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Mass Effect: Cockatoos? by Nightlyre Mass Effect: Cockatoos? by Nightlyre
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Excuse to practice drawing turians? Check.

Excuse to draw a lovely umbrella cockatoo? Check.

Excuse to make silly random jokes at the expense of my poor multiplayer character? Check!

The turian is Temis, and when I say he's my multiplayer character, what I actually mean is he's the character who dies a lot when my husband and I attempt to duo the multiplayer part of ME3 which is supposed to be for 4 people. But as we're more comfortable duoing... well, we die a lot. Heh. Poor Temis.

Turians get called 'avian' a lot, especially in the ME novels. I can kind of see it, though they definitely resemble birdlike dinosaurs far more than modern birds. Still, I couldn't resist the cockatoo thing, with the crest and all. There is some resemblance! Well, that and I'm convinced umbrella cockatoos automatically adore everyone and everything in the galaxy, so meeting an alien wouldn't be a problem.

I am working on some more serious artwork, but I want to get some of these random fanart comics out of my head too... so you might see a few of them in the near future. It's been a while since I did the last one for Dragon Age, and they're starting to pile up!

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:icontiffy316:
tiffy316 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
I don't get it either. When I played the game, I thought that Turians looked more like some sort of dinosaur alien, but not birds....
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:iconalucardguardienangel:
aww cute :)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Two of the cutest critters in the galaxy. :meow:
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:iconalucardguardienangel:
AlucardGuardienAngel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
ooh yes very Love I am a dummy! Love :happybounce: Woohooooo! Blush Worship Flirtatious 
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:iconsoveriegnoftruth:
SoveriegnofTruth Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Turians are my fave
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:iconkuwashiifangirl:
Kuwashiifangirl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Always thought they looked like a cross between a bird and a dragon. I mean, look at dem teeth! And scales...those too.
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:icont-gam3r:
T-Gam3r Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Beautiful picture ! But to the Multiplayer part :D Hw can you die ?! Is so easy (exept Platin but you are fucked up even with 4 players there)
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:iconmulgrumm:
mulgrumm Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
now thats cute!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconmulgrumm:
mulgrumm Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
your welcome!
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:iconpie-lord:
pie-lord Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought the turians were like something of a humanoid bug cat thing, I just can't see the bird in them.
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:iconcarbonbasedandroid:
CarbonBasedAndroid Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
It's funny, because I never thought they looked "bird-like" at all. I always got more of a feline feel from the Turians.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Did you catch Grunt's joke about that in the Citadel DLC? Well... more like drunken rambling than joke, but I liked it. :)
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:iconcarbonbasedandroid:
CarbonBasedAndroid Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Lol, no.  I had no desire to play the Citadel DLC. Funny they acknowledged it though.
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:icontonnar:
Tonnar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
cool
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:iconjames-miller:
James-Miller Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
At least Turians sound a lot easier on the ears than Cockatoos. :dance:
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:iconsapphireangelbunny:
SapphireAngelBunny Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always considered Garrus/turians to be space dragon kitties xD
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:iconprettybirdie1:
PrettyBirdie1 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
COCKATOO!!!!

birdbirdbirdbirdbirdBIRD!
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:iconaustraliumsiren:
AustraliumSiren Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, just... yes. Their resemblance to birds seems so obvious now that you have pointed it out. Now I can finally convince my friend turians don't look like cats. :P

...

Well, at least they don't to me. :XD:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Half the fun is hearing peoples' interpretations of what they look like! It's quite simple, really. They're bird-cat-dinosaur-grasshopper-pineapples! :D
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:iconaustraliumsiren:
AustraliumSiren Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the most interesting interpretation someone has ever given me. :lol:
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:iconspectrefaux:
SpectreFaux Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
In my opinion, I always thought they looked like a mix of cats and birds.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think my first thought was "dinobugs!" I love hearing what everyone thinks they look like, though.
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:iconspectrefaux:
SpectreFaux Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's odd, because then when people tell you, you can suddenly see the resemblance.
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:iconkarolkwiecjasz:
Karolkwiecjasz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Shep: Yes, Garrus. Yes.
G: Indeed.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe :)
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:iconleoryff:
leoryff Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
When you line 'em up next to each other, yeah, I can kinda see the resemblence.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed! Though convincing him of that is quite another matter.
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:iconthe13inquisitor:
The13Inquisitor Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Good pic, but you should've gone with a Sulphur Crested.
You know the stigma against barefaces and all?
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, perhaps... but seeing as Temis is a bareface, it's kind of fitting. :)
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:iconthe13inquisitor:
The13Inquisitor Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I guess.
I wish they had've put in a feature to let you alter tattoos and the like...
Maybe in the next game, eh?
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:iconhellishwerewolf:
HellishWerewolf Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i cant tell which one is the Turian
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, that's easy... it's the one with the crest! ...no, wait... the one with kinda the beak-like thing... no... um. Claws? No, that doesn't work either. Hmm. Sorry, can't help you. ;)
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:iconvladstronsy:
vladstronsy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cockatoo: Attempt to court this gorgeous beast.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, perhaps... or it might just be that cockatoos love everyone. :heart:
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:icongamergirl32:
gamergirl32 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
yes garrus yea, although my sister thinks you look like a snapping turtle
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not actually Garrus, just my multiplayer soldier Temis. :) Snapping turtle is a new one, but I guess I could see that too!
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:icongamergirl32:
gamergirl32 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
lol that just seems like something garrus would say
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, perhaps. :)
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:iconroguish-philosopher:
roguish-philosopher Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lol, I've always seen the resemblance myself aswell. :) Lovely work here, he's a rather handsome Turian. :D
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm sure he appreciates the sentiment. :)
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:iconanonymousefamite:
anonymousefamite Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
always resembled more of grasshoppers to me lol but thats awsome great work
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, grasshoppers never occurred to me, but that works too!
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:iconanonymousefamite:
anonymousefamite Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
lol playing the first game the very first thing that came to mind is holey shit a talking grasshopper was weird but love turians
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:iconilikeshinyobjects:
ilikeshinyobjects Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sdfkljsdflkjdsf OMGAWWWW
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe :heart:
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:iconzammullins:
zammullins Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I always thought they resembled cats, due to their mouths.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They're weird... bird-cat-lizard-dinosaur-pineapple-bug aliens, and I love 'em for it. :D
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:iconil-mentore42:
Il-Mentore42 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
We think you look like that mixed with some type of lizard.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He wasn't sure about being compared to a feathery lizard, but when I showed him a picture of a velociraptor, he exclaimed, "That's more like it!"... so I guess he's cool with it. :D
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