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Edit: There were several design issues that were driving me nuts with this piece and so I tweaked it a tiny bit. It seemed off balance to me so I adjusted the tilt on each "head" and added red glare to Garrus and blue to the helmet. I also added a bit more shadow here and there to make certain elements pop more. Also I gave Shepard's helmet more detail to the scratches and a bit more texture.

Ok so! This took forever lol. So much detail to draw in yeesh!:faint: But I'm satisfied that it was worth it in the end. I really wanted to do Garrus's scars justice and I think I managed fairly well. This is a mixed media of painting, airbrushing, and a lot of digital colored pencil on the detail work. No photo-manipulation or tracing. :)

The premise for this piece is after Shepard's final ground-side battle on earth she/he gets up to get beamed up but leaves her/his helmet behind. Too late to follow her through the beam Garrus sees her/his helmet, now scarred and missing large chunks, and picks it up. In the time to come after the final battle he often picks up her/his helmet and contemplates the loss of this most amazing comrade and/or lover.

I've always wanted to do Garrus ever since a dear friend :iconfyrefly12: suggested it over a year ago, but I could never quite picture it right in my head. Finally, I found the right combination ...I hope. Thanks for your patience sugar ;) and I hope you like him.

Garrus Vakarian belongs to the Mass Effect world and the talented people at Bioware.
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Harryeagle Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
I thought this was an epic staring contest! Then I read your description and it turned out to be even more epic! Neat!
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guen20 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha thx  :)
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Padfoot116 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The more I look at this the sadder I feel. Femshep - romanced Garrus.
Hardest part of the final choice at the end of game was knowing I'd break her promise to him. Hated leaving him, nearly cried during the extened ending cutscene.
Yes I freely admit to getting wrapped up in the story, what's the point otherwise?

This is such an amazing and beautiful piece of art.
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guen20 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! And thx for the fav too! Lover me some Garrus!
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xXxCalibrationsxXx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
You have definitely caught all of the emotion within this picture and it is beautiful and it speaks enormous amounts of volume. I love it. :heart:
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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xXxCalibrationsxXx Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
You're welcome ^_^.
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thx for the watch and badge too! :hug:
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xXxCalibrationsxXx Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
You are very welcome :D.
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swordoftruthiness Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;___________;

Feels...

This is so beautiful!
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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cantbreath45 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is ridiculously cool!
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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LadyKellet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
So simply beautiful... I'm in love <3
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe well I always liked guys with scars and combine that with a sexy voiced badass with mad sniper skills and I had no chance. :D
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LadyKellet Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
The only thing left is to fall madly in love and pray for turian/human babies....
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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Fyrefly12 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow... Meg, just... wow. I really really can't think of the words to describe how fantastic this is, truly. You've captured everything. The emotion, the loss, the hurt, the bittersweet memories of her life and her aching absence, but also the flicker of the good memories he has... this is so good, really. I'm so unbelievably proud of you and being your friend. Really, thank you. Thank you for being so wonderful and so wonderfully talented. If I could, I would hug you ^^ :glomp: ~X~X~
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Right back at ya love! ;) I imagine hanging out with you every so often at a cafe somewhere where they serve good coffee and tea. Maybe it will just have to be a digital/imaginary one but still the idea appeals.

I'm so glad you like him. I'm also glad I could kinda do something you'd asked me about, though I betcha you don't remember eh? hehe. No worries. He's for you regardless.
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Fyrefly12 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That would be so cool! If I'm ever down your way we will definitely have to meet up for coffee and good old gush about everything ^^ I do remember it and I just can't believe that you do! Thank you so much, this will be my permanent wallpaper ^^ :hug: ~X~
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:squee:
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RonyoBlind Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice in capturing the emotion behind it. It speaks surprisingly a lot despite the little that is shown, you can almost feel the sorrow Vakarian feels for this fallen lover (or friend depending on what story you chose.) The details are also very well done, and good choice with the conflicting warm and cool colors, good choice. I like how the 'fallen' has a hot vibrant color her/his memory red hot in the mind of the freezing emotion with in the one left behind.

Some hopefully helpful suggestions. The helmet doesn't come off as a hard or battle warn material. Try adding some shown base metal under the pain around the edges and some swaths of it 'cut' away from fire or debris that may have blasted against it. Adding a texture to the helmet and a small grainy one to Vakarian's skin would really make it pop. :)

Over all, I would give this a four star! Very good effort, wonderful, love it. I hope to see more from you in the future.
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I also appreciate your comments and like your idea of putting in the base metal showing through the scratches. As for taking out large chunks.. I considered it as it would have added to the drama of the piece by making the Helmet look even more like a shell, but as the story has Shepard getting up and continuing into the ruined citadel I felt I need to keep the damage to a minimum. Otherwise I'd agree with you. Also a lot of the texture detail seems to have disappeared when I posted to deviantArt :/ but there are nicks and scratches and grainy textures all over both Garrus and the Helmet in the original. This makes me wonder if DA has made some changes to submission quality lately though even when downloaded the tiny details are faded. Thanks for the input though.
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RonyoBlind Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
^.^ I'm glad I could help. Also, you're not the first I've seen to ask the same thing about DA and their uploading processes. Maybe something to look further into.
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aye you may be right.
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ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOW. Very nicely done, the details are fantastic!
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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ActuallyFenHarel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You are very welcome :D
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N7Hauss Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! You have a gift!
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you!
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N7GVLVR Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
This is beautiful! I teared up a bit, but I do have a huge soft spot for Garrus.
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah the big lug is one of my favorite characters too. Thanks for the compliment:).
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FallenAngelInaYasha Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
O_0 I love it! The detail is amazing! And his scars...*faints*

Just amazing!
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guen20 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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