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ME3: Through the Smoke by tansy9 ME3: Through the Smoke by tansy9
I started this almost exactly a year ago. It's been sat on my laptop unfinished for almost just as long...
I think part of the reason I never finished it was that I was so upset with the end of ME3 that I lost heart in it. :/

But anyway, now I'm on a drive to finish at least some of my many half-done pieces. This one is my fav and I thought it deserved to be finished. :)

Garrus is, and always was, my favourite NPC from the Mass Effect Series, so I thought I'd feature him finally. :D

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Commander Shepard, Garrus Vakarian and Mass Effect 3 are Bioware.
Art Tansy Appleby 2013
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awinters25 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
This is the most beautiful Shepard/Garrus picture I've found. You can see the destruction perfectly and her expression says it all. Plus, she's totally wearing my favorite head piece.
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silvermittt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
my jaw the floor, this is incredible!
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silvermittt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
my jaw .. hit.. the floor.. your work is so good I tripped over myself to post a comment lol. :)
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Nyelda11 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gorgeous! I love the detail in the visor!
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Cylor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is insanely cool.
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efleck Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This deserves way more favourites. :thumbsup:
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PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Your Shepard looks really kick ass, very tough. It seems like she's about to spit in a Reapers eye, all right :).
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Dkelabirath Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your Shepard is like my Shepard, and Garrus is absolutely the best choice.
I believe the only difference here would be tech versus biotics :)
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MillaTora Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this is so stunning! Thank you for deciding to finish it.
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AzuleneAroma Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
great job!
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What an utter masterpiece.

"We're in this to the end." -Garrus
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tansy9 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Garrus is the shiz. :D 
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Orifiel-M Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome! The detail and coloring is beautiful!
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political-predator Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Whoa! She looks like my Shepard, same hairstyle :D
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JexyMG Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
awesome!
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
This must be one of the best ME3 artworks I've ever seen! BEAUTIFUL!!!
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tansy9 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. :)
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JoeLesaffre Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah great job !Good lighting...
and She looks very cute ! :)
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:icontansy9:
tansy9 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I went a bit crazy with the light on this one. :XD:
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Ezri-Krios Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Featured. [link] :-)
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shieru91 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Awesome! I really like the style, good job! And she's very pretty too, it's rare to see a blonde Shepard
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tansy9 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah my shep doesn't look anything like the cannon, but that's why I love her. :D
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mando-christian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Love the fire glowing on the armour:)
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:icontansy9:
tansy9 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah me too, sometimes I get carried away! XD
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:iconmando-christian:
mando-christian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Cant blame you haha
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AbsoluteApril Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
amazing work! very dynamic
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droot1986 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome
WOW
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koogee4 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work...
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AMYisC0P1C Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student
really cool O_O
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mythlover20 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Beautifully done! I love the texture of their armour, his plates and her skin. And... well... all of it, even the dying husks.

Amazing!
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sarahbear79 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Much love for this piece.
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NeroonCousland Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Amazingly detailed.
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SimplyShyy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work! and yeah Garrus is the best
I understand too...I stop working on mass effect fan art too after the horrible ending...but at least the extended cut
fixed up a bit :/
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GSJennsen Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Writer
Oh my, this is gorgeous!
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xanatos125 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
This is AWESOME! :D As a ps3 owner, i've only recently had the pleasure of playing through the entire Mass Effect series (had the second one for ages, but couldn't get into it without the backstory). Garrus is my favourite Squaddie aswell. i love the detail in this picture, i'd have this as a poster in my room if i could :)
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tansy9 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, one of the best things about the series is the continuation from one game to the next. :) Mass Effect 1 had the best writing, 3 had the best gameplay, but 2 was the best all-round. Great story, great characters and good gameplay. :D

If you are really interested in using it as a poster, send me a note and I can see if I can send you a higher res version. ;) It is fan art after all, so it's just there to be enjoyed. :)
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Bl4ckDr4ke Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Is that me or that femshep looks a lot like Rebecca Romijn?
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QueenLarax Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
More like Jennifer Morrison to me
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tansy9 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're right, she kinda does. :) I actually used Natalie Portman as a reference, and then adjusted her face to make her more like she is in the game. :)
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theant4 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowowowowowowowow!!! This is absolutely fantastic! I LOVE the lighting effects with the fire and embers and whatnot and how you did both your Shep's and Garrus's armor and her hair and facial expression are wonderful! Great work! ::D
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tansy9 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :) My last Shepard was too smiley, so I made her look more fierce this time. :D
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JediA-KS Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
This is incredible. :wow:
Loving every bit of it! :D

Sorry to intrude but how long does it take to paint a piece like this?
If you don't count year long pauses, that is... ;)
Just curious...
:)
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tansy9 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh that's a good question... This one is a bit hard to quantify because it was so long ago when I started. XD I would guess between 15-20 hours. :) I tend to work in 4-5 hour stints over several nights.:P
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JediA-KS Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Well, that definetly can be seen on all of those details...
:)
Guess everything beautiful takes it's own time to be created...
Thank you for this bit of information!
:hug:
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Kiramarys Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Ugh! *Breathless* :faint:

One of the most amazing Mass Effect fanart I've seen! It can't even be called fanart... It's a masterpiece! :wow:
This is soooo perfect!!!! :squee:
I love your style, the detail of their faces, the shining of their armors, your extraordinary choice of colors!!! There aren't enough words to express how impressive this is... I'm totally blown away here. Truly a fan! :#1: Kudos.
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tansy9 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you for the kind conpliments! I'm very happy that you like it so much! :D
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Natsumi494 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
This is AWESOME !!
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:iconcelleno:
Celleno Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous! I love the details everywhere and the colors.
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Zedrick775 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice! I love the colors and the style.
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voyager1701 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
WOW! Amazing, thanks for digging this one back up despite your rage at the ending (which I completely understand). Hoping they address it at least a little bit in this upcoming DLC.
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