that phrase means either, I kinda made it up as I went. :)

Not sure if Nihlus could forgive. It depends on Saren's motives. If he killed Nihlus because of the obvious - you like humans, you'll try to stop me, you might even succeed, so you need to die - than no, I don't think Nihlus would forgive. If there was something more... maybe.

You know about this, right? [link]
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Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, yes i do. The original painting is nice too.

Mm... what about 'you're young, relatively innocent, and carefree; if i let you live, Sovereign will have you in its clutches sooner or later because you'll try to investigate me; so Spirits forgive me for saving you from a short and painful life under indoctrination'?

(:cling:)
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CulturalGeekGirl Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
I wasn't a Saren/Nihlus shipper before I saw this pic. Now... I think I might be.
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not my job to indoctrinate people to this pairing... but hooray? :clap:
Glad you liked.

P.S. Hey! I know you from BSN! *is lurker*
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RogueofAsgard Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Photographer
d'awwwwwwwwww! this is just brilliantly cute. :D
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, and i agree =D
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Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Hah, he does have a point there ... then again, sometimes you don't have a choice if you're ordered to burn the midnight oil, do you? :)

Lol, mouse colouring is hard, isn't it? I did that too for about 18 months before switching to a tablet. Hmm those look like equations of some kind ... too horrifying for me to even take a guess at. :D
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Equations that i don't even want to remember now XD
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Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Lol! I bet. :) Isn't that why there are like autopilots and stuff on starships, so you won't have to bother with all that crap anymore? :D
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, to live in the future.
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Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
And the funny thing is, when you do, you always look back at now thinking these were the good old days ... :D
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:iconcircuitdruid:
CircuitDruid Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
with a mouse? my guess is you didnt sleep at all

I love candid images of non party charecters, and I like the 'Saren was not always the badguy' speculation type images.
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
glad you liked.

Though i'm sure he made Nihlus jump off of tall structures 'for training'. XD
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CircuitDruid Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
:giggle:
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013933121leumassn Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! I'm not sure but are all those screens pages from a textbook/school work (guessing physics of some sort-possibly scanned or quick photos... edited then put in... or just drawn by you =))...and you did ALL this color with a mouse O.O... color me impressed (and a little awe-shockingly taken aback) =) (oh quick question! are there 3 people "humanoids" in the room or is the 3rd a reflection of a screen?)
Awesome job =)
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Yanarada Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
They are beautiful! Terrific!
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you =)
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thehonorablereese Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Well for being colored with a mouse, that looks really fricken good!
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks.
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:iconiralovesart:
iralovesart Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
cool
your poor hand!
is that math and C language?
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, math--you get a cookie.
but not C--*gives half a cookie*
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:iconiralovesart:
iralovesart Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
a cookie and a half! :w00t: omnomnom
hmmm, don't know why I has the impression it was some sort of programming language.
(forgot to mention, the back-ground looks great too, I like their suits too)
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it is a programming language. Assembly, to be precise XD
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:iconiralovesart:
iralovesart Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
oooh. I see.
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tennesseekimmi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
This is awesome. I love Saren being sweet to Nihlus and bringing him a blanket. (I'm somewhat of a Saren/Nihlus shipper ) Seriously though, this is really good.
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks =D
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thaLadyNeko Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw, it's very good .. and i guess that the second screen from the right is tetris :D
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it isn't, but i do love tetris =3
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Empress-Cethlisss Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
*Whispers.* I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooove yooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooou~.
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
loudest whisper i've ever heard.
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Empress-Cethlisss Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
*Breathes in ear.*
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chisah Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
oh holy mandibles, the spirit of this pic is really good
also you gained some extra points for the self-destructive choice of tool used for coloring, it came out well but I bet it could have been done an easier way X3
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