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Shepard And Samara - Quiet Reflection

A Mass Effect 3 commission for ~flatlinedreams.

My commission info is here.

This is the most complex painting I've ever done, but I wanted to push myself with a challenging piece. I budgeted extra time for that but between my own perfectionism and some real life issues cropping up, it took longer than I anticipated. The bright side is that I don't think I'll be forgetting that particular lesson in workflow and time-management any time soon.

Flatlinedreams was wonderfully patient with me, and provided a very detailed description of what he was after. An excerpt, since I think he put it better than I could:

"[...] The idea is that after the events of Mass Effect 3, Samara has decided to resign as a Justicar. The scene is supposed to symbolize Samara having her old armor in the display case so that she can remember her past, but she has moved on from that, and Shepard is there with her."

I couldn't find any existing reference photos to my satisfaction, and I wanted to get the lighting, perspective, and reflections right. What I ended up doing was teaching myself a little about Blender (a free, open-source 3d modelling program), grabbing some in-game models from the Mass Effect 3 (including Samara's unused gown from the citadel DLC!), and arranging (and rearranging...) them until I finally had a composition I was happy with. Game assets are pretty low-poly and look on the stiff side even with some work posing them, but as long as I used them for reference only and not a literal copy, I was golden. I took a lot of artistic liscence with Samara's gown in particular.

In a way, using 3d models like that is just a digital extension of using maquettes (small scale models) as a lighting reference. The real thing is always going to be better because of how complex light is, but the flexibility of modelling a reference in 3d is really handy. And much more convenient in my itty-bitty suite, where space to paint is at a premium, let alone sculpt!

(Can't say I have many glass domes around, either...)

All in all I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, and I learned so much from doing a composition beyond my regular portrait work - much of which I couldn't have anticipated beforehand, but that's the stuff I probably needed to learn most!

Tools: Krita (and a little Blender, for lighting reference only) under Linux Mint 15 (KDE edition); Wacom Intuos4 4"x"6".

Samara, Shepard, and Mass Effect are all (c) Bioware, of course.
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wait samara has an unused gown in citadel? is there a way to make it used?
Mantic64's avatar
Wait, Wheres Shepards Armor?
PHEOLIA's avatar
Wow. What a beautiful scene. I could cry.
A peaceful moment perfectly captured.  This is great work, thank you for sharing.
Even without much romance those two forged a strong bond. 
NewGuy13's avatar
Femshep: So.... You thinking what I'm thinking?
Samara: Hells yes!!
techgi19's avatar
are justicars similar to spectres? Wow Femshep and samara, two poweful species
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mk456's avatar
If you romanced her in MA2 and you get that citidale DLC and you remain loyal in her romance she indeed says 'my way of life is a dying one...I must honor my code and make no promises' she says this after shepard tells her to 'live in the moment' Id like to think had Shepard avoided the SNAFU he got himself into. This would have been a foreseeable future. 
OutLawAl's avatar
Impressive! (:'D)
zoompixs's avatar
Very moving.  WELL done!
killacam1982's avatar
I Promise you. This deserve a frame with an accent light over it. Totally great, You deserve more comments.
yuhime's avatar
It's a beautiful picture. :)
AuthorOfSins's avatar
This is beautiful. It's not my ship, but there is something so perfect about this, so serene. It's not something you get in ME fanart much. Really well done!
gearseffect's avatar
as a hardcore DudeShep/Samara shipper (like they're MY ME canon ship) this fills with with so many feels. Wonderful work. I LOVE IT!
wizjer's avatar
Totally stunning!
anonrahem's avatar
Saw this on reddit, awesome.
Exar-Kun-IV's avatar
Holy S%$T.

that is simply amazing.
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Crazyman0's avatar
This is one of my favorite Samara and post ME3 pics ever!

With all the amazing fan art and fan fiction of Mass Effect it's a real shame it's unmodable.
Carter-Kaine's avatar
*overcome by feels of this ship*
ChaosAvatar18's avatar
I love this, it's so well done, and you can really feel the emotion from the artwork. I'd love to see something like this for my other favorite pairings. MShep/Tali and MShep/Kasumi
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