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Mass Effect:  Smile by Armesan Mass Effect:  Smile by Armesan
"I don't think I've ever seen you smile, Commander."

"Yes you have."

"No, I've seen you smirk. There's a difference."

"Oh there is, is there?"

"Oh yeah. I like the smile MUCH better."

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This actually came out much faster than I thought it would. I tried a different approach to the shading and lighting and it came together much quicker. Granted lots of that was happy circumstance and dumb luck. I tried this one without proper inking lines as well, as a lot of digital painting tutorials say to paint over the lines rather than within them.

Critiques are welcome.


DO NOT COPY, TRACE STEAL, USE WITHOUT PERMISSION, ETC
Mass Effect still (c) Bioware
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:iconlu-wolf:
lu-wolf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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light-in-shadows Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE IT!!!!
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demontje Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I'd *love* to have this as a poster, such a beautiful piece :3
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foxhole7 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I like the blue color scheme you've got here. Makes Shepard's scars stand out. Nice work.
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:iconarmesan:
Armesan Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Bast-Fury Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
love it =] nice work =]
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SeraphicBunny Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
:love: This is beautiful!! What a tender, romantic moment you've captured!!! :heart: :heart: I would love to display this wonderful artwork on my profile page, with your permission of course. I would just directly link it back to this page to give you proper credit. Of course it's your decision, but I just love showing off awesome art on my profile page!! :D :squee:
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Armesan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, I don't mind. Sounds like you covered the two things I generally request of people reposting my art (credit written out and a link back).

And thanks for the kind words :)
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SeraphicBunny Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
:) Your welcome and thank you! :meow: Would it be acceptable as credit if I put a link to your profile page or do you want it to link back to the deviation page? I just want to make sure that you are comfortable with it. :) I already have the picture posted so feel free to take a look. :D
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Armesan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Profile page is fine
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SeraphicBunny Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
:) Okay, thank you. =3
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NickolieShepard Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A good job. It give's you the feel of the romance between Commander Shepard and Garrus it is love at it's finest. keep up the good work
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A1r2i3e4l5 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I love this but it makes me jealous, I want to be Shepard :( But I still think it's beautiful and very passionate!!!! Awesome job!!!!
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Synthesid Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Wow, so positive!
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harrietthespy Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awwwww :meow: this picture makes me so happy! :heart: garrus is the best.
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XanderLeonidas Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Speechless! Thank you Armesan. :)
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:iconarmesan:
Armesan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Eos-24-iso-8 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Adorable. Without Vakarian there would be no Shepard.
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Myujishan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Too bad there was no kiss in the game. Even though kissing a turian would be awkward, in my opinion. I still like that romance plot, because Garrus rocks =D
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roverdeity Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
The beast will make off with your children,
he'll come after them in the night.
We're not safe 'till his head is mounted on my wall.
I say we kill the beast!

This is beautiful, I absolutely adore it to pieces. Mind if I use it as my desktop backround? :D
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:iconarmesan:
Armesan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)

And I don't mind if you use it for a background.
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CMY187 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
This was an absolute work of beauty. It wasn't meant to look romantic or...well, sexual. The way you made this took it far beyond that.

The shading, the lighting, the expressions, even Shepard's hair. All of it contributes to sending a powerful message: that only when they are together do either of them truly feel at peace.

And yes, when Shepard smiles, and I mean really, truly smiles, not that grin of triumph when Sovereign was defeated, it is something to behold.
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carrot25 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very romantic
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umbreon1101 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Duuuuude...
Epic. :love:
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muy-magnifico Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
:D :D :D :D <3 <3 <3
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Odme1 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student General Artist
*add to fav*

This is so emotional... I Love it.
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Dreamerman509 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
So precious! :D
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Combinecommando Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
do not *cough* ingest
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pandasez Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
I love your art style. This is easily one of my favorite Garrus/Shep pieces. Well done.
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Caramelle4781 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how sweet. i love it
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Mizutanitony Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm having trouble figuring out the blue part on the side of his face.....
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Armesan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
In my own mental musings, it's a cybernetic ear implant (or something like that). I have issues believing that anyone can take a missile directly to the face without some severe motor function damage. Figured under the bandage the cybernetics were showing through. It's not canon or anything, just what I thought looked plausible and cool.
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Mizutanitony Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I like it! Maybe...yeah it could work! Too bad in one of my playthroughs Garrus died. That's what I get for making an infiltrator a hacker....this was before everyone knew the best way to send people in.
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Tavia-chan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
This is quite nice - I like the colors / lighting because it adds to the atmosphere of the pic. And, I can actually picture that type of dialogue being exchanged between them. Good job!
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twilightpenguin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
I wish I had glow-in-the-dark scars. :C
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LadyTheirin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet :heart:
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SamwiseBurks Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Hey, sorry if this sounds like spam but I'm just doing a survey on Mass Effect art for a uni assignment I'm doing. I wish to understand why you (if you have created fan-art or intend to, or if you have some feelings on the issue) create fan-art for this amazing narrative? Do you feel a sense of duty to uphold the relationships or story that Bioware first invisioned? Is it a desire to further build upon the emotional relationships that you face throughout the game? What compels this reaction of artistic expressionism? Anything you say that I use ill make sure to quote and give you full credit. Also if you give me permission to use your work as an example I'll make sure to give you credit for that too. :D thanks
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0-xFAXfanx-0 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
I love this! Wel done and the scrpt adds a nice touch. Perfect! :D
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LoneKiller1992 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Cute :)
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NarielLimbaear Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Garrus had something cuty ! :$
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Trebyna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Great piece of work!
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TreeWyrm Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
LOL I like your script. :D
Brilliant picture, only criticism (and it is a very small one because everything else is awesome) would be that it kinda looks like Garrus' face is a bit furry. Just my opinion, and I still love it!!
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albin294 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
dont know what to say..... awsome.
The feelings in their faces the colors, especially shepards scars ... i love it!
everything about it!
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sirathrus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
I think all the ME 1&2 characters are stupid.

They all whine about their problems and shepherd is always there to help them out.
I'd love to see doctor chakwas bring them all into her office and tell them that she has found out that shepherd has been taking dangerous amounts of pain killers and anti-depresants.
And then to see the horror on their faces as they realise that with all the problems they have been dealing with, they overlooked the fact that the commander is still human and silently suffering psychologically from being dead and put under stress from being ignored from her friends and the council.
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0290117 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
hahahahaha, ledgend :P
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thepiebaker Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
*standing ovation* AMAZING WORK! subbing to see anymore you might come out with in the future, looking forward to it
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Armesan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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tennesseekimmi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Wow this is just gorgeous. I really love the coloring and the emotion is just amazing :)
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Armesan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Harmon20 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
*bounces, flails, squees* X3
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