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EPILOGUE - Mass Effect 3 Ending by Eddy-Shinjuku EPILOGUE - Mass Effect 3 Ending by Eddy-Shinjuku
...A loyal crew awaits for the Commander...

Initially I made Liara looking tormented and despair, but I figured it would be more tragic to make her looking optimistic for the return of Shepard. I figured giving her 'neutral' expression to create a sense of obscurity in the way viewer's have to guess what she may feel.

Remember stories of pets eagerly awaits for their owner despite the owners had perished? Be it a pet dog in the recent Japan tsunami where it waits at the same spot for days for the return of the owner, or other stories like they await next to their owner's grave hoping to play fetch again, etc. etc.

What makes it more depressing when Liara does this? She is a logical and intellectual individual who follows reasoning, facts and truth - rendered her beyond of logical thoughts to the point she awaits for Shepard and throw all possibilities that Shepard is no more should project a striking imagery.

ARTISTIC POINTERS:
:bulletgreen: The SR-1 Normandy ship model next to Liara is a symbolical representative of Shepard.
:bulletgreen: I utilized distorted perspective, hence you can see the floor and ceiling in the field of view.
:bulletgreen: I tried to create contrast in colors that conveys a pretty much dead Normandy all dark and dim and a vibrant alien atmosphere outside.
:bulletgreen: instead of rewinding to past events, I try to squeeze forward in Mass Effect, thus this little epilogue, which seems like the most 'updated' possible event.
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macadamstreet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
dat my request hey  ? (its not mentionned :p )

wait for my little "personnal" one :(
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
Especially considering the opening of the second game, where Shepherd DIES, and then gets brought back, let alone the first game where he pushes everyone out of the path of the fragment of Sovereign that crashes right where Shepherd was left standing, and he somehow escapes harm.

I sort of understood the purpose of having Shepherd die at the end of ME3, but with his resurrection at the BEGINNING of ME2 it sort of breaks belief that he couldn't be resurrected again IF they decided to continue with him after all. Miranda for instance knew how Cerberus did it, she was in the middle of the whole project, and she survives unless the player makes some mistakes. So she is an option. But wanting to start over again with a new character, a new era, and a whole new story makes perfect sense to me. My only dilemma with ME4 will be if they'll finally allow us to PLAY one of the cool alien races they've invented. :)
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NielsHakMusic Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Artist
This is absolutely stunning. The colors, the emotional part, splendid work.

I'm eagerly awaiting the next Mass Effect game (series). It probably will take place many years after Mass Effect 1-2-3, I think I'll probably shed some tears the moment I click play in the new game and realise all the past characters are gone. 
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captainofmysheep Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
This is so goddamned sad and beautiful. Goddammit. Makes me want to cry. You did a wonderful job with the scene, the light, the composition.
Still...the feels. My feels are hurtin'.
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Pestrobarevny Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
This is so sad...yet so beautiful.
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Duck-Bot Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
congrats. this is the third piece to make me have some tears... mostly because I know Liara is very capable of crumbling this way. Her home world destroyed, her companion and lover missing in the depths of the reaper calamity.. I find it beautiful that you had her maybe looking at or maybe she picked up the SR-1 model with hopes that he can be beside her again or in the least, that this is nowhere near the end. If this would have been in the game, along with your ending that was inspired based from the final fantasy series, that would have been probably the most heart-wrenching but beautiful game ending i would have ever encountered....... and i would never play the game again. I put a watch on to see what other creative genius you put in. Maybe a Elder Scrolls or Fallout piece. If not, than that is fine. I just hope you had fun making this art.
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Laciboj Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Epic :D
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jfaerr Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
I chose Liara on my playthrough and I remember when Com. Ashley had to take her back onto the ship, despite her protests in wanting to stay. This work speaks volumes.
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PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Poor Liara...I like your use of symbolism and light, the optimistic approach.
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DocOtto Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
I had my Shepard select the Destroy Ending. With over 4000 EMS. And waking up alive. SUCK MAH BALLS, DEPRESSING ENDINGS!
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nirzor12 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Wish everyone put pointers on their work. It would be so much easy to understand their choice of colours etc then
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JulianGreystoke Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
To me she looks like she's remembering.  Beautiful picture!  I love it!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like the way you put it :aww:

It means she already accepted Shepard is gone and put forth the effort to honor his/her memories. :nod:

thank for viewing this artwork! :w00t:
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Neffin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist
amazing work!
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josharms Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Beautiful image. Love the all the scene and context.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man for the time spared checking out this piece! :w00t:

Just an attempt to give more content to the ending of the game, the ending cutscenes weren't enough to elaborate it, even the Extended Cutscene ^^;
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LionsQuill Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Very poignant and beautiful. You've created a real sense of tragic yet optimistic devotion. Well done! :clap:
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your time that you've spared viewing this piece; glad that you found some  inspiration here - personally I wanted to tackle the depressing ending and breed a tint of positivity to it, optimism is synonymous with Liara, so it's quite unequivocal that I chose her to represent my concept :nod:
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asemharun Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I still didn't finish the game! Awesome drawin though!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've seen you around a lot commenting in M.E artworks, can't believe you haven't finished it lol ^^;
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asemharun Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah man, Ive had the game for 2 years now I think. I never get time to finish it, it's such a huge game!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, there are game that you need heaps of time invested in it, though you shouldn't miss out on one of the biggest sci-fi games to date :nod:
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Red-Vanguard Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Well done
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Cylor Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Extremely poignant and thoughtful. Very well done.
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Lu-Photographer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wow! This is amazing. I love the attention to detail you have! I think having the neutral expression on Liara really helps give the viewer their own interpretation on what she might be thinking.
I love the fact that you have deliberately used symbolism throughout the image to convey different meanings. The beam of light cast down on Liara works really well too.
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Espy-Shinrai Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very beautiful and emotional piece. It really brought a tear to my eye :'(
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MonaMow Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Just ...beautiful. :')
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jwdutoit Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So much emotion. Love it
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RenderEffect-Dan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, and your reflections about her facial expression really paid out. Makes the image much more meaningful, and I share the same optimism for Shepards return. Let's hope the best...
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AMDFenics Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Aweosome, beautiful Pic :)
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I figured something fresh would do, people still want a resolved for the endings :nod:

Thanks for checking out this artwork btw, cheers! :w00t:
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JFUe Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
excellent!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thaks for checking it out man! :iconohjoyplz:
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die-yng Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Very moving and it looks great.
For me, Shepard will always return to her.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Everyone is terribly vying for this; so I had to make an art with Liara represent all of our collective yearning for the elusive return of the hero :nod:

Awesome that you checked this art out, there are heaps of stuff going on here, just a tad subtle to stand out, thanks again! :w00t:
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Juu50x Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Damn it BioWare! I wanted to see all those blue children! Oh well, at least I can stick with my headcanon :D

But beside that, I really love this picture. Well, any picture that has Liara in it. And also having FemShep with her is also a plus.

It's really funny how Liara and FemShep feel almost so perfect to each others, like MaleShep and Tali. I really hoped that we could have been able to dive just bit more deeply into their relationship. And I'm many of those who prefer FemShep over MaleShep.

There was just something that she made me feel different when I started to play her. I never got same kind of feelings with MaleShep.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I believe more than a handful of it is due to the awesome voice acting of FShep; there is much substance and context. Plus she (Jennifer Hale) has a great radar or awareness of other NPCs emotional state, hence get to tap into the depth not only the other characters, but situational emotions.
BroShep is a straightforward character if you are more concern with saving the universe and fending reapers lol
And don't forgot, plowing almost all female races ;p

Unfortunately I choose Broshep from ME1 because Bioware made him looking like the prominent choice, almost THE canon character.
Only later in ME3 when BW made effort to promote FEmshep as good (and even better) than Broshep I realized I need to pay much attention to her.
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Juu50x Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
I guess. I already had become Jennifer Hale fan since KotOR :D so I guess that's one reason why I already was "sold" to FemShep. And I also started playing with MaleShep first. And at some point decided to try with FemShep.

And another reason why pretty much almost immediately loved Hale's FemShep was because it sounded like she had much more emotion and passion. Just the way I pictured my Shepard was.

A passionate soldier who was ready to do her best but without taking things "too far".
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squirrelmobster Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Remember stories of pets eagerly awaits for their owner despite the owners had perished?"
Hachi made me cry.
I love this picture wonderful work.
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HansTechrist Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Just wow...
I can't find any other word.
So sad yet so beautiful.
This is awesome!
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A-Crazed-Zombie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
id rather if you made her more tragic or sad to feel her pain
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If I do (already did) that it diminish all content of poetical beauty to it and rendered into a one dimensional and spoon-feeding artpiece which is quite bland and predictable.

It simply doesn't inspire I'm afraid; ME3 has and ridiculous ending and contributing more to that means I'm not doing any justice to the M.E fandom.
M.E. fans still wishes the return of Shepard even though it's a very very very slim chance, here Liara swallowed all the pain for the sakes of the fans and only show proactive reaction instead of sobbing and crying and not helping at all ^^;
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soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
well said man i agree sorry my idea was bad
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Klonder Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
By Liara's lifespan, that could happen even centuries after the actual ending.
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You have officially made this art oozes with more sadness ^^;
I didn't even thought of that, she'll just keep on waiting...
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AlouetteCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Oh wow this is just stunning! Incredible work, I really love it!
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Eddy-Shinjuku Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome to hear that! :w00t:
Great that you found certain beauty in it, I figured if I made her looking sad the art won't really have layers and depth to it.

Btw, your 'Queen of Omega' cosplay is epic :D
If you have the time to spare, do check out my Aria artwork: [link]

Cheers! :iconxd--plz:
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AlouetteCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Photographer
:)
I completely agree! You captured Liara perfectly, and definetly how I think she would look! It does have great depth and I love how you chose to frame it, and of course the sheer amount of details in it!

Thank you SO much!! That means a lot to me coming from such a talented and awesome artist like yourself! :) That piece is INCREDIBLE! Once again, just perfect work! I'm definetly going to have to go through your whole gallery now haha! :)
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ceriselightning Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! How do you do it? This is seriously so damn good! So sad, but oh so good!
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