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ME: Ghost on Omega by Nightlyre ME: Ghost on Omega by Nightlyre
Industrial cityscape backgrounds are kinda scary. Kinda fun... but scary.

The character is Ghost, a turian belonging to :icondastierlockjaw:, and she's hanging out somewhere in that gritty neon hell known as Omega. I have a bit of a soft spot for the place, I'll admit, primarily because it's where you pick up two of the coolest characters in ME2. :D

This was meant to be a speedpainting, but wasn't quite as speedy as I would've liked. About 8 hours in total. I didn't get as many screenshots of the process in this one as I usually do, but here's what I did get:

ME: Ghost on Omega Painting Process by Nightlyre

Mass Effect, Omega, and turians all ultimately belong to BioWare.

More ME-related art:

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan Plot? by Nightlyre Mass Effect: Tali'Zorah by Nightlyre Mass Effect: Garrus by Nightlyre

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mexiadi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
This is amazing
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012   General Artist
This is definitely a video game concept, and like a lot of those, I have little clue in the goings on thereof. I do however like the way you made this futuristic landscape, just as if like seen in something Star Wars.The character standing alone is an interesting one a bit on the alien reptile side, so very nice work you did. :) :thumbsup:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I could take credit for the alien's design! The first alien you meet in Mass Effect is a turian, and I'm afraid I've been kind of fascinated with them ever since. :D
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012   General Artist
Never played Mass Effect ,so it is all guessing to me.
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DireW0lf64 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! this looks beautiful, amazing job! <3
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SkirmisherDak Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa...! Looks perfect! I mean EVERYTHING in the picture looks perfect!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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SkirmisherDak Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Lenoa-of-Elacas Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like her jacket.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I mostly based the clothing off of ~Brandi01's design, with just a few liberties. She designed a very cool outfit for Ghost.
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Lenoa-of-Elacas Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dandy :3
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AtlantisOrca Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This awesome. Beautiful work and the city looks amazing. Like the turians markings really wonderful piece. I love turians they're so cool looking
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Nimtai Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. There's not much I can say that wouldn't just echo what Caffeineghost/Six already said, but this is absolutely lovely. You did a marvelous job on capturing the feel of Omega.
My hat's off to you!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Caffeineghost Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
My goodness, this is all sorts of beautiful. This may sound like a very strange thing to like, but I'm especially in love with how you shaded the floor; I have no idea why. The shadows dance just right; and I get that grimey, slightly filthy omega-ish feeling! Shady, dark, corrupt... This is really superb! And the drippy buildings... I love this so very much! It's also very awesome how you put up the entire process there! My hat's off to you; this is an amazing piece. You captured the essence of Omega superbly!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oddly enough, I'm trying to put a bit more work into the floor when I work on art now - whether it be a true floor like this, or the ground outside. It doesn't look too bad when simply left plain with a few shadows... but it becomes far more interesting when a little more attention is paid to it.
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VoidOfValor Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved the design of turians from Mass Effect. The Omega looks like the perfect setting for Ghost, and you managed to make her look much cooler than Garrus. Amazing work :D
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you... but cooler than Garrus? Such a thing does not exist in my world. :D
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VoidOfValor Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, maybe 'almost as cool' as Garrus :XD:
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eve-hawk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Definitely gritty and dark. I haven't played any of the ME's, so I'm going off of the visual I get. Looks like a seedy place! Gorgeous, as always. :-)
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It is definitely not a nice place for a vacation! Really well designed, though. There's just an overall sense of intrigue and thinly-veiled danger there. Quite fun, really!
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Elle-H Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Good grief, 8 hours... can I just absorb some of your skills? XD I for one, would love to see your process again. I'm taking notes, I tell you!

I'm a fan of Omega as well (okay, I use the term "fan" loosely). It has a well realized, very memorable atmosphere. Love the clothing designs, and I happen to think turians generally look great in hoods. The little touches of blue are a nice contrast against all that red haze.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I took a bit of artistic license with her outfit, but the design is Brandi01's. I do like the hooded look, though. They had some really cool clothing designs in the art book!
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Elle-H Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Ah, that book! I just got it a couple of days ago - really fun to look at.

And you put up you steps! Thank you. :aww: I love how the background evolves. Those simple, repetitive shapes really create that gritty big city look.
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QueenOfAllDragons Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They eyes were the first part i saw in this picture. It just beautiful in a sort of mysterious way.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Creepy cybernetic eyes are... creepy. :D
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QueenOfAllDragons Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
true that too
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DasTierLockjaw Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
._. I uhm.... I'm speechless on this.... its just AMAZING! You captured her perfectly.... ohh man. Mind if I use this as my ID?
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're more than welcome to use it as your ID! I'm glad you like how she turned out. I wasn't originally planning to do a full painting, but I've been wanting to practice backgrounds like this, and she was a good excuse. :D
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DasTierLockjaw Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally got internet back, and hacks yeah I love it! Glad you decided to go with a full painting like this, it really does her justice. It fits her personality perfectly, and shows where she lives. Just overall an amazing piece... think you'd be willing to do another sometime? = either of her or another character of mine? (possibly a group pic of at most 3 or 4 ) I can note you on further details if you're interested =p I love your work!
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Possibly, at some point. I opened up for some art requests, so between that and other projects, I've got my hands full for a little while. You kind of inspired me; figured it'd be fun to do something nice for my watchers. :D
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DasTierLockjaw Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
daww, glad to inspire! I dont wanna seem rude and take up a ton of your time hehe, so feel free to let me know when you may be willing to do another piece for me. Likely another Omega scene =p
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Iron-Ed Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ghost is a very interesting looking character! She looks like she -belongs- in that setting. Nice job of character / setting integration.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I quite like turians in general - both their look and their society - and found her story intriguing. A white/gray-skinned character is kind of tricky to pull off, as well, especially when they have to match the ambient lighting. This was an enjoyable practice piece!
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DasTierLockjaw Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, I'm glad you think so! I tried to make her design pretty fitting with Omega ^^ she mainly stays in afterlife.
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